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Over the past 3 years or so my ability to walk distances has slowly decreased due to spinal stenosis. On a good day I can still walk (with rests) maybe 5 miles. Other days it's a struggle to get ro... read more

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I have been commuting to work and back on my bike since the spring. As the evenings and mornings are now dark I have invested in a new USB front light, amazing green wheel lights and of course a ba... read more

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We had had an unexpected visitor drop by for a cup of tea so we were very late starting our ride. However it was dry and we wanted some exercise. It was getting towards dusk and I wondered how ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Makes you appreciate the warmth of your heating when you get back home a huge amount!

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The weather has been atrocious, I still prefer to be cycling in. Two lights on the front (100 lumen), bright rear, plus high visible waterproofs My bike tyre walls are even reflective too..... B... read more

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I started commuting by bike this September- and because I have no parking space at my new job I knew I had no choice but to get on with it! I have fallen in love with it... Treating myself to a new... read more

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Having had mobility problems since I was 19 I always thought cycling was beyond me. I’m married to an avid cyclist and always felt I missed out when he went out in his bike. Four years ago I saved ... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Kayleigh Evans A wonderful story and I love the names of your bikes! :)
RB BB Don't worry what others think about electric bicycles. It ENABLES you! And that is the most important thing! I know that yo... read more

Although I'd been cycling too and from work (8 miles) for several years, I had never attempted to 'go on holiday' by bike. Well, I decided this was the year - especially as travel restrictions mean... read more

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Christine King We hope to cycle to at Austell too. Where did you get your route from please? We don't want to be anywhere near main roads!... read more
Christine King St Austell not at! Spell check grrr

It's been fantastic to see so many children cycling to the school where I work each week. I love seeing my bike in the bike rack alongside a variety of almost adult sized racers, mid-sized mountain... read more

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When our son transitioned from the local primary school to a secondary school 7 miles away, he agreed to try and cycle there and back a few days a week. He is now 4 weeks in, has cycled well over 4... read more

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Wiltshire: Wylye Valley (Nat Cycling Network - NCN 24). Limited-stop training ride: Warminster and Wilton only. Start and finish: Wylye village, off A303. The Wylye valley in Wiltshire is one of ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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I've been on a crazy journey of weight loss and fitness since June 2019 where I was weighing in at 23s 10lb (150.6kg) to now 14s 6lb (91.6kg) so dropped 9s 4lb (59kg). Before I started I was barely... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Steve Cargill WOW! Unreal effort this is sir! You will have added a few years to your life with this, having done simular since March (Lo... read more
Mark Smith Thanks Steve, great work on your 32kg too, it's amazing isn't it?!

Lovely place to visit is a secret garden with Ducks in the way of the cycle path passing chivenour

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Managed a first socially distanced meet up with my family and took the youngest two grandaughters 3 and 5 for a ride along Tiverton canal. Can't post video on here so if you want to see it head ac... read more

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Mamhead Hill, a 1.5 mile climb, approached from the 'C' road from Starcross, is located 6 miles from my home in Dawlish, and I use these six miles to gently 'warm up' for The Climb. Mamhead Hi... read more

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I usually ride out on Dartmoor all year round in all weathers but I have never tried doing a ride with a bivi under the stars. I decided I would go for it last weekend and it did not disappoint. I... read more

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Bernhard Hofmann Living the dream! <3

Like many fifty something year olds I had not ridden a bike since school days so when my husband (a keen rider) and I stumbled upon a second hand Batribike (electric bike) perfect for me (I have mo... read more

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Paula Hallett Such a positive story, well done on re-disovering cycling.

This year my youngest child will begin senior school meaning I would be a little more free with my time for getting to work so I decided I’d like to cycle to work and in February I applied for a bi... read more

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As a NHS Volunteer Responder during this Covid 19 crisis I have been using my bicycle to collect prescriptions from the two chemists in South Molton Devon and deliver to vunerable persons who have ... read more

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Matthew Hodder Brilliant, keep up the good work

Trust me to choose the hottest day of the year (so far; June 25th) to go on one of my timed training rides! For those readers interested in ride and performance stats, a summary of these follow... read more

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Steven Hills Sorry! Clicked on 'high fives' icon in error.

To keep my 2 year old daughter occupied during lockdown and to keep myself fit, I often cycle out to Dartington estate and do a circular ride,breaking the ride up with a walk in the deer park or a ... read more

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I fell off my bike this afternoon. Approaching a bend on a lane and thought, I had better brake a bit in case there are any cars, well there was and I braked too hard, skidded and came off. Landed ... read more

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Paula Hallett Hope you recover quickly and it hasn't put you off.
Janet H Thank you, no not put me off, but a good time to get my bike serviced, I was putting it off for a rainy day

Well -my motivation has been a bit rocky in the last few weeks... the same as lots of peeps I expect! But I’ve clocked a few rides lately. Struggling to know whether to wear shorts or my more t... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Jules Greaves #nocarbon
Marjolein Rijken Great stuff!

