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Zaczeło się tak że mój rower leżał i leżał aż w końcu mówię tak czas coś ze sobą zrobić i poszedłem na moje podwórko wziełem rower umyłem go z kurzu i pojechałem tak się w to wkręciłem aż do dziś p... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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#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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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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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

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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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

Topic: My commute by bike

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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

Topic: Other

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Christian L 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 : )

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

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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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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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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Helen Fairhurst You have to be in it to win it! Well done, good luck for next time! Helen

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

Topic: Other

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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

Topic: Other

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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

Topic: My commute by bike

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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

Topic: Other

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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

Topic: My commute by bike

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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!

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After years of my bike sitting unused in my garage, covid got me back into biking. And I love it more than I did when I rode years ago! I a looking forward to biking to the office when my remote... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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I cycle to work and it is a real joy in the morning to feel the fresh air, especially as it is all downhill on the way to work - I can coast into work in about 5 minutes time. When I arrive there a... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

Sunday morning 28/02/21 and level 3 has kicked in. I'm feeling pumped, yeah! let's do this...no destination in mind I'm just going to ride so I head over toward Mangere Bridge underpass. I decid... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

This February, I have been inspired to ride every day. I normally travel everywhere on my bike, but now there's more reasons to bike on my days off. Even a 10 minute ride does wonders for my feelin... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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When I was 18 I traded in riding my pedal power bike for a 360 Honda and swore I would never ride a bike again. Why would I got beautiful wheels will travel. Many, many years go by..... Then in Fe... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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I am registering my bikes with Bike Index, and I have previously done so with Project 529. More places is better! I had one stolen once, and because I had reported the theft and serial number to th... read more

Topic: Other

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This is my first year as the office champion for the bike challenge. Over the month we have met up for a total of three cycle breakfasts before work. They are by far the easiest way of getting me o... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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In 2015 I was wearing a T-Shirt from a charity ride at a highschool polo event. A woman I didn't know came up to me and said she did that ride. Long short, she invited me to ride with her and her... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

Dedicated bike parking in the office + shower facilities are awesome benefits of my job <3

Topic: My commute by bike

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I've been "working from home" for almost a year now. There are many real benefits to it, and it's been the right thing to do, but there are times when the same 4 walls feel a bit oppressive: that's... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

I ride for those that have died. I have been riding and fundraising for fallen officers for the last 5 years. Through Law Enforcement United and the Police Unity Tour. This September, I will be ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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So. 10 miles minimum every day for 365 days. Whilst writing, I have just completed day 200. I don't have a smart phone, just joined today and have a lot of data input!!! Charity fundraiser site ... read more

Topic: Other

https://youtu.be/yxHEiR7I-vI Almost a year now after the shutdown, and hopefully heading for a vaccination driven return to more normal times, I can think of one good thing the virus did. Wh... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

So, a while back I was in a rut. A deep rut. I'll spare the "warts and all" but essentially it was the best of times, it was the worst of times and I had lost my job, my relationship, my kids and m... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Saw a person ride up to the bus stop, fold up their bike, jump on and disappear in under half a minute. I've now got a folding bike too, lovely blue colour, so I drive across the bridge, unfold th... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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I decided to treat myself to an ebike 2 years ago. My thinking was if I commuted one day a week to work it would take one car off the road. I have been commuting to work at least 4 days a week this... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Any day I get to cycle with my beautiful wife is a blessed day! She gives me inspiration and has shown me time and time again what joy it is to be outdoors enjoying nature and each other. I'm eve... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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In 2020, I achieved my target of cycling every bridleway in Brighton and Hove. This year I've set myself the glamorous target of visiting every branch of Greggs in Sussex, for a vegan sausage r... read more

Topic: Other

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Scott Manley Living the dream!!! Sounds amazing.