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No time pressure.

For the first time in ages I was able to ride without the pressure of getting to work, getting back from work to meet my wife after work. Riding before going to golf. It was excellent to just ride ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Cycling with the family

My parents visited me this year from the UK and we did lots of trail riding on the south island. They are much more used to road cycling back home but we had such a great time on many different tra... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Cycling with the family

My parents visited me this year from the UK and we did lots of trail riding on the south island. They are much more used to road cycling back home but we had such a great time on many different tra... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Reunited with the shear joy of cycling.

Reunited with the shear joy of cycling.

I treated myself to a commuting “smart city” cycle (Reminds me of my old Raleigh 20) for my 60th birthday near the end of 2019. I planned to cycle to work once a week. I have picked up some shoppi... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Image for story Turning 60 & aiming to get an age group podium

Turning 60 & aiming to get an age group podium

Mountain Biking/ Cross country Event in this coming years events T42 Maybe the Dual -Rangitoto/Motutapu? Any other suggestions welcome

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Little and often!

I didn't think I would write here as what I do is so little, but I want to thank Love to Ride for getting me back on my bike. It is very different to when I was a teenager in England road racing. C... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Timber Trail Epic Ride with Newbies

Timber Trail Epic Ride with Newbies

After a week of registering In the Bike Auckland Challenge and sharing my passion with my fellow brethren in our church of how passionate I am in riding gave them the motivation to ride with me on ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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The last time

The last time i rode a bike before this challenge was in Germany, i (stupidly) wasn't wearing a helmet, fell off, hit my head on the concrete and got concussion. So this month was really about prov... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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It gets worse

I rode to work. In the morning, it was wonderful. Cool and refreshing. I really enjoyed the freedom of wind in my chest hair, and bugs in my teeth. However, the afternoon was horrible. It was hot, ... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Beats Traffic

Coming 20kms out from Half Moon Bay to Grafton i am able to ride along the Rotary walk and along riverside road and the mostly completed track on the other side. Making use of these routes (albeit ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Engaging with my neighbourhood

Getting back on the bike again for the commute to work is such a great experience, I'll tell you why. In the car there is so much that takes over the senses and it is a battle, on the bike and th... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Tirohanga Whānui (Spencer Road to Albany walking and cycling bridge)

The new walking and cycling bridge joining the Albany Centre to Spencer Road and East Coast Bays opened this morning. A great addition to the local cycling network.

Topic: Other

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Image for story That zen feeling

That zen feeling

I've been riding an ebike to work for a few years, and decided to train for a race and so ride my road bike more. It was hard at first, adapting to doing all the work myself. Having gotten over tha... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Ode to my Bicycle

Ode to my Bicycle

Before you were mine, you carried my mother while she tried to keep up with my youthful energy. Upon graduating to intermediate school at the age of 11 I adopted you; seat low and feet barely able ... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Image for story Sore bum!

Sore bum!

A regular bike commuter for over six years now, the start of that journey was a holiday on the Otago Rail Trail. My enduring memories are of wonderful scenery but dismal Xmas Day food (we had to b... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Cycling with the family

My parents visited me this year from the UK and we did lots of trail riding on the south island. They are much more used to road cycling back home but we had such a great time on many different tra... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Bikes as tools

Bikes as tools

We’re trying to help my nieces and nephews not to just see biking just as a fun leisure activity but as a tool for getting to school, doing the shopping and getting to places they want to go. Toda... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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From My Accident on Sunset Blvd. Hollywood CA. USA

About fifteen years ago, I left my work at the Arclight Cinema at close to midnight. On my way home on Sunset Blvd. I was riding my bike and ended up getting hit by a car. It was pretty bad that ... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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ride Munich to Rome

training to ride from Munich to Rome, 1400km in 12 days, in May, I have done at least 1 Ironman these last 5 yrs. now changing track and see part of Europe in the process

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Whats the fastest way to get to work in Auckland city?

Whats the fastest way to get to work in Auckland city?

Spoiler alert... its an e-bike. We always thought this was the case, but we figured we should probably be sure. So our teammate Josh ran a test over a normal Auckland working week, comparing com... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Home-School-Work-School-Home

Home-School-Work-School-Home by Bike Monday to Friday I love the ride from Symonds St, my home at 8:30 AM to Freemans Bay, my daughter's School through the pink cycleway. I back to work at the U... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story First date on a bicycle

First date on a bicycle

I met my wife in the summer of 2001 in New Plymouth. Through mutual friends we met and the four of us went to a party together. I brought a spare bike along for her to ride, and when her eyes lit u... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Image for story Waiheke connection

Waiheke connection

Daily I make the commute from Waiheke to Half moon bay and then on to East Tamaki. Come rain or shine my commute takes me past some of the most spectacular scenery in Auckland. On a daily basis my ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Biking makes me happy

Biking makes me happy

My partner and I starting biking at the start of 2018, and just this totally joyful and amazing adventure it's added to our lives . We've been on a bike packing trips , we take our bikes away wit... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Just Do It

I am an older lady, I suppose and couple of years ago I was diagnosed with the lung disease with a capacity of a 91 yr old!! consequently I have 55% lung capacity compared to the normal person. M... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story St Heliers to town along Tamaki Drive

