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Keeping up with my daughter!

My oldest daughter learnt to ride her bike this Easter. I’ve not ridden for 20 years, but I finally had to get back on the saddle to keep up with her! Luckily you never forget do you! I’m super ... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Great day out

Lovely day riding today. I wanted to find a route that I had found last year , so went out and found it. Great sunshine easy riding.

Topic: Other

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First Dec 2021

My day out today, with the mad weather we are having. Very cold to start, then the rain came down( but I had the right gear on so it didn’t matter) then the snow, that was a little harsh on the fa... read more

Topic: Other

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Bikeability

Last week I started a new job as a Bikeability Instructor! I’ve always loved cycling and travel by bicycle as much as I can (a friend once said to me that I was into cycling when it wasn’t fashion... read more

Topic: Other

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Everyday life of a Commuter

I commute to work Mon-Fri every week and have seen a big change in people's lifestyles since COVID; there are more pedestrians and cyclists about which leads to less traffic. During the pandemic c... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Woodland Moor

Lush morning ride over the tops and down in to Barney

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Back on the bike

My son, Luke has got right into cycling following back surgery and loves it, I ventured out with him yesterday for 8 miles which was a hard slog for me as it's been nearly 12 months since I was las... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Quick Tip

Carry a small headtorch in your jersey pocket, just in case you need to fix a puncture or have a mechanical in the dark.

Topic: Other

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Hadrian’s Wall

Just got this cheeky little cycling 🚴‍♀️ route in before lockdown. We stayed at Twice Brewed and cycled along the Hadrian’s wall route into Chollerford one day then into Greenhead, To Haltwhistle s... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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First time in nearly 40years

I eventually made my first bike ride in nearly 40 years. After getting over my nervousness and a few rides round the garden to see if I stayed on the bike I went early last Sunday morning so as to ... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Image for story Reivers Route & return on C2C

Reivers Route & return on C2C

I started cycling during the lockdown in March 2020. One day for some reason I decided to go on a short early morning ride. After the ride I felt great, so motivated and energised. So I thought the... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Back in the saddle

I’ve been biking for about 2 years now, but have been off the bike for 7 months following a fall whilst out riding. Back in August last year I was out riding with a colleague, we’d set ourself the ... read more

Topic: Other

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Out and about

Lovely afternoon ride today. Weather chilly 🥶 but glorious sunshine 🌞 the whole way on the route. No snow or rain also a bonus. Trying out different routes in local area.

Topic: Other

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Route 68

My favourite place to ride is on route 68 from the Sill on the military road across to Kielder. The route is offroad after a couple of miles then it's just you on the logging roads across to Kielde... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Can cycling stop the coronavirus?

During the pandemic it has been really humbling to hear of the hard work of so many in the NHS and other important services. It left me wondering how I could help. One obvious way was to use my ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Crossing the Tyne

One of my favourite types of ride is to combine urban and rural areas, and that's very easy around Durham and Newcastle as cities and countryside are very close to each other. The Tyne foot tunnel ... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Durhams Rails to Trails

Getting out on my bike more during the pandemic last years I discovered County Durhams Rails to Trails. These include the C2C, Deerness Valley, Bishop Auckland to Brandon and the Derwent Valley tra... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Be safe be seen!

I have over 30 years cycling experience and a keen member of a local club. Unfortunately cycling in the dark commuting and similar carries additional risks. Purchase as powerful a rear light... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Riding in the dark

Commuting to work all year round for 20 years meant that good lights were essential. A couple of powerful rechargeable cateye lights on the front and several rear lights attached to my back were a ... read more

Topic: Other

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Hadrian’s Wall

Just got this cheeky little cycling 🚴‍♀️ route in before lockdown. We stayed at Twice Brewed and cycled along the Hadrian’s wall route into Chollerford one day then into Greenhead, To Haltwhistle s... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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First time in nearly 40years

At the start of the year I decided to get more active improve my fitness and lose some weight I started with eating healthier then cleared the garage and put in some exercise machines I had but had... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Extea bike time

Normally, I drive to work as I got to university every night after work to study. With the current pandemic I have to do computer at home and physical in the laboratory (I'm not a mad scientist, I... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Stories from around the world

Boulot velo dodo …

Le printemps passé, j’ai débuté le vélo pour aller travailler. Ce printemps également j’ai repris cette activité. Franchement, c’est trop génial 🤩; forme améliorée, pas prise dans le fameux trafic,... read more

Topic: Other

Image for story Nudgee Beach, Queensland, Australia

Nudgee Beach, Queensland, Australia

I live on the northside of Brisbane and am blessed with many great cyclepaths alongside rivers or through wetlands. I never get tired of the scene, I might even get in some birdwatching!

