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First Aid & Emergency Kit for Bike Touring

First Aid & Emergency Kit for Bike Touring

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" on your bike fairly...

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The ‘Right’ Kids Bike Helmet.

The ‘Right’ Kids Bike Helmet.

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...

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Bike Brake Levers

Bike Brake Levers

Have you ever watched a kid climb onto a bike that's too big for them?  They sit on the seat and struggle to reach the pedals. Then they grab the handlebars and realise they can't even touch the brake levers.  Like a lot of things, cute when a kid does it but puzzling for an adult. Did you even...

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Balance bikes – Tips on safety.

Balance bikes – Tips on safety.

On a recent visit to Wellington I was out walking in one of the hilly suburbs and I came across a small child on his wonderful balance bike at the top of a very steep hill without an adult...

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Biking with Babies on Board

Biking with Babies on Board

Riding parents love their babies and love their bicycles, so it is natural to want to put the two together. Generally before the child is born parents will be thinking about how much fun it...

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Kid aged 11 + Bike + Road = Good idea??

Kid aged 11 + Bike + Road = Good idea??

Is the traffic around your place busy? Does the idea of letting your sometimes bad decision maker out onto the road in control of a bike scare you? Are all the roads leading to your kids school jam packed with traffic every morning and afternoon? So why would you want your child to bike on the...

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Get Safe on the Trail with Hollie

Get Safe on the Trail with Hollie

Many of our previous family cycling outings have shown the importance of communication. Communication before you goRide - setting the expectations, making sure they understand what they need to keep themselves safe, outlining any rules, any details about the journey that you want the riders to...

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Do you do a pre-ride bike safety check?

Do you do a pre-ride bike safety check?

We have all done it. Grabbed the bike, jumped on and headed down the road only to look down and see that the front tyre is nearly flat. Oh man, I won’t make it – off the bike, run back up to the house, try to find the pump, swear a little bit, find the pump and start the task. Were you kind of...

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3 Top Tips for Helmet Care

3 Top Tips for Helmet Care

A few years ago before the days of children and family I went and lived with some friends for a while. Not long before I moved in they had welcomed a new addition to their family, a beautiful chocolate Labrador puppy called Milo. Now Milo wasn’t so sure about having someone else share the...

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How are you wearing your helmet?

How are you wearing your helmet?

Every time the kids put on their bike helmet they seem to have chosen a new way to wear it. Often we have the French beret style worn to the side. Another common look is the helmet way up...

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Cleaning A Bike Tyre

Cleaning A Bike Tyre

Do you have a clean bike? Do you clean it regularly, or at all? If not, you are not alone. However, a clean bike looks good, performs better, lasts longer and is easier to maintain. I know what you are thinking... another thing to clean! The positives - it is outside, soapy water is involved and...

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The Right Road Riding Saddle (Seat)

The Right Road Riding Saddle (Seat)

Being comfortable on your bike saddle is going to make time on your bike more enjoyable. Bike saddles vary in shape and the materials used to make them as well...

The Right Town Bike Saddle (Seat)

The Right Town Bike Saddle (Seat)

Being comfortable on your bike saddle is going to make time on your bike more enjoyable. Bike saddles vary in shape and the materials used to make them, as...

How to Carry Bike Tools

How to Carry Bike Tools

Bike tools come in all sorts of odd shapes and sizes so a bit of thought needs to go into the easiest way to carry them.  There are several different options...

How to Buy a Bike Tube

How to Buy a Bike Tube

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...

Bike Tools – The Tyre Lever

Bike Tools – The Tyre Lever

Choose to know what to do with tyre levers... Let's gain some knowledge that will help when you are reaching for this particular bike tool under a little bit...

Bike Tools – Bike Pump

Bike Tools – Bike Pump

Choose to know what to do with a bike pump... Let's gain some knowledge that will help when you are reaching for this particular bike tool under a little bit...

Bike Tools – The Allen Key

Choose to know what to do with an allen key Let's gain some knowledge that will help when you are reaching for this particular bike tool under a little bit of...

Understanding Bike Gears

Understanding Bike Gears

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 ...

Know your bike chain

Know your bike chain

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...

Who do you ask when you have questions about riding?

Who do you ask when you have questions about riding?

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...

Embrace the balance bike

Embrace the balance bike

Balance bikes, or sometimes known as runna bikes, glide bikes or pedal free bikes and I am sure there are more - are all names for a bike that has no pedals....

Pump Track Skills – Pumping

Pump Track Skills – Pumping

I get a lot more out of a task or an activity if I have purpose and some goals - it gives me more enjoyment. How about you? Riding a pump track was something fun I did with the kids but now that I have more insight about the purpose of pump tracks and what they can...

