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Little and often!

I didn't think I would write here as what I do is so little, but I want to thank Love to Ride for getting me back on my bike. It is very different to when I was a teenager in England road racing. C... read more

Topic: Other

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BMX Bandits :-)

BMX Bandits :-)

For the past year, some friends and I have been taking part in and growing the women's BMX scene in the North of England. We meet indoors or outdoors when the weather lets us and all levels of abil... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Since 1989

Since 1989

I have refused to own a car, and gotten around by bicycle since 1989. There were many reasons for this: Climate change and other environmental reason; exercise; too cheap and stingy to blow that ki... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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The last time

The last time i rode a bike before this challenge was in Germany, i (stupidly) wasn't wearing a helmet, fell off, hit my head on the concrete and got concussion. So this month was really about prov... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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It gets worse

I rode to work. In the morning, it was wonderful. Cool and refreshing. I really enjoyed the freedom of wind in my chest hair, and bugs in my teeth. However, the afternoon was horrible. It was hot, ... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Beats Traffic

Coming 20kms out from Half Moon Bay to Grafton i am able to ride along the Rotary walk and along riverside road and the mostly completed track on the other side. Making use of these routes (albeit ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Engaging with my neighbourhood

Getting back on the bike again for the commute to work is such a great experience, I'll tell you why. In the car there is so much that takes over the senses and it is a battle, on the bike and th... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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GTRI's endeavor to rise to the top of cycling in Atlanta.

GTRI's endeavor to rise to the top of cycling in Atlanta.

I am not a cyclist. But I got on my bike. It was one of those stupid fitness challenges for which I did not prepare, and in this particular case, one joins a group of coworkers to see how many days... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Biking with the ONE I LOVE

My husband is so romantic and came for 3 evening bike ride dates in a row. It was so special and I appreciate my husband biking with me. When I have been out biking and he sees me through the win... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Out and about:

Out and about:

Bike riding was never my thing.I rode bikes when i was younger but was serous about it..since doing this challenge for the first time has made me realise that bike riding is a kewl exercise as well.

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Tirohanga Whānui (Spencer Road to Albany walking and cycling bridge)

The new walking and cycling bridge joining the Albany Centre to Spencer Road and East Coast Bays opened this morning. A great addition to the local cycling network.

Topic: Other

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That zen feeling

That zen feeling

I've been riding an ebike to work for a few years, and decided to train for a race and so ride my road bike more. It was hard at first, adapting to doing all the work myself. Having gotten over tha... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Looking for love (nay a bicycle)

A month had passed since my move to NZ and then another. I'd walked through a bike store and stared longingly as we spotted the pink path and bikers on the streets. I picked up a few Auckland Trans... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Get about the place

The days was wet, , we both had to go places , the mother in law had been sick needed checking out So off on the bike I went, drop in to see the grand kids, drop a book off , round to the mother ... read more

Topic: Other

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Taking cycling indoors

Taking cycling indoors

Back in 2017 I had trained quite hard for the World Masters Games for rowing. Unfortunately I had also injured myself during this time and carried that injury through to the Games. During the 'off'... read more

Baby on board

Baby on board

My husband and I met on a Friday night at after-work drinks - which we’d both quite naturally biked to. Many of our subsequent dates, leisure and general life together involved biking. I wasn’t z... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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The greatness of the bike

The greatness of the bike

In this story I will give you 3 facts alongside my own reasons for you to get on your bike! 1) Enjoy Nature What better way to experience the great outdoors than to eat some dust and get intimate... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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I want to ride my bicycle

I love to cycle...really really love it! I started cycling to work two years ago on a very rainy Monday morning after my mother in law lent me a bike that she didn't use anymore. Around the sam... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Is riding an e-bike cheating?

My husband David is a mad keen cyclist and collector of bikes. He has a variety of machines including traditional mountain and road, bikes, recumbents (2 and 3 wheels), old and new bikes, and his l... read more

Topic: Other

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Beating the traffic

Beating the traffic

As a keen and eager fitness enthusiast, I embarked on a daily commute to work approximately 7 years ago now. And have never looked back. The reasons were numerous, but included improving cycle fit... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Getting back in the commuter groove

Getting back in the commuter groove

It’s not even 7 yet. Not even light. But I’m alert with nerves because today I’m starting bike commuting again, for the first time since October, when I had heart surgery. It’s never a great journe... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Knees Up!

Hi The bike challenge came at just the right time for me. I had knee replacement surgery just two months earlier, and my physio agreed that cycling would be a great way to get my new knee up and ... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Biking - Good for the Body, Good for the Pocket

Biking - Good for the Body, Good for the Pocket

I have biked to work every day since 1978, when I started my first full-time job. In 2019 I am still biking to work every day, and wouldn't change it for anything. Five years ago someone challenged... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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A Big WIN all round!

The fabulous E bike that Ian Lancaster (Wellington) won in 2018'sAotearoa Bike Challenge has been put to great use. Ian very kindly gifted the bike to me (his wife) and very patiently encouraged a... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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My 2018 Challenge

My 2018 Challenge

Barry Gregson is 72 years old. He took up cycling after he retired and since then has been cycling regularly. Since the start of the year 2018, however, Barry’s cycling has moved up a few gears! A... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Tri again!

Tri again!

