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Good to be back

Finally it is good to get out with club again.

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story The view on my route to work

The view on my route to work

I started riding to work when corona hits the UK. Its around 6 miles away and a bit shall i call it Hilly on my way to work (Harrow on the hill) but I love it when its home time because its shall I... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Didn't put me off

Didn't put me off

One evening around 4pm minding my own business cycling home from work, mid-October but still warm sunny. In the bus lane going past a long que of traffic through Cambridge feeling pleased with ... read more

Topic: Other

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First actual commute of 2021

#RideFree | First time in the office this year and delighted that it was also my first time on the hilly 25km ride that I was commuting together with my youngest, now at school in Sheffield too for... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Charity cycle

So. 10 miles minimum every day for 365 days. Whilst writing, I have just completed day 200. I don't have a smart phone, just joined today and have a lot of data input!!! Charity fundraiser site ... read more

Topic: Other

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amazing brompton rides

I bought my first brompton over 2 years ago when my car broke down and before I bought my next car. I was commuting to work on bike. I rode bike to one place of work and rode the bike to take tram ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Poem (inspired by the new bike) i

Poem (inspired by the new bike) i

There is no other way to go Over the mountains Through the snow Between the valleys And the glens. Round the lakes And back again - Scenic routes Are made by two wheels Rotating smooth... read more

Topic: Other

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Choose!

“Choose Life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a big television, choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low chole... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story The Beach early in the morning

The Beach early in the morning

Simple way to have a stress free cycle is to get up that little bit earlier that the rest and take in the fresh air and views.

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Unicycle to work on #cycletoworkday2020

Unicycle to work on #cycletoworkday2020

I set myself a challenge, learned to unicycle during corona (a life ambition). Bought a bigger wheel so if possible I could unicycle to work 5.5 miles :) for an absolute laugh. Today I done it! #cy... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Can't wait

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

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Image for story Cycling the full The Outer Hebrides (Part 5)

Cycling the full The Outer Hebrides (Part 5)

Day 6 (Final day and travel day back) We pushed on to the Butt of Lewis lighthouse– through the glorious sunshine again to the very end of the Hebridean Way. To be honest I cried when I saw the ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Cycling the full The Outer Hebrides (Part 3)

Cycling the full The Outer Hebrides (Part 3)

Day 3 A cosy sleep and a few snacks later – we set off for the lovely Baleshare beach! The sun was out again and stayed out too. Heading to the beach the wind was against us a wee bit so it wa... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Cycling the full The Outer Hebrides (Part 1)

Cycling the full The Outer Hebrides (Part 1)

The Hebridean Way [address removed] (photos available on my blog) (June 2019) So – a group of my lady friends and I decided to take on the challenge of cycling the full Outer Hebride... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story I am the Cider Drinker

I am the Cider Drinker

Living and working in Somerset, cider is a way of life! I swapped my car for a bike to get my fix. I saved 0.01 tonnes of CO2. It soothes all your troubles away! #NoCarbon

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Just can't get enough of my bike!

Just can't get enough of my bike!

Looking back on the romance I have had with my bike, it’s something that very few can relate with. Well, within the circle my riding buddies anyway. Born in rural and remote part of Tanzania, bikes... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Diary of a Wobbly Cyclist

Awesome ride to work this morning......clear roads, green lights, fresh air to clear the cobwebs! #lovetoride

Topic: My commute by bike

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A Refreshing Ride

30 Sept 2019, East Devon, leaving work I thought no way can it continue to rain this hard for the entire eight mile ride home. How wrong was I? Biblical. So there’s me doing my bit to mitigate the ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Diary of a Wobbly Cyclist

WIND SUCKS! or should that be blows?? Either would do today.......and I thought rain was bad!!

Topic: My commute by bike

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Back on the bike

After a week and a half of enforced working from home thanks to my 'crappy knee' (this is apparently actually in my official medical notes!) I'm back on my bike this week. My knee still isn't q... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Long way from home...

Long way from home...

Today we went to an open day at Kingston Maurward College - This is down in Dorset, and has a studio school attached. My eldest daughter - 15 is starting her last year in school and wanted to go to... read more

Topic: Other

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Diary of a Wobbly Cyclist

Yesterday I discovered I get very grumpy if I don't get my daily bike ride! Bloody rain!

Topic: My commute by bike

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My inspiration

I read of a guy who ran a marathon every day for a year,that and Steve Abrahams attempting 80,000 miles in a single year,since then I have ridden nearly 40 mile a day for almost four years without ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Bird Watching

I was joined by a barn owl on this morning's commute. It flew with me along the lane, just a couple of metres in front at head height. We carried on riding together for about two hundred metres bef... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Stolen

I may not had a Carbon bike, but my 30 year old 531c framed bike was a joy to ride to and from work and weekend jaunts into the Dales. No more, D lock smashed off and insurance not interested du... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Devon holiday

Devon holiday

We left the hot and sunny North East to torrential rain in Devon, however we cycled to Seaton and the sun got out! Hurrah!

