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What a day! 2 bridges loop. Chepstow to Coleford to Parkend to Cinderford... To Gloucester to Berkley Castle to Chepstow. Via some absolutely beautiful countryside and fuelled by peerless WI cak... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

Ribs still ache from my cycling accident on Friday, but not enough to discourage me from completing the September challenge. Beware of dogs while cycling..... my advice of the day!

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

This has made a lot of car drivers/passengers smile 👌❤️ Attach colourful pipe cleaners and feathers to the rear of your helmet.

Topic: My commute by bike

Having a lot of positives from acknowledging drivers at junctions/roundabouts and give way chicanes with this hand signal combined with a big smile. Fist tap your heart three times- point directly... read more

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In the dark, just awake, the hiss of rain on concrete through my open window next to my bed. Semi-dreaming, in quick succession: drive/take the bus/ride? Yes, ride. Which bike? Not Speedy - no f... read more

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I learned to ride as a kid. Like a lot of other American kids it was a rite of passage to lose the training wheels. Though, I recall distinctly injuring myself learning to ride without training whe... read more

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petite ballade sous un magnifique soleil .... c'est là que le vélo est vraiment top !!

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

Yesterday I discovered I get very grumpy if I don't get my daily bike ride! Bloody rain!

Topic: My commute by bike

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Jasper Post I know the feeling...
Richard Beale Riding in the rain is great. Give it a go.

Having not really rode a bike since I was in my Teens - I decided to get back to it and start riding to work. 8 weeks later and 62 trips completed I am feeling fitter, have lost weight and saved mo... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Jack Van den Berg Well done... I have been commuting since January 2018 and I am loving it... then I get it in my head to go for a long ride,... read more

I read of a guy who ran a marathon every day for a year,that and Steve Abrahams attempting 80,000 miles in a single year,since then I have ridden nearly 40 mile a day for almost four years without ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Today, on my way home from work, I swallowed a fly!!

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Geraldine Purcell Lynch Protein! Wash it down with plenty of water!
Clive Sheldon The ones that don't touch the sides are the best.

I was joined by a barn owl on this morning's commute. It flew with me along the lane, just a couple of metres in front at head height. We carried on riding together for about two hundred metres bef... read more

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Clive Sheldon You are so lucky to experience that! I love being close to nature on my rides.

The Cycle September CityConnect Global Bike Challenge perfectly coincides with my Cycle 300 challenge for Cancer Research. Started yesterday, 1 September with the Selby Three Swans Yorkshire Cancer... read more

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On the weekend of 30th August-1st September 2019 thirty of us rode the BIg Ride from Brisbane to Brunswick heads to raise money for permaculture projects in the besieged West Bank and Gaza of Pales... read more

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Mark Taylor ..and we raised nearly $12,000 for charity!
Peter Whyte Great work

Today's bike-ride took me through lush green rice-fields & forests. It was an exhilarating experience, and one I would encourage others to do. My ride was one of my 'no plan, getting lost' rides... read more

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I may not had a Carbon bike, but my 30 year old 531c framed bike was a joy to ride to and from work and weekend jaunts into the Dales. No more, D lock smashed off and insurance not interested du... read more

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John Newell this is why Richard Ballantine thought that hanging was too good for bike thieves...

In a few weeks time I will be cycling the 100 miles of the South Downs Way in 3 days to raise money for Raleigh International. This is tough off road with lots of hills. Trying to fit in training b... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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This Sunday is round three of the SE QLD cyclocross series and the clouds are looming. Is it weird that I'm hoping for rain so there will be mud?

