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Image for story Riding to School.

Riding to School.

I ride to school every day with my dad and brother. We have to be careful, watching out for cars, as we ride through our village. Cycling really helps with my fitness and my teachers are very h... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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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

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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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Image for story North Coast 500

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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Image for story Hill Climbing

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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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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Image for story When on holiday hire a bike

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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Image for story BCN...All Day Everyday

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.

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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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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The IB hunt

I participated in my first hunt today and it was sooo much fun!!! I ride with an amazing group of women and will be doing this again!!

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Scavenger hunt!

The weather is so nice and perfect for fish tacos by the beach

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

Loving the IB

I am enjoying the IB Scavenger Hunt. Visiting so many places and discovering so many new murals.

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

Image for story My morning commute

My morning commute

My ride to work in the morning is the only time I don’t worry about anything during the day. It is the only time when I can watch nature happen and be surprised by the ever changing seasons and so... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story The Quiet Lanes of Suffolk...

The Quiet Lanes of Suffolk...

Quiet Lanes Suffolk is a small team of enthusiastic volunteers helping parish councils across Suffolk introduce a 500km network of Quiet Lanes into the County. Quiet Lanes are small rural lanes, ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Biking Meetings

Biking Meetings

I have been known to host "walking meetings" with my team members as we go over important business items for follow up. I never thought I'd be hosting 1-1 meetings with my staff via bike, but that ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Pedal It Forward

Pedal It Forward

Our family recently had the opportunity to upgrade a bike. We replaced a Trek 830 Mountain Track (1997ish) with a new Liv Rove E+ so it was a pretty significant change. We didn’t need to keep the o... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story ABC Quick Check-Quick Check

ABC Quick Check-Quick Check

Quick: Check your quick release skewers on your wheels. Make sure they are tight enough to keep your wheels on. Check: Take a quick ride to check if derailleurs and brakes are working properly. In... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story ABC Quick Check-Brakes

ABC Quick Check-Brakes

“B” = Brakes. Have a look at your brakes, check the brakes and cables to make sure they aren’t worn down. See if you can reach the brake levers comfortably, then squeeze them for cable tightness an... read more

Topic: Other

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Fun

I had so much fun cycling with my friends

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Cycling in the dark

Cycling in the dark

After a longer cycle than usual [up to Carmunnock etc], with both my Busch & Muller headlights ablaze, my dusk-cycle in Glasgow got interesting. Near the "Museum of Transport", I turned up the... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story My 'Quaran-triathlon'

My "Quaran-triathlon"

I was struggling with finding motivation to train during the 1st lockdown. So I decided to do something that could take the focus away from myself and I signed up for a virtual triathlon – called T... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story You will not be forgotten, smiles in our miles

You will not be forgotten, smiles in our miles

Norfolk Sheriff's Office of Virginia pays tribute to all the men, women, children, and all those who lost family members, friends, and loved ones. As we pledged to pedal twenty-plus miles, we creat... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Falling in love with riding again thanks to my husband

Falling in love with riding again thanks to my husband

So coronavirus lockdown was happening i also suffer with rheumatoid arthritis, and my consultants always quoting motion is lotion, so my husband shown me an adult electric trike, I was apprehensive... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Beware of the bike thieves in Bristol Harbour

Thought I take a nice ride to the Bristol harbour. Double locked the bike near the harbour bridge with the horns. When I got back all was gone. No one saw anything and Police not really interested.... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story cycling around just for...well becuase!

cycling around just for...well becuase!

So, my story is simple. If you ever don't know what to do, just get on your bike. This is surprisingly helpful and you will start to see things like you've never seen before. For me it was things l... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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1st Day commuting by bike in 10 months

So I started a new job November 2020. Prior to that I had been commuting, even during Covid times as an essential key worker. New job I was based at home. I still managed to ride my bike everyday i... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Lesson Learned Hard Way

Lesson Learned Hard Way

If you purchase a helmet with the ANGi or something similar take the time to set it up! No one plans on crashing and 9/10 it happens due to things out of our control. Also learned since crash that ... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story The simple pleasure of a bicycle bell.

The simple pleasure of a bicycle bell.

Buy one, Ring it and make others smile, Ring it when no one’s around and make yourself smile, The cycling world would be a better place if there were more bell ringers, I love my bicycle bell, ... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Cycle For All

Cycle For All 🚲 What a great day cycling last Friday at Peak District National Park exploring the Tissington Trail. The variety of inclusive bikes Parsley Hay bike hire had was incredible. The ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Got back on the saddle after a fall

So just over a week ago, I fell off my bike having only ridden two times in the September Challenge and before was when I was a kid (many many years ago!). I injured my leg quite bad and had to ta... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Image for story It is much more than a bike: it is a freedom machine

It is much more than a bike: it is a freedom machine

If there is some silver lining to the pandemic, is that it pushed me into cycling. I do not have a car, but I do not feel limited.

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story ABC Quick Check-Chain

ABC Quick Check-Chain

“C” = Chain : Always check that the chain is clean and lubricated. A rusty chain drags, changes gear poorly and may even snap. While you’re down there, spin your pedals and check that the cranks do... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story ABC Quick Check-Air

ABC Quick Check-Air

“A” = Air. Check the sidewall of the tire and inflate tires to the rated pressure as indicated on the sidewall. Use a pressure gauge to ensure proper tire pressure. Check if there’s any damage to t... read more

Topic: Other

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Naan Stop Hills

Decided to ride from Dawsonville to Buckhead for some Naan with a friend. It was brutal, but worth it

Topic: A happy riding memory

Image for story BMX track in the dark

BMX track in the dark

With the Autumn nights quickly drawing in our ladies only BMXercise session at Tiverton track means we have to curtail riding on the track. Not quite ready to stop riding our bikes meant we practis... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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I just love riding my bike!

I decided to buy a bike for my birthday in April. I turned 46 and I think the last time I rode a bike may have been when I was 12!! But I was determined!! I wanted to ride for exercise and to im... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Image for story Me and my daughter

Me and my daughter

Thanks to my daughter having the love of biking and my partner for getting me a bike for my birthday. I have started riding which I haven’t done since I was small. I have fell off at least once on ... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Riding for worthy causes

Riding for worthy causes

This September, I am taking part in the Great Cycle Challenge to fight kids' cancer! Why? Because right now, cancer is the biggest killer of children from disease in the United States. Over 15,700 ... read more

Topic: Other

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Sometimes the Fates conspire against you!

Okay, so I said to myself I'm going to cycle more this September when I return to my job at Reading College. Especially since lockdown, I had put on a lot of weight, plus I did want to reduce my ca... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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