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The thing is, I live and work in a small town,so I don't really need a car. The main reason I have one is to get my cat to the vet. What to do? Find a bike-compatible, cat-friendly pet carrier of c... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Sam Stockwell Cats don't seem to mind going on the back of a bike, must be because they have a good view.

For the second year, GHD Christchurch arranged a lunchtime picnic ride to encourage staff to ride a bike. Today we had a beautiful day warm day to go for the relaxed 3.5km ride off road. We had ano... read more

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Sharon Lea What a great idea.

When I drive I rarely take the time to enjoy the city I live in but with biking I an so easily stop, hop off and have a wee explore. Yesterday I decided to visit a piece of remnant bush in Christch... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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For the last several years I have been wanting to bike part of the way to work. Problem: it’s 56km between home and Christchurch!! If I could just bike some of it I would be happy. Well happier tha... read more

Topic: Other

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Jade A Nailed it!! What a great way to start the day. Fantastic to have finally achieved this goal :)

On 5 Feb we cycled from Tekapo to Twizel passed canals, lake Tekapo, Ohau and Pukaki; scenery to die for. 6 Feb we biked to Ohau Lodge with a side trip to Ohau weir which was closed but very pictur... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Sharon Lea I too have done this ride and its spectacular. I'll never get sick of the scenery down south. Well done.

I have been a bicycle nut for years and always try to ride everywhere (better for the planet, and better for my fitness and stress levels). Last year I decided to buy a cargo bike to take the next ... read more

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Julie Wotton Fantastic - inspiring!
Anne Heins So inspiring, love it! I'm thinking it might be worth starting a conversation with my flat about whether we go in on on... read more

My partner and I love to bike, and when camping at my favourite family spot, he took me on a bike ride to Mystery Lake - about a three hour climb! Half way the the wind was howling and I was pretty... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Sharon Lea Congratulations to you both.

When I first met my now husband I knew that he loved mountain bike riding, yet I had not been on a bike since I out grew my childhood bike. Yet (with my permission) he purchased me a cross countr... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Hubby and I met June 2015 and he was aware I loved to exercise alot, so we naturally went on a ride for one of our first dates. I over estimated his biking fitness and he got cramp and was very ... read more

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I will not be taking part in the Aotearoa Bike Challenge this year, and as I am the only one from my work place taking part, I withdraw from this event. I was made redundant from my job this mornin... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Anne Heins Oh Ivan, I'm so sorry to hear you were made redundant, that's full on. I hope you have some good support around you... read more
Barney Fitzsimons Hang in there Ivan, your attitude will win thru, ka kite

About 15 years ago I was on holiday in Europe with my boyfriend at the time. I hadn't been on a bike in many years, but we went for a ride on bikes that came free with our accommodation. I was a bi... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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I was riding with my sister in Riverhead Forrest Auckland in 1995 and met some friends and a group of their friends, one of whom caught my eye. After a number of fun filled years including regular ... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Brighton and Hove are jolly hilly. And I live in the 'burbs' of Ovingdean where one of the defining features is the perpetually puffed-out but stoic locals toiling up and down some particularly ve... read more

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My husband is so romantic and came for 3 evening bike ride dates in a row. It was so special and I appreciate my husband biking with me. When I have been out biking and he sees me through the win... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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My husband and I met on a Friday night at after-work drinks - which we’d both quite naturally biked to. Many of our subsequent dates, leisure and general life together involved biking. I wasn’t z... read more

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Nick Kendall NZ again...Great country for cycling

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I’ve worked out my whole life but once the gyms were shut down I had to take my workout outdoors. I happen to know some of those crazy cyclists that ride daily and had my indoor bike so I thought... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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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Always have a biking buddy whether its your mum, your child or your cat I used to ride with my mum and my my best mate when I was a kid (many moons ago and I still have my first bike - a 1980 Ra... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

I think many of us have that dream of the perfect adventure cycle: a ride into the sunset to a wild camping spot miles away from anyone else. Well, I have to say most of my Land's End to John o'Gro... read more

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Part of the joy of gravel bikes is that you can ride a long distance and still have the capacity to explore. So, “I wonder where...” immediately becomes “Let’s see where... that track/bridleway/gap... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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This year my youngest child will begin senior school meaning I would be a little more free with my time for getting to work so I decided I’d like to cycle to work and in February I applied for a bi... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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love cycling in London, my favourite route is from Kew bridge to Walton on Thames on the Towpath. Perfect escape from London busy roads :)

