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Simple Things to do to Keep Warm on a Bike

June 20, 2017
I live on a hill.  Which is great for the view but not so great for riding in the colder months.  Why is that?  Well it’s straight out the driveway and down a pretty steep hill…no warming up and immediate cold air flow.  Here’s a little list of things you can do to keep warm

Why are Womens Bike Gloves Important?

June 20, 2017
We talk quite a bit about points of contact with the bike…There are 3 of them and the relationship between you & the bike at these points determines part of your comfort on the bike.   Your hands are protected by womens bike gloves and contact your handlebar grips.  Your butt is

Carrying gear when I bike- what are my options? Comfort riding with a Backpack.

June 8, 2017
Doesn’t matter where you are going, or how long you are riding for you will generally need to carry something with you on the bike. 1.If you are commuting;  it could be the gear you need for your workday,  a bike lock, maybe a tool kit and your shopping purchases. 2. If you are recreational

Video – Correct riding position for biking – Chi Riding

May 25, 2017
goRide has introduced a concept into the biking community called Chi Riding. We want you as a rider to get the most out of your biking and we believe the way to do this is Chi Riding. What is Chi Riding? Have you heard of Chi Running? It is a running technique that emanates from the principles of

Hamner Forest Park – biking with kids

April 28, 2017
When we make the effort and take the time to go for a ride at a fun destination, like Hamner Forest Park with kids, we want it to be an enjoyable experience. To have a ‘great day’ on the bike with kids there are simple things to think about, plan and do. In this story I am going to

The Homestead Run – St James Cycle Trail biking with Kids, Hamner Springs

April 27, 2017
When we make the effort and take the time to go for a ride with kids, we want it to be an enjoyable experience. To have a ‘great day’ on the bike with kids there are simple things to think about, plan and do.  In this story I am going to introduce you to the idea of spending a

First Aid & Emergency Kit for Bike Touring

April 12, 2017
Are you thinking about going on a multi day bike adventure? You need a first aid & emergency kit for bike touring but you’re not quite sure what to put in it?  Well keep reading… With the development of so many off road trails it has become quite easy to be “remote”

Basic First Aid Kit for Bike Injuries

March 30, 2017
If you have a bike/bikes in your garage that get used, having a first aid kit designed to deal with bike related injuries is practical.  Don’t you think?  So do you have one?  A first aid kit for bike injuries doesn’t have to be huge just easy to access and ready when you most need

The Old Ghost Road – Choose the Challenge

March 23, 2017
In terms of jaw dropping, awe inspiring multi-use trails in New Zealand.  This track is one of, if not, THE best.  Run by the Mokihiuni Lyell Backcountry Trust since 2008, it offers you 85km of singletrack riding.  Visit the website at www.oldghostroad.org.nz to book huts (essential) and see

How to Buy a Bike Tube

March 16, 2017
So you need to buy a bike tube?  But you don’t know what to buy…This simple story explains bike tube sizes.  It shows you where to find the information you need on your tyre.  Then it gives you a quick explanation of valves and pressure so you can use your bike tube properly. Women

Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park with Kids

March 2, 2017
When we make the effort and take the time to go for a ride at a fun destination, like Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park with kids, we want it to be an enjoyable experience. To have a ‘great day’ on the bike with kids there are simple things to think about, plan and do. In this story I am

Kids Bike Pants – Do they need them?

February 24, 2017
When kids are doing something they love they can just keep at it forever.  My task orientated boy highlighted this during the recent summer holidays when he basically never got off his bike.  For 6 mornings in a row the first words out of his mouth were, ‘Can we do “Jaws”

How to Fix a Flat Tyre

February 23, 2017
Bike terms are a bit of a killer and when it comes to how to fix a flat tyre we have a really good example of confusing language being used.  Because, in most cases, it’s not actually a flat tyre but a flat tube you are dealing with – it’s the tube inside the tyre that holds

How to Get a Wheel Off & Back onto a Bike

February 9, 2017
How to get a wheel off a bike can be confusing and once you get it off, why won’t it go back on?  It simply won’t ‘fit’ – what’s happened here?!  I’m going to be honest, in the past I’ve sat looking at what is my very simple bike wheel in utter

Bike Tools – Puncture Repair Kit

December 8, 2016
Choose to know what to do with a puncture repair kit… Let’s gain some knowledge that will help when you are reaching for this particular bike tool under a little bit of time pressure and you need it to work the first time. All you want is for everything to go smoothly so you can get on

What to wear on a bike?

