The Bikes We Built – New Zealand Made Bicycles
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by Paul Kennett
1y ago
Where do you start when writing the first book about the history of New Zealand-made bicycles? What kind of stories do you uncover along the way? In this interview, Jonathan Kennett discusses his travels across Aotearoa to research the history of New Zealand-made bicycles and the fascinating people and stories he encountered. When he first dreamed of writing this book, his brother thought he’d be lucky to find 35 New Zealand-made bikes. After a year of digging around in archives, factories and backyard sheds, Jonathan found over 100 examples. Listen to Jonathan’s remarkable insights about bike ..read more
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MTB Hall of Fame
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by Paul Kennett
1y ago
Paul, Simon and Jonathan are happy to announce we’re going to be inducted into the Marin MTB Hall of Fame on 23rd September 2018 along with Steve Peat, Ken Chlouber and Josh Bender. We’d like to thank the Hall of Fame selection committee and Jim Hasenauer for nominating us, plus all those who voted for us. And all our friends and family who have supported us in our various cycling ventures over the years. Simon and Paul first visited the Hall of Fame way back in 1989 when it was still in Crested Butte. We were on a cycling and racing pilgrimage to pay homage to the pioneering people and events ..read more
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An internship on the mountain
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by kennettadmin
1y ago
The three musketeers: Dean, Alex, and I (Orion) The first grubber swing was through entrenched and seemingly hostile gorse, not the smoothest of introductions but an accurate one. “Orion’s Belt” is the new track on Makara peak to connect the main body of the park to its more advanced southern extension. At roughly one kilometre in length it cuts into the steep hillside shooting through Manuka groves, sun sheltered glens and more than a comfortable share of rocky sections. Alex focusing on not sliding off the track instead of the view That initial swing through the gorse was my first introduc ..read more
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Start ’em young!
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by kennettadmin
1y ago
The Kennett Brothers have supported Bikes in Schools since day one, by designing and building the first Skills Track in 2010. Since then we’ve helped with several others, and are now over the moon to see that schools around the country are adopting the Bikes in Schools programme. There are so many benefits. Rather than list them here, we are putting up this great little video which explains what it is all about ..read more
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Great Taste Trail
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by Paul Kennett
1y ago
We were lucky enough to ride the Great Taste Trail from Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park to Mapua today. Afterwards we headed back for a lap of the park. Great fun! Awesome work by Guy Trainor and many volunteers in the park. The Great Taste Trail has made so much progress it is incredible.   ..read more
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Carterton MTB Park and Mount Dick Lookout
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by Paul Kennett
1y ago
The weather was great in the Wairarapa, so we nipped over the hill for one last research trip at Carterton MTB Park, and Mount Dick Lookout (both next to each other). It’s a great park for little kids as it only has two 1-km long tracks and they are really well built. For exercise Mt Dick is perfect, and it offers stunning panoramas from the shelter on top. Chilly downhill though!   ..read more
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Tour Aotearoa – Cape Reinga to Bluff in 30 days or less
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by Paul Kennett
1y ago
If you have ever dreamed about riding light and fast for 3000 km, from Cape Reinga to Bluff, then check out http://www.touraotearoa.nz We are running this 2-4 week brevet in Feb-Mar 2016. Start planning now!   ..read more
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South Island Research Trip
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by Paul Kennett
1y ago
We’ve just got back from another massive research trip around the South Island. We started off checking out a fresh track in Oamuru, then we headed to Dean’s Bank. Next we had a brilliant day riding at Rude Rock. We came up with a cunning plan to do it while it was still frozen – there was no mud at all. It also gave Jonathan a chance to test the ECR in the snow (it’s awesome!). Then we spent the afternoon being shown the best tracks at Rabbit Ridge, thanks to our guide Olly (who knows the area like the back of his hand). There are heaps of new tracks being built there this year. Coronet Pe ..read more
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Reefton, Waiuta and Hanmer Forest
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by Paul Kennett
1y ago
We’ve just got back from an awesome research trip in the South Island. Reefton rocks! Seriously, it rocks more than ever. Even with a bit of drizzle. DOC have done some amazing work. Kirwans is in great nick, and the new loop possible around Murray Creeks makes for a brilliant night ride. Konini was the icing on the cake. The next day we were off to Waiuta. It was a tough day. So much water on the Big River and Waiuta Tracks, and several tree falls. Fantastic scenery though, and the work DOC have done on Waiuta was much appreciated. Then went and checked out the new track (under constru ..read more
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West Coast Wilderness Trail – Update From a Rider’s Perspective
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by Paul Kennett
1y ago
Last week Jonathan rode the West Coast Wilderness Trail with Bronwen Wall and Martin and Marie Langley. We rode the whole trail from Ross to Greymouth (yes, that is backwards) and had a great time. If you are planning on doing it soon, you need to be aware that much of it is not well signposted, and there are some bits worth riding that you may think are closed, as well as bits that are closed that you might think are open. So here is a quick update. If you have any questions, let us know. 3 km out of Ross you will have to cross the Totara River. We walked across the river (30 cm high), but i ..read more
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