Wellington – Summer of Cycling

Love to Roll – 2nd March

Our annual Love to Roll date ride is here again on the 2nd of March. Join Frocks On Bikes for a fresh, fun and summery cruise to the Fringe Festival in the city (either busking circus show, Campground Chaos outside St Johns, or Wheels of Justice at Bike Barn – must pre-book tickets).
Love To Roll goes from sea to city this year, so dress for a date, bring company and meet at Lyall Bay (Maranui Cafe) at 11am for coffee before we roll for a leisurely ride to town.
And if this wasn’t enough, at Love To Roll 2013 we’ll be raffling amazing date prizes –  dinners for two in Welly’s finest eateries (Martin Bosley, Olive, Finc, Monterey and Sweet Mother’s Kitchen), a Beautiful Bike Bag AND a Giant Suede bike from Giant Wellington!
The deets:
Meet at 11am  for coffee, ready to roll at 12 noon, 2nd March at Maranui, Lyall Parade. Bring your keep cup and cash for raffle tickets or quick coffee orders.
Shows start 2pm – either outside St Johns for Campground Chaos, or Bike Barn for pre-booked Wheels of Justice tickets
Rain date: 9th March
Cancellations: keep an eye on our facebook page
More info: email frocksonbikes@gmail.com 
Tweed Ride in the Wairarapa – 3rd FebruaryDon your duchess dress, or plus fours and tweed blazer, for a fun day out to celebrate the opening of the final section of the Greytown to Woodside Trail on Sunday 3 February. The Greytown Trails Trust has organised Wairarapa’s first ever ‘Tweed Run’ to celebrate the recent completion of ‘Stage 2’ from Woodside Rd to the Station, and the three years of hard work that’s gone into creating the 5km Greytown to Woodside cycling and walking trail. The public – that’s us! – is invited to bring a picnic to the Tweed Run, and there’ll also be refreshments  on the Trail. The event will include prizes for best costumes, and dogs are welcome on a lead, either in costume or ‘au natural’.Sunday 3 February 2013, 11am onwards- meet by the Woodside railway station Woodside end of the Greytown-Woodside Trail
Rimutaka Rail Ride – 9th FebruaryGreater Wellington are organising a family friendly ride over the rail trail. They say: “Enjoy a long (17km) but family-friendly bike ride along the historic Rimutaka Rail Trail. Learn the history of the fell engine and enjoy a picnic and sausage sizzle at summit, site of an old railway village. Max 80 people for return shuttles.”See the GW website for more details
Bikewise month – 13th FebruaryFebruary is Bikewise month! We’ll try to keep you posted on all the events planned around Wellington. Keep an eye on our calendar for details, but frankly there’s so much great stuff happening you should check out the Bikewise Events page online. MUST DO EVENT! Ink it on your social calendar: ‘Go By Bike Day’ on the 13th of February. Free breakfast! Open to everyone with a bike, from 6.30am under the sails on Queens Wharf.

“Wellington’s annual Go By Bike Day breakfast is not to be missed and for 2013 its going to be even bigger! We’ve ordered a sunny day with no wind, a guy that will blend you a smoothie with his bicycle, a photography booth for a portrait of you and your bike and that’s just the beginning. Come along for the food, the fun, and the mighty good company. Oh yeah, and the bikes.”
Evening movie ride – 20th FebruaryFrocks on Bikes loves Wellington’s summer events – and what better way to get to them than on two wheels?! Join us for an evening ride (route TBC on the night) before spreading the picnic blankets and opening the drinks at Waitangi Park for a cool Film by Starlight.The details:
20th Feb – Meet for a pre-movie ride at 7pm at the north side of the Wharewaka (near Taranaki St). We’ll cruise the waterfront to stretch our legs before settling in at Waitangi Park for Searching for Sugarman. (We know these movies are always packed out, so we’ve planned it to stake out a good spot)If the movie is cancelled, then the ride will be too. Keep an eye on the WCC website or facebook.Bring picnic blankets, food, wine, bike lights and something warm for after dark.

Street Skills goes to the Hutt

Saturday 16 February | 1pm – 4pm

Frocks on Bikes invites women to this 3-hour workshop where you can learn essential skills for riding safely and confidently on urban roads.

You’ll be on the street in Petone, learning how to interact with traffic and negotiate intersections, in a real-life situation with a qualified instructor. Bicycle, helmet and pre-registration required.


Meet at Wilford School, William Street Petone



More information

Contact HCC road safety coordinator

Jan Simmons 04 570 6730,

email roadsafety@huttcity.govt.nz


Urban Street Skills (Wellington) – only 2 more courses to go!

Get skilled up and street savvy with the wonderful Marilyn from En Velo. These courses are designed to get you riding more confidently on the busy streets of Wellington. You’ll be indicating like a pro, dodging buses and courier vans with ease and whizzing round roundabouts in no time after a street skills session.

This summer we’re lucky enough to once again have Marilyn  and her team of women instructors teaching a series of Street Skills courses. These courses are heavily discounted thanks to the Wellington City Council – only $20 gets you riding like a expert! This is the best investment you could make all summer.

