Our top picks for 5 of the best cycling trails in Christchurch. Make the most of your weekends and get out exploring Little River, McLeans Island, Tai Tapu, and more. Suitable for all kinds of riders, bikes, and fitness levels.
As part of a series of events organised for Biketober, we decided that starting a Christchurch biking community around bike-packing would be a promising idea; most of us should be content staying in NZ knowing we could discover our backyards in new and adventurous ways. Bike-packing is just that, it allows us to discover the backcountry roads and trails while appreciating the simple (if rugged) enjoyment of staying in the great outdoors.
Robert, the Spokes Canterbury’s Treasurer is a long time advocate for cycling and has been the key organiser of the very popular Biketober event in Christchurch. We’ve caught up with him to share with you some of his thoughts about all things cycle.
Bespoke wheel builds from Action Bicycle Club is one of the best upgrade you can make for your bike. Truing and repairs also available.
Often choosing handlebars can be confusing, what’s the difference between Bar A and Bar B? Stores might not stock the complete range and its hard to visualise how it would feel in a multitude of numbers of varying dimensions.
Thankfully, Whats Bars? With its database of popular handlebars and its ability to superimpose graphically one bar over another aids in comparisons and helps us visualise what the details are in a technical graph that is attractive and compelling. Altogether an invaluable aid to making a decision on what bars.
Together with our friends, Alice and Jeremy we organised to spend our Christmas holiday completing the Alps to Ocean in reverse. Predominately as we had heard the views were better and it would be slightly more challenging going uphill. The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail is New Zealand in all its colour and beauty – from our highest mountains, past great lakes and rivers, and down to the ocean. Suitable for all ages, the 9 section bike trail is an easy to intermediate grade, linking the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean.
Discover old historic gold-mining villages, country pubs, rugged scenery and some of the most dramatic landscapes New Zealand has to offer. The Otago Rail Trail is NZ’s first rail-trail and today is well set up with all the amenities you need. Graded for beginners one is able to complete the trail at your own pace over 1,2, or even 5 days.
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