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Although I'd been cycling too and from work (8 miles) for several years, I had never attempted to 'go on holiday' by bike. Well, I decided this was the year - especially as travel restrictions mean... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

Since retiring in 2012 and ditching the car in 2013 I have enjoyed cycling, the past three years on my Scott Hybrid but this year the arthritis in my knees has made cycling uncomfortable so against... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Hi Team. Regarding the questions you have ask. Firstly I must Thank, Graig Harrison for introducing me to the Love to Ride app. It all came about when I was on a Lancashire Adult Learning cours... read more

Topic: Other

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For me "love to ride" is not just the love to ride is the only means of transport for work ,shopping and fun ....i do 250-300 miles mothly and i have 3 bike ( had 4 till cople months ago...got ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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I have been gradually increasing my lunchtime cycle ride, started out doing a 2 mile circuit around Spondon about 2 months ago. I yesterday managed a 10 mile ride, using an old Cycle Derby Map (sad... read more

Topic: Other

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I live on the edge of Bury St Edmunds and I work in Cambridge, my cycle commute is around 30 miles each way. I don't do this everyday as it takes about 4 hours in total, and that's a big part of t... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Since lockdown started, I've managed to almost completely switch to commuting by bicycle! The quiet roads and pop up cycle lanes have made me feel happy enough to get myself to work via pedal powe... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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I use my bike to commute to and from work. I leave work between 9pm and 10:30pm depending on my shift and travel through the local country park. It's amazing to hear the owls and see the bats and o... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Our company was unable to join Cycle September in any formal manner, but that didn’t stop us. We created Strava groups all round the world and then joined them up to a Global group too. Toget... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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I have worked from home since lockdown in March and this has saved a car journey of 25 miles each way to work. Using the M1 daily I was invariably caught up in traffic queues and the fumes created ... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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This year has been an incredible challenge to keep cycling. In March we went into lockdown and we’re encouraged to stay in our areas, in July I was taken out by a van driver who opened his door wit... read more

Topic: Other

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My friend hasn’t cycled in 30 years. She was given a bike but it was in need of repair. I booked her in to a local Dr Bike session and she was able to ride it home. I’ve been taking her out on litt... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Prior to the lockdown, like many families, we had 2 cars. But with them being used so little due to home schooling and working from home my wife and I decided to seize the opportunity to sell one. ... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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In January I started a new job which allowed me to cycle 12 miles to and from work. My previous job was 30 miles and 3 motorways away so cycling wasn’t an option. I decided to sell my car and put s... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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I’ve been encouraged to do my bit to reduce our family’s carbon emissions. One easy change for us is cycling the nursery/work commute instead of using our family car. My toddler is seated quite hap... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Normally it is a big challenge to ride to work i.e. 17 miles up 12% climbs so now I’m having work from home I get up early and ride 6 miles out then back to work at home - feel so invigorated when ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Before having children I was often out on the bike, but since having had children I have rarely been out. Since lockdown - and when the girls were able to return to nursery.. we were asked to not ... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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I've started back at work delivering face to face rather than online for the new academic year. My place of work has changed too, and a little closer to home than before, so I have changing to cyc... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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As a carer, I have been caring full time for two adult sons suffering from depression and anxiety throughout lockdown. I used to work as a cycle instructor! But caring during COVID has affected tha... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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I have enjoyed the challenge of cycling to work, spurred on by the Love to Ride Cycle September and a bit of healthy inter-departmental competition. I regularly commuted by bike in London, but less... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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I was really enjoying cycle september, cycling every day. Stupidly, I have never worn a helmet, mainly due to looks, the discomfort and the fact it is anothor bit of bagage to consider. During Sept... read more

Topic: Other

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I work in a local school and have spent lockdown teaching down the camera online. We started back for a new academic year with the children back in school, vowing to keep the school open as much as... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Cyclists Prayer: From these 2 wheels, I pray That I may see things differently, today Thank You for my health Thank You for the joy of the journey Thank You for the fresh air that caresses... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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My petrol car was coming up for its' insurance renewal in August, this was set to cost me circa £60 with tax. In a bid to save money, I decided to declare the car as SORNed and attempt to live car-... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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A journey that was originally planned for May 2020 was delayed until September, but it was worth the wait. Some autumn sunshine most days of the week long journey starting in Inverness, just myself... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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3 years ago I was a 275 pound man at a dwindling 5’8 stature. I was unmotivated and unhealthy. Which was not ideal for a firefighter. I didn’t exercise and I was exhausted all the time. But then... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Kenneth Macomber Heal up fast! And Keep looking up! Ken. Pedal, pedal, pedal. Giddy up go!
Courtney Reynolds Thank you for sharing this story. "Just keep pedaling" is great advice for all of us.

