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DCC not encouraging greener transport!

For many years I parked my vehicle in one of two local car parks, a short walk from my home, so I could cycle to work. This resulted in a large amount of damage to my vehicle which, as no one ever ... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story The famous ๐ŸŒณ

The famous ๐ŸŒณ

Sycamore Gap is a special place, so special that thousands of people around the world visit. But not on my cycle ride to visit this special place, the Sill was closed the military road was felt ab... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story My bike my best friend

My bike my best friend

Alway felt a bit awkward walking on my own, so bought a bike on the cycle to work scheme, itโ€™s so good to get out just me and my bike even better to get lots of compliments off passing bikers, that... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Image for story Technically riding to / from work

Technically riding to / from work

Normally it is a big challenge to ride to work i.e. 17 miles up 12% climbs so now Iโ€™m having work from home I get up early and ride 6 miles out then back to work at home - feel so invigorated when ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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New Club

Teams Wheelers are a newly constituted community bike club in the Teams area of Gateshead. We have a fleet of varied serviced bikes that can be borrowed for rides till you can purchase your own. Tr... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Decided to ditch the car ๐Ÿš™.....

Decided to ditch the car ๐Ÿš™.....

Loving commuting from Gateshead to Blyth where I work, saving approximately ยฃ40 a week in fuel and loosing weight, win win. Time wise not a great deal of difference average about 50 min in the car ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Year 4 Without a Car

I am now 62 and became interested in environmental matters in my teens, yes the 1970s. Even then, I could see the over reliance on cars, was going to get us into a lot of trouble. A little mo... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Image for story Just pedal

Just pedal

Been cycling for 42 years just enjoy cycling. What else is there to say

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nice ride in

5am start so bike out & work inside 30 mins. Nice shower then ready for the day

Topic: My commute by bike

Image for story A Bicycle Towing Hack to Remember.

A Bicycle Towing Hack to Remember.

Hi folks, Recovering from a head injury, unable to drive, I was challenged with a 'very' different task to enable me to get my child there and back to school. So, I made a bicycle hitch which ena... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Biking is liberating!

Biking is liberating!

You ride your bike and basically forget about everything else. It is an opportunity to be present and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you. Riding my bike at the Hugh Taylor Birch State Park just op... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Out and about

Lovely afternoon ride today. Weather chilly ๐Ÿฅถ but glorious sunshine ๐ŸŒž the whole way on the route. No snow or rain also a bonus. Trying out different routes in local area.

Topic: Other

That thing you hate to be reminded of

Ride in the Rain 2021 is over. I broke two spokes, one rear derailleur and the bolt that held my seat to the post shear in half on one ride. There was a lot of rain and wind to ride in and several ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Winter Wheelers is off on day 1!

17 miles to start!

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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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

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Image for story Everglades Levee, a nice challenge for the weekend

Everglades Levee, a nice challenge for the weekend

Hello there, this is a little story after i rode this long gravel ride around the levee, everything started with a broken leg after a long motorcycle ride from key west to lakeland, fl... the re... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Keeping on the move

Slow puncture last week. Managed to get to and from work Thurs Fri by reinflating. Repaired today. If I don't have a flat in the morning I'll count that as a victory. โœŒ๐Ÿšฒ

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Image for story RIDE IT OFF

RIDE IT OFF

I drink alone, yeah With nobody else I drink alone, yeah With nobody else Yeah, you know when I drink alone I prefer to be by myself (George Thorogood - I Drink Alone, 1985) George Thorogo... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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The Pain before the Pleasure

'Change' is happening in Hamilton with major roadworks around the University area of the City so my regular commute route impassable and sometimes frustrating when following the detour route sugges... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Riding in the rain.

I love riding in the rain! The key is to be prepared and have waterproof clothing for both top and bottom halves of your body. Also, make sure your bike's lights are working. You will probably r... read more

Topic: Other

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COP26 Challenge

My last ride of the COP26 challenge - Watching the waves come in & go out again at sunset. The night was enjoyably warm. The light exercise left me feeling invigorated. - Then the horror sank... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

Inspired by Charlie

I hadn't been on a bike for 22 years (following a nasty crash). But when a new colleague started cycling to work, he inspired me to get back on 2 wheels. At first I was terrible, as my brain rememb... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Best and worst road on my commute

Blenheim Road is both awesome and awful for commuting. Minimal parking means there's far less risk of dooring, and the traffic tends to create a nice draught regardless of the wind. So many pot... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story My Disability Does Not Prevent Me From Riding

My Disability Does Not Prevent Me From Riding

I was a state meet qualifier in cross country in high school and a marathon runner with a personal best of 3:14 at the Disney Marathon. I started having difficulty walking and eventually could not... read more

Topic: Other

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Anniversary!

