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I took the opportunity of Cycle September to arrange to see my mates from University. We had not met up for 10 years and it was great to get together on a cycle ride on the Tissington Trail in Derb... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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After a fall a few years ago I never worked up the courage to get back on my bike, until being inspired by Cycle September. Since then I've loved riding my bike to work or to the shops, come rain (... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

Manchester’s Got Talent is a Youth group set up during Covid Lockdown to respond to the local needs of teenagers and parents and fill the gap left where many charities shut down or sent staff on ... read more

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Our 4 year old learned to ride a bike about 6 months ago, but she's still a bit young for longer family trips, and getting too heavy for the bike seat! Buying a second hand tag along has been the b... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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The great thing about the Ribble Valley (30 miles north of Manchester) is that sooner of later you bump into a hill. Getting fit on a bike happens quicker when you're up against the force of an up... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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You will find me on bike rides along the Trans Pennine Trail from Altrincham to Warrington. It is a safe and long straight route for a pleasant ride. A shared path with walkers, horse riders and ... read more

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Sustrans Manchester It's so important to know where the tasty cafe stops are, sounds heavenly

A colleague of mine wrote to me last week - she had ventured out on her bike and tried the home to work commute from Stretford to the city centre - using the pop up Chester Rd cycle lane. She'd be... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Well here I go again, though I've told My better half this will be the last one! My 50th this March, I'd thought for some years about doing the Lakesman this particular year. An Iron Man distance ... read more

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We weren’t able to find bikes during this time, but we were lucky to get a pair of skates! We love skating outdoors on the shared used path! Stay hydrated and have fun outdoors everyone!!! #Mobilit... read more

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I think that as a mechanised society we have lost sight of how incredible the human mind and body really are. We're built for going incredible distances in hot and cold with just the power of our m... read more

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Great way to get round our town to deliver newsletters. Quicker than walking and better than driving. Efficient and good for me.

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I had all but given up cycling , due to various issues , but then I purchased an electric bike in February , and picked it up in March. This has given me a new lease of life to my cycling enjoyment... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Belly laughs, beads of sweat on my forehead, soft and forceful breezes on my face, indescribable joy, inner strength - these are just some of the experiences I have been blessed to enjoy during the... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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READY STEADY GO When March Lockdown came, it seemed to me A target should be set for all to see How about 2020 miles for 2020 Not enough? Oh yes indeed plenty! Instead of 100 miles per mo... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Christian Lampe Love your Poem. Well done for achieving your goal :) I also have a goal to ride 2020 miles this year but still need to get ... read more
Chelsea Alventosa This is excellent, thanks for sharing Lindsay!!

As i had been very much enjoying the cleaner lockdown air, i thought i'd do my bit to help keep it that way. I adapted a regular bike trailer to fit the back of my Kingcycle recumbent bike, and did... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Great time of the year here in the sunshine state orlando, Florida. 🌴🌅🐊🦈🐬🐟🐞🐾🚴🚴🚴 Hope all you bikers are staying safe and Healthy! 😉😷🙏

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Ik ben een held op sokken, dus ik wil wel van die kekke fietssokken. Maar om die te winnen moet ik een verhaal delen. Nu ben ik wel een fietser maar geen goede schrijver. Verder is het zonde van m... read more

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Fietscoach Mirjam A Beste Pien, bedankt voor je verhaal. Wij vinden een persoonlijk verhaal helemaal geen tijdverspilling hoor. We hopen juist ... read more

I bit the bullet and bought a bike! Second hand from a lovely chap who didn't need it anymore. 5 miles from my house. Bus there. Bike back. I hadn't been on a bike in probably 12 years! Didn't real... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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I ride daily around the UCSC campus. Today while riding down the bike path from the Recital Hall I decided to laugh loudly. I didn't start off feeling like I wanted to laugh but by the time I arriv... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

About 7 years ago after too many miles run on the roads my knees finally told me enough... as did the physio. I'd always enjoyed cycling for fun but decided to combine cycling as my main form of fi... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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I've not been biking so much in recent years. But it is a useful tool in the arsenal now, in keep some social distance. Rather than weaving around on foot, you can quite easily keep plenty of dista... read more

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I live in Brighton and work between Brighton and Hayward’s Heath hospitals and have traditionally always cycled to Brighton and driven to Hayward’s Heath. My husband, a keen environmentalist and pa... read more

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I needed to pick a few things up from the local shopping centre about 5 miles from home. Usually I would jump in the car but yesterday decided to donn cycling gear! Felt really good except for the ... read more

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Penny Schenkel Well done on the shopping trip. I hate taking the car to the shops and try to use my bike all the time. Sometimes, I try to... read more

Getting valuable exercise and mind clearing after busy days at work. Meeting like minded individuals out on the road with a wave, who were also enjoying all the benefits of cycling. We all need ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

I started commuting to work when my daughters went to senior school, I thought they’d ride their bikes to school but it wasn’t ‘cool’. Fast forward 12 years and they are both working, they don’t al... read more

