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I have cycled some new routes recently and have been looking for small country lanes and roads that link to old routes trying to avoid busy roads and traffic. I have cycled some beautiful countrysi... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Nearly four years ago my father was terminally ill. I discovered mountain biking through a friend's encouragement and never looked back! It's a great way to unwind, chat, forgot about stuff, get fi... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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I work at FareShare Sussex and Karola from Cranks mentioned that they were offering discounts to key workers during the summer. They provided discounts on bikes and services for ten of our voluntee... read more

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We live in Brighton and my daughter goes to the orthodontist in Hailsham. In the past we drove as there isn’t a train station in Hailsham. Since making the family decision to ditch the car during l... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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I took up cycling again during lockdown and dusted the cobwebs off my bike in the shed. After a gentle start I have been riding 3 x a week. I am working from home during the pandemic but returned t... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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I work in a local school and have spent lockdown teaching down the camera online. We started back for a new academic year with the children back in school, vowing to keep the school open as much as... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Shirley Foster how lovely to be able to see the sea on your ride

Jay's cycles is a local friendly bike repair and servicing company based a few miles from Brighton with easy parking. We cover everything from small puncture fixes to full services and rebuilds! W... read more

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The Undercliff is stunning with a full moon rising over the sea. No need for lights. And it's deserted.

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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In a few weeks time I will be cycling the 100 miles of the South Downs Way in 3 days to raise money for Raleigh International. This is tough off road with lots of hills. Trying to fit in training b... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Steve Carpenter Hi, did it about three years ago in two days!!! bad weather to start then sun came out when we got to Amberly so we carried... read more

In this story I will give you 3 facts alongside my own reasons for you to get on your bike! 1) Enjoy Nature What better way to experience the great outdoors than to eat some dust and get intimate... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Our team at the University of Brighton has been remote working since March '20 and we're fortunate that most aspects of our work can be undertaken online. However we're on the brink of submitting t... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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This January we got a brand new electric cargo bike at work to help deliver food to people in need. It means I'm doing loads more cycling and feeling great. Although it's an electric assisted bike,... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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I commute to work by bike, so in autumn and winter I ride in darkness almost daily. Over the years I have gradually made my bike more visible – it now sports reflective strips, dynamo lights and a ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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I live in Brighton and work between Brighton and Hayward’s Heath hospitals and have traditionally always cycled to Brighton and driven to Hayward’s Heath. My husband, a keen environmentalist and pa... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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I was really enjoying cycle september, cycling every day. Stupidly, I have never worn a helmet, mainly due to looks, the discomfort and the fact it is anothor bit of bagage to consider. During Sept... read more

Topic: Other

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John M What a terrible thing to have happened I wish you a speedy recovery. It is the driver who should be learning the lesson (or... read more
Shirley Foster I do hope you are feeling better now, sending best wishes for a speedy recovery

My kids usually ride on the cargobike to school every morning, but during Bike To School Week, my 8-year-old cycled on his own bike three days out of five. It was 4.5 miles, mostly on the road, and... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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I live in Hove and there's nothing better than cycling up to Devils Dyke and across to Truleigh Hill. The view off the downs is stunning anyway, but from Truliegh you also get to see the river Adur... read more

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Getting out on your bike is a safe way to experience the world outside while we're all self-isolating. And you never know what you might see! I cycled up towards Ditchling Beacon. Stopping to watch... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Zizzie Moore what a stunning photograph. Must have been a beautiful sight to see for real

After recently getting my new ride via the cycle to work scheme, I've talked myself into a 'bit of a challenge'. I'm climbing Mt Snowdon in aid of Cancer research, and then cycling back home to su... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Lucy Pearson good luck, makes my 100 miles of south downs way seem like peanuts!

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As I got older I I decided to change bike bike from road bike to hybrid, first thing i did was replace tires 700c 25mm for low roll resistance, then I changed the cassette from the 11 -34 to 11-42 ... read more

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So many memories of biking with the kids here back when they lived with us! When we first started our youngest was on a 16" bike and the oldest on a 20". They kept graduating up sizes, (and schoo... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

My cousin and I are Red Riders. What this means is that we are cyclist who have diabetes. My cousin had lost his eye sight because of diabetes. He and I reconnected a few years back through cycling... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Two rides this Sunday, a morning and a afternoon ride! 10 AM ride: 𝗥𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝗟𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗿: David Felfoldi 𝐑𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐓𝐲𝐩𝐞: Intermediate Adventurer (12 miles) 𝐌𝐞𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐏𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐭: Ashford Park 𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐤𝐬 𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐥𝐮𝐝𝐞𝐝: Ashford... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Yesterday was the 2nd anniversary of a commute home that put me in hospital for 3 days with broken ribs collar bone and a broken shoulder socket. A white van driver turned across my path as I rod... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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#FamilyRide My best riding memories continue to be to find little areas where you can ride along and smell the flowers, literally. The smell of flowers and Spring blossoms are unparalleled with a ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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I love riding my bicycle. It's become a vessel to discover flora, fauna, birds, and mycelium. For this weeks challenge-- Biking with a friend-- I decided to hit the road with my main-squeeze, Frank... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Wales was out of bounds for English cyclists for many months. Very frustrating for Bristol cyclists, given the enticing sight of the Welsh hills from Bristol and surrounding areas. But understandab... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Frank Milum Palmer sounds a lovely few days,quite envious

