I know that in a world BC (Before COVID-19), we would have been looking forward to enjoying our 2020 collection in the best possible way to watch bike films - that being on the BIG screen, sharing the experience with others who love to ride.

I’m looking forward to the rescheduled screenings of our 2020 collection, but until then there's no shortage of online cycling, pedal, and bike action to keep you entertained.

Revisiting the past, I’ve hand-pick these classics from over the years to create a WHEELS & REELS WATCHLIST of online bike films for your indoor inspiration and entertainment.

Watch them one by one, or save them up and screen your own virtual BBFN session at home.

I will work on putting together another WATCHLIST to continue to share the inspiration while we are in COVID-19 isolation so keep tuned for more updates soon.

Stay strong, stay inspired and enjoy the ride.

Brett Cotter

The Film Pedlar/ Curator

To kick it all off, I want to take you back to the origins of the first Big Bike Film Night, and to the very first film I secured— The Road from Karakol.  

I’d seen this film and it was rad, rad, rad; one of my all time favs and one I still go back and watch, embodying everything I wanted to showcase in a bike film, and I knew if this film was in our Premiere Big Bike Film Night line-up it would be a winner with our first audiences in Taupo, Rotorua, and Cambridge.

Kyle's travelogue is zany on so many levels, let alone the fact that The Road from Karakol was never supposed to be a 25-minute film about his six-week trip. It was shot almost entirely on a GoPro and a point-and-shoot camera with video capabilities. After seeing Kyle give a presentation, Christian Folk, athlete coordinator at Seattle based Outdoor Research, contacted Fitz Cahall at Duct Tape Then Beer (what a great name!!) about creating a short piece of highlights from the trip.  A few weeks later a hard drive arrived at the Duct Tape Then Beer office.  As the team began sorting through footage, they realized that Kyle had an incredible story – the challenge would be to piece the 25 hours of rough footage into something coherent.  It took a year of on and off work.
Classification: Parental Guidance- nudity (so funny!!) and strong language

The Road from Karakol is the story of a unique spirit who pedaled to the road’s end and decided to keep going.

2016, It was quite unexpected and quite unnerving for me to have a film attendee telephone me the day after they’d seen our 2016 collection and complain.

What was their complaint??? Well, after seeing this particular movie they couldn’t help it but to now put Norway on their bike touring bucket list.

I present Bike2Boat Norway....

2017 not only marked the 200th anniversary the first bike was built, but also showcasing what I described then as “the definitive Kiwi cycling story of our era” - Muscles & Dreams, an epic story and the jewel in the crown of our 2017 film collection (Rent $6.50 - click on the image below).

2018, a great line-up- and there was a number of films that stood out, one being 100 Ascents for 100 Bikes, New Zealander Kathryn Philiips, a road cyclist who believes in the power of bicycles.

AND... Tall Bikes will save the World, went down a treat with our audiences.

The tall bike phenomena takes biking to the fringes — only embraced by the daring, the creative and the foolish.

Join the Zenga Bros for as they explore how to build, ride and coexist on a tall bike.

As mentioned, I will work on putting together another WHEELS & REELS WATCHLIST to continue to share the inspiration. This is just to start the ball rolling and I hope you enjoy the mix.

If you have time, love to have your feedback too.


Until then,

Kia kaha


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