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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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Tom Darville I agree and always horrified when people show events on Strava when on holiday basically telling everyone your house is emp... read more
Carvel Lonsdale Excellent point Tom!

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

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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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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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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

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Tarun Shome Great advice, and something I have been doing for the last year. My theory is that when you're commuting, it's pretty much ... read more
Carvel Lonsdale Brilliant Tarun!

This has made a lot of car drivers/passengers smile 👌❤️ Attach colourful pipe cleaners and feathers to the rear of your helmet.

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Silvia Lopez What a wonderful idea!! I will do that! Thanks for sharing ☺
Carvel Lonsdale No problem ❤️ Enjoy! Post your picture too 😃

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

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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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Alan Garner I like the underarm scoop and use a similar over exaggerated thumbs up technique. Each to their own. As you were.....
Carvel Lonsdale Thumbs are great 👍 especially opposable ones- because we’re not monkeys 🐵❤️

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

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Christian Lampe Hi Carvel, you got me converted! The Knog bells look fantastic in their understated elegance - would be great to have one f... read more
Carvel Lonsdale Awsome! Hope its ringing : )

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Rule 9 of Velominati's "The Rules" says, "If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period." Here's to all the badasses that were out riding in the rain, yesterday.

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It's a bit of a schlep to get there (5 hour drive from Atlanta), but there is no more beautiful ride than the Virginia Creeper trail -- 17 miles from White Top to Damascus, VA. Very mountainous, b... read more

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There are a few different teams out there who are essentially part of the one organisation. Love2ride asked me to be Champion for NSW Department of Education because that was included in my regist... read more

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September was going really well. The weather in Portland had been perfect and I had an unbroken string of commutes with full weekends of MTB riding. This was going to be my best challenge ever! But... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

On the 1st January 2019 I set myself a goal, to complete 150-rides over the next 52-weeks - based on three rides per week. Today, 8th October, 40-weeks to the day after commencing this challenge... read more

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When I lived in DC, I frequently biked to work. Few hills, lots of dedicated bike lanes. Great and convenient bike share program. But in Atlanta? Never! I have worked in downtown Atlanta for... read more

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Tonya Toland Hmm, I live in your area (Edgewood neighborhood), and it is a fairly easy commute to downtown. I bike to Peachtree Center M... read more
Bennett Foster Proud of you, Becky, and love that slogan, Tonya! The Triple H!

Today’s biking

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30 Sept 2019, East Devon, leaving work I thought no way can it continue to rain this hard for the entire eight mile ride home. How wrong was I? Biblical. So there’s me doing my bit to mitigate the ... read more

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Charles De Foy Who ever said life was fair!
Paul Thomas I remember cycling across the Dikes in Holland on my way London to Amsterdam into a headwind. Just thought God please turn ... read more

As part of "Team Speyside" within Moray Council I have thoroughly enjoyed the September cycling challenge. Before the challenge I was an occasional cyclist. Paul, my husband, and I bought bikes 3... read more

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Anna Vince This is absolutely amazing to hear! Thank you so much for sharing, it has made my day :-D To go from not cycling much at a... read more
Sheila Johnson Thanks Anna, frosty mornings are already here and the nights drawing in so may have to stick to my hilly commute for a whil... read more

My lungs are shot - after 40 years of chest infections, and asthma attacks, I got an e-bike. I've not been on a bike seriously for many many years, mostly because I can't breathe properly. The ex... read more

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September 2019: 900 miles from Dieppe to Bordeaux via La Rochelle. So many sights and impressions. What an adventure!

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From 7-15 Sep 19, I took part in the Deloitte Ride Across Britain cycling 980 miles in 9 days. It was the hardest thing I have ever done but it was an incredible experience which I would highly rec... read more

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My colleagues encouraged me to get back on the road today! I dusted my bike down, pumped up the completely flat tyres and joined them on a lunchtime bike ride. Managed 9.7 miles not to shabby and l... read more

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It has been 12 months since my bicycle tour in New Zealand so I decided to go out for a few days pedalling down to the Scenic Rim and into Northern New South Wales. I woke early on the Sunday morn... read more

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After a week and a half of enforced working from home thanks to my 'crappy knee' (this is apparently actually in my official medical notes!) I'm back on my bike this week. My knee still isn't q... read more

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22 cyclists 🚴 500 miles, 6 days… it's the Riders of Shaam who recently took part in a 'wheelie' amazing cycling challenge which saw them ride from Amsterdam 🇳🇱 to Berlin 🇩🇪 in support of Rainbows. ... read more

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Richard Leseney well done

Had my first actual contact with the wildlife early in my ride today...roadkill I am afraid. Not sure what but my, did it cause me to fight the bike and the noise as it passed through the frame wil... read more

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One year ago I was tired. I noticed my feet aching at work. People were overtaking me on shopper bikes on the way home, and my segment times were getting worse. I decided I needed a holiday. Just a... read more

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What a day! 2 bridges loop. Chepstow to Coleford to Parkend to Cinderford... To Gloucester to Berkley Castle to Chepstow. Via some absolutely beautiful countryside and fuelled by peerless WI cak... read more

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Ribs still ache from my cycling accident on Friday, but not enough to discourage me from completing the September challenge. Beware of dogs while cycling..... my advice of the day!