My ride to our village shop, supporting local businesses, comes with 2 rewards, a lovely downhill freewheel there and knowing I am not using the car #NoCarbon But then the steep Devon hills, tha... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

Dragging myself to ride in this wet weather was certainly worth it, my body and ego are convincing me otherwise, until they have the taste of the ride

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I use my bike most days normally. I also walk. In fact I normally clock up at least 100 miles a month on the bike, 20 miles in the swimming pool and 15 or so on foot. Come the first lockdown I w... read more

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Cycling my children home in the dark on busy streets- and through a pitch black park- was a bit of a worry, so we added a lot of lights to the trailer! Now I've got two flashing rear lights on the ... read more

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To celebrate my husband's 80th birthday last month, the family helped us buy two new e-bikes. We've both ridden ordinary hybrid bikes for years and managed 25 miles fairly comfortably even in hilly... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Ivan Lafayette What an inspiration! Keep doing what you're doing 'cause obviously you are doing it very well!!
Christine King Thank you!

I have been commuting to work for years. My morning commute is quite an early start, especially now we have moved further from our place of work. I try to be on the bike before 5.30am for the 19.5 ... read more

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We are loving doing the school run on our bikes! We avoid the traffic, the parking nightmare and we arrive with a smile!

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I started commuting to work when my daughters went to senior school, I thought they’d ride their bikes to school but it wasn’t ‘cool’. Fast forward 12 years and they are both working, they don’t al... read more

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After having my first child and a few rainy mornings I told myself that my car commute wasn't so bad and that others were doing far more damage to th environment. I was inspired by the cycle Septem... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

I’ve been encouraged to do my bit to reduce our family’s carbon emissions. One easy change for us is cycling the nursery/work commute instead of using our family car. My toddler is seated quite hap... read more

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My petrol car was coming up for its' insurance renewal in August, this was set to cost me circa £60 with tax. In a bid to save money, I decided to declare the car as SORNed and attempt to live car-... read more

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Deborah Hanks Wonderful
Hersha Mistry You have shown that with a bit of thought and planning it is possible to ditch the car!

When coronavirus started affecting the UK, I decided to start cycling to work instead of using public transport, it’s 5 miles each way and I work Monday - Friday. 6 months later, I have upgraded my... read more

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For some time I had wanted to ride the 'old' A30 between Whiddon Down and Okehampton, via the village of Sticklepath, a distance of 14.2 miles return. Over the summer I had been visiting the are... read more

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We were taking part in Ride London to raise money for Bristol Childrens Hospital. Cancelled but the children needed help. SO WE decided to hit 3 x 100 mile challenges instead. The BEAR planned th... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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In November 2019 I had a bikeability session with Charlotte. As I was 62 at the time my 9 year old granddaughter thought it was hilarious as she had just done the same at school. I was barely abl... read more

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Perrin Fox #explorebybike
Rebecca Skinner Amazing story, Perrin. I hope you enjoy your holiday :)

This isn't a correction about my performance on the ride I completed the other day, as recorded under the substantive title above; and all the stats shown therein are accurate. But, although no o... read more

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My ulterior objective for today's untimed training ride (apart from noting the start and finish times for the purposes of my Ride Report), was to collect a handsome hardbook book on canals from th... read more

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Working less hours as my bank is open for less time. Keeping safe whilst commuting by cycling more regularly and taking the slow route through the marshes. Bonus of seeing the ducklings and cygne... read more

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Part of the joy of gravel bikes is that you can ride a long distance and still have the capacity to explore. So, “I wonder where...” immediately becomes “Let’s see where... that track/bridleway/gap... read more

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During the lock down my two girls age 6 and 10 wanted to go and socially distance visit their grandma. As un necessary car rides were under scrutiny we decided that we could cycle there. This was... read more

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In an attempt to social distance away from busy roads and routes I looked at the map and planned a route down some bridleways I'd not explored before. Had to deal with a very overgrown route at tim... read more

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Despite riding a bike all my life whether for fitness or commuting I have never managed to break to 50 mile challenge. I regularly cycle between 30 and 40 but for whatever reason never 50. This s... read more

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Was it already 11 months since I had last done my Brampford Speke and Thorverton training circuit? Conditions today idyllic with a refreshing breeze. This circuit served as a warm-up for my time... read more

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I have taken up riding my after 57 years I threw away my bike after I passed my driving test because it was the only mode of transport I had as I lived in open hilly country side with no near nabou... read more

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Geoffrey Grabham My first time on a bike in 57 years
James Walker Great news, getting you healthy and out and about

I'm trying to avoid shopping unnecessarily, so hadn't been to the supermarket in almost 2 weeks. Our fridge was empty, and the rest of our food supplies were running low. We've been getting fruit a... read more

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Matthew Hodder Sounds like you need a Yuba Mundo or a Long John to go shopping on.
Marjolein Rijken Good effort Pete!

Every evening this week has been absolute bliss. Timing has fallen so when I clock of work and then hop on my bike it is the perfect time to chase the sunset down by the Exe Estuary. The amazing co... read more

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Moonlight and mist when I set off on this morning’s commute. A couple of miles up the road, the mist began to thicken, finally, turning into seriously dense fog. It got so bad I could barely see th... read more

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