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Image for story BMX track in the dark

BMX track in the dark

With the Autumn nights quickly drawing in our ladies only BMXercise session at Tiverton track means we have to curtail riding on the track. Not quite ready to stop riding our bikes meant we practis... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Lockdown made fitter and I lost 3 stone

With the gyms being shut and having to social distance. I decided to make use of my mountain bike that had been kept in a shed since I brought it on the nhs cycle scheme. After a few weeks of c... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story From pillar to post.

From pillar to post.

My first memory is crashing into my mom's washing line post, learning to ride my first bike. Once I'd found my legs though, that was it. I was usually zooming around the street then the estate or c... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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#Womenwhoride

My cycling story began a long way back on a large 3 wheeled tricycle, then always rode a variety of bikes, often where I wasn't supposed to! Local dirt track was for boys, not girls and mum said 'n... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story What a wonderful tonic!

What a wonderful tonic!

I started cycling more regularly (rather than quick commutes and around town) when I signed up for a charity challenge in Kenya for a unique and amazing small charity. Getting started was a bit s... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Over the hills and far away

Over the hills and far away

The end of a big challenge. Completed the Dartmoor Classic Medio ride not far off a Silver Medal time. Only started cycling again about 4 years ago, because the work car park was shut!

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Lunch hour cycle

Lunch hour cycle

Doing my favourite cycle in my lunch break ☀️

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Just as good as a car or better

I find I can get to work and back home for lunch and end of day in the same time as a car! With the increase of traffic and road maintenance a bike can slip through it all. Choosing the country t... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Birthday Suprise

We love our electric bikes. Yesterday we cycled 35 hilly miles round trip, with a very large heavy fruit cake and picnic lunch for 4, to surprise my Dad for his 87th Birthday. We have done 1000... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Image for story Getting out there.

Getting out there.

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

Topic: Other

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Light the Night

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

Topic: Other

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Starlings at dusk

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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Image for story Started going out after work and enjoying the spooky night rides

Started going out after work and enjoying the spooky night rides

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

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Safety first

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

Topic: My commute by bike

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Beating the traffic!

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

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Go on ... try it!

Go on ... try it!

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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Holiday by bike...

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

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Inspired by the children at my school

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

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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School drop off

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

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Last Day of Summer

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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Image for story A Transformed Life - Transforming Lives of Others

A Transformed Life - Transforming Lives of Others

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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Image for story Secret Garden with Ducks

Secret Garden with Ducks

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

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Image for story Socially distanced cycling

Socially distanced cycling

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

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Mamhead Hill Training Ride (The Climb)

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

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Dartmoor riding

Dartmoor riding

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

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Exeter to Exmouth

Exeter to Exmouth

For a nice ride to clear my head and forget about the pressures of the day I love to ride along the cycle path from Exeter to Exmouth. It’s not a challenging route and there is plenty to see and of... read more

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Image for story TransKurnow 👍

TransKurnow 👍

TransKurnow - Proper Job👌 190 Devon & Cornish Miles. Stunning weather for #bikepacking 😉☀️ 💯 Greatest Climbs South West ✔️ Coombe Hill (Goon hilly) 25% 🥴 (steep corners!) Millook - 30%!!!... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Braunton Pump track

Braunton Pump track

3 generations riding, youngest grandaughter Hallie,4, youngest daughter, eldest son (Hallie's dad), myself and Hallie's other Nanny, first time on a BMX for Jackie and she did brilliantly. Plus we... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Lovely evening for a pedal

I’ve just had a lovely cycle along the Tarka trail with my friend Jane. We had a a nice catch up whilst taking in the fabulous views along the estuary. Total therapy session:)

Topic: Other

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Image for story Cycle to the Sunset

Cycle to the Sunset

I've got back into the habit of cycling, and really enjoy going out to Turf and back. Last week, I went a little bit further, near Powderham, and watched the sunset. It was a lovely way to spend a ... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Cann Ladies Ride MTB

Cann Ladies Ride MTB

I love riding trails and DH on my bike, but what I’ve really enjoyed recently is showing other ladies this love of MTB in Cann Woods. We have a Devon Ladies MTB group on FB where we arrange rides.

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Ditching the Car

Ditching the Car

I am going to be moving out on my own soon so I've been stepping up my bike game to try and get by without needing a car. There are plenty of cycle routes around my new place and I will be able to... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Cycle to the estuary

On World Bicycle Day, we cycled along the glorious Exe Estuary Cycle Path to Lympstone. With our son in the trailer (alongside his bucket and spade) - we ditched the busy Exeter roads and opted for... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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We ditched the car - and love it!

We made the leap and scrapped our car last May - now our bikes and trailer have become our car. We still hire cars if we need to travel further afield (both sets of parents live in the middle of no... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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How unfit can you get in a month!

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

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Light the night

Light the night

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

Topic: My commute by bike

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You're never too old!

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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Image for story Light the Night or Morning

Light the Night or Morning

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

Topic: Other

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School Run!

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

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Image for story Commuting is contagious!

Commuting is contagious!

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

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Inspired to bike to work

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

Image for story Toddler in tow

Toddler in tow

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

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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I have ditched my petrol car :D

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

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Changing Habits

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

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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A New Route in West Devon for a Training Ride

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

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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RIDE LONDON 2020 PLUS OTHER 3 X 100 MILE EVENTS

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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Image for story Bikeability to planning a holiday around cycle trails . . .

Bikeability to planning a holiday around cycle trails . . .

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

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Mamhead Hill Training Ride (The Climb) - A Correction

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

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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The Cyclists' 'M5' - The Exe Estuary Trail: Dawlish-Exeter Return

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

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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No need to rush

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

Topic: My commute by bike

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