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Back on the bike

It has been quite a few years since I commuted to work but have managed to get back in the saddle again. Have been commuting by bike at every opportunity over the past 6 weeks and aiming to keep i... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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First riding memories

I learnt to ride a tricycle at the age of 4-5 and at that time cycled up and down the pavement along a main road campaigning for my local M.P. I had strapped to my trike a notice saying "VOTE FOR B... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Come rain or shine

As a year-round commuter, I'm used to taking on all weathers. Energy-sapping heat, bone-chilling cold and everything in between. Having the right gear helps of course, but sometimes you just have ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Riding 1000 miles in 7 days

Hi! Each year I raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support by taking on several tough cycling challenges, mostly of my own design. So far this year I've raised over £2000 which is amazing & wi... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Hard to get back on

Hard to get back on

Used to commute to work everyday 20 miles but 2 accidents, a broken back, have made me rethink. Still trying but more social now so enjoying the cake stops. Happy rides😎

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Image for story Commuting to work (off road) in memory of my dad

Commuting to work (off road) in memory of my dad

Many years ago I used to cycle to work 16 miles each way and loved it. Until one day a driver thought he could be quicker than me and pulled out in front of me and I went through his windscreen. L... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Wear your helmet.

I haven't ridden a bike in years but have a partner who is a cycling nut so I finally cracked and got a Liv Hybird through the cycle to work scheme. Between my partner's nagging and NR's terms and ... read more

Topic: Other

My Road to Recovery

Coming from a cycling family it won't be a surprise that I have been a cyclist all my life. However my cycling activity was curtailed after a cancer diagnosis and prostrate removal in March of this... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Mental health restart

Mental health restart

I've suffered from mental health problems for a few years following some trauma. I have tried everything to combat it until about 3 months ago when a colleague suggested the cycle to work scheme. I... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story My journey

My journey

I started cycling about 15 years ago. It was when I first moved to London from the countryside of Suffolk for university. I loved it and cycled a great deal. However, after a few years, some ill he... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

School holidays bliss

Another great ride in, no traffic on the roads until I hit the road works - where I bumped into my cycling buddy I've not seen in a while. I've achieved so many PB's on Strava, but bumping into fri... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

loosing weight feeling fit loving my bike

I reluctantly started a Weight Watchers group, I knew I had to do something and reaching a milestone birthday gave me the push, I plodded on for several weeks and starting loosing really well, I ha... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

Soaked but smiling

An early start on Saturday morning as our local parkrun was cancelled. The plan that Matt and I had hatched was to ride to to Lancaster from Preston, join their parkrun and then ride home again. O... read more

Topic: Other

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Cycle Holiday

I started my romance with cycling a few years ago when I first bought a bike under the cycle to work scheme. I used to cycle from home in the Purbecks to Bournemouth Airport Business Park one day ... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Image for story Recommend the cycle to work scheme!

Recommend the cycle to work scheme!

I finally got myself a new bike on the Cycle to work scheme and my daily commute is so much easier as I was using quite a heavy bike before which was also too big for me! I told the secretary at sc... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Portland to Weymouth Commute

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

Topic: My commute by bike

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London to Rome

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

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Radiotherapist Cycling for Charity

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

Topic: Other

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Image for story Cycling to the BL at Boston Spa

Cycling to the BL at Boston Spa

Cycling to the British Library at Boston Spa is a treat. The library is excellent; the staff helpful; the coffee very good. There is no public transport from York. But the best route for a cyclist ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story 13 stone weight loss with a lot of help from Cycling

13 stone weight loss with a lot of help from Cycling

Just over a year ago weighing 27 stone I finally decided to do something about my weight. I started with the diet but set myself 3 goals which I wanted to hit with the weight loss. 1) Start cycling... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Northumberland

I cant think of a better area to ride in than here. You want hills we got them, Coastal routes, rolling roads, AONB all in the one place. From Tynemouth up to Berwick

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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The power of bikes and friendship

Having lived in London now for nearly 7 years, I'd mostly thought that those choosing to cycle everywhere were a bit crazy to do so. I mean... it doesn't rain on the tube...? And public transport i... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Wheel Replacement Saving

Had to replace my wheels on my hybrid commute bike as the rims were dilapidated. "29ers" were cheaper than "700c". NB unless you are running narrow tyres they are same ;)

Topic: My commute by bike

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Racing the robins

Cycling to work gives me the best start to every day. I'm lucky enough to commute via a cycle path that takes me out of the busy city for just a short while and it's bliss. Last week, a little robi... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Park Life

I am so lucky to be able to commute to work via a beautiful park, a moment to appreciate the open space en route to work.

