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Personal goal

I am really happy to have logged my rides during the Aotearoa Bike challenge. Never knew that I've been riding about 200 km per month mainly to commute. And it is saving me money, avoiding traffic ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story CANCELLED - New goal acquired - new soul food

CANCELLED - New goal acquired - new soul food

With my glass back pummelled back into shape and my snapped saddle replaced (winter weight gain?) the training could start in earnest again. December saw the km's getting racked up, lots of flattie... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Gravel riding in Rotorua

Gravel riding in Rotorua

Took advantage of Auckland having a 'birthday' last weekend and got out on some nice gravel riding here in Rotorua. Right on my backdoor step, it's amazing what we call home here in New Zealand.

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Why i ride

Why i ride

We started this adventure when our whanau of four kids left no time for me to exercise or do anything much for myself. As a survivor of an aggressive cancer that messed with my body as much as my h... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Walking the talk

Walking the talk

One of the goals I set for myself when I started my new job at TCC was to bike to work. My role is Corporate Sustainability Lead, so biking makes sense for a lot of reasons. Fitness, wellbeing, env... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Team Christmas Ride

Team Christmas Ride

The Safe and Sustainable Journeys team took a Christmas Ride to end our 2019 work year. All 6 of us rode the Ngongotaha cycleway and then the newly built Linton Park cycleway :)

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Riding with a Shredder

Riding with a Shredder

My favourite Mountain Bike Riding Buddy is my 8 year old son. The only problem I'm having is that in the next 18 - 24 months I'm not sure I'm going to be able to keep up... and he likes to remind m... read more

Topic: Other

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Scared by my own shadow!!

What a weird sensation, riding in the early morning , just before dawn and I sensed something passing me on the inside line. WTF was that? Nothing , just my shadow passing me due to weird lighting ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Feel the fear and do it anyway!

Feel the fear and do it anyway!

Tūwhitia te hopo, mairangatia te angitū! Feel the fear and do it anyway! My name is Jill Walters and I am the Organisational Development Lead at Toi Moana Bay of Plenty Regional Council. I live ... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Image for story SH2 Chaos

SH2 Chaos

Started driving my daughter to school from Brookfield to Bethlehem on Friday. Traveled a short distance before witnessing a heavy traffic on Millers Road as far as the eye could see. Knowing that S... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Family business

My grandparents owned a bike shop in the UK so I have always loved bikes. Their bike shop was famous in the local area and everyone got their bike from Renhams. I used to love the smell of the sho... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Stories from around the world

Boulot velo dodo …

Le printemps passé, j’ai débuté le vélo pour aller travailler. Ce printemps également j’ai repris cette activité. Franchement, c’est trop génial 🤩; forme améliorée, pas prise dans le fameux trafic,... read more

Topic: Other

Image for story Nudgee Beach, Queensland, Australia

Nudgee Beach, Queensland, Australia

I live on the northside of Brisbane and am blessed with many great cyclepaths alongside rivers or through wetlands. I never get tired of the scene, I might even get in some birdwatching!

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

Bike Maintence

Nearly all drivetrain delivered ready for me to fit, will have half a new bike. just over 1500 miles and I have worn out the lot this will be third replacement of parts. So hopefully get another 1... read more

Topic: Other

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Old bike, new route

I'm going to teach a colleague to ride at lunchtime, so got my 15year old mountain bike out, cleaned and oiled it and rode to work on it. it's a heavy dependable bike but, being quite a bit slower,... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Unattainable Badges

The one "weather" course that would apply to me right now -- riding in the heat -- doesn't exist so no, I can't do it and of course I can't get the weather badge. Technology's great when ... read more

Topic: Other

Image for story Coffe and Cake Detour

Coffe and Cake Detour

On a beautiful sunny June morning I set off to meander through Calverton, Epperstone, Fiskerton and over the Trent at Newark. On the way home I took a quiet country road to find Cafe Velo Verde in ... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story What I learned during Bike Month

What I learned during Bike Month

I spent the month of May intentionally riding my bike instead of using a car. It was exhausting, sometimes uncomfortable, and a ton of fun. Biking / commuting by bike has always been part of my lif... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Very very very long bike ride

Prior to moving to NWA I lived in Boulder/Longmont CO where hiking running and biking is almost a lifestyle DNA. So, naturarlly, I biked and run a lot, biking=250 miles/week, running= 25 miles/week... read more

Why I started cycling longer distances.

As a 13 year old I had an end of year week at school where I could choose an activity. Two geography teachers took a group of us cycling on 4 discrete routes. Being not used to it I couldn’t walk b... read more

Topic: Other

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Un mois de vélo boulot... Non! Un an

Je fais du vélo boulot depuis le mois de ...avril 2021. Je me suis procurer un vélo d'hiver en Novembre 2021, parce que La pandémie, parce que le train en panne, parce que le temps fou de me rendre... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Image for story I street Bridge at night

I street Bridge at night

I like doing a loop through Old Town and across the bridges as part of my evening ride(s). The View from the I street bridge at night is amazing, even if the narrow sidewalk is a little treacherous... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Get Back on the Saddle!

My husband and I enjoy our bike rides together and we ventured out on a new route that was going to be a nice 20+ mile ride. Six miles out, my front tire clipped the curb as I crossed one curb to ... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Keeping up with my daughter!

Keeping up with my daughter!

My oldest daughter learnt to ride her bike this Easter. I’ve not ridden for 20 years, but I finally had to get back on the saddle to keep up with her! Luckily you never forget do you! I’m super ... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Peloton

I love riding my Peloton, it allows be to ride through the streets of countries I can only dream of visiting.