Pump Track Skills – Cornering

Pump Track Skills – Cornering

I get a lot more out of a task or an activity if I have purpose and some goals - it gives me more enjoyment.  How about you?  Riding a pump track was something fun I did with the kids but now that I have more insight about the purpose of pump tracks and what they can...

Riding into the wind – Riding with kids

Riding into the wind – Riding with kids

Often the biggest challenges and rewards when we ride can come from what mother nature makes us contend with - the weather. We can plan and prepare for the weather by; checking the weather forecast and making an informed decision; to ride or not to ride. having the...

Chi Riding – Tip 6 – Be Well using Chi Riding.

Chi Riding – Tip 6 – Be Well using Chi Riding.

What does your regular day involve? For most women a day would include some or all of these types of activitites; work, cleaning, cooking, gardening, exercise, caring for kids, transporting kids and I know for many there is more.  Life is made up of these days. One...

Chi Riding – Tip 5 – Pedaling

Chi Riding – Tip 5 – Pedaling

Do you ride with your male partner or male friends and they all seem to be able to get up those short sharp rises or hills with so much more ease than you can? Is your son able to tackle harder and longer rides than your daughter at the same age? Statistically the...

Chi Riding – Tip 4 – Breathing

Chi Riding – Tip 4 – Breathing

Do you ever think about or notice how you are breathing? Take a minute to stop, be quiet, and be aware of your breathing.  Notice what parts of your body move when you breath and how often you breath.  As well as taking notice right now also be aware of your breathing...

Get Better at Checking with Sam.

Get Better at Checking with Sam.

There are parts of your bike that are essential to do a pre-check on before you goRide - to make sure that your bike is safe and you are going to be safe to ride it. Those bike parts can be checked by completing a simple 30 second check before every ride. Now the...

Get Better at Braking with Isaac

Get Better at Braking with Isaac

Ever ridden a bike with no brakes? The whole idea just scares me. I use my brakes quite a lot, probably too much when mountain biking but I’m sure most people like having brakes, right?  How important do you think this bike skill is? How much do you know about your...

Chi Riding – Tip 2 – Use Core Muscles.

Chi Riding – Tip 2 – Use Core Muscles.

To use core muscles when you ride takes a conscious effort (at least until you become very proficient at it).  In fact, your body seems to find it is far easier to ride without using or using only some of your core. However with a little patience, time and practise...

Bike Seat “Sweet Spot”

Bike Seat “Sweet Spot”

It doesn’t matter whether you spend a long time or a short time on your bike seat, either way when you do sit on that seat it should be comfortable. You need...

Chi Riding – Tip 1- Riding Position

Chi Riding – Tip 1- Riding Position

I am the very lucky owner of a new bike.  A purchase that was well overdue.  I can say that my new bike has already bought me so much joy that I am now wondering why I ummed and arrhed for so long… The set up and design of my new bike has me in quite a different...

What does it do? The Bike Tyre

What does it do? The Bike Tyre

All that sits between you and a very bumpy ride is some rubber and air. John Boyd Dunlop is given credit for inventing the first wheel to have rubber tyres and an inner tube. John lived in Ireland and the year was 1887. Today we have better bikes, better tyres, better...

Hamner Forest Park – biking with kids

Hamner Forest Park – biking with kids

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...

The Old Ghost Road – Choose the Challenge

The Old Ghost Road – Choose the Challenge

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...

Alps to Ocean: Preparation & Planning

Alps to Ocean: Preparation & Planning

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...

Yazmina – Riding in Savaii

Yazmina – Riding in Savaii

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...

Sandra

Sandra

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...

Helpful tips for getting back into bike riding

Helpful tips for getting back into bike riding

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...

Bike Books for Kids

Bike Books for Kids

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...

A Handlebar Bag for Kids

A Handlebar Bag for Kids

Want to maximise your riding experience with the kids, engage them in the outdoors and give them a sense of exploration and adventure?  Yes!  Well get a bike handlebar bag for your child. All that from a handlebar bag you say?  Yep.  Simple, useful and fun - just what...

Wheel Woman

Wheel Woman

Have you been on a mountain bike course? I love that mountain bike coaches are popping up all over the country, helping all levels of riders gain more skills.  Here in Nelson we have the brilliant Wheel Woman Workshops run by Emma Bawtree.  My first course with Emma...

The Ups of Pump Tracks

The Ups of Pump Tracks

Have you noticed a pump track near you?   Pump tracks are appearing all over the place - in council owned parks, in school grounds, campgrounds, mountain bike parks and some lucky people have even made one in their own backyard. With more interest in recreational...

Kids & Youth

Padded Bike Underwear

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Smile when you ride

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Smile when you ride

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Family Riding

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