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Image for story Bike ride with mother

Bike ride with mother

Went on a bike ride with the old dear great to be back in the saddle been out every day since

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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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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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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Image for story Can cycling stop the coronavirus?

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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Image for story Durhams Rails to Trails

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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Image for story Be safe be seen!

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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Image for story Riding in the dark

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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Image for story Hadrian’s Wall

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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Image for story First ride on new bike.

First ride on new bike.

14 miles today on my new bikes maiden voyage to run it in. A nice quiet route including a ride from Shildon to newton aycliffe past the locomotion museum, which is a lovely smooth wide path. If y... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Back in the saddle

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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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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Image for story Quick Tip

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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Image for story Hadrian’s Wall

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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Image for story My new patches

My new patches

I completed a couple of challenges last year on the ride spot app and I love the patches I received 💖 Time to complete some new challenges 🚴🏽‍♀️😀 @ride_spot @peopleforbikes

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

Image for story Pine Harbour and beyond!

Pine Harbour and beyond!

As of the end of January, AT is now running the Pine Harbour ferry at weekends. You know what this means? Trips out to Ōmana Regional Park by bike from downtown… ⛴🚲🏞

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

Heatwave

It's been around 33 degrees here in ChCh but I'm still getting out on the bike. This bike challenge has been a fantastic motivator to get me on my bike more regularly and for longer distances. I've... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Love to Ride 2023

It's the first week of the Love to Ride 2023 challenge and I am so proud of all my coworkers that have signed up and are fully embracing it. The weather hasn't been on our side so far, but that has... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story No more 🌧️

No more 🌧️

Summer ride after rainy week 🚴🏼‍♀️ Drowned sidewalk

Topic: My commute by bike

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New old aches

Last time I was on a bike was 18 years ago. I sold it after a scare with traffic and relocating from the South to the North Island. I have borrowed a bike to compete in this challenge. The improvem... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

Cycling to school

I go to school in Napier, which is more than ~25kms away from where I live in Havelock. Each day I bring my bike to school on the bus, before spending 40 minutes riding back home in the afternoon. ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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cutting down my commute time

On day 1 of the challenge my Boss sent me a link to his location. We raced to work, me from Edgeware and him from Parklands. He caught me at Hagley Park for a quick chat before he was off again. ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Ara Te Pūkenga Growing Interest!

Ara Te Pūkenga Growing Interest!

Ara Te Pūkenga are growing the interest of all who visit. Ken the Groundsman is a big supporter and has etched out a daily reminder for the month of this Challenge on our Madras Campus north green.... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Hard yards

I don’t particularly like biking - it’s always too hard ! as I seem to always push myself too hard! And I’ve made many excuses in the past. But this is a great challenge for me - I am trying no... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Getting back

Steady ride after my Heart Attack + Inguinal hernia repair operation last year (2022). Could have gone a bit further but following the wife's instructions to take it steady. Cold wind into my face ... read more

Topic: Other

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The cycle around Aucklands waterfront is Spectacular

I live in Parnell, purchased an e bike last year, and just can’t get enough of riding round the waterfront ….Mission Bay for a coffee is a great short ride …todays adventure started there then down... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story A quick appreciation to my bike.

A quick appreciation to my bike.

I bought a brand new bike in July 2022, which is extremely rare for me to buy anything brand new. This bike has been an absolute dream. This bike has encouraged me to lose weight and get fit. Since... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Bicycling helped me with knee replacement surgery

I started being impacted by arthritis in one of my knees, and eventually the other one as well, in my 50s. The orthopedic surgeon said I was too young for knee replacement surgery, but he also sai... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Adventures in Parenting

Getting out for exercise with small kids requires a different approach than just simply hitting the trail. These days we have to factor in nap time for the little one, and pack an abundance of snac... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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What's up with traffic lights not sensing my bike haiku

Stopped on the daimonds I patiently wait my turn The bike light stays red

Topic: Other

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A hot evening in Canterbury

Friday was a warm one in Canterbury so my wife and I decided to meet for dinner and a drink - so at 5:00pm she left the Christchurch city centre from work and headed home, while I left home in Waik... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Rainy in summer

We had to bike in the rain because it's not sunny at all, even though it is supposed to be summer. So sad.

Topic: Other

Image for story Kāpiti Cafe Tour

Kāpiti Cafe Tour

Need some extra motivation to get you on your bike this February? We've partnered with 12 cafes from Paekākāriki to Ōtaki to create the first Kāpiti District Cycle Tour. Simply collect a coffee... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Riding to work +

My work is only 4.5 km from home so it's an easy bike ride. Are there days when I drive instead of bike? Of course! Most of them are valid, like the kids need dropping off somewhere that's conven... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

Trying to get on my hog more

Have started riding my bike not only to work but to the gym. This means getting up grabbing one bag biking to the gym. Head home and grab anther before heading to work lol

Topic: My commute by bike

Encouragement from the street

One day a couple of years ago, I happened to be riding in the rain. A car was stopped next to me at a traffic light, rolled down his window, and said that he respected me for braving the conditions... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Whanganui Shared Cycle Way

We've been cycling along the river bank every day for the past six months. It's delightful. We ride past the estuary along to the harbor, then back up river to the railway bridge. Twenty km's all u... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story A family ride from Cape Reinga to Hamilton

A family ride from Cape Reinga to Hamilton

Kids can do anything! Our family just completed a summer tour riding from Cape Reinga to Hamilton along the Tour Aotearoa route. 756 km over 17 days with 2 adults and 4 kids (ages 7 to 12). The ki... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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Getting a new bike tomorrow

I have two bikes, but I'm getting another - my oldest bike is 20 this year and getting a bite rickety. Both my current bikes have done Lands End to John O'Groats with me, once in 2004 then in 2018.... read more

Topic: Other

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Porirua ride of interest

My wife and i often ride the Pauatahanui Inlet loop ride and I get questioned often about the ride around the Whitby side. We do not ride SH58 (or Paremata Road) as yes, it is too narrow and too da... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Hello Old Friend

Hello Old Friend

I'm happy to say that my trusty (and slightly dusty) bike has once again seen the light of day. With work only a 30-minute walk away, I found myself putting off getting on my bike. In part, beca... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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