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Why bike commute?

It’s monday evening and I’m on call for emergency radiology. Usually a few scans at 6pm and I can get home. Today was different. Almost continuous stream of referrals from various doctors mainly in... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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'Bar' A Hiccup

I always remember going to a local bike shop to pick up my new bike a got for my 8th birthday. It was a Peugeot mountain bike that had a purple/red finish. I was so excited to get it home and when ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

Teamwork

My story is simple. I’m a people person. I like chatting, and my geographic knowledge and sense of direction is horrific. To cycle more, and have more fun whilst doing it, I joined a fundraising ... read more

Topic: Other

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Having made the journey

I'm concluding a two year, one man quest to improve the changing facilities at work. Feel great when I get there but no so great putting damp gear on on my way home. Apparently the funds have been ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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best times up hills

I have been training hard over the past few weeks and dragging others up hills . In the last week I have achieved pb's up a couple of the hills . So good for my friends and good for me

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Faster, louder, sorer knees.

I never used to get out of my third gear but since getting a new bike, i cant get enough, high energy music and clear roads are unmatched.

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

Up then down

Some challenging hills on my commute in results in a buzz that lasts for hours. The downhill rush on the way home blows away the stresses of the day

Topic: My commute by bike

Morning hellos!

I'm fortunate enough to be able to commute on two wheels to work and take the same route over the River Mersey each day. I love to see the rise and fall of the river and the little pockets of wild... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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New lease of life

I had been looking for something I could do on my own to help with my fitness, I had tried the gym which was so boring and even bought new trainers thinking running would be my new thing but that w... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Many reasons

There are many reasons that I cycle to work. It is a great way of incorporating exercise in to my daily routine. This gives me time to enjoy other activities after work such as gardening. It is in... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Company ride to work

As part of cycle to work day I really wanted to get the whole company out on their bikes and enjoying the great outdoors in the form of a 100km ride between our two offices. 12 brave souls took ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

The only way to travel

I’m you’d told me a couple of years ago that I’d become a cyclist and be commuting to work each day there and back , I’d of laughed my head off! I work in A&E and felt a tad anxious about cycli... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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L2P

Ever thought of riding London to Paris? I've just done this twice in the last few weeks. The 1st time was in 24hrs, after one of those "how do you fancy..." conversations, & the second time wa... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Quick mud flap

Likely to get caught out in some rain? Hate that wet bottom from the spray? Simple life hack - grab a plastic milk carton and cut it in half lengthwise so that you have the handle still attached. T... read more

Topic: Other

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Slow burn

I've always loved bikes but been afraid to go out on the roads, I've spent months building myself up to it and I finally cycled to work for the first time last week. It's a small achievement but it... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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A more challenging route

I swapped my car parking permit for a set of cycle-to-work incentives (basically you get a few free daily parking permits if you are a bike user) last September and I've been mainly cycling (with a... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Stress Free Stay Well

I have been commuting for a good few years now come rain or shine. Although it can be a bit miserable at times with poor weather, I find it very therapeutic. If the work day is stressful the journe... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Cycle to work and the impact on my son.

Cycle to work and the impact on my son.

I try and ride to work as much as I can but sometimes need a bit of a push. Cycle to work gives me that incentive every year. This year my boy noticed I was riding more and asked why? I told him an... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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returning and loving it

Really bad car smash last year and revoked driving licence. Decided fitness needs a boot up the backside and can't keep using the excuse of " not fit enough yet" !! invested in a new Pedal Assist b... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Riding it out

Cycling to raise money for Bloodwise so that I can help them help others.

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story The joys of cycling the UK's canal network

The joys of cycling the UK's canal network

We discovered the joys of 'canal cycling' around three years ago when we detoured off the Thames path at Brentford and onto the towpath of Grand Union Canal heading towards Birmingham. We've been h... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Did I just do that?

So, I recently started a new job, about 5 miles from where I live (Leeds), previous to that I had spent the last 6 months working about 25miles away from home. On starting the new job I was tol... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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LEJOG - what was I thinking!?

A couple of years ago I decided I wanted to complete Lands End to John O'Groats. I had only purchased my first 'real' bike a year before and had done a few shortish rides, 10 or 15 miles here and ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Enjoying my new e-bike

Having jacked in the cycle commute a couple of years ago because of the gradient struggle in the City of Seven Hills, I'm now back on a new e-bike and loving it. It might well be cheating, but my ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

Joy of towpath

Bit of a chill this morning but made up by the sight of a heron in full flight over the still canal waters.

Topic: My commute by bike

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Ride London following cancer.

