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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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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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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 Lesson Learned Hard Way

Lesson Learned Hard Way

If you purchase a helmet with the ANGi or something similar take the time to set it up! No one plans on crashing and 9/10 it happens due to things out of our control. Also learned since crash that ... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story The simple pleasure of a bicycle bell.

The simple pleasure of a bicycle bell.

Buy one, Ring it and make others smile, Ring it when no one’s around and make yourself smile, The cycling world would be a better place if there were more bell ringers, I love my bicycle bell, ... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Cycle For All

Cycle For All 🚲 What a great day cycling last Friday at Peak District National Park exploring the Tissington Trail. The variety of inclusive bikes Parsley Hay bike hire had was incredible. The ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Got back on the saddle after a fall

So just over a week ago, I fell off my bike having only ridden two times in the September Challenge and before was when I was a kid (many many years ago!). I injured my leg quite bad and had to ta... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

Image for story It is much more than a bike: it is a freedom machine

It is much more than a bike: it is a freedom machine

If there is some silver lining to the pandemic, is that it pushed me into cycling. I do not have a car, but I do not feel limited.

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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ABC Quick Check-Chain

“C” = Chain : Always check that the chain is clean and lubricated. A rusty chain drags, changes gear poorly and may even snap. While you’re down there, spin your pedals and check that the cranks do... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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ABC Quick Check-Air

“A” = Air. Check the sidewall of the tire and inflate tires to the rated pressure as indicated on the sidewall. Use a pressure gauge to ensure proper tire pressure. Check if there’s any damage to t... read more

Topic: Other

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Naan Stop Hills

Decided to ride from Dawsonville to Buckhead for some Naan with a friend. It was brutal, but worth it

Topic: A happy riding memory

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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I just love riding my bike!

I decided to buy a bike for my birthday in April. I turned 46 and I think the last time I rode a bike may have been when I was 12!! But I was determined!! I wanted to ride for exercise and to im... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Image for story Me and my daughter

Me and my daughter

Thanks to my daughter having the love of biking and my partner for getting me a bike for my birthday. I have started riding which I haven’t done since I was small. I have fell off at least once on ... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Riding for worthy causes

Riding for worthy causes

This September, I am taking part in the Great Cycle Challenge to fight kids' cancer! Why? Because right now, cancer is the biggest killer of children from disease in the United States. Over 15,700 ... read more

Topic: Other

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Sometimes the Fates conspire against you!

Okay, so I said to myself I'm going to cycle more this September when I return to my job at Reading College. Especially since lockdown, I had put on a lot of weight, plus I did want to reduce my ca... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Gloucester Quays in the Sunshine

Gloucester Quays in the Sunshine

The quays on one of the hottest days of the year created a fantastic backdrop for a bike ride with colleagues from Thinktravel on a Tuesday in September! With lots to do to help make it easier for ... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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#oneinamillion

The #OneInAMillion campaign is all about empowering every woman to start cycling – and explore her own motivations to keep pedalling. Whether it’s for fun or fitness, transport or competition, we a... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Tour de Manc

On Sunday I participated in Tour de Manc raising funds for HaTS charity to help Cancer patients. I initially planned to do a mad manc route which is 200km via difficult terrain. Unfortunately, aft... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Back to School

It was great to get back to cycling to school this morning with my 7, 6 and 4 year olds. We navigated the hoards of families getting through the school gates and it was so great to see the 6 year ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story When feeling down - get out!!

When feeling down - get out!!

Yesterday, I had a lonely feeling day, but I knew getting out would be good for me. I came to my 'senses' and decide to experience a ride with all my senses. There is something about riding, ever... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story My morning commute

My morning commute

My ride to work in the morning is the only time I don’t worry about anything during the day. It is the only time when I can watch nature happen and be surprised by the ever changing seasons and so... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story The Quiet Lanes of Suffolk...

The Quiet Lanes of Suffolk...

Quiet Lanes Suffolk is a small team of enthusiastic volunteers helping parish councils across Suffolk introduce a 500km network of Quiet Lanes into the County. Quiet Lanes are small rural lanes, ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Biking Meetings

Biking Meetings

I have been known to host "walking meetings" with my team members as we go over important business items for follow up. I never thought I'd be hosting 1-1 meetings with my staff via bike, but that ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Pedal It Forward

Pedal It Forward

Our family recently had the opportunity to upgrade a bike. We replaced a Trek 830 Mountain Track (1997ish) with a new Liv Rove E+ so it was a pretty significant change. We didn’t need to keep the o... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story ABC Quick Check-Quick Check

ABC Quick Check-Quick Check

Quick: Check your quick release skewers on your wheels. Make sure they are tight enough to keep your wheels on. Check: Take a quick ride to check if derailleurs and brakes are working properly. In... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story ABC Quick Check-Brakes

ABC Quick Check-Brakes

“B” = Brakes. Have a look at your brakes, check the brakes and cables to make sure they aren’t worn down. See if you can reach the brake levers comfortably, then squeeze them for cable tightness an... read more

Topic: Other

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Fun

I had so much fun cycling with my friends

Topic: A happy riding memory

Image for story Cycling in the dark

Cycling in the dark

After a longer cycle than usual [up to Carmunnock etc], with both my Busch & Muller headlights ablaze, my dusk-cycle in Glasgow got interesting. Near the "Museum of Transport", I turned up the... read more

Topic: Other

Image for story My 'Quaran-triathlon'

My "Quaran-triathlon"

I was struggling with finding motivation to train during the 1st lockdown. So I decided to do something that could take the focus away from myself and I signed up for a virtual triathlon – called T... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story You will not be forgotten, smiles in our miles

You will not be forgotten, smiles in our miles

Norfolk Sheriff's Office of Virginia pays tribute to all the men, women, children, and all those who lost family members, friends, and loved ones. As we pledged to pedal twenty-plus miles, we creat... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Falling in love with riding again thanks to my husband

Falling in love with riding again thanks to my husband

So coronavirus lockdown was happening i also suffer with rheumatoid arthritis, and my consultants always quoting motion is lotion, so my husband shown me an adult electric trike, I was apprehensive... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Beware of the bike thieves in Bristol Harbour

Thought I take a nice ride to the Bristol harbour. Double locked the bike near the harbour bridge with the horns. When I got back all was gone. No one saw anything and Police not really interested.... read more

Topic: Other

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GREENBEIN

I wanted to write a bike "book" for a long time. I just had a hard time putting the fun part with the how to and what you need, so this story became a psychedelic art experience composite of many ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Fit Rovers 100 mile ride

Fit Rovers 100 mile ride

Back in 2019 I was encouraged to get back on a bike for the first time in over 30 years by colleagues at Fit Rovers. Since then I have been building up my time cycling and during the pandemic lock-... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Getting back on the horse...or bike after a fall

Getting back on the horse...or bike after a fall

This past Saturday I went on my very first mountain bike ride. It was very hard, but very fun because of the challenges that the ozark trails present. While I did end up crashing my bike on some ve... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Bike racing is invigorating

Bike racing is invigorating it lights up conversations, and allows me to set goals, and get faster as I race more. I use to lived on an island and always rode my bike to work. But living on a small... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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A perfect morning

The weather has been a total disappointment this "summer", but my ride this morning has partly mitigated that disappointment. I am lucky enough to live on the south coast, with the fabulous beac... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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