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Adding in a bug-filter to my upper air-vent on my Shoei Neotec II helmet

I'm sick of bugs getting into my helmet through the upper air-vents on my Neotec II helmet, so it's time to take the vent apart and to fit a screen filter to the air-intakes. This Youtube video shows the process and how I've managed to do it. - It was a success and...

Garmin Zumo XT – Theme file: showing route and tracks overlaid

This theme file can be added to your Zumo XT, and will make your active route line thinner than any track which you might also choose to have actively shown, in this way, the route will be over-laid, and you'll also still be able to see your pre-defined track...

Content to email for an IBA NI1600 certificate

PLEASE COPY AND PASTE THIS INTO AN EMAIL, COMPLETE IT AND THEN SEND TO: support@ibapremier.zohodesk.com Subject: NI1600 Ride Application (**your name**, NZ - SS1600K) For what ride are you applying: SaddleSore 1600K - New Zealand NI1600 Date of ride start: 9-Oct-2021...

Auckland – Super-City Gold – 29 Oct 2021

Planning / Background The IBA have an In-State series, and as a sub-part of that, they also list an 'In-City' series too. These tend to be one-offs done by special nut-jobs who are happy to ride around a single city for 24 hours, riding the minimum certifiable...

Getting setup with SpotWalla for the NZDR North Island events (2021)

SCREEN SHOTS IN THIS PAGE SHOW OLD VERSIONS OF APPS, WE HAVE NOT HAD TIME TO GRAB NEW VERSIONS - SORRY! Firstly, it should be pointed out that this is not compulsory in any way. This is entirely optional for most, but also strongly requested for the NI1600...

Flicker lights – C14 – The making of…

Prompted by earlier night-fall as we go into winter, and the prospect of travelling home in the dark for the next 4 or more months, I felt the need to become more visible on the motorway at dusk. Particularly in the heavy traffic heading north from Albany up to...

IBA ANZAC Day Ride – 2021

So, Stella said she'd like to ride an ANZAC Day Ride - So planning has been made simpler by her being happy to re-do the 2018 ANZAC ride, which was my last IBA ride on the R1... The ANZAC Day Ride is a special IBA ride which can only be done in Australia or New...

New SpotWalla site – should I switch now?

What’s this all about? If you already have a SpotWalla account and if you’ve had it for a while then there’s a solid chance that it was setup using their existing website and used tracking apps which were built to interface with that. Recently at the beginning of 2021...

Getting setup with SpotWalla for the TT2000 event (2021).

Firstly, it should be pointed out that this is not compulsory in any way. This is entirely optional. What are we talking about? SpotWalla is a location tracking and sharing service for individuals. It is widely used within the long distance riding community...

My Ride Around the Top Paddock…

Background / Prep There have been other posts about this ride, the thinking behind it and the job of getting the ride approved by the IBA. - I'll not cover that same ground again here, this is intended to be a ride report and to go a little into the preparation...

Riding the Bottom Paddock

By guest writer: Julian Boyd This is my first attempt at writing a ride report so bear with me. I have only been distance riding for about 2 years. My first attempt at an event was the 2019 TT2000 and it was at the Kaikoura checkpoint where I met Chris and Stella...

Ride Around the Top and Bottom Paddocks – They’re official! 🙂

I would like to start by thanking both Howard Entman, and Mike Kneebone of the IBA for their support through this process and their virtually unending patience with me. 🙂 - Also to Julian Boyd for his amazing die hard efforts in helping us to get these rides proven....

Getting Tracks to show in SpotWalla with new geoJSON format requirements

When planning a TRIP in SpotWalla to share with people as you ride around your planned route, it's often really nice to be able to show people where your planned route is expected to take you. To do this, you need to be able to put a Track into your Trip page. There's...

NZDR 1KC – 2020 – Forgotten Highway section.

Each year, the NZDR organising group put on two main events, the NI1600 / NI800 event, and their 1KC rides. The 1KC stands for the '1-K Cruise' - It's 1000km long and is intended to be a social event, allowing people to perhaps ride in groups and take a more relaxed...

Julian Boyd’s back-to-back double badger and BB1500 at the NZDR NI1600/NI800 event.

We had 27 starters on the NI1600 this weekend, 2 withdrew, so we had 25, NI1600 finishers. I think there were about 11 who had pre-expressed interest for an IBA cert, I will be working through getting them to apply etc in the next few days... -----------------Julian...

Getting setup with SpotWalla for the NZDR North Island events (2020)

Firstly, it should be pointed out that this is not compulsory in any way. This is entirely optional, but also strongly requested for the NI1600 riders. What are we talking about? SpotWalla is a location tracking and sharing service for individuals. It is widely...

Unique IBA opportunity for NZ1600 riders this year (2020).

If you're one of the few NI1600 entered riders (3rd-4th October), then you have a pretty unique opportunity within this year's ride. The IBA's 'Memorial Ride' period falls within the same period as the ride, with their window closing on the 4th October. This comes...

Interesting chat with Kawasaki NZ about a 2021 Concours 14

Me: I'm hoping to be able to get a new Concours 14 here in NZ. K-NZ: While we do not stock this model we are able to indent order a Concours 14 from the factory. The next 2021 model year production is scheduled for November for January delivery into New Zealand. You...

TT2000 – 2021 events details are up, and we’re entered.

Whoop whoop! - It's a good day. Wayne has posted all of the TT2000 checkpoint and events details up on his site today, and so we're entered and have started planning our route! 🙂 So far so good, but I've got too many checkpoints and too many kms for this to be a...

Our failed attempt at a Twisty Butt – SaddleSore 1600K

Our fundraising ride for Aran Animal Rescue Luke and I had set out to complete a planned, 1600km ride in 24hours as a fund-raiser for Aran Animal Rescue. This would have been the 10th of these rides which I would have completed, and Luke's 3rd. We'd like to start this...

 

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