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Image for story Breast cancer now challenge when injured!!

Breast cancer now challenge when injured!!

After getting into cycling recently, I set myself a challenge...ride 300km in July for breast cancer now. I had rides planned, secured sponsors, got all excited...then disaster struck. My pet cat ... read more

Topic: Other

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Bay Way

I only started cycling again during the pandemic (after around an 8 year break). I had to build up road confidence again plus get some miles in my legs. I joined the Lancaster Womens Cycling Grou... read more

Topic: Other

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My Early Morning Ride

At 72 Years old a diabetic for 50 years only just started riding a bike again in the past 9 months. I am up at 6.30 am, have breakfast then out on my bike. The roads are reasona... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Past the halfway point

I decided to set a challenge of riding 250 days in a calendar year and as we approach half way I have managed 130 (including some indoor riding after I broke my wrist on an icy January morning comm... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Way of the Roses

After three years planning and lock downs we completed the way this June. Setting off from Whalley we rode to Morecambe, took the usual start photo and cycled to Lancaster for our first nights stay... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Steve's 41 club Dementia UK 706 mile challenge.

Steve's 41 club Dementia UK 706 mile challenge.

I work at Johnson Matthey at Clitheroe and a lot of colleges have seen me coming into or leaving work in bright coloured lycra. Instead of my bright car. And you have wondered why … I have si... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Magnificent 7 go to Blackpool!

Magnificent 7 go to Blackpool!

Magnificent 7 go to Blackpool! We literally had a blast with high winds and high spirits! Love to Ride is all about removing barriers to get people cycling. I managed to convince 4 relatively n... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Helvellyn

Couldn't decide where to ride on a weekend last month, when my mate suggested Helvellyn I jumped at the chance, we've done it before but not on a day as clear as it was this time.. it's long pedal ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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My leisurely ride on a country road

It is an almost balmy afternoon as I leave the busy road and join the quiet country road to West Marton on the edge of the Yorkshire Dale's. I Pedal sedately and drink in the surroundings. The tre... read more

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Reconnecting with my bikes

I promised myself I would use the extra time over the pandemic to get fitter. I have done lots of walking and have spent loads more time with the family which is a positive. However, my bikes hav... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Hard work but worth it.

I have not done much cycling over the last two years as my road bike is broken. I made up my mind to try doing my 7.2 miles commute on my mountain bike. I was feeling the difference not cycling was... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Finding my love of cycling and maintenance

Having tipped past 47 years old this time I was keen to make more of an effort to get back into cycling. I joined cycling September challenge, which not entirely successful due to illness did see m... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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#LighttheNight

A cheap but effective way to be seen at night, especially from the sides, which often gets overlooked, is to aim a clip/strap light on to your water bottles on your frame. It really lights up the b... read more

Topic: Other

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Crushing carbon

I used to drive my car to the gym to walk on the treadmill. I would go macdonalds for a big mac on the way home. Now I ride my bike from home for a workout and pick something up to eat from the l... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Keeping going

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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Image for story Challenge Completed!!! '100 for Guide Dogs'

Challenge Completed!!! '100 for Guide Dogs'

CHALLENGE COMPLETE!!!!! Today I have completed my ‘100 for Guide Dogs’ cycle challenge. I have cycled for 100 hours and covered 1683 miles. I had to finish of course in beautiful Morecambe Bay, a... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story First proper Mountain Bike Ride in Years

First proper Mountain Bike Ride in Years

I haven't been out Mountain Biking proper for 20 years since I was a student. Three of us decided to go out this weekend to Clapham and ride an old favourite route. A little nervous to begin with... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Image for story Eric gets some PPE

Eric gets some PPE

Early one morning whilst out for an early morning pootle along Morecambe Prom (deservedly popular with all types of cyclists), I spotted that even our Eric Morecambe statue was sporting some PPE. W... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Helping out the struggling charities - Guide Dogs for the Blind

Helping out the struggling charities - Guide Dogs for the Blind

100 for Guide Dogs is a challenge where the participant can choose to Run100, Cycle100 or Swim100 between 1 July and 30 November. For the cycling event the individual can choose how they want to co... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Stanley's First Ride

Stanley's First Ride

Whilst on furlough during lockdown, I joined an amazing Facebook group called "Sloth Cycling Team". As the group name suggests, speed and distance are irrelevant and the main ethos of the group is ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Way more fun than sitting in traffic

#NoCarbon I found a route that keeps me away from the traffic with a short off road section too! And so far my bike is 7lb lighter than when i started riding it...! Happy cycling!

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Tickle your fancy?

Tickle your fancy?

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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Trail to Road.

