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I'm Retired & Vegan

I've always had a Bike but never new but last November i purchased a Electric Maintain bike just before my 70th birthday having moved to Forest 2 years before i try to go out most days unless it's ... read more

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Get on Your Bike!

I severe lack of cash resulted in missing insurance payments on my car and the policy cancelled! Luckily I had three bicycles in the shed all in various states of disrepair. Selecting the best of... read more

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Back on my bike again

Six months after becoming very poorly with covid I am back on my bike. I have had to switch to an e-bike to help manage my loss of fitness and ongoing covid recovery. Was so lovely to get out on it... read more

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Out and about

The Aotearoa Bike Challenge has got not just me but my husband out and about biking on the weekends. It is amazing how many individuals, couples and families are out enjoying a bit of free air and ... read more

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Image for story Putting the Mountain in MTB

Putting the Mountain in MTB

Effort-rewarding views from Mt Moerangi in the Whakarewarewa Forest this morning

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Image for story My new handle bars,  following my hip revision surgery

My new handle bars, following my hip revision surgery

Well guys that's me out of the game for a while, hopefully I will be back at it for the summer as my recovery starts at minus 6 weeks before I can load bare at all then the recovery really starts. ... read more

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Image for story Winter Wheeler winner £100!

Winter Wheeler winner £100!

I was delighted to hear that I was picked as one of the winners for the winter wheelers! Thank you so much, @lovetoride. This came at a time when I needed a pick-me-up due to a back injury. With th... read more

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Best wishes for 2024

Best wishes and happy cycling for 2024 everyone.

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Image for story Things you'd never see otherwise

Things you'd never see otherwise

Would never have come across this army of pomeranians if I hadn't been out on my bike the other day! A local safari

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Image for story My Biketober Holiday Prize!

My Biketober Holiday Prize!

I have taken part on the Biketober Challenge for several years now in the Wollongong City Council Team. It's a great way to ditch the car, save some money on petrol, tone up the leg muscles, get... read more

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Food Delivery Riders

I find them tedious, and don't class their e-bike/small moped riders as cyclists. They ride on the pavements, firing through red lights and generally just giving all cyclists a bad name and therefo... read more

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I'm tired

I'm very tired

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Need a Bike

We used to have 3 Bike for our family, but during hurricane Harvey, we lost everything due to flooding. I am still looking for a used one. If someone like to sell a used bike with affordable price,... read more

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Image for story Twende Butiama Social Ride

Twende Butiama Social Ride

I am challenging myself to do something really hard. I am cycling for about 1,500 KM with a group of other cyclists in Tanzania and neighbouring countries; today we rode 190 km. Yesterday, 187 km... read more

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Image for story Riding all the Rail Trails in Victoria

Riding all the Rail Trails in Victoria

This year I set my self a challenge that I felt would stretch my riding at the same time as getting me out and about around the state. My challenge was to ride all the Rail Trails in Victoria in 12... read more

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Image for story Winning a cycle safety award

Winning a cycle safety award

I was 12 when I won a local cycling award for safety. I went on to attend a regional competition in Fleetwood. I have enjoyed cycling since my tricycle, small wheeled bike, tracker bit like a Chop... read more

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Supporting other riders

On my morning commute today I came across a cyclist who had come off his bike on a corner in the wet. There was already another cyclist with him, however as I work remotely and can make up the time... read more

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Image for story Gin and Tonic in the Yorkshire Wolds

Gin and Tonic in the Yorkshire Wolds

The purpose of the ride was to check out a new cafe and take advantage of a sunny day. The ride had already been postponed due to a day of relentless rain. The highlight of the day had to be th... read more

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Image for story Completing a wheelie spe-shell 100km ride in a day!

Completing a wheelie spe-shell 100km ride in a day!

Took on a challenge recently to tick off all the Durrell big tortoises around the island in one ride. It was about 105km with around 1100m of climbing. There was 50 of them to mark off - as well ... read more

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Image for story Time to replace

Time to replace

Worn out the freewheel and chain, so went to fit new and found the axle had broke, must be good quick release to hold it all together. so 4,500 mile on the axle. had to nip to bike shop bought axle... read more

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Back to work after holiday

I have missed my bike so much whilst on holiday! Not the grown up kids or the dog....my bike. Back to it tomorrow, hopefully I can also lose some of the many pounds I have gained too!

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Image for story My First Audax

My First Audax

🚴🏻♀️🚴🏻♀️🚴🏻♀️So - here it is in writing - so I am committed ( or maybe I should be committed 🤪🤪🤪). I have signed up to my first Audax. The Yorkshire Wolds 50k on the 12th August - on my own as Chr... read more

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Image for story No work today, but cycled anyway

No work today, but cycled anyway

My most enjoyable ride since I got back from France, despite not quite missing all the showers.

