April 27, 2017

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WIN a Liv Pique, Liv gear, Coaching and support

This cool initiative has just been launched from Liv NZ... The prize package is awesome, so well worth a quick post on your Facebook or Instagram account!! See details below...

We are a Squad! This is How We Liv. Want to challenge yourself to something epic? Want to win a new Liv Pique mountain bike, assortment of Liv gear, coaching and support from the Liv global team? Want to inspire other aspiring mountain bikers? We want YOU to be on our Trail Squad! All you have to do is take a video (on your phone, GoPro, or other video camera) showing and/or telling us why you want to be on the Liv Trail Squad and post it to Instagram. Don't forget to tag #HowWeLiv AND #TrailSquad. Learn more: www.liv-cycling.com/trail-squad-contest
(Liv Cycling and #HowWeLiv #TrailSquad Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Facebook or Instagram’s term of use. Liv Cycling does not inaccurately tag content or encourage users to inaccurately tag content.)

HERE’S HOW TO APPLY

  1. Why do you want to be a part of the Liv Trail Squad? Why should we choose you? Pull out your cell phone camera or Go Pro, hit record, and tell us! We want to see your most creative, most inspiring, and most kicka$$ videos on Instagram! Keep it short; you have less than 60 seconds to show and tell us why you are ready to do something EPIC.
  2. Post your video on your personal Instagram account along with BOTH of these hashtags, so we can find your photo: #HowWeLiv AND #TrailSquad! Want bonus points? Share your post on Facebook and Twitter as well!
  3. After your video goes live, let us know more about you! We’ll be hitting you up to remind you to send an email to TrailSquad@Liv-Cycling.com to tell us more about your story.
  4. The contest begins Friday, April 7th and will run for two months! Get your video posted by June 7th so you don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity!

 

Also, don't forget the LIV Website is full of great content, including coaching tips from Leigh Donovan, blog reports from Athletes such as Rae Morrison and much more... Check it all out here (click on Liv Beyond)

 

April 24, 2017

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Open

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.

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U.P. (Unbeaten Path) and U.P.P.E.R. combine a performance-oriented cross/road geometry & parts with clearance for mountain bike tires. So you can ride anywhere, and ride fast.

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.

March 09, 2017

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End of Summer Bike Sale

The days are starting to get shorter and the evenings quite a bit chillier; sadly it seems that the end of Summer is finally upon us. To help alleviate some of those upcoming winter woes, we're having a big sale on select 2016 and 2017 Giant and Liv mountain bikes, CX bikes and kid's bikes. 

Check out all the bikes on sale here, or stop by the shop and look for the bikes with sale tags! We only have limited stock and sizes for our bikes on sale, so be sure to pick one up before they're gone. 

We will also be selling our fleet of 2017 Giant Anthem 1 Hire Bikes. We'll have 2 mediums, 2 larges, and 1 extra large available for sale at $3,399. Stop by the shop and talk to one of our mechanics about buying one!

March 08, 2017

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Otago Regional Council #lovetheleith River Trail

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!

 

January 12, 2017

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Aotearoa Bike Challenge

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!

January 05, 2017

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New Lezyne GPS Computers

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:

  • Super accurate, advanced data recording system that combines GPS/Glonass satellites with a barometer and accelerometer
  • Simultaneous ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart connectivity that can display (in real time) text messages, emails, phone calls, and turn-by-turn navigation 
  • Lithium polymer battery provides up to 24 hours of runtime. 
  • Stores up to 400 hours of ride data. 

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. 

 

December 21, 2016

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2016 Boxing Day Clearance Sale

This Boxing Day, for one day and one day only, we will be having a HUGE clearance sale on heaps of our 2016 stock. This is easily one of the biggest sales we've had all year, so be sure not to miss out on some amazing deals!

Our biggest sale will be on 2016 Giant and Liv bikes. We managed to wrangle a crazy deal from Giant on some of the last remaining 2016 bikes they had, so we can now offer you up to 50% off these bikes. These are amazing bikes and rock bottom prices. We have limited sizes and numbers available. Check out the ready-to-race downhill shredder Giant Glory Advanced 0 (above) or the women's XC Liv Obsess Advanced 2, and many others here

Along with our remaining 2016 bike line, we will also have all Race Face clothing on clearance for 20% off. This includes awesome gear like their Trigger Tech riding top (shown above) and Ambush shorts for men, or the Khyber 3/4 jersey or Piper shorts for the ladies. 

