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  • How to fit a kids bike

    How to fit a kids bike

    Are you planning to hit New Zealand’s epic bike trails these school holidays? Kids love to get out there on the bike. For them to be able to ride safely and confidently it’s important to choose a bike that fits. Check out our tips on how to fit a kids bike… Let’s be honest, the […] Read Article

  • WALK ON Foot Protection – Sore Feet Stop Here

    WALK ON Foot Protection – Sore Feet Stop Here

    WALK ON feels like you're walking a cloud. Anyone who treks, cycles, wears high heels, dances or treads in work boots all day will appreciate the soft and magical feel of sheep on their feet - you could even use it to relieve pack rub or sports bra chaffing. The use of a silky strip of hyperfine mer Read Article

  • Getting started in Cyclo-cross (CX) by Merrin Brewster

    Getting started in Cyclo-cross (CX) by Merrin Brewster

    You may have noticed some weird 'road bikes' being ridden around in New Zealand in the last few years. They have knobbly tires, maybe some odd cantilever braking system (cantilever brakes look like an upside down 'Y'), with riders willingly riding through mud and puddles instead of dodging them. Thi Read Article

  • Mons Royale Merino and Mountain Biking

    Mons Royale Merino and Mountain Biking

    There’s no need to take your rotten cotton and your glad bag polyester on tour anymore. Whether you’re hiking your bike, trail riding, hucking or going full enduro, life behind bars just got a whole lot cooler with Mons Royale’s Air-Con – Surf the Dirt Series. Merino Air-Con Surf the Dirt in Read Article

  • Travelling With Your Bike

    Travelling With Your Bike

    Whether you are a Roadie, Triathlete or All-terrain shredder, there comes a time when you are ready to test your skills amongst a new crowd, or simply enjoy the scenery of the road less travelled. Flying with your bike can be a challenge for amateurs and professionals alike, but there is a way to pl Read Article

  • New Gear: CamelBak Crux Reservoir

    New Gear: CamelBak Crux Reservoir

    In Summary, the Crux Bladder delivers more water per slip, stays cooler for longer, less prone to leakage, Improvements in the cap make the system of refilling faster and it’s easier to clean. Read Article

  • Osprey Talon 11 and Tempest 9 Daypacks

    Osprey Talon 11 and Tempest 9 Daypacks

    Whether you’re going for a run, small hike or a bike ride or travelling, you need a pack that is versatile, streamlined and most importantly comfortable. Osprey’s Women’s Tempest 9 and Men’s Talon 11 Daypacks are built for multi-use and active light pursuits and come with some awesome functi Read Article

  • Long Term Test: Schwalbe Procore review

    Long Term Test: Schwalbe Procore review

    Riding at lower pressure means better performance, but at the same time it increases the risk of failures. While low pressures offer greater grip and small bump dampening, the limit so far tends to be about 20 psi, below which you start to run the risk of burping a tyre, dinging your rims or getting Read Article

  • Pro Tips: Holly Pawson – Seeing The Light In The Dark

    Pro Tips: Holly Pawson – Seeing The Light In The Dark

    People often ask me how I motivate myself to train over the cool and dark winter months. This year in particular I have no option to ‘slack off’ with the thought of the World Triathlon Championships in Mexico providing that extra tug out of bed in the morning and into my life as a nocturnal athl Read Article

  • Pro Tips: Cam Cole – The Racers Edge

    Pro Tips: Cam Cole – The Racers Edge

    For a mountain biker who looks forward to a summer of racing all year long there are times during the year which may leave you feeling a little dissatisfied, such as having to take time out due to injury or during the colder and darker months of the year. The good news is that this can be spent in a Read Article

  • Winter Bike Maintenance

    Winter Bike Maintenance

    We asked our team what they do to keep their bike running in top shape when the weather outside turns nasty. DH and enduro shredder (and occasional XC whippit) Kieran Bennett came back to us with his thoughts on keeping your ride running smooth this winter…   With the memories of another Read Article

  • Compression 101

    Compression 101

    You know compression sportswear is tight, right? But so are skinny jeans, so what’s the big deal? Do SKINS really improve performance and speed up recovery? How? Can you prove it? Here’s a quick lesson in compression to answer your questions and squeeze out those doubts. All the Gear, No Idea? W Read Article