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Image for story ooops, got a bit carried away! Pt 2

ooops, got a bit carried away! Pt 2

What a view, definitely worth a few lumps and bumps, oh and a sore bum x

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Personal challenge

I have set myself a challenge, and I need your help! Throughout the month of August I plan to ride everyday on my bike, and if the weather is too bad, on a static bike in the gym until I reach a t... read more

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Advice for how to regain confidence

I’m new to riding the past couple of months and in the space of a month I’ve been hit by car twice second time I came off and now I have lost my confidence, does anyone have any advice on how to ge... read more

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Image for story Trinity Hospice Charity Ride - Fylde Coast 2023

Trinity Hospice Charity Ride - Fylde Coast 2023

A great turn out with the Fylde Coasters Cycling Club, supporting their local charity. The Club is free to join. We meet at weekends rear of The Elk, in Poulton-le-Fylde and also do mid week meande... read more

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Image for story Kotahi Rau Kiromita

Kotahi Rau Kiromita

Kia ora! Kua takoto te mānuka o te Aotearoa Bike Challenge, nō reira i whakatau au ki te eke kotahi rau kiromita i kotahi te rā, e mau ana tōku tīhate "Toitū Te Tiriti", kia kitea ai ia e te mare... read more

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Falling in love with cycling during the winter

I started cycling about 18 months ago as a means of getting to work. At first I was afraid, I was petrified .... but the more I started cycling, the more confidence I grew, the more you start to re... read more

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Image for story The Up-Cycles Charitable Trust Story - so far...

The Up-Cycles Charitable Trust Story - so far...

🚴🏻‍♀️ A place for fixing, refurbishing, adapting & donating bikes, and a learning space for those in need. ’It’s a hand-up, not a hand-out’. 🚴🏼 My name is Chris Foggin and I am the foun... read more

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IM HYBRID

FASTER FASTER I GO WITH FAST DOWN ROAD NOW A MEAN MAN SAYS GET A HYBRID WELL FLY AROUND ON THAT THEN FASTER FASTER.

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Image for story Christmas ride

Christmas ride

Headed over to the Forest of Dean today for a ride with a friend on my retro Marin Shoreline Mountain Bike. We made the route up as we went along and was surprised to see the strava route map whic... read more

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Brrrrr

That was a chilly little commute this morning! Took a slightly different route to stay within the the houses rather than out on the exposed coast and found out it's all uphill!! Glad I've ordered... read more

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Image for story 1000 miles before end of year completed.

1000 miles before end of year completed.

So happy to complete my goal before December. I'm not stopping though gotta keep them legs working right through winter hopefully. New year and a new goal to come.

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A car crash led me to all-weather cycling!

During the deepest days of COVID lockdowns, my car was dramatically written off by another car, during the 3km drive to Karkarook Park. Second-hand car prices were very high, so I waited - using my... read more

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60 by 60

I do not consider myself to be particularly fit, I have arthritis in one knee and allergic asthma (tough to cycle when the pollen is blowing on my face ) So if you see wobbly cyclist, wheezing a... read more

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Image for story Riding for a better life

Riding for a better life

As a type 1 diabetic it always has its challenges riding helps me clear my mind and keep me active One of my best memory riding was my own son not letting me win a race

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Cycle September

That's a wrap on Cycle September!! I've been tracking my cycling for a month now with Love to Ride and I am pretty flabbergasted at the results... I managed to smash my goal of 230 miles this mo... read more

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Image for story Fight Kids Cancer - Great Cycle Challenge

Fight Kids Cancer - Great Cycle Challenge

This will be my tenth year riding the Great Cycle Challenge to raise money to fight kids cancer. Having seen my lifelong friends daughter die from cancer at 10 years old I like to keep her legacy ... read more

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Image for story Squirrel attack

Squirrel attack

A couple of weeks back I had cycled somewhere for open water swim training and left my post-workout food in my pannier ready to grab. Mistake! Upon exiting the water I found the internal mesh pock... read more

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Sunny weather

It's so good to finally have some fine weather and it's going to get even better when day light saving starts. Happy pedaling everyone 🚴‍♀️😉

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Image for story The best lights ever

The best lights ever

The S33N lights are so great! Bristol business and super unique. They can’t be stolen, can’t fall off and the AA battery keeps them simple and helps us be more efficient consumers. When my last lig... read more

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Health issues got me serious about bike riding

I have been riding a bicycle off and on for over 60 years. I didn't really get serious about it until I had several heart attacks and heart surgery. I realized then I had to make some changes. W... read more

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Image for story New Cargo Bike Day

New Cargo Bike Day

Won a competition for a cargo bike - decided on the Yuba Kombi (non-electric), so far amazing bike, just waiting on the cargo carrying kit to arrive!

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SHARK INFESTION WATERS

IVE BEEN TO BLACKPOOL AND SEEN A SHARK 400 TON GT WHITE SAILING IN THE SEE I KNOW YOU CANT RIDE IN THE SEA BUT IF YOU GO TO LYTHAM YOU CAN RENT A BOAT THERE.

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Image for story Rouvy World Tour

Rouvy World Tour

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Not really a story

I have a friend with a bike retrofitted for someone with their left arm only, he’s getting a new bike and wants to donate this one to someone who can use it. Sorry, I don't have a picture. Tom ... read more

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Image for story ooops, got a bit carried away!

ooops, got a bit carried away!

Out riding last week around the Ardnamurchan Peninsular and managed to rock out my bottom bracket, snap clean off the stem of the frame for the post, but philips screwdriver and some cable ties, th... read more

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Cyclist Playlist

At Tim Isle's and Dave Burgess's suggestion and inspiration here is a playlist of bicycle/cycling related tunes to keep you entertained whilst out and about... (Band then Tune) Stereophonics - Pe... read more

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Cycling is for young, old and middle aged

I've been cycling since i learned to ride about the age of five, which gives me 65 years of cycling, I've noticed the down turn in the standard of driving and state of roads but will not stop me cy... read more

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