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Image for story The Fake Commute

The Fake Commute

So i pinched this idea from someone else, while in the first lockdown last year i would normal go out of a ride along the local trails on the Gravel bike. But once the weather had started to change... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Gravel adventure

Gravel adventure

Wanting a change from 1000's of road miles and still been able to commute to work in the winter, I invested in Gravel bike this year. Amazing peice if kit. My most adventurous ride so far was a 64... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story The early bird catches the Ram!

The early bird catches the Ram!

Last week I got on my bike for the first time this year in order to join in with the Great Get Together Ride for Refugee Week. I haven’t worn a watch since lockdown last March so a quick glance at ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Gaining confidence with every ride!

I hadn't ridden regularly for years until lockdown in 2020, the weather was amazing and we got out on our bikes as a family a few times during each week as many others did. Its dropped off a bit no... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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HARTLEY FOR EVIE

On the weekend of 19th & 20th June Ilkeston Cycling club are holding an event Midsummer’s Evie, which is for Evie Hartley, a 13 year old who is currently battling a cancerous brain tumour whic... read more

Topic: Other

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Erewash trail

From home in Oakwood, Derby to Swan Lake in West Hallam then follow the route along the Erewash canal to Trent Lock amazing scenery you feel you are abroad on holiday and mostly on the level. Loads... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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So long car!

Prior to the lockdown, like many families, we had 2 cars. But with them being used so little due to home schooling and working from home my wife and I decided to seize the opportunity to sell one. ... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Image for story Back on two wheels (after some convincing!)

Back on two wheels (after some convincing!)

Our wonderful champion at Network Rail, Garry Ball, recently shared the story of his partner Kelly. After many years of him gently encouraging her to get on a bike, she has really taken to cycl... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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What to do when you normally cycle to work

I'm proud of the fact that I cycle to work every day. It's easy for me; a straight forward 4 mile each way commute on busy-ish roads with occasional cycle lanes painted on the side of the road :) N... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story International Women's Day 2020

International Women's Day 2020

International Women's Day 2020 For International Women's Day 2020, I decided to set up a campaign to encourage more girls and women to cycle after the Love to Ride Cycle September statistics showe... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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"Upcycle-cycling

About five years ago, I moved to a new house to be only 3 miles away from work. It made sense to buy a bicycle and begin commuting in a healthier way and so I purchased a cheap bike (£89) from Ha... read more

Topic: Other

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Making Time

Spare time is somewhat of a luxury when you have a 5 year old, 3 year old and 5 week old. Finding enough time to get out on a bike ride has proven to be challenging these last few weeks but with th... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story The New Forest

The New Forest

As part of cycle June I have also been taking part cycling 100 miles for dementia during June. With this in mind I mounted my Cycle on the back of the car and headed with my husband to the New For... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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I ❤️ my bike!

Many years ago I said goodbye to my rickety, heavy, hand me down bike the night before my driving test. Over confidence of youth! But I did pass my test and never wanted to cycle again. Forty years... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Happy International bike day

Happy International bike day

There’s’ nothing like the freedom of being on two wheels and enjoying the outdoors with others

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Cycling on 4 Canals

Cycling on 4 Canals

Setting off from Shipley Country Park Visitor Centre down and over the lovely canal bridge on the Erewash Canal (1) at the Bridge Inn, then following the Erewash Valley Trail path over to the Notti... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Ex-traffic slave

During my first year working in Derby I thought I had no choice but to use my car to commute. Was constantly stressed about rush hours and finding new ways to beat the traffic. Inspired by a friend... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Afternoon ride out with my wife

Afternoon ride out with my wife

During a fabulous 9 day break in Northumberland I manged to encourage my wife out on several rides around Bambrugh. On 1 occasion we even rode to Holy Island and back. The cycling helped make ou... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Just ignore the incline road sign

Just ignore the incline road sign

Especially quiet during the Covid-19: Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story IWD 2020 Campaign | Why we cycle - Eloise Thatcher

IWD 2020 Campaign | Why we cycle - Eloise Thatcher

Where are you based and what do you do? I live in Derby, I work at Rolls-Royce in Sinfin and I cycle to work every day. I am an aeronautical engineer and I am the Assistant Chief Design Engineer... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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No man is an island

Jason's e-biking experience is encouraging and shows that age is no barrier when it comes to cycling... his story: "I learnt to cycle as a child and up until 4 years ago used a moped to get arou... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story derby sustrans volunteer rangers

derby sustrans volunteer rangers

derby sustrans volunteer rangers led a group of riders to elvaston castle and back using the cycle network and quiet roads

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Stories from around the world

Carless life in wellington

We've been without a car in wellington for some 15 years now through choice, initially we just walked and bussed and taxid when needed everywhere then we decided to get a family cargo bike when we ... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

Image for story Prelude from 1980

Prelude from 1980

This old girl has been carrying me along the backroads of Auburn, Al since my days in class back in the late '70s. It still feels just as free as it always did. Happy for the growing bike paths.