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December 2015 I was almost 20 stone in weight, as someone once said I was built for comfort not for speed. Something had changed for me however and I was about to embark on something life changing.... read more

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In the dark, just awake, the hiss of rain on concrete through my open window next to my bed. Semi-dreaming, in quick succession: drive/take the bus/ride? Yes, ride. Which bike? Not Speedy - no f... read more

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Richard Leseney very nice !!!

I learned to ride as a kid. Like a lot of other American kids it was a rite of passage to lose the training wheels. Though, I recall distinctly injuring myself learning to ride without training whe... read more

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petite ballade sous un magnifique soleil .... c'est là que le vélo est vraiment top !!

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Yesterday I discovered I get very grumpy if I don't get my daily bike ride! Bloody rain!

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Jasper Post I know the feeling...
Richard Beale Riding in the rain is great. Give it a go.

Having not really rode a bike since I was in my Teens - I decided to get back to it and start riding to work. 8 weeks later and 62 trips completed I am feeling fitter, have lost weight and saved mo... read more

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Jack Van den Berg Well done... I have been commuting since January 2018 and I am loving it... then I get it in my head to go for a long ride,... read more

After a brief, scary encounter with a magpie last year, we are prepared this year.

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I cycle to work because I enjoy the speed and predictability of my commute. I also enjoy being outside and active, especially after a long day inside. I enjoy going off road via the Philadelphia g... read more

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This will be my second year cycling to work. Until this morning I would jump on the train if it rained, but I decided this morning would be different, I didn't think about it, got dressed and cycle... read more

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Marina K Hi Geraldine! Be careful cycling in the rain. I also thought the rain won't melt me but my bike wheel slipped in the ra... read more
Geraldine Purcell Lynch Hi Marina, I am so sorry to hear this, how awful. Wishing you a speedy recovery and hope you will be back on your bike in n... read more

I was more or less born on a bicycle. I used to work at 60 km away and commuted by train. It got me fat and I picked up just any flu or cold that was around. All those people sneezing and coughing ... read more

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Barbara Hampton In 2015 I was diagnosed with FSHD which is a muscle wasting condition. I was lucky enough to have cycling in my life, so in... read more

After taking on the challenge in 24 hours for the last two years, I decided to mix things up a bit and invite my non-cyclist friends along. I was apprehensive that someone would give up halfway but... read more

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12 years ago my wife bought me a birthday present of a dark blue Raleigh man’s commuting bike complete with postman pat bell. I have enjoyed cycling to work ever since and am now onto my third bi... read more

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Yesterday I discovered I don't like cycling in the rain. Today I discovered I'm going to need long sleeves for the early mornings from now on!

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The main thing about cycling to work for me is that I enjoy the extra time in bed in the mornings! My cycle in to work takes 11–12 minutes - compared to either a 40 minute walk in or bus journey... read more

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When I cycle to work I feel more refreshed and ready for the day ahead. Cycling home I can relax and enjoy the exercise — or if it’s been a difficult day I can take it out on the pedals! I cycle... read more

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I commute by bike to and from work every day, all year round! I love cycling and my ride invigorates me for the day ahead, and de-stresses me on my way home as I ride past green spaces, lakes and ... read more

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As human beings, our health is not compartmental. If we experience illness or a lack of health mentally or physically or emotionally/spiritually, it does affect our overall health. It is all interc... read more

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Week off + Rain = Pain! First ride in 11 days.

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Moonlight and mist when I set off on this morning’s commute. A couple of miles up the road, the mist began to thicken, finally, turning into seriously dense fog. It got so bad I could barely see th... read more

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Its an amazing feeling to see your colleagues and friend follow your envouragemnet and go sustainable and carbon free. Their stories of enjoyfull ride are so exciting

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

Now its dark in the morning and evening PLEASE can we all wear bright clothing and have good lights, nearly hit a cyclist coming towards me with dark clothing and no lights, idiot!

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There are not many things that can ruin the start to a day than a puncture on your commute to work. The rule of Murphy will tell you that these are most likely to happen in wet weather and therefor... read more

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Temps in Atlanta were in the mid 90s this week. Without the challenge of already being committed to a team for Biketober, I would *not* be out riding until later in the fall. But I went out and had... read more

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Brighton and Hove are jolly hilly. And I live in the 'burbs' of Ovingdean where one of the defining features is the perpetually puffed-out but stoic locals toiling up and down some particularly ve... read more

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I've been chasing my 83 year old Father's mileage right from the start of this challenge. After doing 120kms last Sunday, I was still 15kms in arrears. I went out early yesterday and did a 53km... read more

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Tom Darville Old guys rule!!!

