There’s pizza, beer, and celebrations all around tonight at Bike Otago, as tomorrow Yeti kicks off their massively popular Demo Days, starting in Dunedin. It’s a great way to view and try out the new Yeti bikes, as well as pre-ordering your own so you’re prepared for riding this Spring.
Mat is doing a big roadie around the country, travelling to 12 locations in New Zealand to spread the Yeti love. The Dunedin Bike Otago team have overhauled the Yeti Van to include all the best Yeti bikes and gear, as well as a cheeky BBQ. The new van kit out is looking pretty sweet and we can’t wait to share it with you all.
We had a quick chat to Mat from Yeti about the Demo Days...
Why would you recommend someone comes to a Yeti Demo Day?
It's a great way to ride a new bike on a local trail that you know. It's important to get the right size and style of bike for you, and a Yeti Demo Day allows you to have a test run before you choose a bike and shelling out a shit load of money !
What do people need to bring to the Yeti Demo Day?
All you need to bring are your riding shoes, your pedals, a smile and an open mind ready to be blown away. We do have a couple of pairs of clipless pedals and flats if you forget, but really do suggest you bring your own as it will give you a better feel for the bike.
Tomorrow’s demo day is at the top of Signal Hill, so if you’ve already registered, we’re looking forward to seeing you there! The demo days this year have been hugely popular so if you’ve missed out, make sure you are following the Yeti NZ and Bike Otago Facebook pages to find out when the next Yeti Demo Day is happening.
With our renovations here at Bike Otago pretty much complete, we thought it was the perfect time to create a fresh display dedicated to one of our favourite brands, Mons Royale. This Kiwi clothing brand has been a long time favourite of the Bike Otago team due to it’s easy to wear style, that doesn’t compromise on it’s technical performance. The versatile pieces are designed to be worn everyday - whether thats hitting the trails on your bike or heading out to meet friends for a coffee. No matter what you are doing, you’ll always look sharp.
Based in Wanaka, Mons Royale started in 2009 as the answer to a lack of stylish and functional merino clothing available on the market. Later that year, they received their first international order and before long the brand was flying off the shelves all around the world. Nowadays Mons Royale is stocked in over 400 retail stores (including Bike Otago) all around the world.
As well as creating some pretty kick-ass clothing, Mons Royale is well-known for it’s focus on quality garments and it's high standards of ethics. They have strict criteria about which companies they choose to work with, ensuring that all process treat both people, animals, and the environment with complete care.
Make sure you pop instore to check out some of the new collection from Mons Royale. We’re sure you’ll love them just as much as we do!
We have been busy little rabbits the past few weeks building a brand new workshop space and opening up the showroom space to allow for a great deal more bikes, clothing, parts and accessories.
With more floor space, we have much more room to show off more stunning bikes, including some of new 2018 Giants that have landed already and a bunch more Yetis.
With Yeti, Raceface, Tineli, and Mons Royale, we now have a HUGE range of fantastic cycling / casual clothing.
The new range of 2018 Giant kids bikes is solid as ever and the pricing is fantastic too.
We have a fantastic range of the LIV and YETI BETI womens bikes in store
We have a bunch of Yeti's in store in preparation for next weekends YETI demo day !! Come check them out now as soon they will be off on the road trip. If you are keen to demo one, click here for more info
So much more room to display product nicely now!
Just landed, new 2018 Giant Trance 2 and Anthem 29 2's... more on these soon!
...And finally, the brand new bike service area and workshop...
Roshni and I have just had the best weekend ever with 350 other fanatical Yeti fans at the Yeti Tribe Gathering. Check out this little video we put together!
I am writing this from super hot Colorado. Roshni and I just spent 6 days in the San Fran bay area checking out bike shops, eating amazing food, trail running and visiting friends and family.
The Mission Bicycle Company - a shop focused purely on custom built urban bikes. Customers can choose all the details and they make the bikes in the apartments above. Not sure how well this would go in Dunedin, but in this sensationally hip fixed gear community neighbourhood, perfect !
Big Swinging Cycles - A downtown San Fran shop selling Yeti and other boutique bikes. Has heaps of character and Brian the owner remembered me from old racing days, as we had come into one of his old stores for a signing session once! He told me the last Yeti demo day they hosted they did over 100 demos !!! Yikes, come on Dunedin - we need to get more of you out on Yetis!
