Christchurch – Upcoming events: Dec 2, Dec 3,

Dec 2nd – Santa Parade
Numbers for Sunday’s Santa Parade are jo-jo-ing crazily. We’re catering for about 40 for our picnic afternoon tea, but feel free to bring a plate of goodies in case this is insufficient for the hungry hordes! Picnic rugs welcome!

 

Dec 3rd – Kaila Colbin from the Ministry of Awesome has invited YOU to the official unveiling of the Koru Bike Rack at Re:START Mall. Designed by Jonathan Hall, this was the winner of the Ministry of Awesome’s Awesome Bike Rack Competition!

When: Monday 3 December, 5pm
Where: Re:START Mall, outside Ballantynes at the Colombo Street end (check out the bike fix up stand while you’re there)

What next? Following the ribbon cutting, we will parade down the road (literally! Bring your marching accoutrements!) to the 4th Awesome Evening, which brings us to C1. A number of passionate local entrepreneurs are speaking  about their projects. Fledge is playing; and a certain superhero is making an appearance…Ministry of Awesome is providing the nibbles, the drinks are on you!

http://www.ministryofawesome.com/event/first-awesome-evening  has these details and more!

Did you enjoy the Winter Solstice Ride? 200+ riders seemed to say it all! Stand by for a Summer Solstice Ride, details to be confirmed.

Christchurch Santa Parade – details for Dec 2nd

2012 Santa Parade! – details

When: Sunday 1.30pm 2 December. The parade starts at 2pm.

Meet: Wharanui Road (SECTION:5 NO:70)
We are behind the Cashmere High Jazz Band float, so we’ll be entertained as well!
Parade marshals, (wearing a coloured bib) will be able to direct you. If you forget, just remember we’re behind the Cashmere High Jazz Band.

The official map is here: http://www.christchurchsantaparade.co.nz/images/map2011Big.jpg

Our Theme: Retro Glamour However, animals, monsters and fairy tale characters will not be turned away…
We will have a limited supply of decorations and/or possibly costumes for people who think they (or their bikes) need more embellishment.

Prizes for guys, gals and kids for the best dressed & best bike decorations!

After the event you are invited to reconvene for a picnic afternoon tea (we’ll provide it) in Hagley Park. If you loose us at the end of the parade, we’ll be at Riccarton roundabout; from there we bike to a pretty site near the back of the hospital.

Cold weather default & post picnic destination: Pegasus Arms

Phone/text for last minute emergencies:  027 848 6927

Need a bike? Contact me! meg.christie@cdhb.govt.nz as we may have some spare vintage and novelty bikes, possibly some “Next Bikes”, too.

Christchurch – celebrate winter riding and ‘winterise’ your bike

Hey Frockers!

We may be past the shortest day, but we’ve still got the longest, coldest part of winter to go!  Our Winter Solstice Ride (21st June) proved that riding in the dark and cold is not impossible, in fact its quite fun and invigorating. One of our group counted way over 100 riders and we made quite a spectacle as we sparkled and twinkled fore and aft around Hagley!

If you’re not a regular winter rider and want to embrace the change, maybe you should consider “winterising” your bike: Here’s some quotes from Velo-Ideal

The essentials:

• Full length mud guards supplied and fitted: From $75

• Good quality LED lights supplied and fitted front and back: From $60  

And nice to haves:

• Chain lubricated: From $10

• New tyres fitted: From $90*

• Brake pads replaced: From $45

• Cushioned handlebar tape supplied and fitted (much warmer to hold): From $45

All up this comes to $325. Not a huge cost when you consider that it costs the same as a WOF, rego and a tank of petrol. And if you’re riding and not taking the car, well that’s the only excuse you need to buy yourself a puffer jacket and possum fur boots

*Worn tyres with casing showing are more prone to punctures and less grippy, but, interestingly, tyre tread is irrelevant on paved surfaces. Sheldon Brown and Jobst Brandt explain it succinctly. Wet metal plates, paint stripes, and railway/tram tracks are incorrigibly slippery no matter the season!

Christchurch – Winter Solstice ride

Hi All you Frockstars and welcome to new members

I’ve got you some more details about the Winter Solstice Ride, including a  long range weather forecast that actually gives us a spot of fine weather for our ride (only at the time of writing, mind!) .

Here’s the deal: We meet at the Armagh Street Gates into Hagley Park at 5.30pm this Thursday-21st June. Be sure to bling out your bike with as many lights as you can.

We ride anti-clock wise around the park (on the path or the road- your choice) eventually following a well kept secret and very dark path behind the hospital. We’lll eventually pop out near the Pegasus Arms where you can thaw out over hot food or chill out over a cold drink.

This ride is not exclusively a Frocks on Bikes ride, but is in collaboration with Spokes and Tweed Riders and pretty much the cycling fraternity in Chch. The ride is suitable for your young ones.

Be sure to sign the cycling petition at http://cyclingchristchurch.co.nz/ which gives you a voice in urban design for a better cycling city, and to like frocks at  http://tiny.cc/hfn6x

More chit chat about this ride is at https://www.facebook.com/events/379482075432654/

Meg

Christchurch – Join us for a winter wonderland solstice ride

Hello Christchurch riders

A Winter Solstice night ride is coming your way!

Fit batteries into your bike lights, identify your most stylish thermals, and mark 5.30pm 21st June in your diaries now!

Check out https://www.facebook.com/events/379482075432654/

I will be sending out more details closer to the time.

Meg

Chch frockers: Ride for a cause tomorrow, Tue 1 May

Christchurch frockers!,

I know we have just had a ride (and what a wee gem that was) and that this is very late notice, but tomorrow, Tuesday, 1 May, all cyclists (that’s us!) have been invited to ride in support of a petition. . . The petition calls for the red zoned land around the Avon-Otakaro to be made into a massive Park.

The two hand-bound volumes of the petition has been signed by more than 18,500 Christchurch people. It will be carried up the Avon River to its Avonhead source, then to the airport. On Wednesday the petition will be delivered to Parliament.

Support the petition’s journey!

There are 2 options:

  • 1:30pm at Little Hagley Park (western end by the Fendalton Rd bridge) and/or
  • 2:15pm at Okeover Gardens in Ilam Road (park your bike on the campus before coming into the garden).

If you prefer to walk,

  • meet at the Peace Bell, Botanic Gardens at 12:30pm
  • and/or Crosbie Park, Avonhead at 3pm.

If you’re coming please let the Avon-Otakaro Network know by emailing avonotakaro@gmail.com.
Maps of the all the routes and exchange points are posted on http://www.avon.org.nz . More details attached.

The Avon River red zone to become a reserve and river park? How cool is that!?

If this happens it will be a real walking and cycling mecca, as well as a beautiful place for birds, bugs and fish to live and trees galore to breathe life back into our air. And a fitting tribute to all our neighbours who have lost or are loosing their homes there.

Thanks, Meg (who, all going to plan, intends to do the 1.30pm stint).