Sent an email last week encouraging colleagues to have a go. Volunteered to bring in my tandem if anyone wanted to have a try on the back. So glad Peter took me up on it! Only 10 minutes round the... read more

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Four years ago I had not been on a bike for 30+ years and never thought I would ever be on one again. However a posting to Paris saw me looking for a cheaper option to monthly metro tickets. Tem... read more

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WIND SUCKS! or should that be blows?? Either would do today.......and I thought rain was bad!!

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Sadly I missed the big company ride this past weekend, but had the incredible opportunity to travel to Ireland. This was my first time ever in Europe and I wanted to make the most of my ONE day of... read more

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ride on a green lane and let go by speed

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Well that sucked!

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I have been a regular supporter of bike riding events that encourage everyone to ride more and have supported the workplace challenge for many years. I've seen it help motivate riders to start a ha... read more

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I've joined the Lendwithcare Zambia Bike Ride taking place in May 2020. Its a 10 day trip, cycling 500 kms starting in Lusaka and ending at the fantastic Victoria Falls in Livingstone. We'll be sto... read more

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Richard Leseney amazing !! well done !!

Jason's e-biking experience is encouraging and shows that age is no barrier when it comes to cycling... his story: "I learnt to cycle as a child and up until 4 years ago used a moped to get arou... read more

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Diane Seddon Thank you for those inspiring comments

Cycling makes me feel happy. I used to use a bike trailer to get my son to school and now he rides to school with me. My eldest son likes to do longer rides with me and explore.

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magnifique et très dur parcour VTT vive le sport !!!

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Today we went to an open day at Kingston Maurward College - This is down in Dorset, and has a studio school attached. My eldest daughter - 15 is starting her last year in school and wanted to go to... read more

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No ride today. Gynae appointments and bicycles don't really mix!

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In the dark, just awake, the hiss of rain on concrete through my open window next to my bed. Semi-dreaming, in quick succession: drive/take the bus/ride? Yes, ride. Which bike? Not Speedy - n... read more

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I spent the holidays cycling from Santander in Spain to Bordeaux in France. It's a great way to see the countryside.

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Anke P My husband and I cycled from Dieppe to Bordeaux and had a fabulous time. 900 miles approximately. WE found France amazing f... read more

I am 54 year old not rode a bike for about 30 years and thought i would never do what I have actually done. In August 2018 I joined a group called fit rovers this is helping men loose weight creat... read more

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Happy to say that I've completed it today cycling from Glasgow to Edinburgh, a route plenty of hills smaller and bigger made it challenging. 2 months ago I had many doubts about taking part in Peda... read more

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I read of a guy who ran a marathon every day for a year,that and Steve Abrahams attempting 80,000 miles in a single year,since then I have ridden nearly 40 mile a day for almost four years without ... read more

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Today, on my way home from work, I swallowed a fly!!

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Geraldine Purcell Lynch Protein! Wash it down with plenty of water!
Clive Sheldon The ones that don't touch the sides are the best.

I was joined by a barn owl on this morning's commute. It flew with me along the lane, just a couple of metres in front at head height. We carried on riding together for about two hundred metres bef... read more

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Clive Sheldon You are so lucky to experience that! I love being close to nature on my rides.
Ruth Billingham that's amazing!

The Cycle September CityConnect Global Bike Challenge perfectly coincides with my Cycle 300 challenge for Cancer Research. Started yesterday, 1 September with the Selby Three Swans Yorkshire Cancer... read more

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On the weekend of 30th August-1st September 2019 thirty of us rode the BIg Ride from Brisbane to Brunswick heads to raise money for permaculture projects in the besieged West Bank and Gaza of Pales... read more

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Mark Taylor ..and we raised nearly $12,000 for charity!
Peter Whyte Great work

Today's bike-ride took me through lush green rice-fields & forests. It was an exhilarating experience, and one I would encourage others to do. My ride was one of my 'no plan, getting lost' rides... read more

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I may not had a Carbon bike, but my 30 year old 531c framed bike was a joy to ride to and from work and weekend jaunts into the Dales. No more, D lock smashed off and insurance not interested du... read more

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John Newell this is why Richard Ballantine thought that hanging was too good for bike thieves...
Tom Darville It is good enough as long as it's followed by being drawn disemboweled and quartered like the good ole days

In a few weeks time I will be cycling the 100 miles of the South Downs Way in 3 days to raise money for Raleigh International. This is tough off road with lots of hills. Trying to fit in training b... read more

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This Sunday is round three of the SE QLD cyclocross series and the clouds are looming. Is it weird that I'm hoping for rain so there will be mud?

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Cycling to work can be quicker than driving, and it’s a convenient way to fit training into my day without impacting my family. It saves money and it’s a healthy and great start to the day. To enj... read more

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I try to cycle to work at least once a week, but generally do it twice, whenever I don’t have to use the car to ferry children around to various places before and after work! I love riding to wo... read more

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I have been riding a bike since I was knee-high to a grasshopper, or as far back as I can remember. I grew-up in a small rural town where, to get-about, a bicycle was the best form of transport.... read more

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Dan Edwards Great photo!