Beautiful Britain By Bike - Day Three. A historic tour of Somerset & Dorset. Today's commute took us to Somerton, Ancient Royal Town of Wessex. Our adventure began under blue skies as we s... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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A historic tour of Somerset & Dorset. Today's commute took us to Somerton, Ancient Royal Town of Wessex. Our adventure began under blue skies as we set off towards the old Roman town of Ilch... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

The North Wessex Downs. I'm on annual leave so am taking the opportunity to explore a few new places. After a 75 minute commute to Pangbourne, we set off to explore the quiet country lanes of West... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

One night my wife and I were riding home from the Basement Theatre in Auckland. Coming up Grey Str going past the council flats a lone bike rider comes hurtling down the hill. He is a Polynesian ma... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

I asked my wife what she wanted to do on mother's day. Her answer was to go on one of our favorite bike ride. (after breakfast in bed, of course) So we grabbed our bikes and bike trailer (for our 6... read more

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I have loved being on the bike of late! It shows on the hills and also my pacing. It's just a satisfying feeling with the wind falling on my face after some crazy climbing, and then you let the fee... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Did you know that one of Michigan’s bicycles laws is for cyclists to ride as close to the right side of the curb/road as possible. There are a few exceptions for that: passing another bicycle/vehi... read more

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Cynthia Dowe Thank you for informing me Janine , this actually great to know!

My son, husband and I decided to spend Mother's Day biking the Coastal Trail from Pacific Grove just past Marina. My husband and I have new electric bikes and we rented a bike in Pacific Grove for... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Matt Miller Love this Sabrina!

It's not particularly beautiful, a commercial/light industrial road west of Ann Arbor. I work just off Jackson Road, just about at the midpoint of a 4-mile+ stretch with a fairly generous bike lane... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

I am very happy that my Norcal sister rides bikes with her sons and wife. Fortunately I have enough bikes and helmets so we can ride when they come down to visit. It's a joy to watch my nephews gro... read more

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My husband and I were mt. bikers before his accident. His handcycle has made it possible for us to still enjoy our time pedaling. His old friend and one time volleyball buddy joins us on a handcycl... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Took my child to the Y by bike and was honked at and insulted for not riding on the sidewalk. At least my child thought the honking was funny and did seem to notice the yelling. Another reason wh... read more

Topic: Other

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#FamilyRide My best riding memories continue to be to find little areas where you can ride along and smell the flowers, literally. The smell of flowers and Spring blossoms are unparalleled with a ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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My mom wanted us to go for a #familyride for Mother's Day. I love my mom!

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

hashtag #familyride - I road my bike with 5 of my 9 grandchildren at my HOA park. They did better than I did, but we had fun together

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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My fiancé and I love riding around our bikes from our home in Hillcrest to downtown. During this ride, we caught the sunset from the Broadway Pier. #familyride

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Corinium Dobunnorum Loop of the Cotswolds- a step back in time exploring the deserted lanes of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Today's commute took us to Cirencester - the forecast was f... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

Beautiful Britain By Bike - Day Two. Corinium Dobunnorum Loop of the Cotswolds- a step back in time exploring the deserted lanes of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Today's commute took ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

Having not rode a bike since I was 16 years old, 20 years on during the first COVID lockdown I rediscovered the joy of Bicycle riding! I was lucky enough to be able to borrow an electric bike fr... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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This #familyride was a 350 mile self-supported bike tour from Washington DC to Pittsburgh with my mom, a friend, and my 2 kids, ages 5 and 8 at the time. Kids pedaled every mile under their own pow... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Felipe Gomez Wow! Inspiring!
Bernie Parmer That is an awesome ride.

I ride to the beach two to three times a week after work. Regardless of the weather the site and smell of the ocean always relaxes me!

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Bernie Parmer Pine mountain forest works too.

The weather has been beautiful so we make it a point to bike around the island at least once a day. When we first moved here, we didn't own bikes because none of the kids knew how to ride. Now, #fa... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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On the weekend we typically ride from our Little Italy home around SD Bay and Point Loma areas. This past weekend we enjoyed a incredible aerial exhibition by a couple osprey families teaching the... read more

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Melissa Menas #familyride