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Cycling in France

Wherever I go on holiday I try to cycle as the infrastructure in many places is so much more conducive, than in the UK. I've just added some new memories with plenty of bike rides on the quiet road... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story What goes around, comes around…

What goes around, comes around…

I own a 1980s Raleigh Sirocco that comes with bit of a story. My love for this bike started when I was a toddler. My Dad owned one and I have very fond early memories of trying to climb onto it... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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A bike ride a day keeps the doctor away

I decided to ride my rickety old Kona mountain bike every day of June as a personal challenge. So far I'm on day 22 and have been out everyday and ridden 188 miles, the most in one day is 20 miles ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Commute #womenwhoride

Biking to work each day (32miles round trip) was a lot when I started doing it. But the benefits are amazing. Not only have I saved money, and improved my fitness, it is also a shorter commute (1 h... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Commuting

Commuting to / from work daily a total of about 22miles - even when the weather is bad, always makes me feel as though I have achieved something. The worst bit is trying to keep my bike clean!! I s... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Bike touring in own back yard (literarlly)

Bike touring in own back yard (literarlly)

I had lots of adventure plans for last year which sadly did not happen. Was feeling a bit low with the lockdown. So packed up my bike with my new lightweight camping gear, which was feeling sad at ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Expanding Horizons

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

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My happy place

Before lockdown 1 I would regularly commute the 20 km to and from work either along the seafront or through Prittlebrook Greenway. Cycling through lockdown gave me space to breathe and forget the p... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Lessons by hard knocks.

Lessons by hard knocks.

The New Year started well with a lovely wedding of our son and his passing out as an Officer in the Royal Marines. Then came a choice one morning, wear the part reflective part blue cycling jacket ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Delivering Leaflets

Great way to get round our town to deliver newsletters. Quicker than walking and better than driving. Efficient and good for me.

Topic: Other

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1000 Miles

I started the Swap-Stop-Go challenge on the 1st of August and over the next 56 days I completed 86 rides and cycled a total of 1001.7 miles. Being in the office still, I cycled to work every we... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Family tandems!

Family tandems!

Childback tandems are a perfect way to get the kids about safely and quickly, my tandem has a child seat in front of me for my youngest so he is safely between my arms, and my 7 year old sits behin... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Socially isolating

Socially isolating

Only managed to get out on my bike once during the week to pick up a neighbours medication. By kept up the skills with YouTube indoor cycling through Spain and NZ and no Jet lag.

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Getting back in the saddle

Getting back in the saddle

As a child I rode my bike everywhere and this continued into my twenties when I decided to sell my car and cycle instead to save money, improve fitness and be environmentally friendly. However, I ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Cycling and chemo

Cycling and chemo

Cancer came back to visit me this year. I decided that Cancer Research needed more money to find ways to get rid of that unwanted visitor. So I gave myself the challenge of 1000 miles in 100 days... read more

Topic: Other

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100 miles

2017 overweight and told pre-diabetic so had to lose weight. I lost my weight on treadmill (stick with me lol ) I have always loved cycling be it Chipper,Grifter ,M/bike or Road Bike . 2019 my ... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Image for story Never to old to peddle and roll.

Never to old to peddle and roll.

Five years ago I got a bike to get out, have some fun and maybe loss weight. 18 months later I had loss 6 Stone, I now own four mountain bikes and at the young age of 57 will be going to Bike Park ... read more

Topic: Other

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Solstice Ride

Usually we try to arrange a ride around the Summer Solstice, last year we couldn't do it due to the restrictions. So, this year we got up before the crack of dawn, met in time for the drab and grey... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Taste of freedom!

Taste of freedom!

Yesterday we were officially allowed to meet up with one other household outdoors, so we jumped on our tandem (Child 1 on crossbar seat in front of me and Child 2 pedalling at the back) for a 10 mi... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Hyde Hall without a car #Ridefree

Hyde Hall without a car #Ridefree

Over lockdown I've done one too many local walks, so it was exciting to make a plan with my new ebike to go further afield. We had driven to Hyde Hall in Essex but it looked manageable by ebike fro... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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No looking back

After treatment for breast cancer I wanted a challenge, so I signed up for ride the night. But hubby pointed out that I didn’t really ride a bike without hitting things or falling off. So I joined ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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It’s time for change.

As many now use a car I think they forget that we that do not drive have to breath in all the fumes from cars and we have no choice to do so unless we want to live our life’s wearing a mask. The ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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After my accident

Back in 2018 , through no fault of my own I was hit by a large vehicle and suffered a dislocated collar bone, among other injuries. I was off my bike for over 6 months and it was a long painful roa... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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cycle commute

I live just over 2 miles from my place of work and understand that it's not doing myself or the environment any good by taking the car to work. I am now cycling to work Monday to Friday and hope i... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Image for story Ferry ride

Ferry ride

My friend Steve and me had a nice ride for brekkie then a ferry ride to carry on cycling

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Our little pack of OAP’s

Our little pack of OAP’s

The three of us love our days out and to catch up with each other........ and also a little cake with cup of coffee.