November 24, 2016
    What to wear on a bike?  Seems like a fairly simple question but why do so many people ride in lycra? Lycra was designed for professional road riding athletes in the 1970’s to keep their chamois (padding) in place, to be aerodynamic and for printing vibrancy (sponsorship).  Do

Women’s Riding Clothing – Fabric Choice

November 10, 2016
Yet again, as we are discovering with so many riding related things, there is so much choice… women’s riding clothing, specifically designed for moderate to high intensity exercise, can come in all sorts of options which is great if you know what you’re looking for. Come with me

Alps to Ocean: The Vercoe Family’s Inspiring Story

October 27, 2016
We Did It!  The Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail over 4 days & 3 nights – October (Springtime) 2016! Rhea, 11yrs & Isaac, 8yrs rode sections on the first 2 days with me.  We choose the alternative start point in Tekapo.  See our story Alps to Ocean:  Planning & Preparation for all

Alps to Ocean: Preparation & Planning

October 13, 2016
The Vercoe Family planned and prepared for an adventurous ride, bike touring the Alps to Ocean over 4 days and 3 nights in October 2016!  This was mainly a ride for me, Annette, with my two children Rhea, aged 11 and Isaac, aged 8 joining me for child friendly sections of the ride.  We

The ‘Right’ Kids Bike Helmet.

September 29, 2016
The very first thing to consider when biking with kids is their safety. Are they safe in the environment and do they have the equipment they need to keep them safe? Right at the top of the equipment list is the right kids bike helmet. A helmet that will protect their head when they ride a bike or

Riding a bike up a hill

September 15, 2016
Can you bike up a rise or a hill? Would you like to be able to bike up a bigger and longer hill than you are currently able to ride? Would you like biking up a hill to feel easier? Is there a ride that you have been keen to do but there is some up hill in it that you are unsure about? Do any these

The right bike gear at the right time.

September 1, 2016
When you are learning to use your gears you have to consider so many things all at the same time. You are approaching a hill and you know you need to make it easier to pedal otherwise you will not make it up the hill. But which lever and when do you change? Does this sound or feel familiar?

Westcoast Wilderness Trail- John Family Inspiring Bike Touring Story

August 25, 2016
They did it! – riding the West Coast Wilderness Trail. A family of 4 bike touring with kids ages 8 and 10 years over 5 days and 4 nights! Reading stories about cycling adventures helps to connect you to other women who ride and makes you think about what you and/or your family could achieve.

Westcoast Wilderness Trail – John Family planning and preparation.

August 25, 2016
The John Family are a family of 2 adults and 2 kids (8 year old girl and 10 year old boy).  They planned and prepared for an adventurous ride, bike touring the West Coast Wilderness Trail over 5 days and 4 nights in April 2016! To follow is the story of how they “got ready” for their

How to use your bike shifters – to change gears

August 18, 2016
What joy do you get from biking up or down a hill? Maybe it allows you simply to get to where you want to go, or it gives you a sense of achievement.  A different perspective on the place, that magical view from ‘on top of the world’ or the wind in your hair. Gears can make pedaling

Yazmina – Riding in Savaii

August 4, 2016
New Zealand kids love to ride bikes. It’s almost a part of their DNA. We can all remember learning to ride and the fun that came with that journey. In this story you will meet a young lady who learnt to ride quite a while ago. She is learning new things about riding now and discovering the

Understanding Bike Gears

July 21, 2016
Understanding your bike gears and how to use them is a great way to help you feel more confident so you can goRide more places, more often. They say a great way to test your understanding on a subject is to teach someone else.  I was confronted with the reality of my  ‘knowledge’ on

Cleaning the sprockets, chain ring and jockey wheels (the Drivetrain)

July 7, 2016
To have a sparkly clean bike chain that works well you need to do a little more than just clean the chain (Clean your bike chain). You also need to clean the parts of the bike that the chain comes in contact with – the sprockets (cassette), chain rings and jockey wheels. Otherwise when you

You MUST clean your bike when…

June 23, 2016
There are some things in life that are just inevitable and when you own a bike, cleaning is one of them.  Bike cleaning is important.  Bike cleaning is important, yes I just repeated that and I’ll continue to do it until YOU clean.  Because the thing is, in the end, cleaning your bike will

How to use a Bicycle Brush for cleaning

June 23, 2016
Let me remind you how much we love cleaning.  A clean bike looks good, performs better, lasts longer and is easier to maintain.  All great reasons to reach for your cleaning kit.   A bike cleaning kit should contain a bicycle cleaning brush, making your job so much easier.  This is not just

The Bike Chain – lubing

June 9, 2016
Bike chain lubricant or as you will commonly hear it called ‘chain lube’ is something you need to be familiar with to maintain your bike. Caring for your bike will give you the confidence to goRide more places, more often. So join me as we learn the why, what, when and how of bike chain

