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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

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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

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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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"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

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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

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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 Kāpiti Cafe Tour

Kāpiti Cafe Tour

Need some extra motivation to get you on your bike this February? We've partnered with 12 cafes from Paekākāriki to Ōtaki to create the first Kāpiti District Cycle Tour. Simply collect a coffee... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

Riding to work +

My work is only 4.5 km from home so it's an easy bike ride. Are there days when I drive instead of bike? Of course! Most of them are valid, like the kids need dropping off somewhere that's conven... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

Trying to get on my hog more

Have started riding my bike not only to work but to the gym. This means getting up grabbing one bag biking to the gym. Head home and grab anther before heading to work lol

Topic: My commute by bike

Encouragement from the street

One day a couple of years ago, I happened to be riding in the rain. A car was stopped next to me at a traffic light, rolled down his window, and said that he respected me for braving the conditions... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Whanganui Shared Cycle Way

We've been cycling along the river bank every day for the past six months. It's delightful. We ride past the estuary along to the harbor, then back up river to the railway bridge. Twenty km's all u... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story A family ride from Cape Reinga to Hamilton

A family ride from Cape Reinga to Hamilton

Kids can do anything! Our family just completed a summer tour riding from Cape Reinga to Hamilton along the Tour Aotearoa route. 756 km over 17 days with 2 adults and 4 kids (ages 7 to 12). The ki... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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Getting a new bike tomorrow

I have two bikes, but I'm getting another - my oldest bike is 20 this year and getting a bite rickety. Both my current bikes have done Lands End to John O'Groats with me, once in 2004 then in 2018.... read more

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Porirua ride of interest

My wife and i often ride the Pauatahanui Inlet loop ride and I get questioned often about the ride around the Whitby side. We do not ride SH58 (or Paremata Road) as yes, it is too narrow and too da... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Hello Old Friend

Hello Old Friend

I'm happy to say that my trusty (and slightly dusty) bike has once again seen the light of day. With work only a 30-minute walk away, I found myself putting off getting on my bike. In part, beca... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Lack of bicycle infrastructure around Eastlink Trail

Roads such as Springvale Road, Ferntree Gully Road, Jells Road, and Waverley Road lack on road cycling infrastructure, even though they go to past a popular cycling park Jells Park, and train stati... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Hayman park upgrades in motion

Hayman park upgrades in motion

Pump track in manukau in progress south side repsent

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Image for story Becoming a British Cycling Guided Ride Leader/Route Planner.

Becoming a British Cycling Guided Ride Leader/Route Planner.

Hi folks, I trust you are in good health. Bit of a remarkable story here for you all, it is a story some may be able to recognize. Way back in 2009, my health deteriorated, I actually lost sight... read more

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Image for story 12 months straight of at least two days riding

12 months straight of at least two days riding

For the first time in many years, I can say I commuted to work for at least two days ea month for the past 12 months. Winter is obviously tough to ride on streets clogged with storm debris, gravel ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Night moves

Night moves

Me coming in from the dark, south side represent

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Image for story New old aches

New old aches

Last time I was on a bike was 18 years ago. I sold it after a scare with traffic and relocating from the South to the North Island. I have borrowed a bike to compete in this challenge. The improvem... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

Cycling to school

I go to school in Napier, which is more than ~25kms away from where I live in Havelock. Each day I bring my bike to school on the bus, before spending 40 minutes riding back home in the afternoon. ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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cutting down my commute time

On day 1 of the challenge my Boss sent me a link to his location. We raced to work, me from Edgeware and him from Parklands. He caught me at Hagley Park for a quick chat before he was off again. ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Ara Te Pūkenga Growing Interest!

Ara Te Pūkenga Growing Interest!

Ara Te Pūkenga are growing the interest of all who visit. Ken the Groundsman is a big supporter and has etched out a daily reminder for the month of this Challenge on our Madras Campus north green.... read more

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Image for story Hard yards

Hard yards

I don’t particularly like biking - it’s always too hard ! as I seem to always push myself too hard! And I’ve made many excuses in the past. But this is a great challenge for me - I am trying no... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Getting back

Steady ride after my Heart Attack + Inguinal hernia repair operation last year (2022). Could have gone a bit further but following the wife's instructions to take it steady. Cold wind into my face ... read more

Topic: Other

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The cycle around Aucklands waterfront is Spectacular

I live in Parnell, purchased an e bike last year, and just can’t get enough of riding round the waterfront ….Mission Bay for a coffee is a great short ride …todays adventure started there then down... read more

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Image for story A quick appreciation to my bike.

A quick appreciation to my bike.

I bought a brand new bike in July 2022, which is extremely rare for me to buy anything brand new. This bike has been an absolute dream. This bike has encouraged me to lose weight and get fit. Since... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Bicycling helped me with knee replacement surgery

I started being impacted by arthritis in one of my knees, and eventually the other one as well, in my 50s. The orthopedic surgeon said I was too young for knee replacement surgery, but he also sai... read more

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Image for story Lighting hacks

Lighting hacks

Seen this on Pinterest gotta haVe it🔥👊😎

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Image for story Pump track in manukau

Pump track in manukau

Was testing the pump track in progress

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bike gone

the bike in my profile pick, was stolen last year trek series 5 Voltron green from manukau mall, last year?I was bummed cussing but in the end gotta keep wheels spin and love life ..so put bought ... read more

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Image for story L'UOMO CHE VISSE DUE VOLTE (a cura di Fabio Coppi)

L'UOMO CHE VISSE DUE VOLTE (a cura di Fabio Coppi)

L'UOMO CHE VISSE DUE VOLTE (a cura di Fabio Coppi) PEDALANDO CON CUORE MATTO UN GIRO IN BICI CON UN CARO AMICO… Prima eravamo vicini di casa ora non più e a Milano, abitare in un altro quartiere... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

bike romance,

havent ,done much kms , looking for a good , thang not about the prize ,just having fun? cos' every bike run is a holiday on the hunt to find a friend ,and good company

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