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New places, new friends, new bike.

I've been commuting to work by bike for a little over 3 years, which has changed my perceptions of cycling from a sport, to a necessity. I've been a rider since I could balance on two wheels, and I... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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When on holiday hire a bike

Fantastic bike ride along the water's edge by Titanic on a hire bike as on holiday, June 21.

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Just explore.

Until lockdown I did most of my cycling commuting to work. After lockdown I was working from home and used my bike more for exercise. I have found loads of local, and not so local, routes from my f... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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BCN...All Day Everyday

The Black Cycling Network(BCN) is a cycling group like no other. We are an all inclusive group of cyclists, who welcome onboard all types of cyclists. Whether your a beginner, average or top notch... read more

Topic: Other

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#LighttheNight

Before Covid I use to enjoying commuting to and from work on my bike and stopping at the gym on the way home, and the dark winter nights didn't put me off at all. Tips 1. High visibility jack... read more

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Back on 2 wheels - unexpected benefit of lockdown!

Before having children I was often out on the bike, but since having had children I have rarely been out. Since lockdown - and when the girls were able to return to nursery.. we were asked to not ... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Image for story Riding through london

Riding through london

Having been visiting family in London I decided why not follow the bike route into the city.

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Central Bedfordshire has so much to offer

Bedfordshire is Redford with bridle and permissive paths which are great for gravel and mountain biking. They can be used to get to and from spectacular bike parks and exclusive mountain biking ter... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story I'm now making my commute longer its so enjoyable!!!

I'm now making my commute longer its so enjoyable!!!

12 years ago my wife bought me a birthday present of a dark blue Raleigh man’s commuting bike complete with postman pat bell. I have enjoyed cycling to work ever since and am now onto my third bi... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story My 2018 Challenge

My 2018 Challenge

Barry Gregson is 72 years old. He took up cycling after he retired and since then has been cycling regularly. Since the start of the year 2018, however, Barry’s cycling has moved up a few gears! A... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Freedom

I cycle to work when I can, it takes me about 25 minutes, a distance of 4 miles. Today I wanted to visit a colleague who has been off work due to illness. She lives in Bedford & parking is diff... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

Cumulative Mileage this year

So far 657 miles Brings lots of smiles Never mind the weather As long as bike and I are together On every outing picking up litter The wind and temperature bitter Going round the BMX track ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Weight loss, fitness boost and a new challenge -

Weight loss, fitness boost and a new challenge -

At the beginning of 2020 I set myself a modest challenge of riding 100 miles a month thinking I should be able to manage that. At the beginning of Lockdown 1, I had a really scary blood pressure ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Ready Steady Go!

READY STEADY GO When March Lockdown came, it seemed to me A target should be set for all to see How about 2020 miles for 2020 Not enough? Oh yes indeed plenty! Instead of 100 miles per mo... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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North Coast 500

A journey that was originally planned for May 2020 was delayed until September, but it was worth the wait. Some autumn sunshine most days of the week long journey starting in Inverness, just myself... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story I found the poppy field!

I found the poppy field!

Out riding on my cyclocross bike one day I saw a red field in the distance which I suspected was a big field of poppies. The next time I went out it was my mission to find that poppy field... which... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Hill Climbing

UK Bike Week. Day 1 Hill Climbing. Today I did Kepwick Bank and Murton Bank linking them with some muddy off road tracks on my Genesis gravel bike. 3000ft. 30 miles. Wind. Rain. Sunshine. Magnifice... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Last of the Stockwood Park Daffodils

Last of the Stockwood Park Daffodils

My commute to work is very short but I like it as I take it as a hill training session to get me to love not loathe them. The last bit of my ride is through the lovely Stockwood Park and yesterday ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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King Alfreds Way

King Alfreds Way Between lockdowns last year my youngest son rode KAW (King Alfreds Way) with a friend, they did it rough camping and in three days. Being inspired and needing to plan some th... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

Image for story Virtual STP for Special Operations Warrior Foundation

Virtual STP for Special Operations Warrior Foundation

This is my third STP ride, having ridden my 1st time in 2019 with my son Stephen, and I rode virtually last year. I live far off in Southern Ohio, and it was hard for me to find a training partner.... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

Image for story Bucket List - Off-Road Duathlon

Bucket List - Off-Road Duathlon

I’ve done a little cyclocross races, road duathlons and triathlons but never raced off road on a mountain bike. Well at 65 years old I guess there was no better time than the present! Signed up fo... read more

Topic: Other

Just ride

It's a Public Holiday Eve eventhough have been lock down for more than 2 months in my country. Just ride and explore around. A lot of changes in my resident rea

Topic: Other

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Keeping it cool

For whatever reason, whenever I go a while without riding a bike I am always so nervous to get back on one. I use to be able to ride a bike with one or no hands. I was trying to get a selfie of mys... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Covid Vaccaination Meet

Met a Lady in line waiting for our Covid 19 Vaccination. As we started to talk she remarked about how fit I looked. Told her I ride a bike about 150 miles each week. She wanted to know more about b... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Does this really count as work

Does this really count as work

Me and my fellow Safe Routes Ambassador Program teammates all took the initiative to get out there and do a 3 mile ride for the last event we worked. MOGO provided us all bikes for no cost. It was ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Well done everyone for June Bike Challenge

Thank you Love to Ride for the June Bike Challenge and all those lovely prizes. Sad to say I had no luck in the raffles, but hey that is not what it is all about. I was trying not to be competiti... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Seeing the changes over time

Biking during CoVid-19 has been interesting. It started out with everything empty. Few or no cars and no one outside. Then after a few months seeing an uptick in construction which seemed to pop up... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story My Favourite? Well, certainly one of my favourites....