Velo Studio - thirty minutes north of San Fransisco is Mill Valley, which is now a pretty posh little suburb. Sitting drinking a coffee and watching the riders go past, I had never seen so much Rapha clothing, gravel bashers, Moots and other really boutique expensive bikes. And I also never visited such a high end shop as this one... no bike under $7-8K I reckon. Massive range of Moots, Parle, Independent Fabrication and a few others. Full range of MAPP clothing and super nice workshop area.
Spokes - And I have left the best for last. A total random find, we spotted this little shop and I couldn't help but notice the big red Copenhagen wheel from a distance. Entering the store, it was pretty cluttered space and it was full with probably the best range of kids bikes I've ever seen in one shop... and random cool stuff which I'd never seen before. Brian the owner (pictured above) and his wife turned out to be some of the nicest most genuine people ever.
They run a Family Bike Collective non profit aimed at encouraging more families to get into cycling and they had some great brands and ideas on selling kids bikes (stay tuned Dunedin!). They also were at the cutting edge of e-bike technology, being one of the first dealers in USA to sell the Copenhagen wheel (which Roshni and I got to test ride down the streets of Berkley and it-is-awesome). He was also making special bikes to fit very very tall people, like over 7 foot people with 32inch wheels. Recently he had sold one of these to Shaquille O'Neil ! I guess that makes them legit, right ?
All in all, it was an inspiring little tour. We also visited some of Roshni's favourite food places (Tartine and Chez Pannise to name a few).
Next stop, Colorado and the Yeti Tribe Gathering in Crested Butte...
We get to do some seriously beautiful bike builds in this store, but this one was exceptional even by our standards.
Open Cycles is a brand that has just been launched in NZ and we were the first ones in the country to build one of there new UP Gravel Road bikes.
This is a fine piece of kit and beauitfully finished with only the best parts from ENVE, SRAM, 3T, Fixik & WTB.
Get out of town on asphalt, hit the gravel roads or switch to singletrack. The geometry gets you there fast; the big tires make you unstoppable.
The frame is available in two versions:
|-||The standard U.P. with 3T Luteus II fork for post-mount disc brakes|
|-||The superlight U.P.P.E.R. with OPEN U-turn fork for flat-mount disc brakes|
Overall, the U.P. and U.P.P.E.R. share the same principles of intended use, same tire clearance, same exact shape and geometry. But they differ in layup, weight, fork, disc brake mounts, thru-axles and colour.
The Otago Regional Council has been working hard the past few weeks to help create a trail that celebrate's Dunedin's very own little river - The Water of Leith. The #lovetheleith River Trail is a self-guided, 4km trail for kids and families to get immersed in local nature, connect with the Leith and learn what happens on the river.
Opening just in time for Otago Anniversary Weekend (Saturday 18 March), the #lovetheleith trail will begin at the lower entrance of Ross Creek Trail and take you on a 10 stop journey along the river ending at the harbour mouth next to Forsyth Barr Stadium.
Share your adventure along the trail on social media with the hashtag #lovetheleith between 18 March and 30 April to be in a drawing to win weekly spot prizes from Orokonui Ecosanctuary, as well as the Grand Prize, a 2017 Giant XtC Jr 2 24" kid's bike from us here at Bike Otago. The Grand Prize winner will be announced 1 May.
A map of the trail can be picked up either at the Otago Regional Council's office at 70 Stafford Street, or here at Bike Otago. Head on over to www.orc.gotv.nz/lovetheleith for more information on the trail!
This February, the New Zealand Transport Agency is rolling out an awesome new campaign aimed at getting people on their bikes all across the country.
The Aotearoa Bike Challenge is simple, which organization/business in New Zealand can get the most people to ride a bike each day for just 10 minutes or more? Just hop on your bike anytime during the month of February; whether it's your commute to work, a nice post-work ride, or a long weekend mission, and record the ride on the Challenge website.
The more you can get you and your colleagues to ride, the better your chances become to win a ton of prizes available during the length of the challenge. From cinema tickets, to awesome bike gear to 5 full day passes at Cardrona Ski Resort (good for the bike season or ski season) there's no reason not to get on your bike this February.
