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I was diagnosed with miller fisher syndrome in June 2016 and following a long period of recuperation I can now cycle again !! Please read my full story and encourage others to make the most of hea... read more

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I will be 60 in August but I won't let that stop me cycling to work, three days a week. It's only a short (about 2 and a half miles) ride but there is one very steep hill on my route. I log my ride... read more

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Tracy Westphal I just turned 60, too! We girls are hard to slow down :). See you out there!!!

Every morning it’s a crispy chilly ride along this beautiful canal. You could ride this a thousand times and you’d still think it was your first! I can’t wait to get saddled up and off. Then carr... read more

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My now husband proposed to me on a bike ride from Marazion to Lands End whilst we were holidaying in Cornwall. He had planned to do it over a Cornish cream tea but by the time we got there they had... read more

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As a kid I always had a bike and loved the great outdoors and wherever I was there was a bike at my side. You grow up and life changes and my bike got put to one side. I then had the opportunity ... read more

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https://cyclingunknown.wordpress.com/ The commute to work in this beautiful part of the world helps in my training for larger scale challenges in Europe. If it is something you have thought about ... read more

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Ride to Work started off well for me by *not* being knocked off my bike by a delivery truck today. Why don't professional drivers realise that if they are going to drive in the opposite lane, they ... read more

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Wendi Duncan Sadly many drivers on the road do not know the safe passing distance. Me personally think they lack common sense . Every ti... read more

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I have too many bikes, but I can always ride even if one is being repaired. I was on a business trip succumbed to riding the hotel stationary bike...it was better than another meal out and I slept... read more

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I have not biked in over 20 years, but this spring I got back on a bike to do a long distance race. Over the weekend I finished 53 miles to Reach the Beach. I have been working on the mental aspe... read more

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My cycling buddy and I did our first Sportive on Saturday morning in Hornsea, East Riding of Yorkshire, UK. Despite me feeling under the weather, we had a great 40 mile ride in glorious weather wit... read more

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I frequently rode through a lovely park on my rides where there is a bird habitat. I often followed the hunting and mating (it is Spring) Peregrine Falcons. Then they started following ME! One w... read more

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Legend has it that it was the goat herd that brought the mighty Thor his hammer. Certainly, it was the goat herd that pulled Thor’s chariot into battle and through the heavenly adventures. While Th... read more

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Today I FINALLY got to put in a good commute for my team. Between work travel and kid complexity, I've had ironclad excuses every morning this month until today. I'm so glad I knocked over the resi... read more

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Ruth Schulte I hear you! I was able to get my spouse to help out in the morning so I could bike to work this week! It felt great!
Kristen Connor Go Mary! I have a hard time coordinating rides too... Thank you for the inspiration!

Went to try out the MTB rides at Hampsterley Forest Easter Sunday, had a big off and landed on my head! As it turned out I had fractured and dislocated my spine (neck), thanks to the riders who ca... read more

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AS I ground my way through the wilderness of upper Mission Ridge trail, I lighted on a certain place where was a den. I know what lives in the wilderness of the Squilchuck drainage, so I avoided th... read more

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Our story in the Bellevue Bicycle Club, Bellevue, NE is multi-faceted. We have casual rides to favorite cafes, local events, exploring trails and new destinations, and encouraging others to be conf... read more

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Carrie Mc Gill Nice article Lisa!

In the village of Wenatchee, the name of which I have no desire to call to mind, there lived not long since one of those women that keeps not one, but three bikes hanging on her back porch wall, as... read more

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I CAN SEE BY MY WATCH, WITHOUT TAKING MY HAND FROM THE left grip on my handlebar, that it is 8:30 in the morning. A light headwind is rolling off the Columbia River, tugging at my contact lenses. I... read more

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Gerome Gacula i love your bluebike. i have the blue axino.

Today was a lovely day, perfect for a bike ride. I love to count things as I bike. Today I saw 77 cars, 44 bicyclist, 33 birds, 29 walkers, 18 dogs, 4 buses, 3 people waiting for the bus, 2 garba... read more

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Introduced a work colleague to cycle to work scheme now he is cycling everyday saving transport money and keeping fit

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My name is Dan Whaley and I am a 49 year-old high school science teacher. My first real bike was a Trek 870 mountain bike that I bought in college. It was the first bike I had owned since my childh... read more

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Lisa Pietsch Great to hear your story, Dan!
Carrie Mc Gill You ROCK Dan!

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Christina Grijalva Thanks for sharing!

I starting biking again last fall and was making great progress expanding my miles and elevation. Then I took the winter off because of darkness safety. Just restarted in time for the bikers chal... read more

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Jim Slater WooHoo! First time from Beaverton to work! I have now made it the whole way!
Matt Faunt Nice work Jim! Glad you're out there and it's feeling good!