Yesterday, November 14, 2021, marked my eleventh anniversary as a cyclist! My road bike's long-term mileage total squeaked past the 30K mark; and the day before, my hybrid's long-term mileage reach... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story I Ride For Coffee โ˜•๏ธ

I Ride For Coffee โ˜•๏ธ

Rode to my favorite coffee shop for some cold brew with ground cinnamon. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Cycling = Cake

It's funny what interests people to start cycling or cycle more. Some are the cost savings they would make, the health impact, the sense of freedom... well I was sat at work having a treat of a cho... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Riding in the Everglades

Riding in the Everglades

One of my favourite places to ride a bike is at Shark Valley in Everglades National Park. You can bring your own bike or rent bikes there. It is a 15 mile paved loop through the river of grass and ... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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The First Long Ride

Several years back I was living in Bishop, CA., I had a brand new Nishiki 10 speed, Root Beer brown and keep in mind it had the old style leather seat, and decided to ride it down to La Puente, CA... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Winter ridingโ€ฆ.

Iโ€™d forgotten just how much fun it is getting wet and blown around out thereโ€ฆ what a great day to go out - and an even better day to appreciate getting home!!

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

Image for story 13.32 Kilometre Led ride Tour, WMPCCC

13.32 Kilometre Led ride Tour, WMPCCC

Using the old canal and railway sidings here in Willenhall. Please follow link to see our journey(s) [address removed]

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Ride ur bike

In 2021 yk its gd to ride ur bike

Topic: Other

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Crisp snow

Another great ride in, nothing like fresh snow. Plenty birds to see and hear. Going home could be a different matter. Have a nice day everyone.

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story First Dec 2021

First Dec 2021

My day out today, with the mad weather we are having. Very cold to start, then the rain came down( but I had the right gear on so it didnโ€™t matter) then the snow, that was a little harsh on the fa... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Bikkelen

Bikkelen

Hoera! Mijn speedpedelec is weer terug van weggeweest! Hij stond twee maanden lang te wachten op een nieuwe riem. Iets met stomme pech, levertijden, China en Riesse-Mรผller. In die twee maanden mist... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

Image for story Lanarkshire Guided Rides

Lanarkshire Guided Rides

I am a British cycling trained ride leader and through a website called- letโ€™s ride.co.uk offer guided rides in Glasgow. Ride in the safety of a friendly group and enjoy a cycle from easy going to ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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ICE, ICE and more ice

Beware very slippy out there today, lots of storm debris too on the cycle track, may go home via the roads YIKES. But a very refreshing ride to work today, good sunshine so could see the best way t... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

Image for story My son and daughter

My son and daughter

My daughter and son are 9 years diferentes the best way I found to spare healthy time with them is biking ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ. Good conversation, different interests for each one but a common bike

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Riding for Health

I had a stroke in 2005 at age 50. My right ankle never came back so mobility is an issue. In 2011 the Doc told me I need to exercise as I was up to 265 lbs. I got a used trike and started riding... read more

Topic: Other

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And then it rained!

A beautiful autumn morning, the sun is just out, the sky is starting to turn blue from grey. I am beginning my favourite bike ride. I haven't ridden here for a while so now I hope the autumn se... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Cycling for my mental health

I began riding in 2012 when I was quite over weight and was suffering from quite severe depression and OCD. Cycling not only helped me lose weight and become physically healthy but it actually cont... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

Image for story 100 Miles

100 Miles

The marquee at the elementary school says it is 46 degrees - a comfortable temperature, if I were driving my car, or walking with an umbrella. I am not, however, doing either of those activities. ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Thank you, Detroit!

Thank you, Detroit!

Hey, Detroiters! Thank you for participating in the City of Detroitโ€™s first ever Bike Challenge! We loved every opportunity that we had to engage with you, from virtual high-fives to group ride... read more

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Image for story Recovery Ride

Recovery Ride

My first ride on Courtney Campbell for pleasure in a long time was amazing. I had trained for IRONMAN Florida so my previous rides for the last 8 months had been on my Tri Bike for pace. I was able... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Tandem โค๏ธ LoVe

Tandem โค๏ธ LoVe

My husband, Matt, and I just returned from the Hudson Valley. We had so much fun exploring + riding together on the the Mohonk Preserve + Minnewaska trails with breathtaking views, lots of lush gre... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Kudos to those who road in today (Monday morning)

Brisk day to be out! After about 5 minutes or so, my body acclimated to the chilled temperatures, beautiful day. Hope you all too can find joy in riding in this weather! Be well

Topic: My commute by bike

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Sons friend from school

Took my son (13) and a friend from his from school for a ride around a nice local route today, at their request! It is only 4.someodd miles long, and we managed 3 laps. Not to bad for his friend wh... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story LA Marathon Crash Ride (Midnight Century Edition)

LA Marathon Crash Ride (Midnight Century Edition)

Every year hundreds of LA riders get together at Tang's donuts at 4:00 am and ride the LA Marathon course. Is an awesome ride and I already have done it five times. I invited some friends and ended... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Hurry up Dad

Hurry up Dad

Got my son off training wheels at 3. Taught him to ride in a peloton, and tame his youthful energy to pace himself for 50 milers. He finished his first Ironman in September 2021!

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Never Thought Possible

Never Thought Possible

I never thought Iโ€™d be able to ride in a race. After a lot of hard work, training and dedication I won overall female in my first ever race. You never know what youโ€™re capable of until you try. #... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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