The Pros & Cons of Buying Used Vs. New Bikes
Bike Glendhu Blog
by Jessie Byrne
3M ago
It may be getting a bit late into the bike season, but Autumn is often the best time to scoop yourself a new bike. Used bikes are hitting the ol’ Facebook Marketplace in droves as former owners finish off the season and look to upgrade in the Spring. And bike shops looking to clear stock might be holding some pretty killer sales. So whether you’re a seasoned rider or a newbie looking to hit the trails during the best time of year to ride, buying a bike is a pretty massive decision. And deciding to buy new or used comes with its own set of pros and cons. But fear not! Because we’re here to hel ..read more
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Here’s Why The First 10 Minutes Of Every Ride Suck
Bike Glendhu Blog
by Jessie Byrne
4M ago
Whoa, well that’s a pretty negative blog title isn’t it? And maybe you’re a David Goggins-esque cardio beast reading that and thinking “wait whaaat?! I love every second of heart-pumping, lung-flexing, butt-numbing glory on my mountain bike.” Then, this piece probably isn’t for you. But! If you’re one of those people that know you’ll have a blast on your bike, just as soon as you get over that first 10-minute hump, then stick around. Because it’s not just you. As it turns out, the first 10 minutes of any exercise sucks for just about everybody. And there’s a few good reasons why. Allow the ha ..read more
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Photo Recap: Midpoint Jump Jam
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by Jessie Byrne
4M ago
Back for its second year, the Midpoint Jump Jam went down at Bike Glendhu this past weekend and it just about blew the doors off! (Literally, in this case). Riders, both pros and groms alike, gathered at the site of the Midpoint Jumps at BG, purpose-built for Brandon Semenuk’s Midpoint film a few years back. The jumps had since fallen into disrepair until last year, when we resurrected them to hold the inaugural Midpoint Jump Jam. And although this year involved less digging, we were still stoked to re-open the jumps to the public once again. Sunday, March 3rd kicked off with a calm, sunny da ..read more
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A Beginner’s Guide To Enduro Racing
Bike Glendhu Blog
by Laura Harris
5M ago
So you’ve got your bike, you’re comfy cutting laps, you’ve been pondering a challenge and ready to enter your first race, but unsure where to start… Well then my friend, enduro is for you! Enduro racing is fastly becoming one of the most popular mountain bike disciplines because of its accessibility and social aspects, while still providing the thrill of competition. Naturally, every enduro race is unique depending on the trails chosen for each stage, but all enduros include a mix of uphill and downhill with only the downhill sections being timed. It’s the perfect blend of adrenaline and chil ..read more
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Learn the difference between MTB disciplines
Bike Glendhu Blog
by Jessie Byrne
5M ago
Back in the day (we’re talking waaay back), biking was a simple means of transportation – just getting from Point A to Point B. Well, mountain biking sure cracked that notion wide open: now there’s just about every root, rock and roll between Point A and Point B. And as the sport has evolved, so too have the disciplines in order to cater to the diverse tastes and preferences of two-wheeled fans. From the gravity-defying stunts of freeride to long distance-busting cross-country, each mountain biking discipline brings its own unique flavour to the event world. In this blog, we’re going to break ..read more
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The History of Bike Glendhu (You Might Not Know About)
Bike Glendhu Blog
by Siobhan Cardus
5M ago
The land on which Bike Glendhu is located has a rich history that goes back decades. From Māori culture and farming heritage to how Bike Glendhu came to host some of Wanaka’s best downhill mountain bike flow trails, we’ll be covering it all in this blog. Keep reading to learn about how Bike Glendhu started and the history of the land here. Warning – you’re about to hear the name John lots, and yes, there is more than one John. About Glendhu Bay (Te Rākau-o-Taneauroa) Bike Glendhu is located in Glendhu Bay which is a 10-minute drive from Wanaka’s township (towards Tititea Mt Aspiring National ..read more
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E-Bikes vs. Analog Mountain Bikes
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by Siobhan Cardus
6M ago
This one can be a pretty controversial topic – how do you choose between electric mountain bikes (eMTB) vs. the old trusty analog (traditional non-electric) full-suspension mountain bikes, and what are the pros and cons of each? You might already have your opinions on this one, or maybe you’ve found yourself here because you’re genuinely not sure which is best. The boom of the eMTB has changed the game for many riders – assistance on the climbs means that more riders can get into the sport and go for longer, however, purists who swear by their trusty legs to get them up the climb sometimes c ..read more
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4 Technical MTB Drills to Get You Ripping
Bike Glendhu Blog
by Siobhan Cardus
6M ago
Keen to improve your technique on front-wheel lifts, ratcheting, track stands or cornering? We caught up with Bri Lobb from Black Fox Ride to chat about mountain bike drills you can do pretty much anywhere and very few resources to improve your technique. These four basic drills will help with your balance and stability on the bike as well as translate to confidence on the trails when you encounter features or difficult sections. These drills are best practised with flat pedals to get the most out of them. Before you ride a new tech trail, always remember to scope it beforehand and the golden ..read more
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Here’s Your List of NZ Must-Ride MTB Events
Bike Glendhu Blog
by Jessie Byrne
6M ago
If there’s one thing Kiwi mountain bikers know how to do, it’s putting on a rad bike event. Here at Bike Glendhu, we’re quite proud of our various mountain bike events, including community events like Women’s Ride Wednesdays and our signature events like the POC Glenduro. But looking big picture, as a whole our little island at the bottom of the world has some epic event drawcards. So here’s our list of must-ride MTB events for 2024, all the way from the North Island down to our home in the Southern Alps. Queenstown Bike Festival When: January 19-28, 2024 Where: Queenstown, South Island Quee ..read more
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Family Mountain Bike Tips & Checklist
Bike Glendhu Blog
by Siobhan Cardus
7M ago
Getting your family out on the trails for a mountain bike ride is a great way to bond with the kids and create some really neat core memories as a family. It does, however, come with its own set of challenges. We had a yarn to our Managing Director, Charlie (who has two little ones) to get some pro-tips about taking the kids for a bike ride, as well as his packing list for “must-haves” when he brings the little ones out for a lap at Bike Glendhu. Keep reading to learn about some endeavours you’ll have to conquer and how to do so successfully. Planning is Key You’ll first need to plan where y ..read more
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