https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/26/sports/olympics/olympics-bobsled-suicide-brain-injuries.html Summertime Runs It's ironic that I got to ride in mixed bobsleigh in Lillehammer few times in (Summer) 1993! (Yes in Summer time was open for the public to ride and wheeled bobsleigh, down the Winter Olympics track) Cool a? Now the adrenaline and speed going through this bank corners was incredible and as... Continue Reading →
https://youtu.be/pWe_BGxSaBQ Inspiring. A different way at looking at the world around us. Enjoy Pete
The future is zero drop, foot shaped shoes and boots. https://youtu.be/YBlDhf1I_18 Be foot happy and not fashion style driven unhappy feet.
Life is about taking risks! Be it like Danny here! https://youtu.be/XR4maEf-eCY Or Looking after the Earth for the future of us all. Remember the Sahara Desert was once a Rain Forest! Yes that's right it was a Rain Forest once and I co drove from Morocco to Tunisia through the Sahara Desert and I saw... Continue Reading →
Well back as a kid in 1972 I first saw a Suzuki LJ10 or may have been a LJ20 in Wellsford (Northland) and if I had been older I would of got one for myself, but at 8 years old I was too young! So I did get my first Suzuki TS100 motorbike in around... Continue Reading →
I tried a number of times to pass my UK DD Bus licence in the late 1980's, returned home to NZ and once my Workplace closed down, I passed the NZ bus licence in 10 minutes!Flew back to the UK and drove DD Buses before moving onto driving with Africa Explored 🙈(renamed Africa Exploited by... Continue Reading →
So why wear shoes with padding? Why do we still have heels in a shoe? Why have arch support in shoes? Because we do not need any of them and to feel the ground under your feet is so much more fun. Yes that's right Fun! Well for me my balance is back and I'm... Continue Reading →
Well 4 years ago today my life changed riding to work. I would like to thank Mark and all my workmates over the last 4 years for their support at Top Gear Cycles. At long last I have support going forwards, help with learning about the new me. @postconcussioninc & @hopeafterheadinjury thanks for your podcasts,... Continue Reading →
Mount Tauhara and a sunny winter's afternoon in Taupo.Out Barefoot walking in Vivobarefoot Primes Lite III Barefoot/Minimum shoes.Working on foot muscle strength and flexibility, before trying to run again.Why Barefoot or minimalist shoes?Because it's helped big time with my Balance walking since my accident ending up with a sTBI.
Panathenaic Stadium, is All-Marble was build to hosted the First Modern Olympics in Athens, Greece in 1896 Panathenaic Stadium is also known as Kallimarmaro can seat up to 50,000 people. Is white in a horseshoe shape and stands triumphantly under the shadow of the Acropolis and remains the world’s only arena made completely from marble.... Continue Reading →
Well i'm glad to have traveled overseas and have had some extraordinary adventures. From having a Gun to my forehead crossing into Italy from former Yugoslavia in 1987 to four person bobsleighing in Lillehammer in 1994. Driving to Euro Disney (Disneyland Paris) from the day with a Contiki Bus full of only three staff members... Continue Reading →
Mid winter's day ride aboard my Retro build up Ritchey Ascent, with Nitto Bullmoose handlebars, NOS 1990's Ritchey Brake Levers, Brooks C15 Cambium saddle, Kent Erickson Titanium seatpost, Paul Components Thumbies Shifter mount's and Shimano 9 speed Barend shifters. Build the retro way with Shimano XT 3×9 mixed set-up. Wheels are DT Swiss 350 hub's,... Continue Reading →
When building a modern retro ATB (all-terrain bike) or now called a MTB (mountain bike) you need NOS (new old stock) parts to help made it retro.Here are my NOS 1993 Ritchey Brake Levers.More photos to come of my Ritchey bike Build.
So yesterday my new pair of Altra Lone Peak 5 turned up from https://www.furtherfaster.co.nz/ Thanks to their help over the phone the size is bang on! Thanks team. So the Sun was shining in Taupo today so I planned to go for my first short walk towards Huka Falls and back again. I enjoyed the... Continue Reading →
Why can we not have our Brains unplugged for a moment and have a reset? I have thought about asking this same question!
