New Zealand cyclist spends $5,000 fighting for his right to ride in just a g-string

Nick Lowe has spent $5,000 fighting a $200 fine he received for cycling in the nude and has come out on top

World Naked Bike Ride (Photo: Ian Haskins/CC2.0)

While the weather in Britain is a bit nippy at this time of the year, in New Zealand it's perfect weather to get out on the bike in just a jersey and shorts.

One fella in Marlborough - one of the sunniest and driest regions in the country - prefers to eschew the jersey and shorts, though, preferring instead to don just a G-string and helmet.

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Nick Lowe, a fire risk assessor and keen naturist, was once fined $200 for cycling in the nude, but spent $5,000 successfully fighting the fine in court.

"It was a very stressful time," he told Yahoo News. "But I thought I'd go in balls-and-all and fight the conviction. It cost $5000 to defend the $200 fine, but it was about the principle."

Mr Lowe, who reportedly wears g-strings that his wife makes for him, insists he doesn't aim to offend people with his choice of riding attire.

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"If there's a big group of people, you're more likely to offend someone. I could walk down Lambton Quay in a G-string and no one could do anything, but I wouldn't do that," he said.

With World Naked Bike Ride coming up on March 12, Mr Lowe will likely have some company on his free and easy rides.

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Stuart Clarke

Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.