I recently did a metric century with a friend of mine. It was the longest ride (mileage wise) either of us had ever done and we were pretty burnt out. When we got home I dropped him off and immedia... read more

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Jim Black Good friends always bring out the best in you.. and your ride!
Thomas Stokell That's classic! I once made the mistake of casually challenging a friend to 1000m race on a pair of rowing machines when we... read more

I took up cycling because it saved my life quite literally. On 1/4/2019, i was on day 3 of a ride down to Rome from London in 7 days to support a friend running the Maradona di Roma. It was magic... read more

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Rus Kesley Maybe that should read Maratona and not Maradona

Back in April 2018, I decided I was going to get back in to cycling, and seeing my work place has a cycle scheme, decided to make use of it, as I set my self a target event After spending 3-4 we... read more

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Richard Beale Well done. Keep going that's the way to do it. Cycling gets easier and more enjoyable as you go.

I'm a physio in a stroke rehab unit and have the pleasure of cycling to work. Most of the other physios there do aswell and we've encouraged one of the speech therapists to get on her bike too! It... read more

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I have been riding to work every day weather permitting for 10 year now and in that time have only had to change /make redundant 3 x bikes hence the title Trojan horse. im unsure how much money i h... read more

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the range of the boy's explorations vastly expanded when he acquired his first bicycle

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I didn't think I would write here as what I do is so little, but I want to thank Love to Ride for getting me back on my bike. It is very different to when I was a teenager in England road racing. C... read more

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For the past year, some friends and I have been taking part in and growing the women's BMX scene in the North of England. We meet indoors or outdoors when the weather lets us and all levels of abil... read more

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I have refused to own a car, and gotten around by bicycle since 1989. There were many reasons for this: Climate change and other environmental reason; exercise; too cheap and stingy to blow that ki... read more

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Julia Mitzel You are simply fantastic!
Jeff Mintz That is pretty inspiring - hats off to you (helmets on of course).

The last time i rode a bike before this challenge was in Germany, i (stupidly) wasn't wearing a helmet, fell off, hit my head on the concrete and got concussion. So this month was really about prov... read more

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I rode to work. In the morning, it was wonderful. Cool and refreshing. I really enjoyed the freedom of wind in my chest hair, and bugs in my teeth. However, the afternoon was horrible. It was hot, ... read more

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Coming 20kms out from Half Moon Bay to Grafton i am able to ride along the Rotary walk and along riverside road and the mostly completed track on the other side. Making use of these routes (albeit ... read more

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Getting back on the bike again for the commute to work is such a great experience, I'll tell you why. In the car there is so much that takes over the senses and it is a battle, on the bike and th... read more

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I am not a cyclist. But I got on my bike. It was one of those stupid fitness challenges for which I did not prepare, and in this particular case, one joins a group of coworkers to see how many days... 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

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Bike riding was never my thing.I rode bikes when i was younger but was serous about it..since doing this challenge for the first time has made me realise that bike riding is a kewl exercise as well.

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The new walking and cycling bridge joining the Albany Centre to Spencer Road and East Coast Bays opened this morning. A great addition to the local cycling network.

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I've been riding an ebike to work for a few years, and decided to train for a race and so ride my road bike more. It was hard at first, adapting to doing all the work myself. Having gotten over tha... read more

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A month had passed since my move to NZ and then another. I'd walked through a bike store and stared longingly as we spotted the pink path and bikers on the streets. I picked up a few Auckland Trans... read more

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Nick Kendall I Cycled around quite a bit of the South Island. Stunning landscapes and brilliant Summer weather.

The days was wet, , we both had to go places , the mother in law had been sick needed checking out So off on the bike I went, drop in to see the grand kids, drop a book off , round to the mother ... read more

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Back in 2017 I had trained quite hard for the World Masters Games for rowing. Unfortunately I had also injured myself during this time and carried that injury through to the Games. During the 'off'... read more

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

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

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I have an amazing time with by bike Liv. She is a Giant Liv Invite Co Max who hangs around with her best mate Dora, another cyclecross. We journeyed last Monday from Leeds on the train into Manc... read more

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It’s not even 7 yet. Not even light. But I’m alert with nerves because today I’m starting bike commuting again, for the first time since October, when I had heart surgery. It’s never a great journe... read more

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Hi The bike challenge came at just the right time for me. I had knee replacement surgery just two months earlier, and my physio agreed that cycling would be a great way to get my new knee up and ... read more

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After having an Heart attack a few years ago in the Gym, My recovery is mainly down to getting on my bike .Starting a week after being de fibbed back to life, biking to the hospital and slow extend... read more

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It was a blustery spring day in April 2016 when I found myself preparing for a second date. I had met Alex the Easter bank holiday in our home town. We both grew up in the town and both ended up in... read more

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I have always loved to ride my bike but it's always been for transportation or occasionally to explore the countryside. But in 2018 I set myself a challenge to complete my first ever triathlon! ... read more

