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July 29, 2014

I’ve had precious time this past month to write posts so I thought I’d share some graphical magic from Singapore.

As a bike-nerd and graphic artist, really simple, really clever, bike-centric illustrations are one of my favourite things. It’s not easy breaking down a graphic to its simplest form and if you can get a message across at the same time you are a 100%-gold-plated-winner in my book.

share the road graphics

100copies is the brainchild of Singapore Creative Director Thomas Yang. An avid cyclist, he decided to combine two of his passions – bicycles and art – into 100copies.

All of the designs are Thomas’ work and are limited to, as the name suggests, 100 copies. Each piece is watermarked, labeled with the title and edition number. As such, no two copies are ever completely identical.

Most of it is way out of my price-range, but I admire his business-acumen as much as his artistry. Imagine making money drawing bicycles – DREAM JOB!!!

Bastille Day ride POSTPONED for a week!

July 11, 2014

Bastille_SmlDue to this wonderful weather we are having, the Remuera Business Association have decided to postpone the Bastille Day festivities until Saturday 19th of July!

New flyer attached to the left (click for big), and there will be no changes to the meeting place or time – Remuera Library, 11am!

We very much hope you will be able to join in the fun!

Nic & the Frocks


July 1, 2014

Out of the bleu I get an email from John over at Alliance Française Auckland. Turns out there’s a movie on next week down in Takapuna sure to entertain a large slice of our bike-friendly readership.
With Le Tour starting this week and Bastille Day a week later, France is top-of-mind at the moment.

Cycling tragics like myself can’t wait for the monkey-blood-boys to commence their three weeks of toil, and on many stages I’m as captivated by the scenery as the pharmaceutical and athletic achievements.

If it’s got a cycling angle we’re always keen to promote such events (and simply love French cinema), so read-on for further details…


Family man François Nouel (Clovis Cornillac) is the number one fan of the Tour de France – an obsession that costs him his wife and his job. At a loose end, François meets a former sports manager, Rémi (Bouli Lanners) who encourages him to take the plunge and do the Tour himself.

With nothing to lose, François sets off, always one day ahead of the race, attracting fellow amateurs, media coverage and cheering crowds. As obstacle after obstacle is thrown his way, and his family comes back on the scene, François discovers what is really most important in his life.

Screens at the Berkeley, Takapuna, Monday 7th July at 6.30pm … one night only …

Subtitled in english for that authentic european atmosphere!

Bookings for the general public are available:

@: Berkeley Takapuna / 32-34 Anzac Street / Free and easy parking

Ticket: $11.50 / +$3 with a glass of wine

Information : (09) 488 6000 /

More information about the movie and the CineClub:



Frockalicious French-Style Cycle Ride

June 25, 2014

Following close on the heels of their recent frockstar outing, the Frocks on Bikes gals have another fun event lined-up.

Join this friendly group for a leisurely ride around Remuera coinciding with the Bastille Day Street Festival, followed by coffee & croissants at a local café.

Awesome, I’m tempted to frock-up myself, “now where’s that lippy?”

FOB Bastille Day Ride

As part of the Remuera Bastille Day Street Festival, our next ride is coming up in three weeks on Saturday 12th July! We love any excuse to dress in French inspired garb, so dig out that favourite trench coat, scarf and some stripes and head along to the Remuera Library (429 Remuera Road) for an 11am start.

We have a gentle 20-min ride around the village planned, then can all meet at a local cafe for coffee and croissants. Mmmmm! It’ll also be a great way to meet other frocks and share ideas with like-minded ladies.

We very much look forward to seeing you there! Please RSVP so we can get loose numbers for a café.

UPDATE: POSTPONED A WEEK. Same time, same place, now on Saturday 19th July!

It’s Black And White

June 10, 2014
Te Awa Cycling Stripes

Karapiro – Te Awa Bike Path

My bicycle obsession has rekindled an interest (obsession) in photography. It’s now difficult for me to go for a ride without a camera in tow. Obsessive Compulsive? I don’t “think” so, far too much joy involved in both activities, although I do get anxious when I leave home without my camera!

If you want to cut to the chase, capture the emotion, nail the composition without any distraction, it’s hard to go past black and white images. I’ve compiled some of my favourites below, all taken by me, and most are local spots I ride regularly.