Love riding both my mtb and road bike. Rivington and Darwen for most of my local mtb rides. Gisburn and Lakes if going further afield. Enjoy rides to Southport , Blackpool and Garstang on the roa... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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The Scoop.

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

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Ding Ding- ring your Bell.

Ding Ding- ring your Bell.

First a CONFESSION! I've never liked bells on bikes. In fact I'd go as far as saying I hated them- you know, the aesthetic bike fascist kind of hate. BUT, my wife bought me a bell this Saturday th... read more

Topic: Other

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Loving it :-)

I commute most days to work and have been doing so my around 4 years, slowly building up the amount of days and slowly building up how many miles I do. Direct it is 11 miles each way but I often do... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Brief Encounter

Whilst riding through a local park my path was blocked by a group of women chatting. I stopped and talked bikes gave them my number if they needed a bike buddy. About a month on we started riding t... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Cycling in ladies Breeze groups

Cycling in ladies Breeze groups

In recent months, I have been struggling with low mood and anxiety related to big changes happening at work. Cycling has really helped me unwind and switch off for a few hours each week. But it is ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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The commuter

I've always enjoyed cycling since been really young and and I've always cycle to work. Recently I cycled about 3 miles to work and back everyday and thought that was amazing and it was at the time.... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Why I decided to get moving #womenwhoride

Why I decided to get moving #womenwhoride

Lockdown one hit me hard- I developed anxiety and depression through a mix of teacher and mum guilt. This left me both a mental and physical wreck. I was prescribed fluoxetine and it helped however... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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9 years

Nine years ago I gave birth to my miracle baby but due to a genetic defect my heart started to fail. I entered a dark time of joy in my baby but not knowing what was wrong. I was told if I had pas... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Cyclist friendly cafe in Accrington

Cyclist friendly cafe in Accrington

Cafe88 on Abbey Street in Accrington are cyclist friendly and have great offers for cyclists plus some freebies too (limited amount) such as puncture repair kits, lights etc... There's also free b... read more

Topic: Other

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New to me bike

Hi, having recently parted ways with my Boardman hybrid comp I acquired a Voodoo Hoodoo off my Son. Whilst I had an old 2000's 26" MTB, the Voodoo is amazing and has lifted my spirits when it come... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Friend has now done the whole Guild wheel

A newish friend who hasn't cycled since childhood (and is now 48) has been trying to get fit and lose weight. They had bought a brand new bike three years ago but hadn't wanted to go out on their ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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My Bike ride

Everyday once I have either finished my work homeschooling or finished my work at school and go home I love to go out on my bike and do my favourite ride. This ride consists of me setting off fro... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Making sure your seen

Prior to cycling I would have gone out running with only an illuminace jacket on. However on the bike it is so important people see you and you can see them. This week I got my girls out on their b... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story The cycling bug

The cycling bug

I am 71 years old, a type 1 diabetic on 4 insulin injections a day, asthmatic, waiting for a knee replacement and had a double heart bypass So why am I cycling? Simply because I love it! I haven... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Nice to feel the breeze as I hurtled downhill at speed!

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

Topic: Other

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LeJog

Having had numerous holidays cancelled, social distancing heightened we began to consider our options. Stay safe and keep fit. When sister and husband offered to drive our camper van for an adventu... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Car sold, new job and daily cycling regime

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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Shakin' that a##

When truck drivers make a massive effort by losing their momentum on a hill, by dropping into a low gear and crawl up behind you to keep you safe, make a big show of how hard you are trying to get ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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#ExploreByBike

Gradually working my way through the various "100 Cycling Climbs " challenges on Strava/Veloviewer. I'm not that fast but I am quite stubborn (!) and often end up wheeling my bike up the steeper gr... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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#ExploreByBike

The Covid-19 situation has been the only reason I have ended up finding a new and picturesque route between Helmshore in Rossendale and Stubbins near Ramsbottom. I have since found out that it is ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Eddy

I ride fairly regularly-3 or 4 times a week. I thought l knew my local area.l used to set out on a known route looking to improve my time. Coronovirus lockdown meant events were cancelled. I start... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Never been so fit

I bumped into so peeps I had not seen for years at a Birthday party who told me they were mountain bikers and I started to ride with them, at this point I was super unfit. After riding with them fo... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Keep your data safe

Keep your data safe

Just a thought for those who are safety conscious about burglary and stalking. If you use Strava go to your privacy settings and create a privacy zone around your home location- this will keep yo... read more

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Big Love

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

Topic: Other

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Back on the road

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

Topic: My commute by bike

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The reverse wave.

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

Topic: Other

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Indignation is your enemy.

Wave at every car that gives you any room. When you get angry about poor driving just remove your approval wave. See? You got angry but didn't enter into a negative dialogue : ) Happy commuting ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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