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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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John wood I have been mainly wfh for a year now. I really miss my cycling commute

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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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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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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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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Neil Lancaster Brilliant ! Just shows what can be done on two wheels.

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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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

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Stories from around the world

So today i went out on my new bike. Ive always had mountain bikes and still do but i fancied a road bike to try for a change as I've never had one. I bought a Specialized and today was my first tri... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

Cool. As you may be aware, UnderArmor killed Endomondo last year. That was my app of choice for recording my rides. The new app that UnderArmor is marketing is MapMyRide. I promptly switched ove... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

When I formed our team, my thought wasn't to be competitive. I just wanted to participate, encourage some friends to ride, and be in the running for some of the cool prizes during the Challenge. On... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

In 2008 me and my husband cycled 2000 miles from Lincolnshire to Cyprus. I wasn’t what you’d call a cyclist and was very overweight when we set out. Over the course of 3 months we cycled down to Po... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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My partner and I went to Devon to visit his family this weekend. I've recently gotten into cycling so was excited to go for a ride with them, as they're veterans of the sport. After about 30 minute... read more

Topic: Other

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I have been waiting for the elderflowers to open on my local cycle path (far from the fumes of traffic) and last week the time finally arrived (almost a whole month later than last year). I put a c... read more

Topic: Other

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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Sunday morning trip out to Sledmere House, NR Driffield East Yorkshire for a take out coffee and breakfast with the chaps.

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

I rode into my training session today as it was a lovely day clear skies and 18c at 8.30 when I set off. Now at lunchtime I’m less than half a mile from site sat at the side of the River Ouse. I’m ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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I hadn't ridden since I was a kid. But since my husband & I were working on our health/weight, it seemed like an easy way to get more exercise without killing my knees. And by buying reconditio... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

I'm one of those people who would say that they never win anything and it's largely true, so it was all the more surprising when Love to Ride got in touch to let me know that I'd won a £50 voucher.... read more

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Gayle Amorowson Thanks for this great story Chris! Congratulations on your win!

Doing my favourite cycle in my lunch break ☀️

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Cycling has helped change my life. From overweight coach potato to lean mean cycling machine. 25 St 54w type 2 dietbeties to 12 St 32 w fit healthy and happy

Topic: Other

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Lee General your looking good mate keep it up

Hi all, This is a post that I published on an online cycling group that I'm a member of. It talks about how being fatigued and having to stop whilst tackling a particularly tough ascent during a... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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I am a Bikeability Instructor inYork and I commute from my home 20 miles away by bike to deliver the training sessions to the pupils of York. My commute takes in back lanes and main roads as one o... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Lee General I have been riding 60 years and nature never gets boring

After breaking both ankles just prior to the start of the Covid-19 pandemic I have never been so grateful to be able to hop on my bike as part of my rehabilitation and return to fitness at a time ... read more

Topic: Other

Met up with 14 other friends who I normally get together with for a week's cycling holiday touring the Croatian Islands. Unfortunately, we have had to cancel again this year, so today we headed ac... read more

Topic: Other

I work in Falmouth not far from the media centre at the National Maritime Museum. It is very busy with the holiday makers, the police and all the transportation that goes with it. I find it easier ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

So I started my new job in January, working from home initially like so many other people during covid. Easing of the restrictions in April meant I could start my job properly, by going into my ... read more

Topic: Other

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Whilst out on a 40 mile cycle ride today, I happened upon a new place for my cat to stay when I am next able to go away on my cycling holiday to Croatia. Called the Willow Tree Cat Hotel, it reall... read more

Topic: Other

As I continue my mission to cycle the entire Birmingham Canal Navigation system I headed out along the Grand Union towards East Birmingham. I navigated the skunk smokers in Small Heath, survived an... read more

Topic: Other

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Great mixed ability ride in the Calderdale valley as part of the #ridedrinkpie club. All levels, all off road suitable bikes, mixed ability. This weeks ride was great, new members, people wantin... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

After my ex wife remove old fence lots of wood was to be remove so as I met some caravan traveler on my cycling ride I ask do they have enough wood for there wood burning stove no was the answer. I... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

I work for the NHS in a support role, not frontline, and have been working from home since February 2020. I used to commute to various NHS offices for my job, so all this stopped with COVID-19. Ver... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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I rode into my training session today as it was a lovely day clear skies and 18c at 8.30 when I set off. Now at lunchtime I’m less than half a mile from site sat at the side of the River Ouse. I’m ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

Riders of Shaam are humbled to be supporting Rainbows Children’s Hospice for the Third time. An organisation that is so close to our hearts. Sadly, some children don’t live long enough. Since 1... read more

Topic: Other

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Aftab Musa show your support on ridersofshaam.com

I love riding my bike to work and do so all year round and in all weathers! it wakes the mind and gets the blood pumping ready for the day...but It is oh so much better when the sun is shining :)

Topic: My commute by bike

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I am going to be moving out on my own soon so I've been stepping up my bike game to try and get by without needing a car. There are plenty of cycle routes around my new place and I will be able to... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

Having been building up her cycling abilities over lockdown Judy my sister-in-law has come on in leaps and bounds since this time last year. Even took on her first sportive in September, which took... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

In September I'll be particupating in a 500km cycle ride from London to Paris in support of Cure Leukaemia. The money that I raise will go towards funding specialist nurses at 12 blood cancer centr... read more

Topic: Other

I find I can get to work and back home for lunch and end of day in the same time as a car! With the increase of traffic and road maintenance a bike can slip through it all. Choosing the country t... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Lee General i can go to supper market and back 5 minute quicker with bike and trailer. without trying

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Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era