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Cycling to work can be quicker than driving, and it’s a convenient way to fit training into my day without impacting my family. It saves money and it’s a healthy and great start to the day. To enj... read more

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I try to cycle to work at least once a week, but generally do it twice, whenever I don’t have to use the car to ferry children around to various places before and after work! I love riding to wo... read more

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I have been riding a bike since I was knee-high to a grasshopper, or as far back as I can remember. I grew-up in a small rural town where, to get-about, a bicycle was the best form of transport.... read more

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Sunny day 33 degrees today, finished work and rode along the Grand Union canal towpath past the Old Galleon pub festival and cycled along watching the canal barges going along and hottest day and s... read more

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I took a Holiday in Sorrento last year with a friend of mine I have known for 34 years. She has not been on a bike for many years yet I am a keen cyclist. I asked her would she fancy hiring an el... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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… but the Love to Ride UK and the Cyclescheme 7 week challenge has made me appreciate how many others are taking up cycling (or cycle to work already). An online community such as this helps to r... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

A few weeks ago I was coming home in the evening with two mates in time trial mode. It was dark but we had good lights. I was second and a naughty badger managed to run between me and the lead ride... read more

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From the title, it sounds more than madness. Well, it is true, but more than exaggerated :P I started commuting to and fro place when I was in uni. Before I went to university I always wanted my... read more

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I didn't learn to cycle as a kid. I tried, but I didn't get on with it and gave up instead. Then in 2010 I got a new job at the hospital in Leicester. I gleefully turned up on my first day and disc... read more

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I have been cycling to work for over 6 years. Taking a car was never an option, for cost, car availability, ecology reasons, and I’ve never regularly commuted by motorised individual traffic all my... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

I've been cycling to work regularly for the last 3 years, and over that time have managed to get the 15 mile route down to what I thoug was a fairly respectable 40 minute ride. As part of the cy... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

Once upon a time, I swam 2 miles, twice per week at speed. I thought this chlorine in the pool is a bit much! I thought, I wonder if its feasible to cycle the 25 miles each way to work and back. So... read more

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I started riding a bike regularly last year after our car was written off. I pulled the old beater mountain bike out the shed and gave it a go. I quickly upgraded to an inherited hybrid I found mys... read more

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I started cycling as a way to save money on travel costs in London and to help burn some calories. I stopped when I took a job closer to home. Since being involved in the 7 week challenge ot has re... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

Challenging cycle in especially with my panniers that act like sails of a boat! Still mild enough for t-shirt though. Wind is tough to cycle in but still enjoying being outside exercising in summer... read more

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I recently got my first road bike on cycle to work and I am commuting 7 km across central Edinburgh to work. My commute starts with a lovely big hill out of the Dean Village. The first time I did i... read more

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My first memory of cycling as a boy was when I was doing a sprint and braked too quickly when I managed to do a somersault holding on to the handlebars and still landed the bike square on the pavem... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

I started cycling to work this year and I've never felt better!

Topic: My commute by bike

After coming off my bike 4 weeks ago and having 3 weeks of treatment and an X-ray, I finally rode my bike again yesterday and managed 17 miles around the hill. Such a good feeling to be back cycli... read more

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Another commute to work by bike, this morning in rain. Less cyclists but slower journey. All things considered I don't mind the rain it's always better than getting the tube!! :)

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I like cycling down the canal towpath. The end.

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I started cycling (after a 25+ year break!) after retiring from rugby about 3 years ago. Now I commute 18 miles a day, 3 days a week and really love it. The best part of this is teaching my eld... read more

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I started with a small section of my commute by bike due to a foot injury. After being initially terrified of rising in a city, I quickly enjoyed the freedom. After treating myself to a second hand... read more

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David Le Bon I love cycling I do it every day to go to work and 5 times a week and I love it. It makes me feel good it is like being... read more

Frustrated by public transport I started cycling to work in 1980 at the age of 33. At the time this amounted to a 25 mile daily round trip between the outskirts of London and the West End. Sadly fo... read more

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Russell Catchpole How's your back now? I got back into cycling after a long break for the same reason as you, I would get severe pain aft... read more
Graham Watkins My back's great thanks. Keep up the cycle commuting. It's the thing I miss most about work.