  • Athlete Reviews: Andrew Sloan – Trek Fuel EX8 29er

    Athlete Reviews: Andrew Sloan – Trek Fuel EX8 29er

    Having rolled out of Racers Edge Powered By Torpedo 7 with my new 2016 Trek Fuel EX8 29er in late November, I have been so busy taking it on missions and fun trail adventures to take a moment to sit down and reflect on this bike and what I think of it! I should first […] Read Article

  • Otago Polytech Tech Tips: Servicing a Loose Ball Bearing Hub

    Otago Polytech Tech Tips: Servicing a Loose Ball Bearing Hub

    Learn how to service your loose ball bearing hubs at home with this step-by-step guide from Otago Polytech's bike mechanic tutors. Read Article

  • Athlete Reviews: Dougal Allan – Giant Trinity

    Athlete Reviews: Dougal Allan – Giant Trinity

    The Giant Trinity was always built to go fast. But in 2016 it has been built to go even faster and with plenty of specific additions to get the long-distance triathlete excited. Key features I have fallen in love with include the built-in aero drink system, the feed-box on the top tube and the fully Read Article

  • What is MIPS helmet technology?

    What is MIPS helmet technology?

    Wondering what this MIPS technology is that's being increasingly seen in helmets for both bike and snow? Read the facts here and learn how a MIPS equipped helmet can reduce your chance of injury in case of a fall. Read Article

  • Otago Polytech Tech Tips: Dual Pivot Road Brake Installation & Adjustment

    Otago Polytech Tech Tips: Dual Pivot Road Brake Installation & Adjustment

    We’re excited to partner up with the Otago Polytechnic Central Campus to bring you a range of bike tuning and repair tips and advice. With a number of topics covered over the coming weeks, be sure to check back soon! Turn your passion for cycling into a career!  Study the Certificate in Bicy Read Article

  • Basic Bike Maintenance Tips

    Basic Bike Maintenance Tips

    Bikes are tough but far from invincible. The more maintenance you perform, the longer all your components will last and the less you will spend on repairs in the long run. Here we run through a few tips on maintenance you can perform at home yourself to keep your bike in good shape. Clean your bike Read Article

  • Pro Tips: Bike setup with Cam Cole (3/3)

    Pro Tips: Bike setup with Cam Cole (3/3)

    We’re stoked to be featuring a series of bike setup tips and advice from professional downhill racer and former Junior UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Championship winner Cam Cole. With multiple World Cup podiums to his name along with New Zealand Downhill National Championship titles and two O Read Article

  • Pro Tips: Bike setup with Cam Cole (2/3)

    Pro Tips: Bike setup with Cam Cole (2/3)

    We're stoked to be featuring a series of bike setup tips and advice from professional downhill racer and former Junior UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Championship winner Cam Cole. Part 2 of 3 deals with fork and cockpit setup, Part 3 on dynamic balance coming soon. Read Article

  • Pro Tips: Bike setup with Cam Cole (1/3)

    Pro Tips: Bike setup with Cam Cole (1/3)

    Over the next week we'll be featuring a series of bike setup tips and advice from professional downhill racer and former Junior UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Championship winner Cam Cole. With multiple World Cup podiums to his name along with New Zealand Downhill National Championship titles and Read Article

  • Otago Polytech Tech Tips: How to Install Bar Tape

    Otago Polytech Tech Tips: How to Install Bar Tape

    We’re excited to partner up with the Otago Polytechnic Central Campus to bring you a range of bike tuning and repair tips and advice. With a number of topics covered over the coming weeks, be sure to check back soon! Turn your passion for cycling into a career!  Study the Certificate in Bicy Read Article

  • Bike drivetrains for beginners

    Bike drivetrains for beginners

    To those new to the world of mountain biking, the choice of equipment out there can be mind boggling. The number of configurations available is already impressive, and seems to grow year by year. So, to make understanding it all a little bit easier, here is an explanation of all the acronyms, abbrev Read Article

  • Torpedo7 bike lights

    Torpedo7 bike lights

    Training rides in the dark are no fun. Hear what Torpedo7 rider Katie Schofield has to say about the latest bike lights from Torpedo7 Read Article

  • Why run a wider handlebar?

    Why run a wider handlebar?

