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Trying some new routes to work and back. Lots to choose from for any riding style. Today is MTB dirt track

Topic: My commute by bike

It was boiling hot when I cycled to my office at Heriot Watt Research Park this morning, and I was overheating. Perfect cycling conditions you might say! Unfortunately things have now modified in t... read more

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I've been commuting by car for almost all of my career, partly due to laziness and mainly due to some rather long and steep hills between work and home. I've been keeping an eye on the growing e-bi... read more

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I'd been commuting from Glasgow to Edinburgh for 9 years, putting on 5 stone as a side effect. Following a house move, I started cycling to work in April 2019. Although on the first day, I was so u... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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I started cycling 4years ago this week. My hybrid bike's first outing was to SkyRide 2015 and this year will be my 5th event(now Let's Ride), and my third working it in some capacity. It has been 4... read more

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I hadn't cycled in years, until I started riding to work around 12 months ago. Since then, I've really got into it and apart from being able to leave home later, and get home sooner, I'm also fitte... read more

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Join OVO Energy for a Night Ride through Bristol, led by an established cycling company HotChillee, taking in the city highlights by night! We'd love you to join us for a pre-ride coffee, pre-ride ... read more

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John Russell check out the Eventbrite website to register

I'm trying to get out on my bike more, as I've signed up for a 96K charity ride, which is happening next week! I'm a National Account Manager for a food company, I'm based in Stockport, HQ is in ... read more

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Hello, I have something called spastic paraplegia. I love to ride because it keeps the muscles in my legs strong and improves my mobility. Last month I rode in the Great Cycle Challenge to help... read more

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Norman Dean Great Job Diana, keep up the good work. Cycling is addictive

After being of the bike for a year because of starting a family I forgot how much I loved to cycle now after 12 months of the saddle im back on my bike riding to work every week and really enjoying... read more

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My husband joined our local cycling club, the Hertfordshire Wheelers, when we moved down from Scotland. Sadly, I suffer from a neurological condition, which meant I couldn’t join straight away. We ... read more

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4 years ago I broke up from the mother of my two amazing little boys. I took it really badly, I was already overweight, my health wasn't the best and I could feel the black dog was chasing me down... read more

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Richie Galloway Cycling to help your mental health is very important to me as it takes me away from any situation im in and i feel free. ... read more
Norman Dean Great work Stephen, I find that the best thing about cycling is I get in side my own head (trust me, that is a scary place)... read more

I've been in a car and been waved through by cyclists and I have to say it can seem a bit passive aggressive or, at its worst, downright rude. As a cyclist I've developed a non threatening offer w... read more

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I,ve had my electric bike 18 months now and it has transformed my life. I have more energy, I,ve lost a Stone in Weight and I can get up those hills. Many people think you don,t have to pedal with ... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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It was a sunny day in December, air temp of around 10C with a nice dry road, ideal opportunity to take the bike rather drive to work. So dressed in tights ,top, and hi vis vest, topped off with a... read more

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I am from a rural area close to the hilly area in Maastricht. Instead of commuting with a foldable bike I opted for twin bikes - one bike in my shed in the garden and one at the roof top of Council... read more

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Last year my work friends could not work out why I loved cycling. In January 2019 we decided to support support the care given to our amazing team leader, Penny during her illness and for those n... read more

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Marjolein Rijken Thank you for sharing your story Sandra! Hopefully it will inspire many other people to encourage others to give cycling a ... read more

Weathby to Filey yearly charity ride this Saturday 15th of June,third time we have done it fantastic route through the country side 💪😉👌

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Hire bikes from the campsite on a trip to Delft in 2010 were the catalyst that rekindled my love of cycling. I couldn't believe how much fun it was and was amazed that I'd forgotten. I ordered a du... read more

I noticed when I ride around town there has been litter thrown on native plants so I have stopped along the way to help keep the path I ride litter free!

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I used one day of the Bike More Challenge (Memorial Day) to ride to all 19 Multnomah County Library locations. While I enjoy the act of biking, I find my rides more satisfying when I can focus on a... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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This morning (5/30/2019) was a glorious ride into work along the Spring Water Corridor. Saw at least eight deer, Canada geese with babies, a coyote tossing a mole around on the path, and then retr... read more

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On Memorial Day I took a ride in honor of my father, who let me to go on my first six-week bike tour at the age of 14 and he paid for it! Starting at the Oregon Zoo (he raised four of us), I rode u... read more

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Julie Concannon Such a sweet dedication to your Dad!
Steve P Very nice. And great choice of places to ride to!

Recently made plans to do a little free-diving (wetsuit, mask, fins but no scuba) with my dive buddy. I had biked to work on this day. Was able to pack my gear in my saddle bags, fins sticking out... read more

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I have not biked in over 20 years, but this spring I got back on a bike to do a long distance race. Over the weekend I finished 53 miles to Reach the Beach. I have been working on the mental aspe... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Steve P Good for you!