Topic: A happy riding memory

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G7 in Cornwall

I work in Falmouth not far from the media centre at the National Maritime Museum. It is very busy with the holiday makers, the police and all the transportation that goes with it. I find it easier ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

Family ties

A 27km night ride all the way to East London to see my 2 week old little nephew from a distance. Well worth it.

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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#Ride Free

There once was a cyclist who liked to "Ride Free", Always stopped halfway for cake and coffee. He was always seen on his "freedom Machine", and that cyclist that loved to ride, was me! …. I'... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Cycle for a good cause

Cycle for a good cause

The past few months have been tough for everyone, but coronavirus has hit those affected by dementia the hardest and continues to disrupt lives. So that's why I'm getting on my bike and taking on C... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Fake communting for mental health

Fake communting for mental health

I used to cycle ten miles and back to my workplace at Newcastle University. I have been working from home since the first lockdown, in March 2020. I didn't commute at all the first month, which (ad... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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HELP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Its a pandemic , Im getting fatter and lazier ! Soooooo no more - Im getting my bike out, which I haven't ridden in over a year .... any tips for A: gradually building up my non existent stamina a... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Car Free Day?

Funny that on car free day as I cycled to work...the roads haven't been this busy in the last 6 months! Tail backs of cars the whole journey...think I was the fastest thing moving!

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Time to upgrade

Been riding my hand built Joe Waugh 531c bike for 32 years. Not got a clue what to purchase

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Checking out new cycle lanes!

Checking out new cycle lanes!

#ExploreByBike I had to drop something off at my work so I cycled to check out the new cycle lanes that have recently been installed on The Avenue in Southampton. Instead of using the pavement, th... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Charity bike ride for CHUF

Hello! I’m fundraising for CHUF. Here’s my JustGiving page, if you’d like to donate: Anything is much appreciated please also share thank you 🙏 ❤️ [address removed]

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Cycling the full The Outer Hebrides (Part 4)

Cycling the full The Outer Hebrides (Part 4)

Day 5 Jenny and I set off out of Tarbert to be greeted by the biggest ol’ hill we had seen. But. We. Did. It. AND to our right we saw not one … but two eagles!!! Swooping down the hillside towar... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Cycling the full The Outer Hebrides (Part 2)

Cycling the full The Outer Hebrides (Part 2)

Day 2 The cycling begins! We set off after having a yummy breakfast at the Toffee Factory (aka Heart Hebrides ) for a big bowl of porridge to fuel us for the day ahead. Off to Vatersay we w... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story #NoCarbon and Daily Exercise

#NoCarbon and Daily Exercise

Since the Government started giving us daily exercise tokens to cash in, I've found that I have placed a higher value on getting outside, both for head space and to keep fit. I started replacin... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Ride Anywhere Week

Changing "Ride to Work week" to "Ride Anywhere week" is a fantastic encouragement to me. Earlier this year we booked a holiday for the final week in March and then, guess what, LoveToRide announced... read more

Topic: Other

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Diary of a Wobbly Cyclist

BEST RIDE EVER! Today I followed my friend and colleagues advice and to a ride on his daily bike commute along the Taunton and Bridgwater canal. Such a great ride. Did an 8 mile round trip to... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Diary of a Wobbly Cyclist

Week off + Rain = Pain! First ride in 11 days.

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story From non Cyclist 4 years ago to Champ Badge

From non Cyclist 4 years ago to Champ Badge

Four years ago I had not been on a bike for 30+ years and never thought I would ever be on one again. However a posting to Paris saw me looking for a cheaper option to monthly metro tickets. Tem... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Dairy of a (soggy) wobbly cyclist

Dairy of a (soggy) wobbly cyclist

Well that sucked!

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Rainbows - Reaping the Rewards

Rainbows - Reaping the Rewards

22 cyclists 🚴 500 miles, 6 days… it's the Riders of Shaam who recently took part in a 'wheelie' amazing cycling challenge which saw them ride from Amsterdam 🇳🇱 to Berlin 🇩🇪 in support of Rainbows. ... read more

Topic: Other

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Diary of a Wobbly Cyclist

No ride today. Gynae appointments and bicycles don't really mix!

Topic: My commute by bike

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Back in the saddle

Having not really rode a bike since I was in my Teens - I decided to get back to it and start riding to work. 8 weeks later and 62 trips completed I am feeling fitter, have lost weight and saved mo... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Diary of a Wobbly Cyclist

Today, on my way home from work, I swallowed a fly!!

Topic: My commute by bike

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Riding in the rain

This will be my second year cycling to work. Until this morning I would jump on the train if it rained, but I decided this morning would be different, I didn't think about it, got dressed and cycle... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Wobbly Cyclist diary entry 3

Yesterday I discovered I don't like cycling in the rain. Today I discovered I'm going to need long sleeves for the early mornings from now on!

Topic: My commute by bike

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