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“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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Fleur Ammerlaan Love it!
Tom Darville I should have title it bikespotting!

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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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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Lyndsey Henderson Jealous.

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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Tom Darville If your bike is still perfectly ok for you don't upgrade after 32yrs your bike has earnt it's place as a really coo... read more

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

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#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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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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Kathy Tier Hey James. Good for you. I'm a mere whippersnapper at 58, but I got an e-bike at 50 & we've done about 5,000 mi... read more

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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Ross Neil [address removed]
Ross Neil Sorry for some reason it’s deleted my link but if you don’t mind going on just giving and searching my name Ross Neil it wi... read more

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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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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Jacqueline Burns Gorgeous photo ❤️

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

Topic: My commute by bike

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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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Robert Goodwin Who ever said life was fair!
Paul Thomas I remember cycling across the Dikes in Holland on my way London to Amsterdam into a headwind. Just thought God please turn ... read more

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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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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Well that sucked!

Topic: My commute by bike

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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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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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Richard Leseney well done
Ana Norrie Awesome!

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

Topic: My commute by bike

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Sarah Davison ouch!

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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Jasper Post I know the feeling...
Richard Beale Riding in the rain is great. Give it a go.

Happy to say that I've completed it today cycling from Glasgow to Edinburgh, a route plenty of hills smaller and bigger made it challenging. 2 months ago I had many doubts about taking part in Peda... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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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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Jack Van den Berg Well done... I have been commuting since January 2018 and I am loving it... then I get it in my head to go for a long ride,... read more

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

Topic: My commute by bike

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Geraldine Purcell Lynch Protein! Wash it down with plenty of water!
Clive Sheldon The ones that don't touch the sides are the best.

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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Clive Sheldon You are so lucky to experience that! I love being close to nature on my rides.
Ruth Billingham that's amazing!

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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Marina K Hi Geraldine! Be careful cycling in the rain. I also thought the rain won't melt me but my bike wheel slipped in the ra... read more
Geraldine Purcell Lynch Hi Marina, I am so sorry to hear this, how awful. Wishing you a speedy recovery and hope you will be back on your bike in n... read more

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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John Newell this is why Richard Ballantine thought that hanging was too good for bike thieves...
Tom Darville It is good enough as long as it's followed by being drawn disemboweled and quartered like the good ole days

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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Not such a successful ride today......yesterdays little trip was nice, wanted to push myself a bit more today! There's a local beauty spot I've wanted to visit for ages but never seem to get a ch... read more

Topic: Other

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I took a Holiday in Sorrento last year with a friend of mine I have known for 34 years. She has not been on a bike for many years yet I am a keen cyclist. I asked her would she fancy hiring an el... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Students in higher education are at an age vulnerable to mental illness as 75% of mental health difficulties develop before the age of 25. 16-25 is the key age group to target with preventative & e... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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A few weeks ago I was coming home in the evening with two mates in time trial mode. It was dark but we had good lights. I was second and a naughty badger managed to run between me and the lead ride... read more

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I am 62 years old and have rheumatoid arthritis and recently my walking has become very painful, so I asked the nurse what would help me to still get exercise and she recommended cycling. I had a ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Gill Wood Actually reading through this site I think perhaps I should not be on here as I don't work due to the rheumatoid arthri... read more
John Newell anyone who inspires others to ride a bike belongs here. You certainly do.

Heavy legs, post gym aches and 5 days of continual cycling. Roll on rest day :) No complaints however, the roads were nice and quiet too!

Topic: My commute by bike

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We've cycled through the seasonal summer without the ice, And at rare times the sunshine which was nice, Getting up extra early to cycle by the deer, Or the birds of prey swooping past my ear... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Part of my commute home used to be by Sarehole Mill (part of the inspiration for Lord of the Rings) in Moseley Birmingham. There is a short cut around the back that either goes through the ford, if... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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I started riding a bike regularly last year after our car was written off. I pulled the old beater mountain bike out the shed and gave it a go. I quickly upgraded to an inherited hybrid I found mys... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Mark is the reason I took up cycling after 30 years. When he calmly announced to the office he had a couple of months to live, we all asked what we could do. Laughing his head off he said “cycle fr... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Clare Cassidy That's a lovely thing to have done, well done.

Challenging cycle in especially with my panniers that act like sails of a boat! Still mild enough for t-shirt though. Wind is tough to cycle in but still enjoying being outside exercising in summer... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Myself and fellow Research Nurse Janine started riding with each other for light relief from our slave driving partners. However with a little help from our friend Strava we have become competitive... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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After coming off my bike 4 weeks ago and having 3 weeks of treatment and an X-ray, I finally rode my bike again yesterday and managed 17 miles around the hill. Such a good feeling to be back cycli... read more

Topic: Other

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