I was diagnosed with miller fisher syndrome in June 2016 and following a long period of recuperation I can now cycle again !! Please read my full story and encourage others to make the most of hea... read more

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Get fresh it's the weekend xx Losing weight has not only changed my life but saved it too, If I didn't do something about it I would not have started to enjoy what life throws at you. The worl... read more

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Christian Lampe Inspiring read - thanks for sharing Simon!
Simon Millard Thank you ⚡⚡⚡⚡

It is a great idea to have a favorite tune playing in your head while you’re riding a bike. It provides rhythm, helps you set your cadence and, to some extent, distracts you from the burning in yo... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Frank McFarland Damn! This is why I don't read the stories. Now I''m going to be singing that song all day at work. :-)

Two weeks ago I had a serious bike accident. Every day I missed riding my bike, then today, I felt well enough to get back on and give it a try . Was so excited that it felt so normal. Only did 1... read more

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I never see people in the morning. And certainly not at 4:45 AM as I commute to teach indoor cycling (yes) at one of the National Gym Chains, but today was different. I peddled past 2 very well i... read more

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Gerome Gacula i love your cannondale supersix team liquigas bike.
Mike Hassett Great climbing bike for sure did you get the Sram red on yours?-Mike

AS I ground my way through the wilderness of upper Mission Ridge trail, I lighted on a certain place where was a den. I know what lives in the wilderness of the Squilchuck drainage, so I avoided th... read more

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Branson K Great stuff!

Our story in the Bellevue Bicycle Club, Bellevue, NE is multi-faceted. We have casual rides to favorite cafes, local events, exploring trails and new destinations, and encouraging others to be conf... read more

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Carrie Mc Gill Nice article Lisa!

In the village of Wenatchee, the name of which I have no desire to call to mind, there lived not long since one of those women that keeps not one, but three bikes hanging on her back porch wall, as... read more

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Patrick Mc Dermott Love it! And I had a similar idea. Please check it out and let me know what you think. :) [address removed]
Patrick Mc Dermott OK, they stripped off the link I was trying to send. Try this with no [address removed] http Off the Wagon . life / riders-... read more

I CAN SEE BY MY WATCH, WITHOUT TAKING MY HAND FROM THE left grip on my handlebar, that it is 8:30 in the morning. A light headwind is rolling off the Columbia River, tugging at my contact lenses. I... read more

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Gerome Gacula i love your bluebike. i have the blue axino.
Branson K I love your writing. Keep it up

Today was a lovely day, perfect for a bike ride. I love to count things as I bike. Today I saw 77 cars, 44 bicyclist, 33 birds, 29 walkers, 18 dogs, 4 buses, 3 people waiting for the bus, 2 garba... read more

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Tess Stribos woah how did you keep score?

Introduced a work colleague to cycle to work scheme now he is cycling everyday saving transport money and keeping fit

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My name is Dan Whaley and I am a 49 year-old high school science teacher. My first real bike was a Trek 870 mountain bike that I bought in college. It was the first bike I had owned since my childh... read more

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Lisa Pietsch Great to hear your story, Dan!
Carrie Mc Gill You ROCK Dan!

Cool! http://roadcyclistsguide.com/create-circular-bike-route-google-maps/

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Christina Grijalva Thanks for sharing!

I starting biking again last fall and was making great progress expanding my miles and elevation. Then I took the winter off because of darkness safety. Just restarted in time for the bikers chal... read more

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Jim Slater WooHoo! First time from Beaverton to work! I have now made it the whole way!
Matt Faunt Nice work Jim! Glad you're out there and it's feeling good!

I recently did a metric century with a friend of mine. It was the longest ride (mileage wise) either of us had ever done and we were pretty burnt out. When we got home I dropped him off and immedia... read more

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Jim Black Good friends always bring out the best in you.. and your ride!
Thomas Stokell That's classic! I once made the mistake of casually challenging a friend to 1000m race on a pair of rowing machines when we... read more

I took up cycling because it saved my life quite literally. On 1/4/2019, i was on day 3 of a ride down to Rome from London in 7 days to support a friend running the Maradona di Roma. It was magic... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Rus Kesley Maybe that should read Maratona and not Maradona

Back in April 2018, I decided I was going to get back in to cycling, and seeing my work place has a cycle scheme, decided to make use of it, as I set my self a target event After spending 3-4 we... read more

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Richard Beale Well done. Keep going that's the way to do it. Cycling gets easier and more enjoyable as you go.