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

Image for story Encouraging myself to ride

Encouraging myself to ride

I was a commuter in terms if cycling. Not much more than that. Then, last year, I was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disorder in the bone marrow failure department, Severe Aplastic Anemia. I wen... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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World car free day

I started biking to and from work about 3 months ago, yes in the middle of winter, after finally deciding I should buy an electric bike to flatten out those hills on my way home after a long day a... read more

Topic: Other

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World Car Free Day

I decided to walk to work in the morning. 5km walk and it took my about an hour (short legs). I ended up taking the bus home. Overall, I did 15K steps that day!

Topic: Other

Biking to work

I have a trike - its nicknamed Big Red. - its not an e bike I ride it to work with my e-legs I was riding to work on the car free day with my music playing and swaying back and forth side to sid... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Commuting with Kids

We LOVE our cycle commute. Even on rainy mornings and with the odd complaint about waterproof trousers not being the most comfortable things in the world, our five- and seven-year-old cycle just ov... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

The little things

The joy of finding a new route, it isn’t really any quicker but it’s different and I guess that is part of the joy of commuting by bike - enjoying the scenery as you go.

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Stillness

Sometimes the early morning rides are the best. Being early to work and being able to sit and watch the world go past. People's stories from walking their dog to going to work. The still atmosphe... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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$4000 bike for $500

it's 20 years old. Klein Race Pro. 2001. All Dura Ace. no one wants old, expensive bikes. shop lucky! Also have a Quantum Race, from 2001.

Topic: Other

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Image for story Kilometers voor Kansen

Kilometers voor Kansen

In juni 2022 heb ik meegedaan voor een actie van het Rode Kruis. Nu hadden mijn km's op de weg een andere betekenis. Voor de verandering was dat goed voor mij. Het relativeert en zet je aan tot and... read more

Topic: Other

Image for story B40 Goodness

B40 Goodness

The back 40 has so much to offer for a verity of riding styles… technical riding, speedy down hills, tough uphill climbs, and even more simple flat blue sections. The trailhead closest to me has... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Fall in love with bike riding !

Fall in love with bike riding !

My story began when I first went on a Tour the Polongne to see how the cyclists ride. Then I got inspiration and said that I have to start riding too. I remember that day I got many gifts from the... read more

Topic: Other

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Touring

A tour round the outer Hebrides no problem with customs amazing people and beaches that are out of this world, one massive hill ( was massive to me ) and an adventure to catch a ferry almost every ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Lighten up

A journey, in black and white. It starts with an alarm, I snooze – I loose. Ten minutes gone before my feet touch the bedroom floor. Then rush, I’m usually up before the alarm, not today. Dresse... read more

Topic: Other

Story of fear and bravery

So roughly about 11 years ago i used to love to ride my bmx and my 26er like an idiot (Thought i was Emil lol) but anyway i had a nasty accident and this put the FEAR into getting back on a bike i... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

Image for story Bike ride with mother

Bike ride with mother

Went on a bike ride with the old dear great to be back in the saddle been out every day since

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

Car free day

Every day. What's the big deal.

Topic: Other

mixed modes

I chose to ride my bike to work it was a beautiful morning and a pleasant ride - faster in fact than taking my car and finding a park. unfortunately it was pouring with rain in the afternoon ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

Image for story Buying a free folding bike for my commute

Buying a free folding bike for my commute

A new job in the central city meant having to think about commuting. I drove for a couple of weeks, while settling in, and used a Kiwi parking share app to avoid making the carpark barons richer. ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

Congratulations - You're a Cycle September 2022 winner! Say WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAT?! Oh gosh this is amazingly unexpected, i've won a aquaplay paddleboarding session. That's fandabiedosie!

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story The power of a human and importance of a helmet

The power of a human and importance of a helmet

At the start of Cycle September I never expected to be writing a story and even last week it wasn’t on my to-do list. I was enjoying my cycling and pedalling my way to and from work when I could. ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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E-Bike or bust!

Remember riding down a big hill as a kid... Wasn't that the best feeling? Well with an E-Bike, it's like riding down hill the entire time! If you decide to make the transition, I would ask tha... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Monsal Trail

Monsal Trail

Me and my Daughter completed the Monsal Trail while doing the cycle September with work , This is a place I love walking so doing it on a bike was Great fun , We started at Monsal Head went to B... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story It’s a Revolution

It’s a Revolution

Like a lot of families, we used to fire up our expensive, gas guzzling engines for every little thing. 2 miles to school? Get in the car and sit in traffic. Need supplies for dinner? There’s a Walm... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story 20 later

20 later

Untill.4 weeks ago I hadn't been on a bike for 20 years now I love riding my bike

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Image for story 1000 miles Cycle to Work

1000 miles Cycle to Work

In October 2021 I set out to raise £1000 and lose my Covid spare tyre by cycling 1000 miles to work at the University of Bolton, from my home in Blackburn, all in aid of Derian House Childrens Hosp... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Time saver

I cycled to work yesterday after dropping the kids off at school (pushing my bike) and realised that I arrived at work way earlier than if I got the bus. Happy days.

Topic: My commute by bike

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