First ride in months and with the new Ritchey Venturemax XL 52cm handlebars and vintage Bar-Con shifters and all are temporary until new Surly Corner Bar handlebars arrive in New Zealand.Then it's all new Shimano XT 2×12 groupset and Paul Components Klamper Brakes.Looking forward, but my Jones LWB Spaceframe is far better riding with a... Continue Reading →
So it's been a compromise running Shimano XT 2×11 with drop handlebars and over the weekend to have fitted new Ritchey Venturemax XL (52cm) drop handlebars. But to make them work I'm having to go back to my parts bins and run old Suntour Bar Con Power Shifters (6 speed barend shifters) in friction mode... Continue Reading →
So this is my Jones LWB Spaceframe bike that I have improved with changing out the over stuff Jones Truss Forks to much more comfortable Jones Unicrown Forks. I have also upgraded the handlebars from Jones H-Bar Loop to a Salsa Woodchipper handlebars and only because the Woodchipper drop handlebars come in a Max is... Continue Reading →
So a Page for Bikepacking New Zealand is up and running after I closed down it's own website https://kiwipete.nz/bikepacking-new-zealand/ more video's to come in the future. The links below will also now all sent you to my main page, but a link is in the site menu at the top of all pages http://bikepackingnewzealand.co.nz/
So right, and still trying to workout my new limits still after 3 years.Help is on it's way I hope and I have my fingers crossedI can at last see a future for me.
Today's walk to the Dam and back, close to Hatepe (close to Taupo) even grass up the middle along some of it.A great change of places to walk.Beautiful winter's day out again.
A Beautiful clear winter's day in Taupo again with the mountains lightly covered in icing sugar (snow).
First International Yacht arrived in Taupo boat harbour today.It's been a long time since the last International Yacht can to Taupo.A Beautiful winter's day with a view of the mountains in the distance. Please Note: Taupo is a Lake so just having a Joke
So today my brain is feeling numb after seeing two different specialists in brain injury this week. After my accident in 2017 my brain injury was listed as concussion and I was sent home with painkillers. Since this I have seen a number of doctors that have said it just takes time. I got to... Continue Reading →
I was lucky in winning a pair of full custom Bont Road Cycling shoes a number of years ago, but unfortunately I didn't feel safe to ride on the roads anymore. I now use them as paperweights at home. Would have been great if I could have had them made as Mountain Bike shoes to... Continue Reading →
Today's walk via Huka Falls walk track, a beautiful loop when you return via Huka Falls Road.A great day out. Pete
Well learnt about musician (high-fidelity) earplugs over the weekend and today was so much better the World's Volume has been Turned Down! and is clear and relaxing. After three years of load noise everywhere. Thanks to learning about them from Bella's podcasts @ http://www.postconcussioninc.com
Today was a beautiful midwinter day for a walkabout of Taupo. Brisk Sports Walk of 10+ kilometres in the sun. Pete
On a sunny summer's day close to Taupo from a few months ago.I feel it looks better in Black and White than in Colour?Inspired by my friend Steve from the UK. Pete
So I have just added a new links page (on my website) with links to information and helpful videos, Podcasts, and Websites about Brain Injurys that I have found helpful for myself and maybe for you, or someone your know with a Brain Injury.More links are going to be listed in the future.Thanks to Post... Continue Reading →
Kawakawa, Northland, NZ has more than just Hundertwasser Public Toilets in this town with a number of beautiful looking buildings.This photograph is from 2020 Tour Aotearoa rest stop on the way to Cape Reinga with TA friends.Just a Note: I should not have started the TA again, but I have been stubborn in not emitting... Continue Reading →
Once upon a time I looked for a new challenge in 2004 to learn to ride to a Mountain Unicycle or Muni for short and even went to Unicon (World's for Unicyclist). Life is about challenges!
From a few months ago view over Lake Taupo though artwork, just out for a evening fitness walk and the light was just about right that had to stop and enjoy.