I have always loved to ride my bike but it's always been for transportation or occasionally to explore the countryside. But in 2018 I set myself a challenge to complete my first ever triathlon! ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Whats the fastest way to get to work in Auckland city?

Whats the fastest way to get to work in Auckland city?

Spoiler alert... its an e-bike. We always thought this was the case, but we figured we should probably be sure. So our teammate Josh ran a test over a normal Auckland working week, comparing com... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Timber Trail Epic Ride with Newbies

Timber Trail Epic Ride with Newbies

After a week of registering In the Bike Auckland Challenge and sharing my passion with my fellow brethren in our church of how passionate I am in riding gave them the motivation to ride with me on ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Home-School-Work-School-Home

Home-School-Work-School-Home

Home-School-Work-School-Home by Bike Monday to Friday I love the ride from Symonds St, my home at 8:30 AM to Freemans Bay, my daughter's School through the pink cycleway. I back to work at the U... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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First date on a bicycle

First date on a bicycle

I met my wife in the summer of 2001 in New Plymouth. Through mutual friends we met and the four of us went to a party together. I brought a spare bike along for her to ride, and when her eyes lit u... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Waiheke connection

Waiheke connection

Daily I make the commute from Waiheke to Half moon bay and then on to East Tamaki. Come rain or shine my commute takes me past some of the most spectacular scenery in Auckland. On a daily basis my ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Biking makes me happy

Biking makes me happy

My partner and I starting biking at the start of 2018, and just this totally joyful and amazing adventure it's added to our lives . We've been on a bike packing trips , we take our bikes away wit... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Just Do It

I am an older lady, I suppose and couple of years ago I was diagnosed with the lung disease with a capacity of a 91 yr old!! consequently I have 55% lung capacity compared to the normal person. M... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Biking together for the first time

Biking together for the first time

I've been biking seriously for about three years now, but my wife has only hopped onto a bike a few times in this period, mainly to get to work when the weather has allowed A couple of Christmas... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Bicycle built for two

My husband and I first tried a tandem bicycle around the Hawkes Bay Wineries in the early 1980's. We got married in 1984 and our first purchase as a married couple was a tandem bicycle. We have don... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Down the hill, up the hill

I live at the top of a hill called Bluff Hill in Napier. 'The hill' has been a bit of a mental obstacle to me biking anywhere since we moved into our house almost 3 years ago. However the bike ch... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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St Heliers to town along Tamaki Drive

St Heliers to town along Tamaki Drive

What better way to start your day? Than to get your bike out of its place Hop on and get warmed up Racing down St Heliers Bay Road Heart racing, smile upon my face Oh glorious day, the sun is ... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Changing Spec

Changing Spec

My passion for cycling lives deep within, but what do you do when one challenge was a step too far? Answer = Change your spec! A challenge too far? Coast to Coast in a day, (not the normal spo... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Ode to my Bicycle

Ode to my Bicycle

Before you were mine, you carried my mother while she tried to keep up with my youthful energy. Upon graduating to intermediate school at the age of 11 I adopted you; seat low and feet barely able ... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Commutated

Commutated

It’s the moment I look forward to the most on my commute. I've done some time on that rude main road. Toughed it out with those metal beasts and now I check behind me, move into primary, holdi... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Grounds for divorce

Grounds for divorce

No, I really do not love my bike. If it were human, people would say we had a ‘dysfunctional relationship’. We’d need a lot of counselling. Although we share a home it has its own space, its own cu... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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From Heart Attack to Heart Transplant to come back

From Heart Attack to Heart Transplant to come back

In 2015 I had a heart after a 6km swim, fortunately I survive the attack, they don't know how. A year later I had a defibrillator put in, in February 2017 I won a gold medal in an open water swim ... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Grandpa on an E-bike

Grandpa on an E-bike

Got my dad out on my E-bike this weekend. He loved it. He couldn’t remember the last time he rode any kind of bicycle, so it was awesome that he was so eager to give it a try. Later in the afte... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Ride to Run

Ride to Run

Commuting on my bike is something I have done for several years and cover about 100 miles a week on towpaths and back roads. Since taking to the bike for my commute I have also used my extra fitnes... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Isle of Man TT Races

Isle of Man TT Races

I have an amazing time with by bike Liv. She is a Giant Liv Invite Co Max who hangs around with her best mate Dora, another cyclecross. We journeyed last Monday from Leeds on the train into Manc... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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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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Cycling in Scotland

Cycling in Scotland

My son and I made the bike riding special by riding 430 miles in Scotland during the Challenge. With camping gear, we cycled the full length of the Outer Hebrides, as well as touring on the mainlan... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Honeymoon

Honeymoon

My gorgeous fiancé- who is a runner not a cyclist- has shown what a true romantic he is. He has arranged for us to cycle the Hebridean Way for our honeymoon. All he is own idea and all to make me ... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Recovery

After having an Heart attack a few years ago in the Gym, My recovery is mainly down to getting on my bike .Starting a week after being de fibbed back to life, biking to the hospital and slow extend... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Love at first bike

Love at first bike

It was a blustery spring day in April 2016 when I found myself preparing for a second date. I had met Alex the Easter bank holiday in our home town. We both grew up in the town and both ended up in... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Cycling Proposal

My now husband proposed to me on a bike ride from Marazion to Lands End whilst we were holidaying in Cornwall. He had planned to do it over a Cornish cream tea but by the time we got there they had... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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