Retailers in New Zealand

Retailers in New Zealand. These good guys & gals will have a range of our bikes and products in store and ride them too

Planet Cycle

213 Dominion Rd, Mt. Eden, Auckland 1024

09 630 6940


33 Barry's Point Road, Takapuna, North Shore 0622, Auckland

09 489 5494, 0800 KIWIVELO,

Torpedo 7

K Road, Auckland 1010

09 309 6444,

Bike Culture

1133 Pukuatua St, Rotorua

07 343 9372,,

Central Bicycle Studio

69 Walding Street, Palmerston North, 4414

06 358 6151,,

Dirt Merchants

93 Aro Street, Aro Valley, Wellington

04 385 0398,

Torpedo 7

Cnr Rutherford & Bridge Street, Nelson 7010

03 548 4999,

Scotty Browns

206 Wordsworth St, Sydenham, Christchurch 8023

03 366 3773,,

Torpedo 7

1 Picton Ave & Blenheim Road, Tower Junction, Addington, Christchurch 8011

03 365 2178,

Torpedo 7

The Forge Building, Cnr Camp & Shotover Streets, Queenstown 9300

03 409 0409,

Racers Edge

99 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305

03 443 7882,,

Torpedo 7

70 Stuart St, Dunedin 9016

03 474 1211,

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Seeing Red

We've all been there.

Late nights long after the sun has long gone down, the lights off and bathing in the dull glow of the computer screen, looking at things in the dark by yourself. Your brain says "STOP!" but something stirs from within, it sends you to the corners of the internet you know you shouldn't inhabit, looking at things that you shouldn't be looking at.

I went there, I knew I shouldn't have but I did anyway.

I don't know what it is about a red Santa Cruz, but I tend to lose the plot completely and send Styley this sort of email:

"Highball! IN RED!"
"Want one! WANT ONE NOW!"

Then I feel a bit guilty as I try to work out exactly how I'm going to afford my latest purchase.

A few months ago as I was staring down the barrel of round two of fatherhood I looked at my collection of bikes and realized that it was all too much. I always liked having a bit of choice in my collection, but given the impending lack of money and time I had made the decision to simplify.

Sometimes when you need a spoon, you should just grab a spoon, you don't need a gold one, or something with a rubberized handle that conforms to the shape of your hand, you just need something to get the food from point A (the bowl) to point B (your mouth). My approach to a new bike was very similar, I just needed something to pedal around and hit the odd bit of single-track, when I had the most fun on a bike it was often on bikes with eighty-millimeters of travel in the front and nothing in the back.

No pivots. No springs. No Suspension settings to obsess over.

I've had the Highball for a few months now and it is easily the favorite out of the many bikes I've owned over the past few years. It allows me to get out in the precious little time I have to go get my my regular dose of green-brown-and-blue with a minimum of fuss, and it does it without any drama.

Which is the point of owning a bike, isn't it?

If you don't have a nice and simple hardtail you should buy one. They're really good.