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Living life by the bike has been very tough- especially with someone with disabilities/learning problems. Then i had a crisis as everyday had resulted in me being in distress,despite how i looked- ... read more

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Last Biketober I spent over $200 on inner tubes. My goal was to be a top ten rider for mileage during the challenge and to do so required riding over a thousand miles. I finished 9th out of over ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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I bought a bike around 10 years ago and rode it for a while but it has been sitting in my shed gathering dust. It is a great bike, light weight and was easy to ride when I bought it. I have had k... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Jillian Woolmer Bike is better and I rode it around 35km again without a problem. Wonderful the difference a riser to raise your handle ba... read more

Cycling is my main way of transport, you could say I am a commuter, I use the bicycle for almost all trips I make. But the best trips are those shared with your best mate. In this case my dog Tom... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Helen Sadler That is super cute
Wilma Van Boxtel Thank you Helen :)

I have been taking the same route to work for the last 2 years. At first I HATED biking to work. I had to pump myself up every morning and I just hated it. Now it's my favorite time of the day. It'... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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I was told about this challenge from a friend. I was happy to know that there was a community of cyclists for I haven't been on a bike in 8 years. Everytime I rode my bike for this challenge other ... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Helen Sadler Great to see how a bike month challenge inspires people to get back on their bikes

A “Biketober” email in my “Inbox” piqued my interest. As a regular bicycle commuter for many years, I’d let myself get a bit lazy over winter and the cooler months… too hard, too cold, easier opti... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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It doesn't matter how many bikes I have or how many rides I do, how many places I visit or how far I go, only that there is always one more person to bring on the journey - you!

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Awesome ride to work this morning......clear roads, green lights, fresh air to clear the cobwebs! #lovetoride

Topic: My commute by bike

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In July as a group of four I cycled from Whitehaven to Sunderland in a day. Whilst having fun on my bike I chose to raise funds for a cause close to my heart - Fibromyalgia. Today I had another gr... read more

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Week off + Rain = Pain! First ride in 11 days.

Topic: My commute by bike

Moonlight and mist when I set off on this morning’s commute. A couple of miles up the road, the mist began to thicken, finally, turning into seriously dense fog. It got so bad I could barely see th... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

Its an amazing feeling to see your colleagues and friend follow your envouragemnet and go sustainable and carbon free. Their stories of enjoyfull ride are so exciting

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Now its dark in the morning and evening PLEASE can we all wear bright clothing and have good lights, nearly hit a cyclist coming towards me with dark clothing and no lights, idiot!

Topic: My commute by bike

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Joyley Prince I see loads of cyclists in the morning head to toe in black, no lights, no helmet........suicide!

There are not many things that can ruin the start to a day than a puncture on your commute to work. The rule of Murphy will tell you that these are most likely to happen in wet weather and therefor... read more

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Tom Darville Question..how will tubless tyres stop you getting a puncture? and does a tubless tyre not make it harder to repair at the r... read more
Robert Clegg Hi Tom, firstly it's impossible to get a pinch flat from hitting a pot hole or similar as there's nothing to pinch.... read more

Temps in Atlanta were in the mid 90s this week. Without the challenge of already being committed to a team for Biketober, I would *not* be out riding until later in the fall. But I went out and had... read more

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Brighton and Hove are jolly hilly. And I live in the 'burbs' of Ovingdean where one of the defining features is the perpetually puffed-out but stoic locals toiling up and down some particularly ve... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

30 Sept 2019, East Devon, leaving work I thought no way can it continue to rain this hard for the entire eight mile ride home. How wrong was I? Biblical. So there’s me doing my bit to mitigate the ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Robert Goodwin Who ever said life was fair!
Paul Thomas I remember cycling across the Dikes in Holland on my way London to Amsterdam into a headwind. Just thought God please turn ... read more

As part of "Team Speyside" within Moray Council I have thoroughly enjoyed the September cycling challenge. Before the challenge I was an occasional cyclist. Paul, my husband, and I bought bikes 3... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Anna Vince This is absolutely amazing to hear! Thank you so much for sharing, it has made my day :-D To go from not cycling much at a... read more
Sheila Johnson Thanks Anna, frosty mornings are already here and the nights drawing in so may have to stick to my hilly commute for a whil... read more

My lungs are shot - after 40 years of chest infections, and asthma attacks, I got an e-bike. I've not been on a bike seriously for many many years, mostly because I can't breathe properly. The ex... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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September 2019: 900 miles from Dieppe to Bordeaux via La Rochelle. So many sights and impressions. What an adventure!

Topic: A happy riding memory

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From 7-15 Sep 19, I took part in the Deloitte Ride Across Britain cycling 980 miles in 9 days. It was the hardest thing I have ever done but it was an incredible experience which I would highly rec... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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My colleagues encouraged me to get back on the road today! I dusted my bike down, pumped up the completely flat tyres and joined them on a lunchtime bike ride. Managed 9.7 miles not to shabby and l... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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It has been 12 months since my bicycle tour in New Zealand so I decided to go out for a few days pedalling down to the Scenic Rim and into Northern New South Wales. I woke early on the Sunday morn... read more

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After a week and a half of enforced working from home thanks to my 'crappy knee' (this is apparently actually in my official medical notes!) I'm back on my bike this week. My knee still isn't q... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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22 cyclists 🚴 500 miles, 6 days… it's the Riders of Shaam who recently took part in a 'wheelie' amazing cycling challenge which saw them ride from Amsterdam 🇳🇱 to Berlin 🇩🇪 in support of Rainbows. ... read more

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Richard Leseney well done

Had my first actual contact with the wildlife early in my ride today...roadkill I am afraid. Not sure what but my, did it cause me to fight the bike and the noise as it passed through the frame wil... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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One year ago I was tired. I noticed my feet aching at work. People were overtaking me on shopper bikes on the way home, and my segment times were getting worse. I decided I needed a holiday. Just a... read more

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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

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Silvia Lopez What a wonderful idea!! I will do that! Thanks for sharing ☺
Carvel Lonsdale No problem ❤️ Enjoy! Post your picture too 😃

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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Richard Leseney very nice !!!

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 !!

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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!!

Topic: My commute by bike

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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

Topic: My commute by bike

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Clive Sheldon You are so lucky to experience that! I love being close to nature on my rides.
Ruth Billingham that's amazing!

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

Topic: A happy riding memory

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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...
Tom Darville It is good enough as long as it's followed by being drawn disemboweled and quartered like the good ole days