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The cycle from Pennington Warf > Old Trafford back is such a nice way to unwind after a tough working week. I always find the people on the route to be respectful and friendly. There are some great... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

Just a short story to say I was in target to hit 8000 miles this year and loving life on my bike, which includes my first camping bike packing experience. Unfortunately I freak incident knocked me ... read more

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I like to cycle and in the past I used to cycle a lot. After the knee surgery I was unable to cycle all the way to my workplace and than cycle to carry out inspections around Manchester. Cycle Se... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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With just one last opportunity to get in a few miles I took the chance of working from home this afternoon so that I could also get in one last ride for the arts company I work for, Salford-based W... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Having not rode a bike in years I bought a bike and cycled to and from work. Found it in Invigorating, fresh, although a little tiring. Will continue to ride, ride, ride.

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Sustrans Manchester This is great to hear...I definitely feel more creative if I ride my bike

As a Registered Nurse and mother of extremely vulnerable daughter. Cycling has kept us fit and healthy during the Coronavirus Era. Cycling on the beautiful country side of Carrington Moss.

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Sustrans Manchester That's great to hear you are able to get out, enjoy the sunsine!

Being a Nurse needed to spend this Era looking after my physical and mental health. Have lived in the area for many years and never have taken the time out to cycle this beautiful green space. It... read more

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Jane Leicester Snap! Important to protect this green space

Just a quick one - I rode my bike so much that my actual car battery has gone flat.

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

30 years ago, I was 27, with a desk job and needed a challenge. I rode a 5 speed bike from Bathurst to Thornleigh in Sydney, via Bell's Line of Road. It took me 13 hours. I hit a lump of tar going ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

I started riding my bike to get the stress out, and found I was making allot of friends while riding (animal and humans). First I made my duck friends in one neighborhood and a few cats. I would r... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Patrick Hale CR 220 can be a very scary place going on a solo ride!!! Stay in the neighborhoods as much as possible!!!

My car has been replaced by a small e-cargo bike ( I like to think of it as a utility bike) for almost all of my local journeys, and quite a few not so local trips too. My daughter has recently bou... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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RB BB I am a keen trailer user. My father has a 1/3 of an acre garden. I love collecting large bags of compost, fertilizer etc an... read more

Lockdown has been a strange time for all of us, some have really suffered with the restrictions however i cannot say i am one of those people, thanks to the amazing invention that is.. a bicycle! B... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

Vandaag begon mijn thuiswerkdag wel heel goed: tijdens mijn dagelijkse rondje in het duin werd ik begroet door deze mooie viervoeters. Zo is dat thuiswerken zo vervelend nog niet! En ook nog eens g... read more

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We are loving doing the school run on our bikes! We avoid the traffic, the parking nightmare and we arrive with a smile!

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My cycling adventures have been stalled by a classic issue; a puncture. Last weekend’s cricket practice was an ideal time for me to cycle the couple of miles to the nets, but the slow puncture ... read more

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I ride my bike to work and to play and I love to hike in nature. I was out with friends last week at the Land Of Medicine Buddha in Soquel. This is a private Buddhist Monastery. Absolutely no bik... read more

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Robert Duran Unless someone is there to stop them it will continue. I used to mountain bike in Wilder but gave it up to actually enjoy ... read more

24 years ago I left MK. Cycling was difficult and unpleasant in my new area. In the last 5 years, none at all. Soon to be moving back to MK - with a bit of luck and a following wind! It's ... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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From the 15th of September, during #CycleSeptember, I decided I would cycle every day of the month. But I wish I did start at the beginning of the month. However, I decided I would still cycle fo... read more

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I thought I'd join in by borrowing a set of wheels to help my team to the top of the table and also in the hope that I could actually win my own set of wheels! Will do it again next year...hopef... read more

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I used to ride daily to the office and back. A journey of about 8 miles. Not a lot, but enough to keep me fit and the pounds off my waistline. Then Lockdown happened and the need to cycle was g... read more

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Great News Love to Ride Cycle September Always good to get people out cycling Activity keeps you much healthier I’m out three, four times a week, not working Set a goal, twelve hundred miles,... read more

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Rushing to meet some friends for a road ride on Saturday I noticed the headset was loose. I grabbed the Allen keys and got adjusting keeping one eye on the clock. In my haste, I overtightened the b... read more

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When I was15 I wanted to be a professional cyclist. Cycling wasn't the coolest sport at Peninsula Grammar where cricket and footy (VFL) rule but I was in the cross country team and swim squad and h... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Jeni Bindon Great story!
Jonathan Bays Thanks Jeni

I started commuting by bike this September- and because I have no parking space at my new job I knew I had no choice but to get on with it! I have fallen in love with it... Treating myself to a new... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

I gave blood the other day, and used my bike (it's allowed! …. as long as you don't push too hard after donating). Donor sessions are always busy and it's often difficult to park your car - cyclin... read more

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