We’ll be offering beginners and intermediate courses. On Saturday mornings and, a couple on a weekdays after work. Groups are limited so you get well looked after, but they fill up fast!

If you’re interested, check the dates below and email us asap to book your spot!

Updated dates for future courses:

  • Saturday, Dec. 1st – 9:00 -12:00 (rain date 2nd) > postponed until February
  • Wednesday & Thursday, Jan 30th and 31st – 6pm – 7:30pm (* 2-part evening course*)
  • Thursday, Feb 7th and Tuesday, Feb 12th – 6:00 – 7:30pm (* 2-part evening course*)
  • Saturday, March 16th – 9:00 -12:00 (rain date 17th)
  • Saturday, April 20th – 9:00 -12:00 (rain date 21st)

Sunday afternoon: coffee, food, goodness… yes please! (Wellington)

Thinking you might go for a coffee this Sunday and enjoy the forecast wonderful weather?

Well, grab your wheels and make a beeline for Celcius Café in Petone: they’ve won the Conscious Consumers carrotmob challenge!

Nationwide, cafés have been vying to donate to a good cause the biggest percentage of their sales from a two-hour window this Sunday afternoon.  So during this two-hour window … people mob them with custom!  

Celcius is the Wellington winner, and will donate 45% of their sales from the “carrotmob” period to a Fair Trade coffee cooperative in Papua New Guinea.   They’ll use it to set up (solar-powered) electricity for the cooperative’s office.  Go Celsius!  

Great cause? [TICK!]

Great fun? [TICK!]

Great café experience? [TICK!]

“So how can I be part of this awesome thing?” we hear you cry. It’s easy: just head to Celsius this Sunday between 2 and 4pm for your regular Sunday afternoon coffee / cake / brunch / afternoon tea, and bring a friend – or a few!

Frocks On Bikes augmented the carrotmob  to last year’s winners (Memphis Belle), and we had a blast. We played up to the media by arriving in a “mob”, looking stylish on our bikes and ringing our bells. Then… we had nice coffee and tasty food!  

So – come along to Celcius on Sunday by yourself, or with your DIY mob, or – if you want to be part of a little spectacle of styley people arriving on bikes (and maybe getting our photos in the newspaper), get in touch with Frocks!  

 To be part of a mini-mob to Celcius, mail us back at frocksonbikes@gmail.com  with “I want to carrotmob!” and we’ll send you the details of our (very close by) rendez-vous spot.

See you Sunday! 

Frock the Trail

Bike the Trail is on this Sunday.  Might be the last biking blast for this
summer, so what better excuse to get out your frocks.  See you there?



16 April 2012

Bike the Trail returns this Sunday

After having to postpone the original event during March’s “weather bomb”,
Hutt Valley’s largest cycling event, Bike the Trail, will be making a return
this Sunday.

The event, which takes place along the Hutt River Trail, has a choice of two
distances – the longer 25km version starting at Harcourt Park in Upper Hutt,
or the shorter 12km option from Stokes Valley. As both options provide a
flat, scenic, non-competitive bike ride suitable for all ages and
capabilities, this free event is the most popular cycling event in Lower

Starting at 12pm, cyclists finish at Hikoikoi Reserve in Petone, where a
free BBQ is provided, along with live music, spot prizes, vouchers from
Avanti Plus Lower Hutt and other giveaways.

Free transport is also provided for both bikes and their riders back to the
start points.

While the event is free for all, pre-registration is encouraged for
indication of numbers. Register online at www.bikethetrail.co.nz

Bike the Trail is proudly presented by Hutt City Council, Activation and
Greater Wellington.

For further information contact Thomas Buchanan, major events coordinator on email thomas.buchanan@huttcity.govt.nz

Wellington Street Skills – last chance!

This Saturday 14th, 9.30-12.30, it’s the season’s final Street Skills workshop – where for a mere $20 you can get three hours of tailored, professional bike handling and defensive riding training!

They’re a boon for anyone wanting to sharpen their street skills a little for the urban jungle – including those dodgy moments of confusion about the new give-way rule!

This Saturday is an intermediate (rather than beginner) course so it’s ideal for those of you who are getting around on two wheels but want to be more comfortable, confident, safer and calmer on the road.

There are a couple of spots left so email us quick to book your slot.

Wellington – Wairarapa Frocknic cancelled… again :-(

It seems that despite promising beautiful sunshiney goodness, the weather-people have not obliged. The forecast for tomorrow in the ‘rapa is looking rather less than ideal for a frocknic. In fact, rather glum. So we’ll put this one on hold and wait for summer to return.

If anyone out there has their heart set on one last frockish summer ride join us on Thursday for what is truly the ‘last of summer’ ride!

Once again, check back here for details and cancellations.


But in rather good news, the forecast is looking stunning for Auckland this Sunday. If you’re up there, be sure to check out Cycle Style. It looks amazing!

And if you’re in the Gisborne locality, they’re having a ride to the Blackberry Jam. Sounds great!

If you’re in the Hutt this Sunday, why not ride down to the Big Day Dowse? Bands, circus shows, food… all to celebrate the opening of the new civic square.

And if you’re stuck inside, check out Wellington Cycle Chic. Who knows if you – or your bike – have been snapped riding around Wellywood!