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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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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

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

Topic: My commute by bike

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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

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

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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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

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

Topic: Other

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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.

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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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 as we... read more

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.😁

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

Topic: My commute by bike

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I've been "working from home" for almost a year now. There are many real benefits to it, and it's been the right thing to do, but there are times when the same 4 walls feel a bit oppressive: that's... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

I ride for those that have died. I have been riding and fundraising for fallen officers for the last 5 years. Through Law Enforcement United and the Police Unity Tour. This September, I will be ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

So. 10 miles minimum every day for 365 days. Whilst writing, I have just completed day 200. I don't have a smart phone, just joined today and have a lot of data input!!! Charity fundraiser site ... read more

Topic: Other

https://youtu.be/yxHEiR7I-vI Almost a year now after the shutdown, and hopefully heading for a vaccination driven return to more normal times, I can think of one good thing the virus did. Wh... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

So, a while back I was in a rut. A deep rut. I'll spare the "warts and all" but essentially it was the best of times, it was the worst of times and I had lost my job, my relationship, my kids and m... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Everyday once I have either finished my work homeschooling or finished my work at school and go home I love to go out on my bike and do my favourite ride. This ride consists of me setting off fro... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

Saw a person ride up to the bus stop, fold up their bike, jump on and disappear in under half a minute. I've now got a folding bike too, lovely blue colour, so I drive across the bridge, unfold th... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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I decided to treat myself to an ebike 2 years ago. My thinking was if I commuted one day a week to work it would take one car off the road. I have been commuting to work at least 4 days a week this... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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In 2015 I was wearing a T-Shirt from a charity ride at a highschool polo event. A woman I didn't know came up to me and said she did that ride. Long short, she invited me to ride with her and her... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

Dedicated bike parking in the office + shower facilities are awesome benefits of my job <3

Topic: My commute by bike

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I have not done much cycling over the last two years as my road bike is broken. I made up my mind to try doing my 7.2 miles commute on my mountain bike. I was feeling the difference not cycling was... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Here we all are, ready to make some memories on a recent family trip to Hanmer.

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Anne Heins LOVE this, what a gorgeous photo. Seeing kids getting around on bikes gives me so much hope!

So my boy just turned 3 the other day and he loves riding bikes no matter if its with me on the Mac Ride, one of his bikes (he has quite a few) rain or sun. This month I did my first 100km ride in ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Been on my ordinary and ebike since the first lockdown, when the roads emptied. Amazing how many places don’t actually need a car, especially if you have HUGE panniers for doing the shopping. Feel... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Love to Ride invites us to tell our story: My first bike was one my younger brothers and I assembled out of neighborhood scrap bike parts. I would have been about 14; just in my 2nd decade of ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Once apon a time I was 6 or 7 years old and my dad biked almost everyday, I didn't know how to bike at that time yet I always wanted to, I was just too scared of falling and breaking something sinc... read more

Topic: Other

I set a goal of riding 70miles by Christmas Eve on my fat tyre bike I have joint problems and weight issues so I’m hoping this goal will help me lose weight and if I can get this one done I will se... read more

Topic: Other

Getting motivated to pedal outside in the winter can be tough, so when the weather forecast called for sunshine; I checked out Cascade’s Free Group Rides calendar and quickly signed up for a ride t... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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i when i was a kid my dad used to tell me about his days in the saddle also my brother would ride also learned me to ride. when i was in my teens did loads of bmx riding then discovered girls them... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

Rode my 🚲, “ 🌷 “ to 🐐 exercise class this morning and only got half way before my 🚲 chain came off! Therefore I walked the rest of the way, attended class, and then transported ( by 🛻) to Current ... read more

Topic: Other

I cycle to work and it is a real joy in the morning to feel the fresh air, especially as it is all downhill on the way to work - I can coast into work in about 5 minutes time. When I arrive there a... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

Sunday morning 28/02/21 and level 3 has kicked in. I'm feeling pumped, yeah! let's do this...no destination in mind I'm just going to ride so I head over toward Mangere Bridge underpass. I decid... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

This February, I have been inspired to ride every day. I normally travel everywhere on my bike, but now there's more reasons to bike on my days off. Even a 10 minute ride does wonders for my feelin... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

When I was 18 I traded in riding my pedal power bike for a 360 Honda and swore I would never ride a bike again. Why would I got beautiful wheels will travel. Many, many years go by..... Then in Fe... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Zaczeło się tak że mój rower leżał i leżał aż w końcu mówię tak czas coś ze sobą zrobić i poszedłem na moje podwórko wziełem rower umyłem go z kurzu i pojechałem tak się w to wkręciłem aż do dziś p... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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I am registering my bikes with Bike Index, and I have previously done so with Project 529. More places is better! I had one stolen once, and because I had reported the theft and serial number to th... read more

Topic: Other

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This is my first year as the office champion for the bike challenge. Over the month we have met up for a total of three cycle breakfasts before work. They are by far the easiest way of getting me o... read more

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Exploring new trails can be both exciting and nerve wracking. To support exploration and growth, we are challenging everyone to try new trails and win prizes! Here's how 1. Go ride the trails on t... read more

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Any day I get to cycle with my beautiful wife is a blessed day! She gives me inspiration and has shown me time and time again what joy it is to be outdoors enjoying nature and each other. I'm eve... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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In 2020, I achieved my target of cycling every bridleway in Brighton and Hove. This year I've set myself the glamorous target of visiting every branch of Greggs in Sussex, for a vegan sausage r... read more

Topic: Other

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Scott Manley Living the dream!!! Sounds amazing.

My family have been partaking in what we call the Ham Hill lockdown challenge for fitness and fun. As we are all different abilities and ages we work at our pace and stop where needed and always ro... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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I think that my eight year old son sums it up with this quote which he put on a poster which he made for his classroom recently.

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A couple of months back, I was pedalling home from work in the dark, when my front light cut out. Fortunately, being a Scout leader means I am generally prepared. On my keys, I had a small, but ver... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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I like competing in triathlons, but I'm a weak runner, so I normally over-train on running and skip the cycling as I'm a stronger cyclist. This month I've done almost 200km on the bike, and just h... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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The Pandemic era makes it more important than ever to stay active and healthy. I try and ride through my neighborhood 4-5 times a week. It supplements my running is relaxing and works a variety of ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

In September 2020, I had my longest multiple-day trips from DC to Pittsburg. This trip was an excuse to divert my attention from coronavirus. One more reason was my son who always encouraged me for... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

There is nothing like feeling healthy. On a mission!!

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

When my first wife and I divorced, we agreed that each of us should take a 6-month holiday. Mine began in February, 1977; I had decided to ride to the Atlantic Coast from San Jose, California. Sin... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Am grateful to have been able to do my holiday shopping on my bike! It was a festive way to check the items off my list. Quick bike ride with my back pack to the PATH then on to Avondale or Decat... read more

Topic: Other

Started riding a bike to commute to work about 7 years ago at 39 having not ridden since being a kid. I couldn't turn right, fell off twice in one day and remember disbelieving a friend who told m... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride