Spoke No.74

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Spoke strives to bring a fresh and innovative look at mountain biking through original content, bold design and high quality production values. It provides an unbiased look at the lives and activities of mountain bikers in Aotearoa, consistently pushing the boundaries of mountain bike photography and graphic design. Spoke is published four times a year

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New Zealand
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5 Números

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1 min.
just another morning

We’ve all heard the age-old saying “the early bird catches the worm.” It applies to many aspects of life, and mountain biking is no exception. It’s easy to ignore that 5am alarm your mates convinced you to set the night before. It’s just sunrise, it happens every day, right? But there is nothing more rewarding for a mountain bike photographer than getting up early and peddling uphill in the dark with a bunch of good people who want to make something happen, and then Mother Nature delivers. Rider : Sarah Rawley Location: Hogs Back Trail, Castle Hill Village, NZ…

1 min.
midday cameo

Midday rarely makes for good imagery, but during these shorter days the sun doesn’t even get that high to begin with. I was out getting some photos of Billy on his new Trek, and this one just worked out for us: the harsh shadows hiding the background and making the rider pop, the sun working as a sidelight on the droplets of water as he rips through a puddle, not even touching the ground (check that back wheel!). Lucky he’s wearing camo, to hide all the mud Rider : Billy Meaclem Location: Victoria Park, Christchurch, NZ…

1 min.
razor’s edge

As a skier, I frequently find myself at the summit of Mt Hutt looking over the picturesque Canterbury Plains. This was a little different. It’s mid-summer, the chairlifts are spinning for the annual Lions Club open day, and I’ve swapped my powder skis for a downhill bike, my insulated jacket for a tee, and, being on trend, “forgot” my gloves. Damn, it wouldn’t be so sweat-inducing if it was snow instead of rock, but the show must go on. The sensation of railing scree is akin to powder turns: hunt for the soft stuff, drive in, pop out, feel that dopamine hit and repeat. Just don’t fall–it’s razor sharp. Rider : Liam Batt Location: Mt Hutt, NZ…

3 min.
seasonal revival disorder

My guilty confession from last summer is that I didn’t ride my bike that much. Although the days were long and the options abundant, life was busy and I found my motivation to head out in the heat and ride dusty trails wavering. That all changed one late-summer Sunday afternoon, when after two days of persistent rain, the weather briefly lifted. Having been couped up for so long, I grabbed my bike and ran out the door; I knew the clearance may be short-lived so I needed to make the most of it. What ensued was one of the best rides of the year, just me and the dog revelling in the cool air, the light drizzle and the tacky grip that had replaced the thick layer of slick dust. The…

9 min.

1.YAKIMA HIGHROAD You take the high road and we’ll take the high road too. The HighRoad, Yakima’s newest premium upright bike mount, has a simple adjustment-free hoop for those days when you just want to chuck ‘er on the roof and go. yakima.co.nz 2. CAMELBAK K.U.D.U PROTECTOR 10 Hydration and protection at home with the brave. The K.U.D.U. 10 comes with a full CE Level II protector panel, a 3-litre Crux™ reservoir, and seven litres of cargo space. Niftily, the protector can be worn with or without the pack, and can carry a full-face helmet and armour too. camelbak.com 3. SENSUS LITE GRIPS Get a grip (actually, get two). The Sensus Lites sport the traditional Sensus pattern with smaller ribs, yet with all the grip, comfort and vibration damping you’ll ever need still in hand.…

4 min.
unaccompanied rider

When it comes to riding a bike, either you have a pack mentality, or you don’t. I don’t. While some people prefer to turn their pedals over with others, to share experiences, to egg each other on, to post happy sweaty group selfies on Instagram, some cyclists prefer to take to the trails solo. If that’s you, I’m here to reassure you, it’s not weird; you are not alone in liking to ride alone. In fact, doing things by yourself is a growing trend. For example, fewer people are getting married every year in New Zealand. According to Statistics New Zealand, the marriage rate in 1992 was 18.3 couples per 1000 eligible people—this was down to 10.9 in 2017. With respect to “I do”, we don’t so much anymore. And ‘Living Apart…