NZ Bike Expo Christchurch
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Part of Christchurch’s month long ‘Biketober’ celebration of cycling the NZ Bike Expo is the ultimate go-to destination for all things bike related next October. The dedicated cycling event will showcase a wide range of bike products and services from retailers, suppliers, cycling organisations and bike tour operators all over New Zealand.
Whether you are looking for a new bike, interested in finding out more about the NZ Cycle Trail, want to try out an e-bike, training for a cycling race, or looking for the latest innovative cycling gear, you will find all that and more at the NZ Bike Expo.
This event is usually held from 10am to 5pm over the last Saturday and Sunday in October.
The Air Force Museum of NZ, 45 Harvard Avenue, Wigram, Christchurch is the usual venue for this event.
Tickets are available on line and are usually priced at $10 for Adults and $5 for Children aged between 11-17 years old. (Children under 11 are free).
What To Expect
Exhibitor categories in the past have included seven bicycle related areas covering Road bikes, Track bikes, MTB, Cyclocross, BMX, Commuter and E-bikes, and Children’s bikes. Along with broader categories like events, cycling apparel, bespoke bikes and accessories, clubs and community groups, innovation, parts and accessories, nutrition and coaching and adventure biking.
Over the course of the two days there is a set programme of events which has in the past included talks from industry professionals, product demonstrations and even a couple of races to enter if you are keen – The ‘Cyclocross Race – CX at the Expo’ kicks off the Saturday at and the Criterium Race is on the Sunday.
In addition to the indoor exhibitions the Expo usually has trial areas outside, an off-road track, and a kids trial track as well as a 1km test route for e-bikes and road cycles.
The NZ Bike Expo Programme
For a full programme of events head over to the NZ Bike Expo website, but here are some of the highlights from past years events.
- 10:30–11:00am Christchurch City Council representative Brendan Bisley gives a talk about what is in the pipeline for Christchurch’s major cycle routes.
- 11:15–11:45am Chloe Smith presents ‘Bikescout’ – the automated radar system which detects speeds and locations of cyclists and provides an early warning system for motorists.
- 12:00–12:30pm The Action Bicycle Club offers an interesting talk about purchasing an electric bike and also converting an existing bike to electric.
- 12:45–1:15pm Tour de Force gives a talk and Q&A session on guided mountain bike tours available in Colorado.
- 1:30–2:00pm Anton Cooper on behalf of Cycling New Zealand provides his insight into racing on the world stage.
- 2:15–2:45pm Harm Zuidmeer gives a talk on “The Where, What, Where of Bicycle Adventuring”. Learn how to make the most of bicycle adventure touring.
- 3:00–3:30pm Interested in learning more about the New Zealand IronMaori events? Heather Skipworth helps us understand what it means to be part of this whanau.
- 3:45–4:15pm Bike It Now! retailer and tour operator discuss the ins and outs of e-cycling in New Zealand.
- 10:30–11:00am Cycling New Zealand provide information on the New Zealand ‘Ride Leader Programme’ for coaches and leaders in the industry.
- 11:10–11:40am From the leaders in e-bike innovation Ebenz presents Tsinova “The Elctric Bikes with a Brain”.
- 11:50–12:20pm The Christchurch Adventure Park gives a talk on the newest addition to Christchurch’s cycling attractions in Christchurch’s Port Hills.
- 12:30–1:00pm Detailed information on Satellite GPS live tracking systems TrackMe NZL and The Flahute from retailers Spot NZ.
- 1:10–1:40pm Perfect for those thinking about buying an e-bike, the “What and who’s behind Rikonda e-bikes?” talk is delivered by Riki Foulsham from i-Cycle Electric.
- 1:50–2:20pm Biomaxa representative David Lovegrove gives a talk on bicycle and bicyclist maintenance.
- 2:30–3:00pm Professional cyclist Linda Villumsen gives a talk on “Life on the Road with Cycling New Zealand” (To be confirmed).
- 3:10–3:40pm Information on the cross country hiking and biking Welcome Rock Trails near Queenstown.
- 3:50–4:20pm Enjoy Keith Guthrie discussing the history of cycling, development and redevelopment of the bicycle over the last 200 years.
The Airforce Museum is just a short 15 minute drive from the Christchurch International Airport, and Christchurch’s central city. Access is off Main South Road turning onto Harvard Avenue. The museum complex has plenty of onsite car parking and on Expo day there will even be special bike parking available for those wanting to get into the spirit of things by cycling to the event.
Public bus transport is also available just jump off when you see the replica Harvard aircraft sitting on a pole on the side of Main South Road and follow Harvard Avenue down to the Air Force Museum (an easy 5 minute walk).
The Airforce Museum Christchurch
New Zealand’s only dedicated Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) and military aviation Museum, the Airforce Museum houses a diverse collection of military aviation memorabilia and artefacts. Entry is free and there is an onsite Café located near the main entrance – perfect for grabbing a bite to eat while enjoying the exhibitions and displays.
While visiting the NZ Bike Expo why not take a quick look around the Museum on a free guided tour, or just wander about and enjoy the atmosphere on your own.
Bringing together over fifty cycle related events and activities in the month of October, the Biketober organisers aim to promote opportunities to get involved in cycling.
With support from the Christchurch City Council and NZ Transport Authority, Biketober helps to support and foster a diverse range of mostly free bicycling events held in and around the cities of Christchurch and more recently Auckland.
Expo Sponsors And Supporters
The NZ Bike Expo is brought to Christchurch by the Cycling Action Network (CAN), a registered charity aiming to get more people out on their bikes, while promoting cycling safety and the benefits of cycling.
Other major sponsors include Fulton Hogan and the NZ Transport Agency. Road Cycling NZ Magazine, Biketober, Cycling NZ and cycling advocacy group Spokes along with the Senior Citizen media group and the Retail NZ Trade Group are also big supporters.
Head on down to the NZ Bike Expo this October and grab some excellent expo specials or be in to win one of the many giveaways, or if you are interested in finding out more about biking in New Zealand or the NZ Cycle Trail take a look here.