My Favourite? Well, certainly one of my favourites....

South East Wales anyone? Now, apologies to anyone living in or near Cwmbran but it is not the first place to think of when you want to go for bike ride.... Wrong! There is a gem that threads it's... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Moist

When it's bucketing down with rain and it looks less than inviting outside it's hard to get out of the door on the bike. But if you can manage that first bit and the first five minutes when you are... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story TransKurnow 👍

TransKurnow 👍

TransKurnow - Proper Job👌 190 Devon & Cornish Miles. Stunning weather for #bikepacking 😉☀️ 💯 Greatest Climbs South West ✔️ Coombe Hill (Goon hilly) 25% 🥴 (steep corners!) Millook - 30%!!!... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Breast cancer now challenge when injured!!

Breast cancer now challenge when injured!!

After getting into cycling recently, I set myself a challenge...ride 300km in July for breast cancer now. I had rides planned, secured sponsors, got all excited...then disaster struck. My pet cat ... read more

Topic: Other

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RNLI Charity Ride

Purely by coincidence, it has been postponed twice due the pandemic, six of us have just completed a four day ride (26th.-29th. June) from Weston-Super-Mare to Padstow in support of the RNLI. Over... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Tour de Cornwall!

My husband Harry & I have just completed the penultimate stage of our very own tour around Cornwall! We're cycling all around the peninsula with our our rucksacks on our backs, up & down th... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Route 5

Being part of the solution by biking to work using NCN route 5 through Stafford

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Getting back on the bike

Getting back on the bike

I've been a cyclist for many years and commuted regularly for a decade. I've ridden many of the great French climbs as well as Mount Diablo in California, have enjoyed cycle touring in several coun... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story To the unexplore cycling route

To the unexplore cycling route

With my hubby going along the Pari River Bank. The bushes made me feel uncomfortable while pedalling. The unseen path made me worried will be trapped into any hidden hole or drain. But it's fun an... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Just ride

It's a Public Holiday Eve eventhough have been lock down for more than 2 months in my country. Just ride and explore around. A lot of changes in my resident rea

Topic: Other

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RIDE

I’m awakened by a whisper “RIDE” Untangling from my cocoon of bedding and fumbling through my closet; I find and pull on my jersey and shorts and push my feet into my shoes. Quietly staggering t... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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I love riding

I pretty much ride everywhere, mountain bike dirt trails, riding to my family cabin on my road bike, taking my recycle to recycle place and to get grocery’s with my trailer. Gotta love being outsid... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Back in the Schwinn of Things

Back in the Schwinn of Things

Hey everybody, Working for the Detroit Health Dept this year has afforded me some amazing experiences. Networking within the Detroit Bike Community has been a rewarding experience. While servic... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Working can be fun

I had not ridden a bike in years; mainly because I don’t own one. I was fortunate enough to get a job working with the city of Detroit’s Safe Routes Ambassador Program, spreading information about... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Image for story Felt Good with cycling sweat

Felt Good with cycling sweat

The first Ride for me after the long Lock Down since 17/5/2021. Feel good and fell my mental being strengthen after pedalling round in a quite recreation park in the city.

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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The Longest Day

As part of the pandmic and challenge to keep training in November 2020 I set myself a challenge to ride, on the Longest Day (June 21st) from sunrise 0440 to sunset 2136. And then I started training... read more

Topic: Other

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Wimbledon Devastation

Monday 28th June, lovely morning ride to work the start of Wimbledon YEY,(my other passion). I had my lucky Wimbledon monogramed hand towel in my back pack, sad but i love it :) cycled to work only... read more

Topic: Other

Image for story Cycling helps me so much

Cycling helps me so much

After the death of my son I struggled with my weight, confidence and mental health. Since riding I have lost all the weight, my mental health is much better and I am training for my first triathlon.

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story a 2.5 year bike injury case has been settled!

a 2.5 year bike injury case has been settled!

Hi everyone: Some good news after 2.5 years: I just had a successful resolution in a bike injury case bikinginla. com/ Six figures. See Press Release above A 12 page story ... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story From Stockport to Scotland

From Stockport to Scotland

I thought it would be a great idea to cycle from Stockport to Scotland in order to wildcamp with some mates and avoid taking a 6 hour car journey over the border, so I did! Day 1 consisted of 30... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Exploring Fife and beyond

Exploring Fife and beyond

I’ve lived in Dunfermline for over twenty years and before that Edinburgh. Most of my cycling has been back and forth between the two for work and the odd ride along a local track. Since the fir... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Cycle with Youth

Find somewhere you can have a pit stop and share snacks, enjoy nature and chat. Important to encourage each other and make memories. Open spaces, running water and Heron watching.

Topic: Encouraging others to ride