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Colie Tou i'm going to do my first triathlon this year in September! I signed up on a whim! It's a "Sprint" triathlon, so I'm startin... read more
Wendi Duncan Well done on your first Tri and good luck on your 2nd what a great goal you have set yourself 😉🏊🏻‍♀️🚴🏼🏃‍♀️

Recently made plans to do a little free-diving (wetsuit, mask, fins but no scuba) with my dive buddy. I had biked to work on this day. Was able to pack my gear in my saddle bags, fins sticking out... read more

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Went to the FLAB sportive on 11 May in Ilkley with my wife and friends. A beautiful place to cycle with great scenery and nice hills thrown in. We had the opportunity to witness a Twister on the ri... read more

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Get fresh it's the weekend xx Losing weight has not only changed my life but saved it too, If I didn't do something about it I would not have started to enjoy what life throws at you. The worl... read more

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Christian Lampe Inspiring read - thanks for sharing Simon!
Simon Millard Thank you ⚡⚡⚡⚡

It is a great idea to have a favorite tune playing in your head while you’re riding a bike. It provides rhythm, helps you set your cadence and, to some extent, distracts you from the burning in yo... read more

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Two weeks ago I had a serious bike accident. Every day I missed riding my bike, then today, I felt well enough to get back on and give it a try . Was so excited that it felt so normal. Only did 1... read more

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I never see people in the morning. And certainly not at 4:45 AM as I commute to teach indoor cycling (yes) at one of the National Gym Chains, but today was different. I peddled past 2 very well i... read more

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Gerome Gacula i love your cannondale supersix team liquigas bike.
Mike Hassett Great climbing bike for sure did you get the Sram red on yours?-Mike

First a CONFESSION! I've never liked bells on bikes. In fact I'd go as far as saying I hated them- you know, the aesthetic bike fascist kind of hate. BUT, my wife bought me a bell this Saturday th... read more

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Christian Lampe Hi Carvel, you got me converted! The Knog bells look fantastic in their understated elegance - would be great to have one f... read more

I started off in January 2018 after two months without work, then got a job locally. My only option was to walk or get on a bike. My wifes old bike was in the garage and I decided to get on it and ... read more

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Hello, bald eagle, on my evening commute home. Is that a comfortable spot for a rest? Or are you looking for an early evening snack in the lake? If I had commuted in my car or by bus, instead of on... read more

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Pedalpalooza is coming up this June. You can join hundreds of rides for free or host a ride yourself. It's easy! Find out more here: www.shift2bikes.org/pedalpalooza-calendar

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This is Toulouse (yes I name all my road bikes.) I found this bike as nothing more than a somewhat used frame in an old, small bicycle shop about 24 years ago. The frame on Pepe, my Peugeot, had cr... read more

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My sweetie and I saddled up our Tandem and cycled across America (the continent) from coast-to-coast and then some. We planned and saved for this trip for 2 year, and it was one of the best advent... read more

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Kelly Carpenter Awesome, happy to be rolling around on team Flying Bikes. Happy pedaling!

It was a Saturday morning in September. I had just bought the bike I ride now every day. A red 'omafiets', which is a Dutch sturdy city bike with a chain guard and coaster brakes. I love this bike,... read more

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Colie Tou Such a great story! When I saw the "omafiets" I knew you were dutch...my mother is dutch and from the Netherlands, so I've ... read more

Used to have Tuesdays off work. Enjoy stocking up the cooler with lunch, munchies and beverage, taking in trailer out on a trail. Stopping whenever find bad weeds & litter to pull and pick up for... read more

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This is more a teaser than a story -- or an invitation to a discussion--is anyone else planning to bike to bookstores tomorrow (April 26th) for Independent Bookstore Day? We've biked it the last co... read more

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Paige Clifton Steele No! I've considered doing a ride like this but it drives me crazy that they make it (virtually?) impossible for bikes to co... read more
Mary Metz Hey Paige Clifton Steele, I have no idea if this response gets back to you but thanks for reading. I share your frustration... read more

Last summer after retiring, I made a coast-to-coast journey along the Northern Tier from Washington State to Maine. This was a self-contained ride that covered 4300 miles and took us just 52 days o... read more

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Dan Whaley Impressive!
Pamela Strunk Wow! That averaged over 82 miles a day! That is great!!!