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Some days I go to work just so that I can do my bicycle commute

Some days I go to work just so that I can do my bicycle commute

People think I am crazy. a middle-aged (yes I have to write that now) female riding over 11 miles each way to work and back, year round. It took a little while to figure out that 1. there was a r... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Surprises galore!

So I cycle to work most days,I arrive at work at 5.30am (yes that time does actually exist!). As part of my route I cycle through Cannon Hill Park in Edgbaston opposite the The cricket place.. One ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Different job = Cycle commuting and less stress

After years of spending 3+hrs a day commuting by car, I found a role in 2016 where i could cycle to work. Since then I have seen a significant change in my work/life balance and resultant stress le... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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My bike is fixed!

Had a nice ride to work today with my back breaks mended and my tyres pumped!

Topic: My commute by bike

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New commute

Loving my new commute via a folding bike and the train. Takes a little bit longer but a lot more enjoyable!

Topic: My commute by bike

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The hills of Arran

Every year, my partner and I head to Holland to go on a cycling holiday using the "Vrienden op de fiets" scheme which gives us the opportunity to stay with local cyclists and travel to unusual loca... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Andy's Riding back to health

Andy's Riding back to health

I have encouraged my friend Andy to come bike riding with me due to him been diagnosed with diabetes and also company for myself been a lady rider, he got a starter bike to see if he liked it and ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Return to cycling

Always used to bike everywhere as a kid then life happened and it all got put to one side until a few years ago. My friend convinced me it would be a good idea to take up mountain biking! I went ou... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Never stop

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

Topic: My commute by bike

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Why I took part in Pedal for Scotland 2018

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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Stories from around the world

Keeping track of Peter Rabbit

I recently changed jobs and had to figure out a new bike commute route. For the first time in decades, I was not riding North/South, instead heading directly into the sun East/West every day. Headi... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

From Broken back to pain free cycling

Hey all 🙋‍♀️ As the title says 5 years ago I broke my back, through wear and tear over the years. I couldn't walk without pain and worse I couldn't cycle. I thought I'd never ride again 😔 Started... read more

Topic: Other

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anyone and everyone can bike

Hi my name is Liam and im 15 years old with cerebral palsy. I'm new to this group and wanted to introduce myself. I am just recovering from my 5th knee dislocation injury which doesn't stop me from... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Join me on my saturday norning Ride

Join me on my saturday norning Ride

This video was created on a Saturday morning E- bike ride. My aim was to try and inspire others to get out, be more active and to enjoy the summer. The video was recorded at the end of July 2022 ... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Historical Ruins Loop Ride

Although I do commute to work on my bike most days, I try to get out at least once a month to have a little biking adventure. Helps to clear my mind and keep me fit. I tend to plan my route so not ... read more

Topic: Other

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Cycle 2 Work Scheme

During the Corona Virus era , my workplace helped me to participate in the cycle to work scheme. This enabled me to buy a bike to be able to ride to work. Ever since I have not looked back and have... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story No worry biking!

No worry biking!

I love going out on my bike. I don't have to worry about saving energy to be able to ride it back home. I simply pick up my bike and voila! without any significant effort am able to go places and c... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Image for story Bike - Train - Bike

Bike - Train - Bike

My commute is 32 miles and I can't justify that amount of time in the day on my bike after the school run. But by taking my bike on the train I can tick off my exercise, sustainability and make it... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story From Dundee to Aberdeen

From Dundee to Aberdeen

I went to a hen party in St Andrews and decided to cycle back. No train no car just legs!

Topic: Other

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Image for story Ride for friendship

Ride for friendship

We will ride from Newcastle to Whitley Bay for friendship.

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Getting out and about

Getting out and about

Years ago before I could drive, I would bike it everywhere. It was more convenient than public transport and it maintained my fitness. Then I learned to drive and stopped biking as much. I did othe... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Oh the cool things you see

Oh the cool things you see when out on your bike one day I did see some very interesting thigs on my commute to work things that I may not have seen had I not ridden my bike to work let alone you d... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story #cycletoworkday2022

#cycletoworkday2022

After a year of cycling to work and almost 3000 miles later, 1644lbs of CO2 saved. Here's to another year!

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story UA92 Manchester

UA92 Manchester

Decided to grab my Bike, get myself into Trafford and use it to get to work.... Circa 15 miles each way with Panniers including my Laptop and clothing. All went well - comfy and great weather t... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story London to Paris 2013

London to Paris 2013

In many ways this is where my cycling story began. In late 2012 my brother asked if I wanted to cycle to Paris for Leukaemia Research. I'd only just got back on my bike after 20 years of barely cyc... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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