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During the lock down my two girls age 6 and 10 wanted to go and socially distance visit their grandma. As un necessary car rides were under scrutiny we decided that we could cycle there. This was... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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As a NHS Volunteer Responder during this Covid 19 crisis I have been using my bicycle to collect prescriptions from the two chemists in South Molton Devon and deliver to vunerable persons who have ... read more

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After a bad day or a stressful week, An escape on my bike, I must seek! Off I head, before it gets dark, To the Royal Victoria Country Park. On the way, there are hills so steep - Sometimes I ... read more

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Coming back from an appointment at The Paintworks on Bath Rd to Bedminster I discovered I could get straight onto St Philips Greenway and ride alongside the River Avon for half the journey. A very... read more

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One of my favourite rides starts not far from Exeter city centre at 'The Quays'. Want to ride with a friend who doesn't own a bike? There's even a cycle hire shop at the start of the route, plus pl... read more

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Meeting midway is about visiting more distant friends safely. We get social again, planning to meet-up & picnic in unfamiliar territory. Our two brothers travel by bike to meet for the first time s... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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David Overton Hmm, it loses a certain "je ne sais quoi" when the you tube reference is removed! Search SplashMaps on YouTube an... read more

I ride fairly regularly-3 or 4 times a week. I thought l knew my local area.l used to set out on a known route looking to improve my time. Coronovirus lockdown meant events were cancelled. I start... read more

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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

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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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After being in lockdown & isolation for 3 months my friend & I both in our sixties decided to plan an epic cycle to celebrate our release. We chose to complete a full loop of the Avon cycle way whi... read more

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I spend a lot of hours a week on my bike, my son has been asking me to ride on the trails with him recently. I got a hold of a used bike donated by a local bike shop in Tampa (Outspokin Bicycles) t... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

#ExploreByBike - I recently ventured into the New Forest on my bike ride. It was lovely, so many animals about as well!

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In an attempt to social distance away from busy roads and routes I looked at the map and planned a route down some bridleways I'd not explored before. Had to deal with a very overgrown route at tim... read more

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I've been doing early doors rides on Saturdays for a few years (only in the summer, when the weather is ok and family commitments allow) but in the last couple of summers I've switched to heading s... read more

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While being confined to the area around my home on the edge of Bristol has been a great excuse to explore. From the cycle path taking a slightly different exit i have discovered the common at mango... read more

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rode to park #ExploreByBike

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

Hi all it's me fohat just ordered my bike have not been on a bike for wow 12 years am 62 can't wait to get it I got 1 e bike I'm in to drones and have caravan up in Callander so many cycle tracks ... read more

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My favorite place to ride is the less busy parts of the Trinity Trails in Fort Worth! No stop lights, traffic, or dodging people. You can actually notice the beautiful scenery without all those d... read more

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We really appreciate the very helpful Zoom series on safety and the safety gear! Some of the things that we learned were really eye opening. #RediscoverRiding

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I love the South Bay bike path, that is near my home and go a little out of the way to work every day to go on it. It is beautiful and mostly safe. The birds are wonderful to watch and hear. Lately... read more

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A few years ago we were at a festival in Fort Worth and saw a bicycle inc. booth with really great Electra beach bikes. That was it! I haven’t been on a bike in at least 15 years, but I wanted o... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

Working from home for 3 months now, the temptation is for my work and home to merge, the edges of when one starts and the other ends have become blurred. So I have started cycling "to work". I go... read more

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I Love to Ride!!! & Ride with pride!!! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

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Like many of us, I rode recreationally as a young-un. I sometimes commuted all the way across Madison Wisconsin as a working college student, and bicycled to work in Green Bay as a young working ad... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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#RediscoverRiding I recently moved to NWA from IL and let me tell you - riding is so much better here! This super bike friendly community makes it easy to get around by bike. I love riding the Raz... read more

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Trust me to choose the hottest day of the year (so far; June 25th) to go on one of my timed training rides! For those readers interested in ride and performance stats, a summary of these follow... read more

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Steven Hills Sorry! Clicked on 'high fives' icon in error.

Rode out to St. Michael's Church and along the public footpath. Good to be out in the fresh air and no one else around.

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I'd like to focus and share some of the many positive aspects of 'Lockdown' that I have enjoyed and experienced. Noticing and listening intently to the dawn and evening chorus of the many differen... read more

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Louise Buckley-Simms I definitely share these thoughts during lock down! I normally cycle purely to get from A-B and not really for leisure, so ... read more