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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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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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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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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

Image for story Riding and photography

Riding and photography

Having an iPhone with a good camera allows me to capture events on rides, as my Nikon is a bit bulky. Early morning rides to catch the dawn, or catch the fog, or whatever catches my eye. Cruising... read more

Topic: Other

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Time well spent

My kids don't ride their bikes very often, so I created a plan to ride with them at least once a week and they love it. We try out local parks or just ride to the closest playground. It's been a g... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

L'arrivée de la neige...

J'y ai pensé plusieurs fois et je conclus toujours de la même façon: je ne m'équiperai pas pour le vélo d'hiver. Mais quand la première neige arrive et que la météo nous promet en plus des nuages ... read more

Topic: Other

Enjoying the great outdoors

I just discovered Ebikes and it got me excited to ride again. I also live near a greenway that has a path connecting it to my neighborhood. We now have 3 generations riding!

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Image for story Yes you can haul a lot with a bike!

Yes you can haul a lot with a bike!

I'd like more people to realize you can do many more things with your bike. For instance I can haul more with my bike than most people can haul in their car -- a lot more! Recently Silicon Valley B... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Rail~Volution Throwback Thursday

Rail~Volution Throwback Thursday

Rail~volution (now MPact!) brought a group of conference attendees from Miami to West Palm Beach on the Brightline, our local higher speed train. A strong group of local leaders all brought togethe... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Late Learner

Didn't learn to ride a bike until I was 21. Still not very good at it at 35, but i enjoy the hell out of it. My first bike was a Huffy I bought for $20 off Craigslist. Sketchy, I know, but I loved ... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Image for story Lekker je hoofd 'leeg' fietsen.

Lekker je hoofd "leeg" fietsen.

Sinds 2018 gebruik ik de fiets om naar het werk te gaan, dat is gemiddeld 30 km per dag. Ik had nooit gedacht dat ik het zo leuk zou vinden. In tijd ben ik 2 x 20 minuten minuten extra kwijt, maa... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

Image for story Peachtree Creek Greenway - PART ONE - December, 2018

Peachtree Creek Greenway - PART ONE - December, 2018

After years of grassroots work by local cyclists and bicyclists, the ground-breaking ceremony for the first section of the Peachtree Creek Greenway took place on December 19, 2018. The Greenway loc... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Image for story Riding with Purpose

Riding with Purpose

I rode one of the first AIDS Vaccine rides benefiting the Emory Vaccine Center from Montreal, Canada to Portland, Maine in 2001 - on a mountain bike! It was my first century (100 miles) - and then ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Speyside Way

My story. Well....It will not be breathtaking and spectacular. It will not split into sections, where each is better than the other. My story will not be famous, worldwide known. It will not go by ... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Thanksgiving Ride with Brother and Son

Thanksgiving Ride with Brother and Son

I am grateful that my family is close and close by. Thanksgiving always includes a long morning road ride. Yesterday it was 32 miles of North Florida hills with my son and brother. My brother, wh... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story My life on wheels - by Roger Jones

My life on wheels - by Roger Jones

MY EARLIEST memory of riding a bike - a tricycle with a metal roll-top storage box (a bit like an oversize bread bin, between the back wheels) – was in 1953 when, just before my fifth birthday, I j... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Does bike polo count for the L2R challenge?

Does bike polo count for the L2R challenge?

Played bike polo in the equestrian capital of the world, Wellington, Florida! Had a blast and look forward to the next chukka!

Topic: Other

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Image for story Free and friendly local rides, led by knowledgeable Ride Leaders.

Free and friendly local rides, led by knowledgeable Ride Leaders.

Guided Rides offer fun, friendly, supportive bike rides for individual and family cyclists. The programme has been growing in Scotland over the past few years, helping more people to build their cy... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Racing at the Bill Bone Tropical Triathlon

Racing at the Bill Bone Tropical Triathlon

One of my favorite pastimes is to ride the bike in RACES. Training for races and racing keeps me healthy, and encourages me to commute to work by bike!

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Image for story Guided Ride leader shorltisted for Scottish Cycling Award

Guided Ride leader shorltisted for Scottish Cycling Award

The latest nominees for the #SCAwards22 are for the Recreational Cycling Awards, and we're pleased to reveal that Graham McCallum. Pauline Capaldi and Kirsteen Ross have been shortlisted. Since at... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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2 near misses in 2 mins

I have to share this to the interweb as a sort of therapy... Hello, my names Tim and I'm a bicycle addict.... I survived two near misses last night on my commute home. Both times I reckon it is ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Please use lights!

This is a cautionary story of the importance of your bike lights... I'm a keen cyclist, sometimes it happens, your lights are flat, you forgot to charge them, you left them at home, whatever, but p... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Bicentennial Park at Sydney Olympic Park

My favourite bike route would be at Bicentennial Park at Sydney Olympic Park. There are plenty of roads to ride and I just rode around there today. It was lovely weather and I rode for about an ... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

Fun Time with the Family on the Seminole Trail

One of the main purchasing points of my home is that we are but a stone's throw away from the beautiful Seminole County Bike Trail! Each morning I hop on my new bike and get on the trail to "open" ... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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I Love My Bike Commute!

I started working at Emory in November of 2021. I've been a bike commuter the whole time. I live just 3 miles away, so it's really a no brainer. I started with my 1976 Schwinn Super Le Tour, tha... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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