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The BIG Auckland Ride.

August 28, 2010

With threatening skies overhead we rode around Auckland in a little pool of sunshine, the cycling gods were looking after us today.

Not a big turn-out, but a happy bunch of 30 or so riders cruised through Ponsonby, along K-Rd, over Grafton Bridge, past Newmarket and down to Parnell for coffee. Things got a bit fractured from here and with caffeine coursing through their veins people shot off in all directions – the ride was effectively over. A few of us carried on to the Library as that was the final destination but riding up Queen Street was not a pleasant experience and a first for me. I won’t be hurrying back there.

The group dynamic could have been better if the lead-riders had kept a more sedate pace. The bunch tended to string-out a little and was occasionally severed by light changes at intersections. People still had a good time though and were grouped with those of similar pace, chatting to each other when the traffic allowed it.

K Road Kid

Cruising K-Rd (maybe not the best description)

Cruising K Road

Still on K-Rd

K Road Shadows

K-Rd. Hey, it's a long road!

Parnell Cafe Parking

No trouble finding a park outside The Strawberry Alarmclock.

Parnell Cafe

Sketching bikes inside.

The finished item. I was sitting in front of that coffee on the right but was apparently invisible to the artist.

The thing I enjoyed most was the smiles and waves from the public, especially when the children came past. I think they recognized we were just ordinary people like them, all shapes and sizes, genders and ages, out in the sunshine having fun.

Thanks to Rob Thomas for organizing the ride. I’m wary of anyone with political aspirations but he rides a bike so he can’t be all bad ;^)

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  1. August 30, 2010 11:32 pm

    Sorry you didn’t make it in the piture, its done very nicely.

    That green little bike is one of those Brompton folding bikes own:

    I actually own 2 of those compact folders and also got a titanium model for my girlfriend.

  2. August 30, 2010 11:39 pm

    Thanks for commenting. Yes I know it’s a Brompton and I rode it the very next day!
    First ride on a Brompton

    Photos of my Bickerton folder were used in the new book about Bromptons you can buy from their site:
    Brompton Bicycle by David Henshaw

    I’ve got a bit of a thing for them lately although there are only a few in New Zealand.

    – Antoine

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