The Heaphy In September:

Postby Mr_Bob on Thu 14/Jun/12 3:13pm

So Grab a seat have some cheap fares in Sept to Nelson
Looking at riding the Heaphy + some other trails in and around Nelson in a week
What do I need to know
Who are the best shuttle service to use
any helpful advice appreciated
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Re: The Heaphy In September:

Postby shmoodiver on Thu 14/Jun/12 3:42pm

:paranoid:
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Re: The Heaphy In September:

Postby great uncle bulgaria on Thu 14/Jun/12 9:15pm

are you going to rent a car?

having just dome a large chunk of the heaphy on the wet i would definitiely go collingwood ->>karamea even if doing a return trip (in which case, depending on how fast you ride, there may not be much left of a week. thought the last report was pretty good value. the guy in collingwood bike shop apparently will drive a vehicle for a reasonable fee. take spares - lots esp brake pads, derailleur hanger, good tyre boot or spare tyre, spare chain links and quicklinks ( we used all these) etc etc

shit lots of good riding around the area . . . :thumbsup:
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Re: The Heaphy In September:

Postby shmoodiver on Fri 15/Jun/12 6:56am

Collingwood bike shop?
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Re: The Heaphy In September:

Postby Dr. Fuentes on Fri 15/Jun/12 8:37am

great uncle bulgaria wrote:take spares - lots esp brake pads, derailleur hanger, good tyre boot or spare tyre, spare chain links and quicklinks ( we used all these) etc etc


Just wondering, how often might you normally expect to use spares such as those listed above in your general riding?
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Re: The Heaphy In September:

Postby Jimmy_Riddle on Fri 15/Jun/12 9:14am

Check out this info on the Nelson club site.
http://www.nelsonmountainbikeclub.org.n ... 5/11#a3624
Also try Escape Adventures in Takaka for shuttle info. There is also a return flight option out of Karamea for a reasonable price.
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Re: The Heaphy In September:

Postby swtchbckr on Fri 15/Jun/12 10:58am

shmoodiver wrote:Collingwood bike shop?

wouldnt he mean the Takaka bikeshop?
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Re: The Heaphy In September:

Postby thelivo on Fri 15/Jun/12 12:36pm

Escape cycles in Takaka does that I think - that the one you mean?
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Re: The Heaphy In September:

Postby catmannz on Fri 15/Jun/12 1:21pm

thelivo wrote:Escape cycles in Takaka does that I think - that the one you mean?


Quiet Revolution http://www.quietrevolution.co.nz/ is the outfit you're after.

The guy who runs it is my partner's uncle - a scholar, gentleman, and all around decent bloke.

He's also the fount of all knowledge on the local trails.
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Re: The Heaphy In September:

Postby swtchbckr on Fri 15/Jun/12 4:50pm

catmannz wrote:
thelivo wrote:Escape cycles in Takaka does that I think - that the one you mean?


Quiet Revolution http://www.quietrevolution.co.nz/ is the outfit you're after.

The guy who runs it is my partner's uncle - a scholar, gentleman, and all around decent bloke.

He's also the fount of all knowledge on the local trails.

yep, have had nothing but good service in that shop. Support them!
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Re: The Heaphy In September:

Postby poledo on Fri 15/Jun/12 7:43pm

At QB weekend we did Karamea to Brown Hut and back to Karamea over 3 days, about 15-16 hours ride time. Best way is definetly Brown Hut to Karamea. I went through a brand new set of (organic) pads between Perry Saddle and Lewis Hut :crazy: Mad chain suck along the coast on the way back, thanks to the muddy but awesome descent from James McKay. Fantastic trip.
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Re: The Heaphy In September:

Postby tanadog on Tue 19/Jun/12 9:48pm

Martin at QR has a good shop in Takaka. Escape do transport, bike hire, have freeload racks for hire etc. The guys @ Escape ride the track lots, guiding, relocates etc so a good source of up to date info. There's a bunch of transport operators but most are bus companies without good options for carrying bikes. Escape has a sweet bike trailer. You can get flights out of Karamea with GB Air for $200, good option compared with hours by bus, better still ride back.
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Re: The Heaphy In September:

Postby great uncle bulgaria on Wed 20/Jun/12 12:03am

Dr. Fuentes wrote:
great uncle bulgaria wrote:take spares - lots esp brake pads, derailleur hanger, good tyre boot or spare tyre, spare chain links and quicklinks ( we used all these) etc etc


Just wondering, how often might you normally expect to use spares such as those listed above in your general riding?


never
except the occasional brake pad

used all on the heaphy
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Re: The Heaphy In September:

Postby great uncle bulgaria on Wed 20/Jun/12 12:05am

swtchbckr wrote:
shmoodiver wrote:Collingwood bike shop?

wouldnt he mean the Takaka bikeshop?

:withstupid:
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Re: The Heaphy In September:

Postby Domesticles on Thu 30/Aug/12 11:55am

I'm interesting in riding the Heaphy from the Karamea end on the last weekend of September. I'd be on my own, but for safety reasons I don't want to ride the track solo. Anyone interested in joining me?

I'd be flying into Westport on Thu 27 Sep and would ride up to Karamea. I've ridden the track before, Collingwood to the coast and back. I am experienced in back country survival stuff, and handy in an emergency.

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