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Une aventure à tout les jours

Une aventure à tout les jours

Rien de plus plaisant que d'utiliser le vélo pour se déplacer avec les enfants! Sur le retour de la garderie, pourquoi ne pas arrêter à un parc ou à la plage le temps d'une collation! Le vélo rend ... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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Image for story Happily ever After

Happily ever After

Once upon a time a middle aged woman was riding her bike with her young peppy daughter in law. Out of nowhere a low branch appears. Daughter in law ducks and is in the clear! “Oh I can do that... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story I LOVE BIKES

I LOVE BIKES

I love bikes!

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Trois sorties vélo cette semaine

Les trois sorties vélo ont toutes passé trop rapidement !!! Une fois avec Benoît, une fois avec Gilles et Une fois avec Claudia !!! Quels beaux paysages en plus !!!! J’ai bien hâte de faire d’aut... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story recovered from Covid, first ride after!

recovered from Covid, first ride after!

I had a week off during bike month, I tested positive for Covid and self quarantined for 6 days until I tested negative. Yesterday was my first ride since testing negative and man it felt good to b... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Getting kids up and out

My kids are fairly attached to their electronics and like to hide in their rooms. I’ve tried a number of ways to get them up and out; some things work better than others. Yesterday it was dragging ... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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Image for story TEAM 🚴🚴‍♀️ Sue & Pat

TEAM 🚴🚴‍♀️ Sue & Pat

Suzanne et moi avons fait connaissance au Tour de l'île 2012 .. Suis arrivé au parc Jeanne Mance tôt le matin .. Il y avait tellement de cyclistes qui attendait le départ .. Donc .. J'ai aperçu une... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

Image for story Bike Maintence

Bike Maintence

All parts arrived so fitted straight away, great to be able to go uphill in higher gear.

Topic: Other

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Image for story Our first ride

Our first ride

Can't believe I got him to ride with me. Same guy .. new hobbie

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Riding at dusk

I've found a place to bike where the hills aren't too steep and there aren't too many people driving around. It is pure bliss. I look forward to coming home and waiting for when 8pm rolls around. I... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

Image for story Cake at the end of it

Cake at the end of it

I had been off the bike for over 18 months due to a hernia and the recovery from the opertation to repair it. Just after Easter I started off with the odd commute, after using a turbo trainer every... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Got kids that love cycling?

Got kids that love cycling?

Then get them racing! CycleStars.co.uk have qualified British Cycling coaches and run sessions in Gloucester and Cheltenham, training kids (ages 6-16) to race in road, circuit, cyclo-cross, grasst... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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Cheeky

Did a 40k ride not going to lie i loved it but my cheeks didnt 🤣

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

Image for story Queens Birthday ride

Queens Birthday ride

As much as I'm looking forward to the new cycle path to Port Chalmers being completed, I still enjoy the alternative route through St Leonards Drive and Sawyer's Bay. I always throw in a loop arou... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Défi de mobilité durable 2022

Mon défi pour favoriser la mobilité durable est d’utiliser autant que possible le vélo pour les déplacements de moins de 10 hm aller. Je vais au travail en vélo 3 fois par semaine, un aller-retour ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Pidgins

I like riding through groups of pidgins and watching fly always. It’s the best. I really hope I don’t accidentally run one over one day.

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Riding with my Grandson

I have taken my grandson Jonathan on several rides, I've watched his development from training wheels to a two wheeler and it's been a delight ! Now he's a showoff and loves to ride !

Topic: Ride with kids

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Beau début de saison

Le 29 mai 2022, première sortie vélo de la saison. C'était peut-être la journée la plus parfaite : 25 degrés Celcius, petits nuages, petite brise. Sherbrooke-North Hatley aller-retour en passant pa... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story 6/5 #TrailblazingSundays

6/5 #TrailblazingSundays

IG: MTBZ_BC We are hosting a ride from Gordon Park June 5, meet up at 3 roll out at 4. Supporting IMA

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Tenir nos resolution, quoi de mieux pour se sentir fière de soi.

Tenir nos resolution, quoi de mieux pour se sentir fière de soi.

Qui n'a jamais pris des bonnes résolutions et manquer de motivation pour les tenir plus de trois semaines? On ressent alors un sentiment d'échec. Mais si on inclus les résolutions avec nos activité... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Missed the Gym

Missed the Gym

So last night after a busy day at work I got caught on a call which meant I missed my session at the gym. The sun was out and hubby came home and we decided it was too nice a night to sit on the so... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Great view on my ride home!

Great view on my ride home!

Commuting to work on my bike lets me stop and enjoy this great view twice a day!

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Cycle Folsom Vintage Bike Ride

Cycle Folsom Vintage Bike Ride

Had a great outing with a group of Cycle Folsom cyclists. The theme of the day was vintage bikes. Rode 36 miles through the El Dorado foothills with our classic bikes. I’m the rider to the far righ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Un pas a la fois

Depuis des années que je me bat contre la diabète. Il y a plusieurs années je me suis achete un vélo stationnaire pour éviter de prendre de la médication. Malheureusement depuis 5 ans le sport en ... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Mooie e-bike routes van de ANWB... in elke provincie 1 ;-)

Beste Fan van fietsers... Zoals bijna iedereen wel weet, zijn we bij de ANWB Fan van fietsen. Daarom ter inspiratie een kleine selectie e-bike routes ...wellicht leuk ter inspiratie en weer eens ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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