Know your bike chain

May 12, 2016
What would happen if your bike chain broke while you were out riding? Could you fix it? Do you have the tools and the skills to repair the bike chain and be able to keep riding? On my first bike touring adventure in my early twenties from Blenheim to Hamner Springs through the Molesworth Station my

How to Buy the Right Bike

April 28, 2016
So you want to buy a bike?  That’s awesome news.  This is one of those investments that can quite literally change your life…  BUT you are feeling a little overwhelmed by all the choices of types of bikes?  Not a problem, you’ve landed in the right place.  To enjoy your

Bike Skills for Beginners: Starting & stopping – Get out of your seat

April 14, 2016
When we start or stop a bike there is so much opportunity for disaster.  Falling sideways, becoming unbalanced or getting all tangled up.  Usually ending in a memorable “ouch” moment.  A number of things need to be coordinated and balanced for this skill to become fluid and graceful.

Sandra

March 31, 2016
The goRide women profiles tell stories about everyday women who ride bikes. These stories will connect you to real women and perhaps spark an idea about what you could achieve with your riding or remind you what you have done.  In this story enjoy biking tips for older women.  We are all on a

Helpful tips for getting back into bike riding

March 17, 2016
First time round it was easy.  There were wide open spaces everywhere and cars went slowly.  You know it would be good for you – getting back into bike riding or perhaps you’re considering learning to ride for the first time.  The fresh air and sunshine, the exercise and

Who do you ask when you have questions about riding?

March 3, 2016
I’ve had a mixed bag of reactions when it comes to my questions about riding.  My husband gets too technical too quickly and I get frustrated.  One guy in a bike shop absolutely glazed over when I asked about how to ride with my children to school.   A friend of mine was told, when trying

Craters of the Moon – Taupo – A ‘great day’ on the Bike

February 18, 2016
When we make the effort and take the time to go for a ride on the bike we want it to be a fun and enjoyable experience. To have a ‘great day’ on the bike there are simple things to think about, plan and do. In this story I am going to introduce you to the idea of spending a ‘great

Bike Books for Kids

February 4, 2016
Reading stories can benefit our kids in so many ways and there are millions of books out there but what about bike books for kids?  I am not talking about a book that teaches you step by step how to ride or pull your bike apart but books that tell stories that will capture a kids imagination.

Bike Cleaning for the Kids & You

January 23, 2016
Their eyes popped and the smile spread wide…cool, it looks great!  Whats happening?  That moment they saw their new bike for the first time.  For a while it’s clean and shiny. Everyone loves a clean and shiny bike.  Fast forward – how’s it looking now?  What’s

Brook Waimarama Sanctuary – Nelson- a ‘great day’ on the bike

December 17, 2015
When we make the effort and take the time to go for a ride on the bike we want it to be a fun and enjoyable experience. To have a ‘great day’ on the bike there are simple things to think about, plan and do. Check out the goRide guide How to have a ‘great day’ on the bike.

Atawhai Shared Pathway – Nelson – A ‘great day’ on the bike

December 10, 2015
When we make the effort and take the time to go for a bike ride we want it to be a fun and enjoyable experience. To have a ‘great day’ on the bike there are some simple things to think about, plan and do. Check out the goRide guide How to have a ‘great day’ on the bike. Make

How to have a ‘great day’ on the bike.

December 3, 2015
Surprisingly you can ride the same place on a bike several times and have totally different experiences.  Greatness in a bike ride is dependant on so many things – the weather, your mood, your bike, the ride, the people you are with and your intention on the day.  Having a great experience

West Coast Wilderness Trail – An inspiring story about bike touring with kids.

November 26, 2015
They did it! – riding the West Coast Wilderness Trail. Two families bike touring with kids (4 adults and 3 kids) over 3 days and 2 nights! Reading stories about cycling adventures helps to connect you to other women who ride and makes you think about what you and/or your family could achieve.

West Coast Wilderness Trail – Planning and Preparation

November 19, 2015
Two families – 4 adults and 3 kids (11 and 15 year old boys and a 20 year old girl) planned and prepared for an adventurous ride, bike touring the West Coast Wilderness Trail over 3 days and 2 nights! To follow is the story of how they “got ready” for their ride and what you may

Changing your Bike Tyre

November 12, 2015
I’ve told him not once, not twice but at least a million times.  “Don’t skid, use your brakes properly”.  Apparently doing it properly is not much fun.  However I had the chance a few weeks ago to show my little back brake skidding boy the outcome of all his

Bike Tools – The Tyre Lever

November 5, 2015
Let’s learn some jargon. The kind that will help you when you are reaching for your bike tool under a little bit of time pressure and you need it to work the first time. All you want is for everything to go smoothly so you can get on your way, how hard could that be? AAhhhhh!!! Unfortunately (or
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