Having been a keen cyclist for several years I applied for the Ride London last August, only to find out 4 day's later I had breast cancer. Active treatment finshed in November. February this year ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

Why I ride

I never imagined I would actually write about why I ride, but here it is. At university in London, I commuted by bike using my dad's old Peugeot from the 70s. It was a proper retro machine, and... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

Saving the gym membership (and the environment)

I have loved switching from the train to the bike for my commute. Not only is it saving a lot of cash from train tickets, but also means the calories burnt, means I can cancel the gym membership to... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

St. Michael's School by bicycle

I started cycling to work in June 1999 with a Raleigh 10 speed. I upgraded to a Dawes Audax when I had an accident. I have cycled to work ever since, now I am waiting for my Spa cycles Audax, my bi... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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We always cycle together

I had been wanting to start cycling for a while when I met my (now) fiancé. He was fit and active and took me to buy my first bike. We started cycling together for fun, and then gradually incorpora... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

In Memory of Our Dear Son Joe

Happy memories of cycling with Joe. We really miss him.

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Everyday challenge

Hour on a bike Day or night Rainy day or sunny bright Weather good Weather bad Always happy Never sad

Topic: My commute by bike

It beats being stuck in traffic

I cycle to work every day all year round come sun, rain or snow, except maybe for a few days in winter when it's just too hazardous, and have done for many years. Honestly I don't always enjoy it t... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Long cycle to work

I thought an 11 mile commute by bike would be too long, but this far it’s going well! Hopefully I can continue into the winter :)

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Beating the buses

It is a long commute from the west end of Glasgow to Leith in Edinburgh. It is not all done by bike. I cycle to my local railway station and take my bike on the train to Edinburgh Waverly. From ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

Love 2 wheels

I ride to work through rain and shine I use to ride 20 miles a day when I worked constant nights.I now ride alot less miles to and from work but I ride nearly all the time. I've always loved 2 whee... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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My cycling Story

With cycling to work scheme i got an opportunity to have a good bike and started to commute to work and other places as well as have some social cycling as well as training. It has been a slow clim... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

Lots of small steps

I've been commuting into London by bike 1-3 times per week for 3 years now and it seems the most obvious and normal thing to do. But it took a while and I've realised it was lots of small steps....... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Simple Cycling Commuter Hacks

Little things make life simple, my top 5 are: 1) carry oil in a little sushi plastic bottle, it will get rid of those annoying dry chain! 2) a chain that you can carry easily that wont lose you y... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

You get used to it

This is what a cycle commuter friend of mine told me after I had commuted in a few times with my new bike a couple of years back and I reported being freaked out by the traffic. It seems daunting a... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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What starts from humble roots...

I remember buying my first commuter bike four years ago, a cheap and cheerful single speed to get to and from work. But oh how the addiction grew... First came SPDs, followed by lycra, followed by ... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Green in the city

I've been computing by bike now for four weeks. It's just under 10kms through two of London’s parks. Over the past four weeks, I have noticed a real change, when I get into work, and when I get hom... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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returning and loving it

Really bad car smash last year and revoked driving licence. Decided fitness needs a boot up the backside and can't keep using the excuse of " not fit enough yet" !! invested in a new Pedal Assist b... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Two wheel therapy

As a sufferer of bipolar disorder, my brain is very busy, an awful lot of the time. The one time I find peace, is out on my bike. It is remarkably therapeutic, and the main reason I ride my bike

Topic: Other

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inspired

well i thought if I was going to do bike to work day I would do the full summer so far I have only driven a car 3 times since june and also lost half a stone so well worth it. 1 hit and Run later b... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Gym

I cycle to the gym nearly every day. Not only does it save money but it is the perfect warm up and cool down before and after my workout plus no worries about parking the car!

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

Clean Bike, Easy Ride

I have been commuting to work via Bike since October 2018. I was advised by bike veterans on the improtance of washing your bike but didn't take much notice. After a months of riding i decided my... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

My road bike story

About 1 year ago I rode a road bike for the first ever time while on holiday, a bit late to the game being in my late 20s..... Growing up I had a sturdy mountain bike, and more recently had bee... read more

Topic: Other

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Recovering from an accident

Getting back on my bike after being knocked off by a car. Definitely feeling it in my legs after six weeks off, but feels GREAT to be back out again!

Topic: My commute by bike

Decided to get brave

OK so I have been commuting to and from work a fair bit in the past few weeks and the weather has been kind. On Thursday I had to work in Bristol (57 miles away). Being bike to work day I thought... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge