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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

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Image for story Mind Your Mood

Mind Your Mood

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 &am... read more

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Image for story Biking Buddies

Biking Buddies

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

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Community loop

On the 8th of August it was cycled to work day with help from let’s ride and colleagues at work we organised a lunchtime ride out. The weather was good no wind nice warm weather, short ride about... read more

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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The beauty of cycling

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

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Image for story Me and my boy

Me and my boy

I started cycling (after a 25+ year break!) after retiring from rugby about 3 years ago. Now I commute 18 miles a day, 3 days a week and really love it. The best part of this is teaching my eld... read more

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Avoiding school run stress

Travelling to work and doing the school can be stressful. So we ditched the car and got our helmets on and started cycling to school. Luckily I can ride to work and get to watch the swans on the Ri... read more

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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

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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

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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

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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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Image for story Active transportation advocacy ... and self-discovery

Active transportation advocacy ... and self-discovery

I was shocked to discover, when COVID led to curtailing most of my travel in the last couple of years, that I don't ride a bike for pleasure. Apparently, I ride only to get to places, and I enjoy t... read more

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Image for story A riding option: Recumbent trikes

A riding option: Recumbent trikes

I became legally blind in 2012 and could no longer drive a car. I was so grateful to discover recumbent trikes. They are very stable and could be a great option for several people that cannot ride ... read more

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Flab social group rides

Hi Everyone, when lockdown hit i lost my motivation to get out and ride on my bike, this was partially due to not being able to ride with my cycling club as we were to large to get rides organised.... read more

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Goal getter

Pre-pandemic I HAD a bike but it didn’t get out much and I hadn’t quite plucked up the courage to use it to commute to work, despite wanting to. When public transport became largely discouraged at ... read more

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Image for story The Parkway Half Marathon - Plaque Says it All.

The Parkway Half Marathon - Plaque Says it All.

Thank you dearly to those responsible! (Not me!) Plaque reads: “ [quote] The Parkway Half Marathon, in collaboration with the Cordova Recreation and Parks District the City of Rancho Cordov... read more

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Image for story Een foto maken hoort erbij, anders telt de rit niet mee

Een foto maken hoort erbij, anders telt de rit niet mee

Mijn (fiets) maten weten nu wel hoe het werkt, bij een rit hoort een foto “anders telt hij niet mee”. Gewoon tijdens het rijden achter in de groep of juist een selfie als windvanger voorop. Afstapp... read more

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Image for story My heart attack changed my life.

My heart attack changed my life.

After having a near death experience (heart attack), I changed my eating habits and I started to ride my bike to work. Now I live my life to the fullest and encourage other with my new life style. ... read more

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Hit and run

So after being hit by a car in January I wasn’t gonna let this deter me from cycling, 2mths later and a new bike later I’m back on my bike and enjoying getting out and cycling again. Lovely weather... read more

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Image for story This Her Lane Ride

This Her Lane Ride

This past Saturday we enjoyed a women's ride celebrating Women's Herstory Month. It was great meeting and riding with other local women cycling groups in San Antonio. We celebrated, cheered, & ... read more

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Image for story Mum gets E-Bike

Mum gets E-Bike

My 69 year old mum recently got an E-Bike and with it a new lease if life and adventure. Now a cycle into Glasgow or up the hilly routes to East Kilbride is well within her capabilities and she is ... read more

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Image for story Cycling hurdles

Cycling hurdles

I’ve been organising our bike hubs recently, getting all the bikes sorted out ready for annual service. As I was climbing over bikes, it got me to thinking about hurdles. Hurdles.. in cycling? Say ... read more

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Image for story New circular routes in Bracknell Forest

New circular routes in Bracknell Forest

It was a lovely day to be out and about on the bike yesterday. I spent most of the day cycling the network of traffic-free cyclepaths south of Bracknell town centre, putting up vinyl stickers to he... read more

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Image for story Ride & Network

Ride & Network

Hello Everyone, My name is Seb, originally from Goa-India, now based in Leicester. I started cycling some years back but they were just short spins. Last year I did longer rides and enjoyed i... read more

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Image for story Life Changing

Life Changing

Diet and exercise have gone up a notch in my life due to a stroke a few months ago and a CAE procedure 2 weeks ago to remove the blockage (plaque)in the severe stage. Biking has been a savior to ge... read more

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Image for story Have a day!

Have a day!

The race team for riders who don't necessarily want to race! To quote the website (and they have stickers!) “WE DON’T CARE WHERE YOU PLACE, JUST THAT YOU HAVE A DAY ON THE BIKE” Have A Day Race... read more

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Getting my man out riding!