I'm a physio in a stroke rehab unit and have the pleasure of cycling to work. Most of the other physios there do aswell and we've encouraged one of the speech therapists to get on her bike too! It... read more

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After 23 years, my bike finally gave up on me. This is the bike that I went for a burn on after I stuffed my GCSE science exam. The bike I rode to sixth form parties on, the bike I rode back to hal... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Andrew West Good one!
Garreth Bridgman an old steel frame MT(B is virtually indestructable

I have been riding to work every day weather permitting for 10 year now and in that time have only had to change /make redundant 3 x bikes hence the title Trojan horse. im unsure how much money i h... read more

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My commute to work is very short but I like it as I take it as a hill training session to get me to love not loathe them. The last bit of my ride is through the lovely Stockwood Park and yesterday ... read more

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the range of the boy's explorations vastly expanded when he acquired his first bicycle

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Ride to Work started off well for me by *not* being knocked off my bike by a delivery truck today. Why don't professional drivers realise that if they are going to drive in the opposite lane, they ... read more

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Wendi Duncan Sadly many drivers on the road do not know the safe passing distance. Me personally think they lack common sense . Every ti... read more

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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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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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

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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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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

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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

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Siân Hazell Great work, Helen!!! Good determination. I love stories like this. Well done!
Simon Cohen Helen, great to hear from a fellow hill commuter. I live at the top of a steep hill in the Highlands of Scotland and it st... read more

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Jim Black My wife and I just returned from a trip to Scotland last October. It would have been wonderful to ride part of trip.
Dan Whaley Visiting this summer but not biking :(

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

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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

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Andrew West Excellent!

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

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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

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Great to get out and see some of the sites

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It's now over 10 years since I rediscovered cycling as an adult, quickly becoming a regular cycle commuter on the Union Canal in Edinburgh as a means to save time, stress and money, and act more su... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

Next Wednesday, 24 July 2019, Sheffield sees the return of the Sheffield Grand Prix. It's the 8th time that the city will host a race in the HSBC UK | National Circuit Series. It's a great event an... read more

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I think this is my favourite photo of all time. Me with my husband and my dad after a ride together. Wonderful day and a wonderful memory. ❤️

Topic: A happy riding memory

For years I did commutes by car of over 100miles a day. It made me unfit, unhappy and stressed. When an opportunity came up for a new role closer to home - the first thing I did was research the co... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

The bright sunny mornings have really been helping my enjoyment of my rides into work. So much so that I've started to add loops on to my ride home so I can enjoy the weather and the Great British ... read more

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I collect my brand new bike next Saturday, that I have purchased through the Cycle to Work Scheme. It is a 14 mile commute - plus I am a Peripatetic Nurse, so I travel to and from various location... read more

I started riding a bike 3 years ago when a friend said 'why don't you come and have a go at a triathlon'. I had to find a way of training that didn't impact on time too much so I started to ride to... read more

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I have recently been surprised, humbled, and honored to be the subject of a Civil Beat "Wayfinding" segment. I haven't had the courage to read it myself yet, but hope that sharing it will encourage... read more

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I now feel more confident back on my bike I have stopped using the cycle route to work and now use the roads. This saves me just under three miles. It a dam shame that the car free route is so much... read more

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We bought our cargo bike second-hand from e-Bay for £300 around this time last year. I’d been looking at them for a while as we were expecting our third child. Up until that point I’d been d... read more

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After shying away from getting on a bike for far to long, a combination of climate emergency declarations, peer pressure and the need for exercise saw me take the plunge and buy a Brompton! The... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Marjolein Rijken Yay! Glad you're loving it! And thank you for sharing your story on here and help inspire others to give cycling a go a... read more

You,ve all probably heard the saying, you,ve got more chance of being hit by a double decker bus, well 6 years ago, I was, i was cut out of my car and my Femur was broken. Now it is still uncomfort... read more

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I wave a lot at cars on my commute. Just started trying the thumbs up, reverse wave- works a treat for cars that are hanging back and being patient. Simply take your arm behind your back, as if re... read more

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After recently getting my new ride via the cycle to work scheme, I've talked myself into a 'bit of a challenge'. I'm climbing Mt Snowdon in aid of Cancer research, and then cycling back home to su... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Rarely do I commute to work (logistics really) but make an effort on hashtags days, #BikeWeek for example. It makes it such a pleasure when you see something like a majestic swan gliding down the r... read more

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I finally got myself a new bike on the Cycle to work scheme and my daily commute is so much easier as I was using quite a heavy bike before which was also too big for me! I told the secretary at sc... read more

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Always used to bike everywhere as a kid then life happened and it all got put to one side until a few years ago. My friend convinced me it would be a good idea to take up mountain biking! I went ou... read more

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I was delighted to be selected as the winner of Love To Ride's Global Prize Draw & could not wait to find out what my prize was. To my surprise it was $3000 (£2400) to spend on the trip of a lifeti... read more

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