Viewed all at once that OCD diagnosis is not looking flash, but on a case-by-case basis I’m kind of proud of them…

Ritchey McCaw

Woodhill Forest – Ritchey McCaw (AKA Muz)


Woodhill Forest – Footloose


Woodhill Forest – Balls


Westgate – Motorway Overbridge

Hobsonville Point – Frosty Start

Useful Tool

Hobsonville Point – Useful Tool

Beached Cruiser

Gold Coast – Beached Cruiser

Any Old Iron

Albany – Parking Provided

Pesky Trees

Albany – Factory Wall


Albany – Playcentre Wall

Black Heart

Mairangi Bay – Love on the Share With Care Path

Share With Care

Mairangi Bay – Seeing stars on the bike path

Happy 21st

DIY in the Bike Friendly North Shore Workshop

Real Grown-up Mountainbiking with Pink Sequined Chuck Taylors

Northcote – Tuff Crater Trail

Mist rising from the Poo Ponds - Winter is Coming

Albany – Mist rising from the Poo Ponds

Chasing The Sun

Wairau Valley – Chasing The Sun Home


Bethells Beach – Manuka Singletrack around Lake Wainamu

Riding to Lake Wainamu

Bethells Beach – Riding to Lake Wainamu

Cave Parking

Bethells Beach – Cave Parking


Bethells Beach – Last Nights Fire on the Giant Dune


Devonport – Mount Victoria Singletrack

North Head Coastal Path

Devonport – North Head Coastal Path

Magic In His Hands

May 28, 2014
© Ezra Caldwell

© Ezra Caldwell

I lost a dear friend this week. A friend I never met in person, but it hurts no less.

Ezra Caldwell and I crossed paths eight years ago as bike-nerds often do, via the internet. He laughed at my fat-wheeled adventures and watched my children grow-up from the opposite side of the planet. I gawped slack-jawed at his beautiful photographs, his beautiful bicycles, his colourful friends in their colourful city. Half the time these New York domiciles were riding bikes, half the time they were dancing around naked, I had no preference. It was a window on a world far different to mine.

© Ezra Caldwell

© Ezra Caldwell

Across those eight years the dance instructor transitioned to bike builder, the bachelor married his beautiful girlfriend, and everything was documented on film and in pixels as only Ezra could.

Photography, bicycle fabrication, wood-working, cooking and writing… he excelled at damn near everything. This renaissance boy had magic in his hands.

Along the way he got sick, more than once. All the pain, the brutality, the physical and emotional scars of fighting cancer were openly discussed on his blog and through his photography. It was excruciatingly honest and a tough read for those who loved him.

© Ezra Caldwell

© Ezra Caldwell

© Ezra Caldwell

© Ezra Caldwell

© Ezra Caldwell

© Ezra Caldwell

Every time I lean a bike against a wall, camera in hand, I think of Ez. Every time I step outside my comfort-zone in the kitchen I think of him too. People like Ezra who seep into your life, delight your senses and influence your thinking are to be treasured, dead or alive. Rest in peace Fast Boy.

Take the time to read through the links below, soak-up his photos, watch the films. I’m guessing a little bit of Ezra Caldwell will rub off on you too.

A life in Pictures • The Bicycle Builder  •  The Photographer  •  The Battler

Bike Friendly North Shore goes to Titirangi

May 18, 2014

Inspired by Clair’s last post I dragged Thing-Two and a friend halfway across town to try out Exhibition Drive and the Beveridge Track for ourselves.

As promised it was a cruisy 35 minute drive from the Shore and we scored the last park at the reservoir trail-head. There’s a dozen or so marked spots and some “creative” parking opportunities on the grass verges.

Smooooth gravel on the Beveridge Track.

Smooth roll’n on the Beveridge Track.

It was a beautiful sunny morning and I assumed we would warm-up nicely spinning uphill to the visitor centre, as is normally the case. We didn’t!

Although Exhibition Drive gradually gains altitude it is essentially flat, so the riding is very easy, you can’t tell you’re going uphill at all. Children of all ages will manage this section no problem.

Along the majority of the route you’re shrouded by trees and it felt a lot cooler in there than the weather forecast led me to believe. The sunshine at Mackie’s Rest was welcome relief and we warmed-up a couple of minutes before heading up the Beveridge Track.

Fat Cheese

Some guy at the Arataki Visitor Centre.

While Exhibition drive was wide and flat, Beveridge Track narrowed somewhat and was a lot more serpentine. Apart from the last couple of hundred metres it was a gentle climb with plenty of room to pass walkers and fellow cyclists. Little dirt-groms with off-road (or BMX) experience will have little trouble and I think riders of modest ability over the age of eight will enjoy it. The gravel surface is in good shape with just the odd puddle, I think you could ride there year-round.

Adult mountainbikers will negotiate the steep(ish) switchbacks near the top without stopping but my 13 year old accomplices got caught-out on the hairpin turns. Never mind, by then you’re nearly at the top and it’s an easy walk.

Hunter & Matt at Mackie's Rest

The lads at Mackie’s Rest, start of the Beveridge Track.

The fabled Danish ice-cream hut was shut when we rolled across the car-park to the visitor centre but by the time we’d explored the facility and taken in the views the shutters were up and he was back in business. I saved my pennies for cheapo Mickey-D soft-serves on the drive home but they sure did look good, maybe next time.

It wasn’t a long ride, maybe 10 or 12km return (felt a lot shorter) but was well worth the drive across town. Riding in the forest on a groomed trail with no roots, rocks, mud or steep hills is great fun and won’t put the young ones off mountainbiking for life. I need to get back there with my eight year old daughter and some of her mates, it’ll be just perfect.


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