About Dancing Moose
Dancing Moose is proudly based in the biking mecca of Rotorua, New Zealand. We're extremely lucky to have some of the world's best single-track right here (literally on my doorstep), with quick and easy access to some amazing all-day and multi-day adventure rides nearby.
I've pretty much grown up on a bike and love getting out and exploring. Bikepacking seemed like a natural fit - being able to combine biking and exploring, but without having to carry gear on my back.
After inheriting my dad's industrial strength Pfaff sewing machine, I got started making my own bags and heading off on overnight adventures. One thing led to another, and I decided to turn this into a business and see how far I could take it. With a background in product design and being a very 'hands on' kind of guy - Dancing Moose was born!
I'm Harm Zuidmeer, and as a true "cloggy" I started riding two wheels pretty early on in life (like before I could walk, the main form of transport was a pushbike). My earliest memories were riding to school on my brand new birthday bike next to my mum in the middle of winter in a snow covered landscape just south of Rotterdam. I remember looking up at mum who was riding beside me with my younger brother in a seat on the back carrier, my other brother on a seat just behind the handlebars and mum pregnant with my sister, riding me to school on a frosty winter's morning. There's a great saying, “There are no cyclists in the Netherlands, just people on bikes.” So, as you can see, getting around on two wheels is just how it's done.