I guess like a lot of folks, I rode a bike as a youngster mainly to get around and go further afield. Dabbled with a mountain bike when kids were younger (usually one on the back in his seat). 4 ye... read more

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Mark Hurst PS I'm almost 52

I was happy to change jobs in 2018 meaning I could cycle 20 miles a day to work and back. Helping me stay stress free, fit and help the environment. Even through winter I set myself a personal goal... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

I started riding just of 14 years ago - a short 1/2 day cycle hire with a mate in Sardinia. In 2006 I managed to ride a total of 1,000 miles & I was absolutely delighted with myself! Each year I... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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My favourite hill is the one from Elslack to Lothersdale, there is some beautiful scenery and a few intense 12% climbs and sharp corners. You get a huge sense of achievement when you reach the top ... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

When the local Authority I work for relocated to an "environmental centre" outside town, the number of Folk cycling to work dropped off. This is due to the office being on a steep hill and having l... read more

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I used to ride loads as a kid but then drifted away from it after taking up rock climbing at Uni. A few years ago some work colleagues got me back in to it, and what a blessing in disguise that tur... read more

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It is beautiful - I have recorded some parts of it and made a video (search for "My commute to Swindon" on Vimeo) I was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease four years ago and since then I have step... read more

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Got my bike on Friday 9th August... Hadn't even put the pedals on when on Sunday 11th August some theiving git nicked it!! Sunday was the day i was going to sort it all out and buy my insurance.... read more

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It’s monday evening and I’m on call for emergency radiology. Usually a few scans at 6pm and I can get home. Today was different. Almost continuous stream of referrals from various doctors mainly in... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

I always remember going to a local bike shop to pick up my new bike a got for my 8th birthday. It was a Peugeot mountain bike that had a purple/red finish. I was so excited to get it home and when ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

In 2011 I was driving my son James to University in Sheffield. James had the idea that it would be fun to cycle a tandem from Lands End to John O'Groats. We bought a second hand tandem a Dawes Gala... read more

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Not as exciting as the title suggests, but I use Tyldesley and Roe Green Looplines for a large part of my commute to work. These are some of the finest cycle paths I've used anywhere and they're in... read more

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I have loved switching from the train to the bike for my commute. Not only is it saving a lot of cash from train tickets, but also means the calories burnt, means I can cancel the gym membership to... read more

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I started cycling to work in June 1999 with a Raleigh 10 speed. I upgraded to a Dawes Audax when I had an accident. I have cycled to work ever since, now I am waiting for my Spa cycles Audax, my bi... read more

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I had been wanting to start cycling for a while when I met my (now) fiancé. He was fit and active and took me to buy my first bike. We started cycling together for fun, and then gradually incorpora... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

Happy memories of cycling with Joe. We really miss him.

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After 2 years moaning to the council about a hedge overgrowing over a cycle path, they have eventually cut it back. But not only that they have also cleaned the path of vegetation meaning it is no... read more

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I'm fortunate enough to be able to commute on two wheels to work and take the same route over the River Mersey each day. I love to see the rise and fall of the river and the little pockets of wild... read more

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Travelling to work and doing the school can be stressful. So we ditched the car and got our helmets on and started cycling to school. Luckily I can ride to work and get to watch the swans on the Ri... read more

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I had been looking for something I could do on my own to help with my fitness, I had tried the gym which was so boring and even bought new trainers thinking running would be my new thing but that w... read more

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Commuting by bike is a great way to increase your overall fitness for other activities. The more you do, the more you'll find yourself not just wondering where this road or path goes but trying it ... read more

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My cycling story began when I became a hobby widow as my husband approached his mid-40’s. He started riding every weekend, scrutinising his stats, raving about his bike, groupsets and ratios, doin... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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In 2014 I had a minor car accident. Left me without transport to work and a need to get my body mobile. I was 52 and not ridden a bike in may years. Watching TV late one night, I saw "The Cyclin... read more

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Commuting to work on my bike, in the summer especially, allows me to cycle to the pool to continue my triathlon training. I cycle to the pool, then cycle direct to work and sometimes pop home at lu... read more

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I ride to work through rain and shine I use to ride 20 miles a day when I worked constant nights.I now ride alot less miles to and from work but I ride nearly all the time. I've always loved 2 whee... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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My first ride to work today for over 2 weeks felt empowering. I came off the bike almost 3 weeks ago, resulting in a sprained shoulder, grazing from shin to hip, grazed forearm and a hefty whack to... read more

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