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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!

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!

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

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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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

Topic: My commute by bike

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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

Topic: My commute by bike

My colleagues encouraged me to get back on the road today! I dusted my bike down, pumped up the completely flat tyres and joined them on a lunchtime bike ride. Managed 9.7 miles not to shabby and l... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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It is beautiful - I have recorded some parts of it and made a video (search for "My commute to Swindon" on Vimeo) I was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease four years ago and since then I have step... read more

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So waiting in Bilbao now for two days for the ferry home after an epic 3 weeks in Portugal. Cycled the west coast and saw so much, too much to write here! Everything from the pain of getting the bi... read more

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Marjolein Rijken Thanks for sharing Teresa! Portugal is now on the bucket list!
Tone Whitehurst Mind you get your front wheel stuck in the tram line.

What have periods of depression and participating at the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships got to do with each other? Well, here's my story... Quite unexpectedly, I managed to come third in ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Marjolein Rijken Thanks so much for your openess in sharing your story Anja! A moving example of how cycling can benefit us all!
Marjolein Rijken Hi Anja, thanks for getting back to me! I received an email that you left a comment somewhere but unfortunately the link th... read more

2 of my friends and myself wore our cycling gear to our Devon School Nurse Day to promote our sponsored cycle ride. I took my bike and turbo trainer and encouraged my colleagues to have a go!

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I was skint!! I only had a short commute so I decided I could use my bike. At first I struggled but I worked out how much it cost to drive (we also went from 2 rubbish fuel guzzling cars to 1 newe... read more

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Marjolein Rijken Hi Helen, thanks so much for sharing your story about how cycling has benefited you! I work for Devon County Council and w... read more

After shying away from getting on a bike for far to long, a combination of climate emergency declarations, peer pressure and the need for exercise saw me take the plunge and buy a Brompton! The... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Marjolein Rijken Yay! Glad you're loving it! And thank you for sharing your story on here and help inspire others to give cycling a go a... read more

You,ve all probably heard the saying, you,ve got more chance of being hit by a double decker bus, well 6 years ago, I was, i was cut out of my car and my Femur was broken. Now it is still uncomfort... read more

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I,ve had my electric bike 18 months now and it has transformed my life. I have more energy, I,ve lost a Stone in Weight and I can get up those hills. Many people think you don,t have to pedal with ... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Tracy Perkins well done, e-bikes are great fun, since owning mine i just want to get out and ride all the time, ive ridden places i would... read more
Janet H The most I have done so far at a time is 20 miles, I have found so many hamlets around where I live.😁

Last year my work friends could not work out why I loved cycling. In January 2019 we decided to support support the care given to our amazing team leader, Penny during her illness and for those n... read more

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Marjolein Rijken Thank you for sharing your story Sandra! Hopefully it will inspire many other people to encourage others to give cycling a ... read more

It’s the moment I look forward to the most on my commute. I've done some time on that rude main road. Toughed it out with those metal beasts and now I check behind me, move into primary, holdi... read more

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My family has had the opportunity to hop in our bikes after finishing our work at home days. We’ve also used quarantine weekends to ride. We’ve ventured out and explored paths we’ve never ridden on... read more

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Md Shamim If you need an electric bike. Then you check this blog ([address removed]). Hope it'll help you to get right one. Thanks

About 60 miles to go to make my goal of 500 for the month, so I headed out for one of my favorites: the Night Rider's urban loop, with a few wrinkles. I love the view of the Capitol across Lake Mon... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

There is but one human truth and that is there are many truths. I know this because I ride a bicycle. My cat does not ride on a bicycle, but he is alive. For him that is blessing, I suppose, and fo... read more

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After an injury in November, I stopped exercising for several months. When I started to feel better, I tried running and swimming but the movement aggravated the injury. After being encouraged by... read more

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Spotting new art is one of my fave things about biking. These gems fly by too fast while driving. SparklesSparklesSparkles #WT2020

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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As previously documented, I was at my hair stylist with a flat rear tire. I had what I need to change the tube and pump it up to about 40 psi. I headed to the Southwest Path, then southwest (of cou... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

I love riding in the San Pasqual Valley. I always stop at the dairy to say hi to the girls. This week there were a lot of frolicking calves! #WTF2020

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Daniel Magos heck yeah that area is the best!