My partner is not a huuuuge fan of exercise. He knows it's good for him, he's just not super keen on doing it all the time due to having various aches and previous injuries. I have been biking for... read more

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Image for story biking while kids are at basketball practise.

biking while kids are at basketball practise.

I took my bike to the kids basketball practise on the weekend, I thought I would only bike a couple of kms. The basketball training was for 2 hrs in Cambridge, wow to my surprise the bikes paths we... read more

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Mom hasn't rode a bike in years!

My mom had a stroke in 2018 and lost feeling in her right side, she has regained it and can now hold on to the handle bars :) We went on a short bike cruise to see how she does and she loves it! No... read more

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Why Bike Lives Matter

Our team is part of a strong cycling/mountain biking community with world class scenery and trails. One of the unfortunate things about cycling on the road is that some motorists don't appreciate ... read more

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Image for story Wokingham Bikeathon!

Wokingham Bikeathon!

Wokingham Bikeathon Time: Registration from 8.15am until 10.30am Date: Sunday, 26 June 2022 Venue: The event will start and finish at Cantley Park, Wokingham, RG40 5QG Routes There ... read more

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Boat Bike Tours

After losing my husband 2 years ago I took myself off on a Boat Bike Tour to the Netherlands (We had been looking at doing it together) Having not ridden a bike for 19 months I booked an E-bike, I... read more

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Image for story Breezelancs

Breezelancs

Encouraging others to ride is my passion. I became Breeze Champion in 2011 and have since led over 500 group rides and encouraged thousands of women to ride!

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Image for story Thoughts on Bike to Work Days

Thoughts on Bike to Work Days

During Florida Bicycle Month (March) this year, I had the opportunity to work on – and ride in – two bike to work events. I have participated in Orlando’s in years past, but helping to plan has me ... read more

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Make new friends

I enjoy riding my bike because I make new friends. One time I met someone who lived in my neighborhood. We have remained friends ever since... :)

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Image for story Reason to be cheerful 1, 2, 30

Reason to be cheerful 1, 2, 30

Today I counted thirty reasons why I was right to sell the car and get a bicycle. Four o’clock. Nearly rush hour, and the roads are starting to get busy. Those who can get away before five do so... read more

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Kick starting our informal bike group in 2022

I carved out some time to go out on a ride on Saturday, first long ride of 2022. I put a shout out to friends on WhatsApp and they joined too. Made a day of it with breakfast in Henley and an ic... read more

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Image for story Claydon Cycling Club Turns 2!

Claydon Cycling Club Turns 2!

Hip Hip Hooray! We’ve hit another milestone, as Claydon Cycling Club was ‘born’ just over 2 years ago. We celebrated with our recent birthday ride to Stratton Audley Barn. During our time as a c... read more

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Image for story Social cycling in Glasgow ...

Social cycling in Glasgow ...

I moved to Glasgow some 6 years ago and looked at options for cycling clubs and blown away at the choice. Me and a friend decided that there was no mid level choice, and we set up our own called We... read more

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Image for story Have You Tried Triking?

Have You Tried Triking?

We all like biking, but have you ever tried triking? I recently bought myself a KMX Kolt Trike. Reason, it’s different and fun!! It certainly works the core muscles and is a different way of cyc... read more

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Image for story Over dijken en dammen en door bossen

Over dijken en dammen en door bossen

Ik houd van een afstandje fietsen. Of liever gezegd afstanden, te beginnen met 200 als randonneur. Binnen een tijdslimiet en volledig zelf bedruipend en niet gemotoriseerd. Een tocht heb ik in het... read more

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Have Bicycle Will Go

Bicycling has been my freestyle mode of transportation for decades. I have journeyed on my bicycle anytime, anywhere. It's always there for me, It is an adventure navigating through my percepti... read more

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Biking to school

My son who is 12 wanted to get fitter for sport so I suggested he cycle to school and I could cycle with him. At first he was a bit unsure as it is 7km each way but a little encouragement and he wa... read more

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Gems In The Country

Taking a break from driving through the Clutha District I stumbled on an unmarked trail at the Mt Stuart reserve and explored. Lo and behold it follows the old railway line and passes through cutti... read more

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Image for story GOOOOOOOAAAALLLL!!!!!!!!!!!

GOOOOOOOAAAALLLL!!!!!!!!!!!

Systematic goal-setting is a powerful approach to managing challenges, overcoming difficulties, and achieving success. Antoine de Saint-Exupery quotes “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” All t... read more

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