I've spent years cycle commuting. Anything from 2 to 32 miles each way. I have never driven a car didn't interest me for lots of reasons. I used to work promoting cycling, now i plan custom-buil... read more

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I was struggling at home and felt rather negative although i needed to be positive and took myself for a random bike ride alone music in my ear and a pack lunch in back pack. Went to the beach to w... read more

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Colie Tou that's great! going for a ride and getting out of the house always helps me. i'm glad you found something good in the day w... read more

Over the past few years I have set myself challenges to stretch my personal boundaries. These have been an opportunity to raise both funds and awareness of charities that mean something to me. In ... read more

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After 23 years, my bike finally gave up on me. This is the bike that I went for a burn on after I stuffed my GCSE science exam. The bike I rode to sixth form parties on, the bike I rode back to hal... read more

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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

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Wave at every car that gives you any room. When you get angry about poor driving just remove your approval wave. See? You got angry but didn't enter into a negative dialogue : ) Happy commuting ... read more

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Tarun Shome Great advice, and something I have been doing for the last year. My theory is that when you're commuting, it's pretty much ... read more
Carvel Lonsdale Brilliant Tarun!

Spoiler alert... its an e-bike. We always thought this was the case, but we figured we should probably be sure. So our teammate Josh ran a test over a normal Auckland working week, comparing com... read more

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After a week of registering In the Bike Auckland Challenge and sharing my passion with my fellow brethren in our church of how passionate I am in riding gave them the motivation to ride with me on ... read more

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Home-School-Work-School-Home by Bike Monday to Friday I love the ride from Symonds St, my home at 8:30 AM to Freemans Bay, my daughter's School through the pink cycleway. I back to work at the U... read more

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I met my wife in the summer of 2001 in New Plymouth. Through mutual friends we met and the four of us went to a party together. I brought a spare bike along for her to ride, and when her eyes lit u... read more

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Daily I make the commute from Waiheke to Half moon bay and then on to East Tamaki. Come rain or shine my commute takes me past some of the most spectacular scenery in Auckland. On a daily basis my ... read more

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My partner and I starting biking at the start of 2018, and just this totally joyful and amazing adventure it's added to our lives . We've been on a bike packing trips , we take our bikes away wit... read more

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I am an older lady, I suppose and couple of years ago I was diagnosed with the lung disease with a capacity of a 91 yr old!! consequently I have 55% lung capacity compared to the normal person. M... read more

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I've been biking seriously for about three years now, but my wife has only hopped onto a bike a few times in this period, mainly to get to work when the weather has allowed A couple of Christmas... read more

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My husband and I first tried a tandem bicycle around the Hawkes Bay Wineries in the early 1980's. We got married in 1984 and our first purchase as a married couple was a tandem bicycle. We have don... read more

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I live at the top of a hill called Bluff Hill in Napier. 'The hill' has been a bit of a mental obstacle to me biking anywhere since we moved into our house almost 3 years ago. However the bike ch... read more

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Siân Hazell Great work, Helen!!! Good determination. I love stories like this. Well done!
Simon Cohen Helen, great to hear from a fellow hill commuter. I live at the top of a steep hill in the Highlands of Scotland and it st... read more

What better way to start your day? Than to get your bike out of its place Hop on and get warmed up Racing down St Heliers Bay Road Heart racing, smile upon my face Oh glorious day, the sun is ... read more

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My passion for cycling lives deep within, but what do you do when one challenge was a step too far? Answer = Change your spec! A challenge too far? Coast to Coast in a day, (not the normal spo... read more

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Before you were mine, you carried my mother while she tried to keep up with my youthful energy. Upon graduating to intermediate school at the age of 11 I adopted you; seat low and feet barely able ... read more

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It’s the moment I look forward to the most on my commute. I've done some time on that rude main road. Toughed it out with those metal beasts and now I check behind me, move into primary, holdi... read more

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No, I really do not love my bike. If it were human, people would say we had a ‘dysfunctional relationship’. We’d need a lot of counselling. Although we share a home it has its own space, its own cu... read more

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In 2015 I had a heart after a 6km swim, fortunately I survive the attack, they don't know how. A year later I had a defibrillator put in, in February 2017 I won a gold medal in an open water swim ... read more

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Got my dad out on my E-bike this weekend. He loved it. He couldn’t remember the last time he rode any kind of bicycle, so it was awesome that he was so eager to give it a try. Later in the afte... read more

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As a child I rode my bike everywhere and this continued into my twenties when I decided to sell my car and cycle instead to save money, improve fitness and be environmentally friendly. However, I ... read more

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My son and I made the bike riding special by riding 430 miles in Scotland during the Challenge. With camping gear, we cycled the full length of the Outer Hebrides, as well as touring on the mainlan... read more

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Jim Black My wife and I just returned from a trip to Scotland last October. It would have been wonderful to ride part of trip.
Dan Whaley Visiting this summer but not biking :(

I have biked to work every day since 1978, when I started my first full-time job. In 2019 I am still biking to work every day, and wouldn't change it for anything. Five years ago someone challenged... read more

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The fabulous E bike that Ian Lancaster (Wellington) won in 2018'sAotearoa Bike Challenge has been put to great use. Ian very kindly gifted the bike to me (his wife) and very patiently encouraged a... read more

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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

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