My rear tire went flat on the way to my first haircut in three months. My stylist at Fritz and Associates drove to where I stopped and picked up me and my bike so I could still make my appointment!... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

Cyclists in Totnes are gathering for a socially-distanced group ride around town, to highlight the need to provide more cycle routes and safer streets. Meet at 5 p.m. Friday 29th May in Victoria St... read more

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Wearing my HRC buff to stay safe on rides while also showing my pride! #wtf2020 #qtpoc

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When you finally take a pebble out of your shoe, you think, "why did I wait so long?" I kept saying for years I would ride my bike to work, and now that Love To Ride, Bike Month, and San Diego Bike... read more

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Sylvie Froncek What a great story!!!

Memorial Day is a holiday that has changed from the original intent. It has gone from a day of somber remembrance to one of picnics, day on the lake or at the beach and so forth. Now none of those ... read more

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David Nelms I thank you and your family for their service, and for your uncle who made the ultimate sacrifice

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

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Only 24% of bike rides in the US are taken by women. I’m grateful for the women who helped me get comfortable on the road: Liz, Katy + Michelle. #WTF2020

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My wife and I headed out to Lake Farm County Park and back. Due to squirrelly winds, we had headwinds both ways! We had to detour around Terravessa due to heavy construction activity on the new pat... read more

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Just a quick loop around the Night Riders' urban loop, Lacy and Meadowview Rds version #GreaterMadisonBikeMonth #BikesUnite #BiketheBurg #FitchburgWI

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The classic urban escape is a ride to Paoli. On this holiday weekend, apparently everyone had the same idea. The Badger State Trail, the Purcell Rd trailhead, and the Hop Garden were all packed. To... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

I’m grateful to live (and ride) in an area where I feel safe as a queer womxn. My wife and I love squeezing in time for rides through the gayberhood after a long day at work! #wtf2020 #gaysian #qtpoc

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Cally I. Love this!! YAY for queers on bikes doing rad this!! Keep it up!
Sylvie Froncek Heck yeah!!!

I'm an artist and illustrator by profession, so working from home is normal for me. But without my daily walk up Steep Hill, which was my regular undergrad commute, I need an alternative, otherwise... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

Cycling has been a “HABIT” of mine for the past 38 years. Although some of that time was spent riding with friends and relatives, I find this sport more relaxing, soloing, and enjoying the country... read more

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Steve P Great story, thank you!

My last few rides (before the gap) were annoying. Each time , I pressed my right pedal down (esp on a climb), a squeak came out. I have some mechanical knowledge, but I relied on a friend to... read more

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Biking as a queer femme woman brings me so much joy! Grateful for this challenge to get me out on the streets (safely!) this week. Thanks to everybody coordinating this challenge! #WTF2020

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Sylvie Froncek Heck yeah! You're my favorite!

We had to celebrate his birthday in years * 100' of elevation. So, I went along for the ride. We went up to a family run donut shop in Carmel Mountain area (Sesame Donuts-- own story, made the n... read more

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Hey bike friends! We've got 700 people in San Diego participating in the Bike Month Challenge. Let's try to reach 1000! Invite a friend or two to take part. The more people we have on the roads... read more

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We are enjoying riding in our neighborhood these days. I always thought it was too dangerous because of the cars not used to bikes on the road. Now, we see that the more bike there are on the road ... read more

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We have been riding our bikes a lot lately. Since lockdown started, we have been enjoying the reduced car traffic and exploring around the neighborhoods near where we live. On this ride, my daughte... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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This was my view for pretty much the whole bike ride with our family: the kids in front, speeding off! The kids are loving bike month and riding as much as they can. The little one has really been ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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I have waited a long time to be able to ride with my girls. Now I can finally share my rides with them thanks to my xtracycle kit. We are still learning and exploring distances but hopefully we can... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Biked Los Penesquitas Preserve with my son. Had a nice break at the waterfall talking about life in general. Then rode back to the house. He's 36 now. So different riding with him as an adult, but ... read more

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I have always enjoyed riding my bike but would never go to far. During the quarantine I decided to venture out further and see if I could bike from home down to the bay and back (which would invol... read more

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I haven't been to a coffee shop since March, and it's probably going to be a while until I'll go to one again. But there's a great alternative, now that summer is here: Coffee outside! It's as easy... read more

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Our family bikes to ice cream, and to tacos. A little motivation goes a long way when taking your kids on a spin around urban San Diego - there's just no flat routes to choose from. So we make su... read more

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I live in Idaho and our Governor had us on lock down for 2 months. We are now in phase 2 of reopening, but it has been a long time coming. One bright point was he allowed us to go on walks, runs ... read more

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