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Image for story Leith to Leigh on Sea April 2024

Leith to Leigh on Sea April 2024

I just completed on 21st April 2024, 480 Mile 7 day bike ride from Leith to Leigh on Sea in memory of my son Archie aged 5, who sadly passed away from DIPG in January 2023. Raising money for severa... read more

Topic: Other

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ESSEX PEDAL POWER

would like to thanks Essex pedal power for giving me the chance to get back on a bike

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Image for story Life as the founder of leos rides and being a cycle leader

Life as the founder of leos rides and being a cycle leader

Hi I run leos rides I take donated bikes and rebuild them and gift them to any one needing a bike to get to work or just for fun and fitness. I am Allso a fully trained advanced bike Macanic and fu... 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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Image for story 100 miles

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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Image for story Solstice Ride

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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Image for story love biking

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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Rhod confidence

I completed my Rhod confidence course on the 6th April thru learn to ride and ECC instructors. I would recommend anyone who has just started cycling again to take this course the instructors we... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

Image for story 75 km and Bike + Rider = 127 years

75 km and Bike + Rider = 127 years

This year I'm upping my game and putting myself outside my comfort zone. I'm not going to climb Monte Zoncolan or Alpe d'Huez but I am going to ride more organised rides instead of just heading out... read more

Topic: Other

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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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Image for story Expanding Horizons

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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Image for story 1000 Miles

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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Stories from around the world

Un défi mensuel qui débute bien la saison🤩

Le vélo a toujours été pour moi une source de recueillement et souvent individuelle. Je réalise combien de partager ces moments avec la famille est d’autant plus grandissant et inspirant! Un été qu... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

Loving the countryside

I've always loved riding bikes, but after retiring in 2020 I took bike riding to another level. I live out in the country away from city traffic so getting on my bike each morning and taking a rid... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story I love underpasses BUT….

I love underpasses BUT….

Our bayou trails have lots of underpasses to cross big roads. And they’re great .. no stopping .. no cars .. and a quick ride downhill. But after heavy rains low spots can have mud or dirt that ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Confidence

Confidence

We're working on building self-confidence and I think bike riding is a great addition to our parenting tool bag!!

Topic: Ride with kids

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Image for story Behind the bars and reality

Behind the bars and reality

Ohm Mountain ⛰️ adventure

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Any Recommendation for Affordable Repair in North Sac?

Here's my story: I just tore my derailleur to shreds. I know, it's not much of a story. But it leads to an important question... Does anybody have a recommendation for repair work in North Sacra... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Stop and Enjoy and Be Happy :-)

Stop and Enjoy and Be Happy :-)

Enjoying the little things you find when you let the ride pause and look around. Bikes rule! Davis to Sacramento, a nice found note when I paused to enjoy the sunset from the riverfront.

Topic: My commute by bike

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Overcoming weather

I used to live in Cambodia and rode a simple acoustic bike everywhere. The weather there had two seasons, wet and dry. Wet season was very wet. Monsoons. I commuted by bike through monsoons and roa... read more

Topic: Other

Image for story Going to work by bike is the best part of the day (and so is leaving)!

Going to work by bike is the best part of the day (and so is leaving)!

I've been so into eCargo biking lately. I bought a couple bikes from Virtue Cycles recently and they have totally improved the quality of life in our home. I take my dog to the dog park in them dai... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Riding My Bike

I rode my bike

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Garmin connect challenge 200km

Have to admit the last 5.3 miles were the hardest when I added up the miles and was short of a challenge trophy. I just had to find a reason to ride out again. My excuse to my self was I had no ce... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Off-Road Expedition: Discovering the Majesty of the Falls of Feugh

Off-Road Expedition: Discovering the Majesty of the Falls of Feugh

The Falls of Feugh in Banchory Aberdeenshire...... Venturing off-road to the Falls of Feugh in Banchory, Scotland, offers a thrilling journey through rugged terrain and stunning landscapes. As t... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Dreams come true

Dreams come true

Pedal the way up

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Doing the Weekly Shop

Doing the Weekly Shop

I bought my cargo bike (actually a trike) a couple of years ago now, and use it for the weekly shop and anytyelse I need to carry something bigger around locally. We have a great shared use cycle ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story More to Experience

More to Experience

My commute by bike lets me see the different, the unusual, the overlooked, the bypassed. This morning the USGS was measuring stream flow on Langham Creek. I was able to stop and watch for a few... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Activism

Activism

I live in Philly, where most bicyclists commute by bike, and many of the drivers park in or drive down bike lanes. I was tired of seeing cars drive down the bidirectional lanes on Market Street, so... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Older, Greener, and (Bike-Only!) Better

Older, Greener, and (Bike-Only!) Better

I have always had a passion for biking and parks. Growing up in Beaumont, I had the privilege of biking to school until ninth grade. Back in the 70s, there was just one bike shop, one bike option (... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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I'm back!

Since I received a promotion eight months ago, I have been hesitant to bicycle to work. It is four miles longer and the commute is along some treacherous streets in Sacramento... but, I have accomp... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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