We will have all the remaining 2016 YETI CLOTHING from Black Seal in store and also a few remaining 2016 Yeti frames and a couple of ex-demo bikes.

 

 

We will be running a huge sale on all Bike Otago branded gear, offering 50% off on the entire line. Whether its our Men's or Women's 3/4 enduro jersey (above) for race day, or our XC bibshort for those long hours in the saddle, you can rep your favourite local bike shop next time you hop behind the bars. 

 

So whether its for a brand spankin' new bike or some fresh new riding gear, be sure to stop by the shop or our website come Boxing Day for some of the best deals you'll see all season, and head into 2017 riding in style!

December 14, 2016

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Bike Otago's Staff Christmas Gift Picks

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.

Joel - Marsh Guard

 

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.

Jeremy - WTB Vigilante

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. 

Ethan - Lezyne Classic Floor Drive

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!

Mel - Mons Royale Phoenix Cap Tee

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.

Jack - 100% iTrack Gloves

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. 

 

November 17, 2016

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Good as Gold! 2017 Yeti SB6 Custom Build

Yeti Cycle's 2017 range recently landed in New Zealand, and since then we've been itching to get the chance to build up one of the frames. Well, our wishes came true and the result was this beauty of a custom SB6.

Built up on Yeti's new TURQ series frame (made with the highest quality carbon fiber available, according to Yeti) this bike is looking to be an absolute enduro beast. With 6 inches of travel in the rear and a monster 170mm Rock Shox Lyrik up front, this SB6 is built to crush the downhill. 

Arguably the biggest attention grabber on the bike is the drivetrain. Also brand new for this year, SRAM's XX1 Eagle line pulled out all the stops with its jaw-dropping gold colour scheme. Still holding strong to their 1x set up, SRAM added one more chainring to the rear giving birth to this behemoth of a 12 speed, 10-50 tooth cassette. 

Rounding out the impressive build were a pair of blue Hope Pro 4 hubs laced to SRAM Roam Carbon rims, SRAM Guide RSC brakes, MRP chain guide, Reverb dropper post and Thomson Trail Carbon bars. It's safe to say we're pretty stoked on this build!

November 14, 2016

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Introducing the New Giro Switchblade

Way back in 1998, Giro introduced the first mainstream mountain bike helmet with a removable chin bar - they called it the "Switchblade". In the 18 years since, there has been a variety of different iterations of this design to hit the market, but we think that Giro's update of the original classic is one of the best yet. 

Unlike some of the earlier designs of the removable chin bar helmet, focused on creating an XC style helmet with an attachable chin bar for added strength and support, the new Switchblade is entirely focused on the downhill. The helmet is ASTM Downhill Certified both with and without the chinbar, which utilizes stainless steel hardware and a series of internal anchors molded directly into EPS foam. 

The removal of the chin bar is swift and easy, featuring two buttons on the bottom that press in, releasing the latch, and then its as easy as rotating it up and popping the whole piece out. With oversized buttons and hardware, removing the chin bar can be done with your gloves on and without ever taking the helmet off your head. 

Without the chin bar, the helmet sports the "full-on enduro" look, taking the over ear fashion trend of the full-cut moto style helmet with a modern twist. While the over-ear design may look like it would quickly lead to a hot head, Giro's "Wind Tunnel Cheek Pad Ventilation" keeps the rider surprisingly cool.

The Switchblade also comes standard with MIPS technology, a growing trend in the mountain bike helmet industry. The tech allows for the helmet to move along with the head, highly reducing the possibilities of serious head injuries during impacts. 

 While it may not be for every rider, the Switchblade offers an un-rivaled selling point of two-helmets-in-one, along with safety ratings equal to nearly any downhill-specific full face helmet on the market. Be sure to stop by the shop to check out the magic of the Switchblade in person!

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