I had to deliver a copy of my sons cd (The Roke), local leaflets and a wet suit around Linlithgow. Usually I wouldn't think twice about jumping into the car and whizzing round to drop them off. ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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We go from strength to strength with more enthusiastic ladies wanting to get back to riding. Today we had a successful cycle around the local park for the "Wibbler's" not quite ready for the longer... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Today, for Clean Air Day, we (my 4 year old daughter and I) rode our bikes to school instead of driving. She came off her stabilisers in the summer and is growing in confidence every ride. Her li... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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It's surprising how many parents place their comfort and convenience over that of their children's future. Yes, it may seem more convenient to rush out of the house in PJs and slippers at 5 minutes... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Each year, many of us are challenged to ride more and get healthier by taking part in the National Bike Challenge. And although many already have great regular cycling habits in place and look forw... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

on the 5 th September (after commuting 16 miles a day back and fore to work on my E-bike for the last two years), my son in law and I on our new road bikes decided to take the 100 mile in a day cha... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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I took up cycling again during lockdown and dusted the cobwebs off my bike in the shed. After a gentle start I have been riding 3 x a week. I am working from home during the pandemic but returned t... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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For those of you that don't know me I am 74 in October and on 7th March I decided to cycle 2020 miles from the 1st January to the 31st December. I have chosen to raise money for the Keech Hospice.... read more

Topic: Other

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I started cycling between my home in Morecambe and Lancaster train station when Northern trains were on strike. I enjoyed it so much I thought I would carry on for the summer. Two years later after... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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I am now 62 and became interested in environmental matters in my teens, yes the 1970s. Even then, I could see the over reliance on cars, was going to get us into a lot of trouble. A little mo... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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I live just over 2 miles from my place of work and understand that it's not doing myself or the environment any good by taking the car to work. I am now cycling to work Monday to Friday and hope i... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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We plan the route two days before it is an easy ride with a stop at the end for lunch. we start our ride blissfully unaware we have downloaded two different rides so we use Nics garmin to follow t... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Today I chose to ride on the bike trail. No cars, few people only squirrels running across my path. It is a beautiful fall day. 70’s and sunny with a breeze. A great day to get lost in my thoughts.... read more

It's been fantastic to see so many children cycling to the school where I work each week. I love seeing my bike in the bike rack alongside a variety of almost adult sized racers, mid-sized mountain... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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We've had bikes since 1976. We don't have a car and haven't had since 1998 - that one was inherited from Polly's mother and we've never bought one. I don't even have a driving license. We use our b... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Decided that rather than go somewhere to enjoy a bit of downtime we could use our bikes to make the journey a bit of a memorable family experience instead. Cycled up some very large hills (!), stop... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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I loved cycle September, it gave me my cycling mojo back and now I’m hooked! I’m fitter, happier and I’m learning new skills. I fitted a new set up mudguards on my bike today (something I’d have pr... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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For Cycle September this year my wife and I were working from home as our buildings are currently for essential office workers only. As I normally cycle 10 miles to work and back again each day I n... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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For the car free day we decided to trial cycling both kids (1 and 3years old) to nursery. The kids loved it! Having the oldest on the front meant we could discuss traffic lights, cars and indicatin... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Having not seen my daughter since lockdown started I thought I would enjoy the relaxation of the rules, or what sense I could make out them, and cycle to see her. She lives in Liverpool, I live in ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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I absolutely loved the #CycleSeptember Challenge. But I only committed to riding everyday from the 15th September (I was away, without a bicycle - for the week before that) So I have decided t... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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I cycle everywhere despite the fact we own two cars, however it's just a shame there's too many reckless drivers out there even when you have a child with you. When will it ever be a safe journey?

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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This year my car has seen very little action, sitting patiently on the drive while I either work from home or cycle to the office, so it seemed a shame to use it on Car Free Day (September 22nd) fo... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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The start of lockdown gave me weekend time at home to finally get round to recommissioning a vintage Carlton road bike I've had for several years but which has been sitting in the shed for the last... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Robin Pottinger Perhaps worth noting I'm a key worker who has had to carry on working full time at the office throughout the year. I count ... read more