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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love biking

only started this month as got a secondhand bike and want to get health and fit me and my son are trying to do at least 50 miles a week to start with but my bike not that good :( but i am trying a... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Stories from around the world

Keeping track of Peter Rabbit

I recently changed jobs and had to figure out a new bike commute route. For the first time in decades, I was not riding North/South, instead heading directly into the sun East/West every day. Headi... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

From Broken back to pain free cycling

Hey all 🙋‍♀️ As the title says 5 years ago I broke my back, through wear and tear over the years. I couldn't walk without pain and worse I couldn't cycle. I thought I'd never ride again 😔 Started... read more

Topic: Other

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anyone and everyone can bike

Hi my name is Liam and im 15 years old with cerebral palsy. I'm new to this group and wanted to introduce myself. I am just recovering from my 5th knee dislocation injury which doesn't stop me from... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Join me on my saturday Morning Ride

Join me on my saturday Morning Ride

This video was created on a Saturday morning E- bike ride. My aim was to try and inspire others to get out, be more active and to enjoy the summer. The video was recorded at the end of July 2022 ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Oh the cool things you see

Oh the cool things you see when out on your bike one day I did see some very interesting thigs on my commute to work things that I may not have seen had I not ridden my bike to work let alone you d... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story #cycletoworkday2022

#cycletoworkday2022

After a year of cycling to work and almost 3000 miles later, 1644lbs of CO2 saved. Here's to another year!

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story UA92 Manchester

UA92 Manchester

Decided to grab my Bike, get myself into Trafford and use it to get to work.... Circa 15 miles each way with Panniers including my Laptop and clothing. All went well - comfy and great weather t... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story London to Paris 2013

London to Paris 2013

In many ways this is where my cycling story began. In late 2012 my brother asked if I wanted to cycle to Paris for Leukaemia Research. I'd only just got back on my bike after 20 years of barely cyc... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Saving Money

Saving Money

I'm so happy I managed to get a second hand bike trailer from facebook market - £10 a bargain! I now can do a full weeks shop by bicycle, saving petrol, and is far more fun! I would encourage all ... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story A Reason to Roll Out

A Reason to Roll Out

Last month I made it a goal to get our sons out and about on the bike. I am much better with riding when I know I have a destination or a purpose. goDCgo sponsored by DC Department of Transportat... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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Image for story My biggest achievement to date!

My biggest achievement to date!

My biggest achievement to date has to be being 6 months pregnant with my first, and cycling to work! Granted I have an electric bike but each morning and evening I’m pretty proud I’ve kept going! ... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Centennial trail bike ride

Centennial trail bike ride

It was honestly so beautiful to see everything especially next to the canal and going over bridges and being able to see everything

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story From Dundee to Aberdeen

From Dundee to Aberdeen

I went to a hen party in St Andrews and decided to cycle back. No train no car just legs!

Topic: Other

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Image for story Ride for friendship

Ride for friendship

We will ride from Newcastle to Whitley Bay for friendship.

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Getting out and about

Getting out and about

Years ago before I could drive, I would bike it everywhere. It was more convenient than public transport and it maintained my fitness. Then I learned to drive and stopped biking as much. I did othe... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Join me on my saturday norning Ride

Join me on my saturday norning Ride

This video was created on a Saturday morning E- bike ride. My aim was to try and inspire others to get out, be more active and to enjoy the summer. The video was recorded at the end of July 2022 ... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Historical Ruins Loop Ride

Historical Ruins Loop Ride

Although I do commute to work on my bike most days, I try to get out at least once a month to have a little biking adventure. Helps to clear my mind and keep me fit. I tend to plan my route so not ... read more

Topic: Other

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Cycle 2 Work Scheme

During the Corona Virus era , my workplace helped me to participate in the cycle to work scheme. This enabled me to buy a bike to be able to ride to work. Ever since I have not looked back and have... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story No worry biking!

No worry biking!

I love going out on my bike. I don't have to worry about saving energy to be able to ride it back home. I simply pick up my bike and voila! without any significant effort am able to go places and c... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Image for story Bike - Train - Bike

Bike - Train - Bike

My commute is 32 miles and I can't justify that amount of time in the day on my bike after the school run. But by taking my bike on the train I can tick off my exercise, sustainability and make it... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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HAPPY MEMORY

Hi All, I'm KUMARASINGHE ARACHCHILAGE DON SAJEERA SHENON PEIRIS,Sri Lankan. Long time ago my young age I start biking in my home town Katunayaka to near the cities and far. During the Budd... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Weight loss journey

Weight loss journey

I’ve been commuting to work on a bicycle for 3.5 years now. When I started it was due to financial reasons. I needed to save as much money as possible and I’m still doing it today. But during this ... read more

Topic: Other

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Informe informe they've all got it in for me!

I'm having a week and I'm having a moan and I'm feeling soooo sorry for myself and a little nervous... Monday lovely ride to work. Tuesday took out by the tram lines! Road cleaning truck in front... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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