St Heliers to town along Tamaki Drive

What better way to start your day? Than to get your bike out of its place Hop on and get warmed up Racing down St Heliers Bay Road Heart racing, smile upon my face Oh glorious day, the sun is ... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Looking for love (nay a bicycle)

A month had passed since my move to NZ and then another. I'd walked through a bike store and stared longingly as we spotted the pink path and bikers on the streets. I picked up a few Auckland Trans... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Image for story From Heart Attack to Heart Transplant to come back

From Heart Attack to Heart Transplant to come back

In 2015 I had a heart after a 6km swim, fortunately I survive the attack, they don't know how. A year later I had a defibrillator put in, in February 2017 I won a gold medal in an open water swim ... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Stories from around the world

nice ride in

5am start so bike out & work inside 30 mins. Nice shower then ready for the day

Topic: My commute by bike

Image for story A Bicycle Towing Hack to Remember.

A Bicycle Towing Hack to Remember.

Hi folks, Recovering from a head injury, unable to drive, I was challenged with a 'very' different task to enable me to get my child there and back to school. So, I made a bicycle hitch which ena... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Biking is liberating!

Biking is liberating!

You ride your bike and basically forget about everything else. It is an opportunity to be present and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you. Riding my bike at the Hugh Taylor Birch State Park just op... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

Image for story Out and about

Out and about

Lovely afternoon ride today. Weather chilly 🥶 but glorious sunshine 🌞 the whole way on the route. No snow or rain also a bonus. Trying out different routes in local area.

Topic: Other

That thing you hate to be reminded of

Ride in the Rain 2021 is over. I broke two spokes, one rear derailleur and the bolt that held my seat to the post shear in half on one ride. There was a lot of rain and wind to ride in and several ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Winter Wheelers is off on day 1!

17 miles to start!

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Cycling and chemo

Cycling and chemo

Cancer came back to visit me this year. I decided that Cancer Research needed more money to find ways to get rid of that unwanted visitor. So I gave myself the challenge of 1000 miles in 100 days... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Everglades Levee, a nice challenge for the weekend

Everglades Levee, a nice challenge for the weekend

Hello there, this is a little story after i rode this long gravel ride around the levee, everything started with a broken leg after a long motorcycle ride from key west to lakeland, fl... the re... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Keeping on the move

Slow puncture last week. Managed to get to and from work Thurs Fri by reinflating. Repaired today. If I don't have a flat in the morning I'll count that as a victory. ✌🚲

Topic: Other

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Image for story RIDE IT OFF

RIDE IT OFF

I drink alone, yeah With nobody else I drink alone, yeah With nobody else Yeah, you know when I drink alone I prefer to be by myself (George Thorogood - I Drink Alone, 1985) George Thorogo... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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The Pain before the Pleasure

'Change' is happening in Hamilton with major roadworks around the University area of the City so my regular commute route impassable and sometimes frustrating when following the detour route sugges... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Winter riding….

I’d forgotten just how much fun it is getting wet and blown around out there… what a great day to go out - and an even better day to appreciate getting home!!

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

Image for story 13.32 Kilometre Led ride Tour, WMPCCC

13.32 Kilometre Led ride Tour, WMPCCC

Using the old canal and railway sidings here in Willenhall. Please follow link to see our journey(s) [address removed]

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Ride ur bike

In 2021 yk its gd to ride ur bike

Topic: Other

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Crisp snow

Another great ride in, nothing like fresh snow. Plenty birds to see and hear. Going home could be a different matter. Have a nice day everyone.

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story First Dec 2021

First Dec 2021

My day out today, with the mad weather we are having. Very cold to start, then the rain came down( but I had the right gear on so it didn’t matter) then the snow, that was a little harsh on the fa... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Bikkelen

Bikkelen

Hoera! Mijn speedpedelec is weer terug van weggeweest! Hij stond twee maanden lang te wachten op een nieuwe riem. Iets met stomme pech, levertijden, China en Riesse-Müller. In die twee maanden mist... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

Image for story Lanarkshire Guided Rides

Lanarkshire Guided Rides

I am a British cycling trained ride leader and through a website called- let’s ride.co.uk offer guided rides in Glasgow. Ride in the safety of a friendly group and enjoy a cycle from easy going to ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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ICE, ICE and more ice

Beware very slippy out there today, lots of storm debris too on the cycle track, may go home via the roads YIKES. But a very refreshing ride to work today, good sunshine so could see the best way t... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

Image for story My son and daughter

My son and daughter

My daughter and son are 9 years diferentes the best way I found to spare healthy time with them is biking 🚴‍♀️. Good conversation, different interests for each one but a common bike

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Riding for Health

I had a stroke in 2005 at age 50. My right ankle never came back so mobility is an issue. In 2011 the Doc told me I need to exercise as I was up to 265 lbs. I got a used trike and started riding... read more

Topic: Other

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And then it rained!

A beautiful autumn morning, the sun is just out, the sky is starting to turn blue from grey. I am beginning my favourite bike ride. I haven't ridden here for a while so now I hope the autumn se... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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