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

Bike Maintence

Nearly all drivetrain delivered ready for me to fit, will have half a new bike. just over 1500 miles and I have worn out the lot this will be third replacement of parts. So hopefully get another 1... read more

Topic: Other

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Old bike, new route

I'm going to teach a colleague to ride at lunchtime, so got my 15year old mountain bike out, cleaned and oiled it and rode to work on it. it's a heavy dependable bike but, being quite a bit slower,... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Unattainable Badges

The one "weather" course that would apply to me right now -- riding in the heat -- doesn't exist so no, I can't do it and of course I can't get the weather badge. Technology's great when ... read more

Topic: Other

Image for story Coffe and Cake Detour

Coffe and Cake Detour

On a beautiful sunny June morning I set off to meander through Calverton, Epperstone, Fiskerton and over the Trent at Newark. On the way home I took a quiet country road to find Cafe Velo Verde in ... read more

Topic: Other

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What I learned during Bike Month

I spent the month of May intentionally riding my bike instead of using a car. It was exhausting, sometimes uncomfortable, and a ton of fun. Biking / commuting by bike has always been part of my lif... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Very very very long bike ride

Prior to moving to NWA I lived in Boulder/Longmont CO where hiking running and biking is almost a lifestyle DNA. So, naturarlly, I biked and run a lot, biking=250 miles/week, running= 25 miles/week... read more

Why I started cycling longer distances.

As a 13 year old I had an end of year week at school where I could choose an activity. Two geography teachers took a group of us cycling on 4 discrete routes. Being not used to it I couldn’t walk b... read more

Topic: Other

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Un mois de vélo boulot... Non! Un an

Je fais du vélo boulot depuis le mois de ...avril 2021. Je me suis procurer un vélo d'hiver en Novembre 2021, parce que La pandémie, parce que le train en panne, parce que le temps fou de me rendre... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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I street Bridge at night

I like doing a loop through Old Town and across the bridges as part of my evening ride(s). The View from the I street bridge at night is amazing, even if the narrow sidewalk is a little treacherous... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Get Back on the Saddle!

My husband and I enjoy our bike rides together and we ventured out on a new route that was going to be a nice 20+ mile ride. Six miles out, my front tire clipped the curb as I crossed one curb to ... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story 6/5 #TrailblazingSundays

6/5 #TrailblazingSundays

IG: MTBZ_BC We are hosting a ride from Gordon Park June 5, meet up at 3 roll out at 4. Supporting IMA

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Tenir nos resolution, quoi de mieux pour se sentir fière de soi.

Tenir nos resolution, quoi de mieux pour se sentir fière de soi.

Qui n'a jamais pris des bonnes résolutions et manquer de motivation pour les tenir plus de trois semaines? On ressent alors un sentiment d'échec. Mais si on inclus les résolutions avec nos activité... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story TEAM 🚴🚴‍♀️ Sue & Pat

TEAM 🚴🚴‍♀️ Sue & Pat

Suzanne et moi avons fait connaissance au Tour de l'île 2012 .. Suis arrivé au parc Jeanne Mance tôt le matin .. Il y avait tellement de cyclistes qui attendait le départ .. Donc .. J'ai aperçu une... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Bike Maintence

All parts arrived so fitted straight away, great to be able to go uphill in higher gear.

Topic: Other

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Our first ride

Can't believe I got him to ride with me. Same guy .. new hobbie

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Riding at dusk

I've found a place to bike where the hills aren't too steep and there aren't too many people driving around. It is pure bliss. I look forward to coming home and waiting for when 8pm rolls around. I... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Cake at the end of it

I had been off the bike for over 18 months due to a hernia and the recovery from the opertation to repair it. Just after Easter I started off with the odd commute, after using a turbo trainer every... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Got kids that love cycling?

Got kids that love cycling?

Then get them racing! CycleStars.co.uk have qualified British Cycling coaches and run sessions in Gloucester and Cheltenham, training kids (ages 6-16) to race in road, circuit, cyclo-cross, grasst... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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Cheeky

Did a 40k ride not going to lie i loved it but my cheeks didnt 🤣

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Queens Birthday ride

As much as I'm looking forward to the new cycle path to Port Chalmers being completed, I still enjoy the alternative route through St Leonards Drive and Sawyer's Bay. I always throw in a loop arou... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Défi de mobilité durable 2022

Mon défi pour favoriser la mobilité durable est d’utiliser autant que possible le vélo pour les déplacements de moins de 10 hm aller. Je vais au travail en vélo 3 fois par semaine, un aller-retour ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Pidgins

I like riding through groups of pidgins and watching fly always. It’s the best. I really hope I don’t accidentally run one over one day.

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Riding with my Grandson

I have taken my grandson Jonathan on several rides, I've watched his development from training wheels to a two wheeler and it's been a delight ! Now he's a showoff and loves to ride !

Topic: Ride with kids

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Beau début de saison

Le 29 mai 2022, première sortie vélo de la saison. C'était peut-être la journée la plus parfaite : 25 degrés Celcius, petits nuages, petite brise. Sherbrooke-North Hatley aller-retour en passant pa... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Peloton

I love riding my Peloton, it allows be to ride through the streets of countries I can only dream of visiting.

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Une aventure à tout les jours

Une aventure à tout les jours

Rien de plus plaisant que d'utiliser le vélo pour se déplacer avec les enfants! Sur le retour de la garderie, pourquoi ne pas arrêter à un parc ou à la plage le temps d'une collation! Le vélo rend ... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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