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Image for story Just Love Riding

Just Love Riding

The above says it all...It gives me time to meditate, reflect and help plan ahead. Cycling is just great and that's why I love riding โœŠ๐Ÿฟ

Topic: Other

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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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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 manโ€™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, Barryโ€™s cycling has moved up a few gears! A... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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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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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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Stories from around the world

Hexham to Sunderland (via a "Spoon's" and a Gregg's)

In early November, Myself and dad took the bikes on the train from Sunderland up to Hexham for a day ride back home using national cycle route 72 and the C2C route.. First port of call was Wethersp... read more

Topic: Other

Ride along the seafront

I have been riding this area through lockdown and now at the weekend. This ride gives me hills flat and curved areas which is lovely, and all the time I have a sea view. I often stop to chat to oth... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

Goals

2021 Biking Goals: Ride 5,000 miles. Check (5,650) Ride 1,000 miles in a month. Check. (1,002) Ride a century. Check (with my son, Dec 17) Put more miles on my road bike (5,116) than... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

Day 1

First day riding to work. Of course it had to be a day where we have a high of 30 degrees! Oh well...... I did it to improve my health. I did it to save money. I did it to help the environment... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Retail Therapy

Before Covid I got used to breaking my shopping up to 2 to 4 trips during the week often on my way home from other things and only buying what fitted in my backpack. During Covid I changed my shopp... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Taking the train to get a Devon & Cornwall Railcard

Taking the train to get a Devon & Cornwall Railcard

Today was the fourth time than I've taken my bike on the train. This time I bought a Devon & Cornwall Railcard at Barnstaple station. Chulmleigh has beauty rolling hills with views to Dartmoor ... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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I like to ride to commute, for recreation and for fitness reasons.

Cycling allows me to get out into the fresh air and the countryside and gives me a feeling of freedom to choose the path less travelled, sometimes discovering new places right on my door step! I... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Night riding

We have all missed being out cycling together and fitting it in has required some night riding. We all got the bike lights on tonight and enjoyed a couple of hours of chatting and night riding safe... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story What a way to start the day!

What a way to start the day!

I hopped on my bike for my first day at the office in 2022, and like pretty much every time I ride to work, I was surprised by how great it made me feel - and it's my job to tell people that! Fl... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Actually Recorded 1000 Km for the first time.

Actually Recorded 1000 Km for the first time.

I was not keen on the GPS recording gadgets at first, but now, having just this minute clocked up my first recorded 1000 Km on a second-hand refurbished MTB, I just have to say I wish I had purchas... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story DBC Frozen First

DBC Frozen First

A special thank you and shout out to these early birds for coming out and taking a quick little New Year's morning spin around Dearborn, Michigan. #DBCFrozenFirst aka: #FirstDozen #DearbornBikingCr... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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It didn't stop raining BUT

I have this ridiculous goal and no, 5.4 miles really isn't enough to *average* and get there, AND it's going to dive down to the teens for high temps later this week. So, "better ride now,... read more

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Image for story UNDER THE COLD MOON

UNDER THE COLD MOON

I'm being followed by a moonshadow Moonshadow, moonshadow Leaping and hopping on a moonshadow Moonshadow, moonshadow Moonshadow, moonshadow Moonshadow, moonshadow Songwriter: Islam Yusuf ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Miles for Doddie

Miles for Doddie

I have set a challenge a month this year including Miles for Doddie in Jan to completing 1000 miles, the King Alfreds Way, and culminating in the NC500 in August. In between all that I will be doin... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Sun rise

I was cycling to work along beautiful country lanes and saw the most amazing sun rise for this time of year breaking through the morning fog. Stunning way to start the day

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story The sun making a brief appearance

The sun making a brief appearance

Changeable weather today, but still the occasional brighter moment

Topic: Other

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Bike life

My first bike was a Christmas present after I turned 5 years old. I was so excited, that I sneaked into the garage (where I was told NOT to go) to ride it. It was red, with a large front wheel and ... read more

Topic: Other

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Paradise

Getting back on my bike has been fab, especially with the great weather we are having. I've been making the most of the time in between jobs, exploring what is right in front of me. We do live in p... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

Image for story Biking is better, even in -50C

Biking is better, even in -50C

I have ridden a bike as my primary mode of transport since 1989, doing my Master's degree. I owned a car briefly for one year in 1995-96, and had bought a house outside of the city so I could be i... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story The Peace Of Riding

The Peace Of Riding

This is not 1 memory. I have never driven, always ridden. I deal with anxiety. Some of my rides and my choice to ride the long way home are for the purpose of destressing. I find riding and listeni... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Supply Chain Finally Got Here...

Supply Chain Finally Got Here...

Setting my ridiculous goal of 1000 miles by the end of March is what got me out for a little extra today. Hey, I need to average 11.6 miles/day -- SHHH! DOn't think about snowstorms or ice!! Tod... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

ice crystals in my hair

I worked from home Thursday because I asked because it was frigid, but by end ofday HAD TO GET OUTSIDE (I took the bus Wednesday)... and it wasn't as cold as I thought, at 9 degrees. Friday mo... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

Cycling anyway

I was a bit nervous when I signed up to a local Ladies only cycle - a 10 mile route round Cheltenham but I was determined to give it a go. When I turned up, there was another lady there so we got c... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Coral Creek

Coral Creek

Crossed this wonderful site on Coral Creek tonight!

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Cape Haze Pioneer Trail

Cape Haze Pioneer Trail

Love this trail. Itโ€™s 1/2 of my normal ride and loops around Placida back to Englewood. Makes for a 20 mile ride with some great views .

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

Emergency shirt

Rode to work on the first day of the year. Bit chilly, but worth it Forgot to bring a shirt to change into. Luckily left an emergency one in the office!

Topic: My commute by bike

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Banana Seat Bikes!

Does anyone else remember (or had) a banana-seat bike when they were a kid? Also, did anyone else put baseball cards in the spokes so the tires would make clicking noises as the wheels went 'round... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Best ride of the year

Best ride of the year

To celebrate a friend's 50th we decided to try e-mountain biking. What an amazing day we had, we hired the bikes and booked a guide which was a great move. We all had such a brilliant day and were ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Wet and windy

Wet and windy

I decided to go for a ride today the weather was mizzale to start with then the wind picked up of course it was a head wind the roads was flooded so up with the feet and splash through and hopefull... read more

Topic: Other

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