    Handlebar width can be a cheap and cost effective way to make a big change in how your bike handles on the trail. Read Article

  • Crankworx Rotorua Santa Cruz demo – All mountain shakedown

    Crankworx Rotorua Santa Cruz demo – All mountain shakedown

    We do the hard yards to test 3 of Santa Cruz's most popular bikes at Crankworx Rotorua and give you our thoughts. Click here to read our comparison review between the Santa Cruz 5010, Bronson and Nomad. Crankworx Rotorua Santa Cruz demo – The Ultimate Shakedown Read Article

  • How to Bleed Hydraulic Disc Brakes

    How to Bleed Hydraulic Disc Brakes

    Air entrapped in the Hydraulic system of the disc brakes can decrease performance of the system and should be removed by bleeding the system and replenishing the system with new brake fluid. The system is filled by pumping fluid from the lowest point (at the caliper), through the system, to the high Read Article

  • How to use a Chain Cleaner

    How to use a Chain Cleaner

    Learn how to clean you bike chain with a Chain Cleaner Read Article

  • Top Bike Storage Solutions

    Top Bike Storage Solutions

    We've selected our Top Bike Storage Solutions, free up some space and keep your house-mates happy! Read Article

  • How to Adjust Rear Gears

    How to Adjust Rear Gears

    In this article we show you how to tune your gears. Adjust your limit screws, tension your gear cables, and get your rear gears working nice and accurately. Read Article

  • How to Use a Chain Tool

    How to Use a Chain Tool

    When shortening a new chains length to suit your bike correctly or shortening a chain in order to repair it, either way you'll need to use a Chain Tool to split the links. We've broken down the process below to clear up this often overlooked tool. Read Article

  • How to Repair a Puncture

    How to Repair a Puncture

    Ever been stuck with a puncture? This article explains the process for repairing a punctured bike tube with a patch kit. If you want to fix your flat tyre by simply replacing the punctured tube with a new one, follow steps 1-3, then jump forward and complete step 5 after this skip to step 10 and com Read Article

  • Types Of Bikes – Which One Is Right For You?

    Types Of Bikes – Which One Is Right For You?

    Decided to purchase a two-wheeled friend, but overwhelmed by the different types of bikes out there and what will be best for your needs? Don't worry, you're not alone; and you're certainly not going to be left in the dark if Torpedo7 has any say in it. Read Article

  • Choosing a set of Pedals for your bike

    Choosing a set of Pedals for your bike

    Pedals are a crucially important aspect of any bike set up. Whether you’re a road cyclist, downhiller, trail rider, or a commuter, you’ll need pedals to ride. Besides the obvious fact that you need pedals to drive the cranks and get you moving, your choice of pedal will ultimately impact your pe Read Article

  • How to choose a bicycle pump

    How to choose a bicycle pump

    Flat tyres don't roll so well and at some stage you're going to have to put some air in those tyres of yours. For such a simple task there's actually a variety of options to suit your needs so check out our pump guide to see what works best for your ride. Read Article

  • Backcountry riding checklist

    Backcountry riding checklist

    The following is a minimum list of what to take on a XC mountain bike ride when walking your MTB back to civilisation is going to be a poor option. Read Article

  • What Wheel Size Is Right For Me?

    What Wheel Size Is Right For Me?

    If you road cycle it’s easy, but if mountain bikes are your ride of choice then things aren’t quite so simple. You’ve seen the bikes, you’ve heard the chat, but you still don’t really know which wheel size is right for you. From the classic 26”, to the rangy 29” to the new ‘tweener� Read Article

  • Sports Drinks and Food Advice

    Sports Drinks and Food Advice

    Importance of Hydration As we exercise, our body temperature increases, and to cool down we sweat. Sweating puts our body system into negative fluid balance leading to dehydration. Drinking fluid during exercise helps to replace what is lost through sweat. Keeping hydrated is not only important for Read Article

  • What to look for in cycle clothing

    What to look for in cycle clothing

    Bike Riding Clothing Explained   Cycle Shorts Cycling shorts are designed to make your time on your bike as comfortable as possible. The material is designed to provide ease of movement and the padded liner will give you comfort in the saddle. When investing in a pair of cycling shorts, it’s Read Article

  • How to Choose a Bike Helmet

    How to Choose a Bike Helmet

    Helmets are an absolutely essential piece of gear when you are riding a bike, not only because is illegal not to wear one, but because they could save your life if you are in an accident. They come in three basic styles; street style, road and mountain. Different styles have features specific to the Read Article

  • Understanding Bike Frame Geometry

    Understanding Bike Frame Geometry

    Understanding bike frame geometry So you’ve decided to buy a new bike, great! These days bikes come in a variety of shapes and sizes with more than a few subtle differences in frame geometry. At first glance these numbers may make no sense but they can be fundamental in how a bike performs. Unders Read Article

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