With categories for company sizes from 3-6 people to 2000+, teams will compete both locally and across the country to see who can get the most people on their bikes! While the actual challenge is not until February, you can still sign up and start to log your rides now,
Check out more information about the Challenge, the prizes you can win, as well as how to register here
Hope to see you on your bike this February!
Since being founded in 2007, Lezyne has held a strict belief on creating quality cycling accessories that meet the same high standards as high-end bicycle components. Starting in 2015 Lezyne decided to branch into the GPS cycling computer game with the same high quality standards as their accessories, giving us some of the best GPS computers on the market. Good enough that every one of our mechanics chooses Lezyne as their go-to GPS of choice for all of their rides.
For their "Year 10 Collection" Lezyne has introduced 5 GPS devices as well as 2 new GPS watches, packing all the same power and features of their cycling computers into a wearable device.
At the top of the line is Lezyne's Enhanced Super GPS, the crown jewel of their cycling computer lineup. Here's just a short list of some of the computer's top features:
The Micro and Micro C GPS' take all the aforementioned features from the Enhanced Super GPS and packs them into a smaller package, with only small losses in runtime and data capture. Available in both the original and color screen, the Micro GPS is perfect for the data-loving cyclists looking to pack a lot of features into a small, easy to manage device.
For those looking to use their GPS for more than just cycling, Lezyne has introduced the Micro GPS watch. It holds all the same features as the standard Micro GPS (as well as also being available in a color model) and also offers separate cycling, hiking, and running specific modes, as well as a basic lifestyle mode that uses its integrated accelerometer as a pedometer. The watch can run up to 100+ hours on a full charge (up to 14 hours in GPS mode) and comes with a comfortable TPR wristband. The watch also comes with the handlebar adapter mount for when it's time to jump on the bike.
The Macro GPS and Mini GPS are a step down from the top models, with only Bluetooth Smart connections, however sharing the same housing as the Super GPS and Micro GPS respectively. The Macro boasts up to a 22-hour runtime with 100 hours of ride data, with the mini coming in at a 12 hour runtime with the same 100 hours worth of ride data.
With such an impressive lineup, there's sure to be a GPS fit for any level cyclist/outdoor enthusiast. Be sure to check out the entire line here or stop by the shop to check out our fancy new display and see the collection in person.
With Christmas now less than two weeks away, if you're anything like us, you're probably starting to get into that last-minute gift buying panic. But fear not, our staff has helped pick out some shop favourites sure to be perfect for any bike enthusiast.
Even in the peak of summer, Dunedin's trails can be victim to super muddy conditions. Keep that mud under control with a Marsh Guard, which mounts underneath your fork to keep the mud from flying as you head down the trail. We have several colour options, however Joel suggests the red one for more of a "festive holiday" feel. This simple gift will go a long way, keeping your rider happy and (relatively) mud-free.
A long time favourite of our shop manager, the Vigilante (affectionately 'Vigi' to our shop staff) is a perfect tyre for nearly whatever Dunedin trail conditions you throw at it. The right set of tyres can mean the difference between your best ride and a slippery slide down the hill, so a fresh pair of tyres is sure to be appreciated by any rider out there.
Having a solid, reliable floor pump is one of the core items every cyclist holds dear. While many may also have a smaller hand pump for on-the-trail fixes, having the ease of a large floor pump to inflate your tyres is unbeatable. The Lezyne Classic Floor Drive offers a large analog gauge so you can fine tune your tyre pressure without having to guess. There's a reason we've been using these as our go-to shop pump for years, these things are awesome!
Part of Mons Royale's new mountain biking line, this shirt is sure to please any female rider on your shopping list. Designed right here in NZ and made with incredibly comfortable merino wool, the Phoenix Cap Tee is not only high performance, but stylish as well. Perfect for a long day out on the trails or just a walk around town.
Sometimes even something as small as a new pair of gloves is enough to get a smile across a mountain biker's face. These 100% iTrack gloves offer a simple yet high performance glove, giving the rider a great grip on their bike (and their brakes). Available in a ton of colours, there's sure to be one pair that will catch your eye.
Be sure to stop by the shop or click on over to our web store to check out a bunch of other great gift ideas. Can't think of something that would make the perfect fit? We also sell gift cards to give even the hardest of people to shop for.