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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

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Image for story 'Upcycle-cycling

"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

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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.

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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

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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

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Image for story Our first ride

Our first ride

Can't believe I got him to ride with me. Same guy .. new hobbie

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

Image for story Old bike, new route

Old bike, new route

I'm going to teach a colleague to ride at lunchtime, so got my 15year old mountain bike out, cleaned and oiled it and rode to work on it. it's a heavy dependable bike but, being quite a bit slower,... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Unattainable Badges

The one "weather" course that would apply to me right now -- riding in the heat -- doesn't exist so no, I can't do it and of course I can't get the weather badge. Technology's great when ... read more

Topic: Other

Image for story Coffe and Cake Detour

Coffe and Cake Detour

On a beautiful sunny June morning I set off to meander through Calverton, Epperstone, Fiskerton and over the Trent at Newark. On the way home I took a quiet country road to find Cafe Velo Verde in ... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story What I learned during Bike Month

What I learned during Bike Month

I spent the month of May intentionally riding my bike instead of using a car. It was exhausting, sometimes uncomfortable, and a ton of fun. Biking / commuting by bike has always been part of my lif... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Very very very long bike ride

Prior to moving to NWA I lived in Boulder/Longmont CO where hiking running and biking is almost a lifestyle DNA. So, naturarlly, I biked and run a lot, biking=250 miles/week, running= 25 miles/week... read more

Why I started cycling longer distances.

As a 13 year old I had an end of year week at school where I could choose an activity. Two geography teachers took a group of us cycling on 4 discrete routes. Being not used to it I couldn’t walk b... read more

Topic: Other

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Un mois de vélo boulot... Non! Un an

Je fais du vélo boulot depuis le mois de ...avril 2021. Je me suis procurer un vélo d'hiver en Novembre 2021, parce que La pandémie, parce que le train en panne, parce que le temps fou de me rendre... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Image for story I street Bridge at night

I street Bridge at night

I like doing a loop through Old Town and across the bridges as part of my evening ride(s). The View from the I street bridge at night is amazing, even if the narrow sidewalk is a little treacherous... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Get Back on the Saddle!

My husband and I enjoy our bike rides together and we ventured out on a new route that was going to be a nice 20+ mile ride. Six miles out, my front tire clipped the curb as I crossed one curb to ... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Keeping up with my daughter!

Keeping up with my daughter!

My oldest daughter learnt to ride her bike this Easter. I’ve not ridden for 20 years, but I finally had to get back on the saddle to keep up with her! Luckily you never forget do you! I’m super ... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Peloton

I love riding my Peloton, it allows be to ride through the streets of countries I can only dream of visiting.

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Image for story Une aventure à tout les jours

Une aventure à tout les jours

Rien de plus plaisant que d'utiliser le vélo pour se déplacer avec les enfants! Sur le retour de la garderie, pourquoi ne pas arrêter à un parc ou à la plage le temps d'une collation! Le vélo rend ... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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Image for story Happily ever After

Happily ever After

Once upon a time a middle aged woman was riding her bike with her young peppy daughter in law. Out of nowhere a low branch appears. Daughter in law ducks and is in the clear! “Oh I can do that... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Old bike, new route

Old bike, new route

I'm going to teach a colleague to ride at lunchtime, so got my 15year old mountain bike out, cleaned and oiled it and rode to work on it. it's a heavy dependable bike but, being quite a bit slower,... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Riding at dusk

I've found a place to bike where the hills aren't too steep and there aren't too many people driving around. It is pure bliss. I look forward to coming home and waiting for when 8pm rolls around. I... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

Image for story Cake at the end of it

Cake at the end of it

I had been off the bike for over 18 months due to a hernia and the recovery from the opertation to repair it. Just after Easter I started off with the odd commute, after using a turbo trainer every... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Got kids that love cycling?

Got kids that love cycling?

Then get them racing! CycleStars.co.uk have qualified British Cycling coaches and run sessions in Gloucester and Cheltenham, training kids (ages 6-16) to race in road, circuit, cyclo-cross, grasst... read more

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Cheeky

Did a 40k ride not going to lie i loved it but my cheeks didnt 🤣

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

Image for story Queens Birthday ride

Queens Birthday ride

As much as I'm looking forward to the new cycle path to Port Chalmers being completed, I still enjoy the alternative route through St Leonards Drive and Sawyer's Bay. I always throw in a loop arou... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Défi de mobilité durable 2022

Mon défi pour favoriser la mobilité durable est d’utiliser autant que possible le vélo pour les déplacements de moins de 10 hm aller. Je vais au travail en vélo 3 fois par semaine, un aller-retour ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Pidgins

I like riding through groups of pidgins and watching fly always. It’s the best. I really hope I don’t accidentally run one over one day.

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Riding with my Grandson

I have taken my grandson Jonathan on several rides, I've watched his development from training wheels to a two wheeler and it's been a delight ! Now he's a showoff and loves to ride !

Topic: Ride with kids

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Beau début de saison

Le 29 mai 2022, première sortie vélo de la saison. C'était peut-être la journée la plus parfaite : 25 degrés Celcius, petits nuages, petite brise. Sherbrooke-North Hatley aller-retour en passant pa... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story 6/5 #TrailblazingSundays

6/5 #TrailblazingSundays

IG: MTBZ_BC We are hosting a ride from Gordon Park June 5, meet up at 3 roll out at 4. Supporting IMA

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Tenir nos resolution, quoi de mieux pour se sentir fière de soi.

Tenir nos resolution, quoi de mieux pour se sentir fière de soi.

Qui n'a jamais pris des bonnes résolutions et manquer de motivation pour les tenir plus de trois semaines? On ressent alors un sentiment d'échec. Mais si on inclus les résolutions avec nos activité... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Missed the Gym

Missed the Gym

So last night after a busy day at work I got caught on a call which meant I missed my session at the gym. The sun was out and hubby came home and we decided it was too nice a night to sit on the so... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Great view on my ride home!

Great view on my ride home!

Commuting to work on my bike lets me stop and enjoy this great view twice a day!

Topic: My commute by bike

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