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Harald's park story has inspired me! When I was signing up for Democracy in the Park, I was looking for a park that I could easily bike to. I didn't end up choosing this one, but it sure fits that ... read more

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My family has had the opportunity to hop in our bikes after finishing our work at home days. We’ve also used quarantine weekends to ride. We’ve ventured out and explored paths we’ve never ridden on... read more

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We're cooped in more than ever right now, which makes it really important for me to embrace opportunities to get out with my 6 year old son and explore by bike. He probably hasn't realized it, but ... read more

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Thanks to everyone who is donating to the #PedalForGood Cycle September Food Drive! We picked up the first round of donations this week at Wheel & Sprocket Middleton (pic), The Cargo Bike Shop,... read more

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I haven't been to a coffee shop since March, and it's probably going to be a while until I'll go to one again. But there's a great alternative, now that summer is here: Coffee outside! It's as easy... read more

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Living several hours from friends, family, and the place you called home most of your life is though in normal times. The social distancing and cancelled trips of the Coronavirus Era makes it even ... read more

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I work for the NHS in a support role, not frontline, and have been working from home since February 2020. I used to commute to various NHS offices for my job, so all this stopped with COVID-19. Ver... read more

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I suggested that we should get out riding again after years off our regular riding antics. So myself, my fiancee and my brother ( oh and dog but you can't see him in the pic🐕) travelled along the n... read more

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I started cycling during lockdown and now ride most days to work, the shops or to see friends! I'm loving it and have started riding in the evenings to enjoy the sunset.

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So, I hear of all those people who have taken up riding a bike since C19 swept in.... That is great! More people cycling is a good thing. Here's the thing though.... how many have actually cycle... read more

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Luke Ingerson As my main cycling activity was my daily commute and since March 2021 I've worked from home I've definitely cycled less sin... read more

It came as something of a shock back in March 2020 to receive the text saying I have to shield and can't go out of my house. Prior to lockdown I'd been commuting to London by bike and train 3 days ... read more

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Wales was out of bounds for English cyclists for many months. Very frustrating for Bristol cyclists, given the enticing sight of the Welsh hills from Bristol and surrounding areas. But understandab... read more

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Frank Milum Palmer sounds a lovely few days,quite envious

I know many have had a devastating time recently, there are sad stories all the time on the news, but I have had a wonderful time through it all. My wife and I gave up alcohol on 31 Dec 19 (was ... read more

Susie Cumming Thanks for your encouraging story, David - great stuff!
Catherine Bossert Beautiful, David! I, too, find being on the bike takes me back to being a kid where times were simpler! And yes, I wish I d... read more

This will be the 2nd year that Cascade is not doing STP - and I really wanted to challenge myself to do it on my oldest bike (1980 Univega). So I set up a Fundraising Challenge to not only do the... read more

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K. David Wiegand fundraising link is facebook dot com /donate/955740231848821 - Thanks for all help!

Biking is a life saver. The pandemic has been extremely hard for me. I am an introvert and being secluded indoors without physical socializing has been a challenge. I made a deal with myself th... read more

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Kari Fowler I am SO SORRY to hear about your first bike! I hadn't even thought about this happening, better stay locking mine on my rac... read more
David Brown Awesome!!!!

Half way to a Proclaimers song. Lockdown 1 came, working from home and missing my hour daily walk. Out came the old bike. Quiet roads, bliss and beautiful Lincolnshire Countryside. But how fa... read more

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Martin Criddle Great going Lisa

A 27km night ride all the way to East London to see my 2 week old little nephew from a distance. Well worth it.

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It's hard to believe that it's been a year since the COVID pandemic "started". Like most people, I picked up cycling (again) during this time as a way to exercise since workout and fitness centers ... read more

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Sylvie Froncek Yay! You're entered to win an Abus lock, we'll contact the 4 winners tomorrow!

So good to be able to ride in good weather again. Hope that others have (re-) discovered cycling over the past year.

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This year was my first scavenger hunt and I love that I did it with my swole sisters. Getting together to ride Southeastern San Diego was a great adventure. #bikeSoutheasternsd

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Sylvie Froncek Great! We'll select a winner at the end of the scavvy!

There once was a cyclist who liked to "Ride Free", Always stopped halfway for cake and coffee. He was always seen on his "freedom Machine", and that cyclist that loved to ride, was me! …. I'... read more

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Mark Jones I'd pack your bags 😎
Adrian Lewis Panniers packed a long time ago!

Been lucky to work from home during the pandemic, but really look foreword to being able to #RideFree after a day of sitting at my desk

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I have cycled some new routes recently and have been looking for small country lanes and roads that link to old routes trying to avoid busy roads and traffic. I have cycled some beautiful countrysi... read more

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Setting off from Shipley Country Park Visitor Centre down and over the lovely canal bridge on the Erewash Canal (1) at the Bridge Inn, then following the Erewash Valley Trail path over to the Notti... read more

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Lucy Giuliano Thank you for sharing, that sounds like a very well deserved hot chocolate!
Sue Cooper Sounds similar to routes I have taken this week but slightly different how many miles is this route?

Reading all these stories about people taking to bikes in lockdown makes me feel bad. I cycled every day to work, and never missed, apart from extreme ice and snow, and those are rare in Bristol. ... read more

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Covid changed everything, not least of which is people’s travel habits. I avoided buses and trains even once restrictions lifted because I was worried that, even with reduced public transport capac... read more

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A quick historic reference before I get “rolling” in this story. I was given a stent Jan 1st, 2016. I was just 6 miles into a century ride when my arteries closed up & I blacked out. Tipped ove... read more

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Ron Guitard #bikeSoutheasternSD

We went to Morriso Pond to ride with the grandchildren and one fell and got a muddy foot. She was mad the rest of the excursion. We tried everything to console her. We were given a memory never to ... read more

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Roxanne Mc Niel #BikeSoutheasternSD
Sylvie Froncek Thanks for posting! You're entered in the scavenger hunt stories prize drawing! We'll pick a winner when the scavenger hunt... read more

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My son, Luke has got right into cycling following back surgery and loves it, I ventured out with him yesterday for 8 miles which was a hard slog for me as it's been nearly 12 months since I was las... read more

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This might be an unpopular opinion, but for me, lockdown had its beauty. Especially when it comes to cycling. Usually when out on the street, I have to face the anger of "car-people" that cut you o... read more

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I moved to Imperial Beach from the Imperial Valley in 1993. (From the desert to the beach). One of the first things I did when I arrived here is I bought a beach cruiser and I rode all around San D... read more

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Afgelopen maandag ging ik weer aan de slag na 2 weken meivakantie. Ik had veel afspraken en veel werk dat nog lag te wachten, dus ik zat de hele dag achter mijn beeldscherm, zonder veel onderbrekin... read more

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The North Wessex Downs. I'm on annual leave so am taking the opportunity to explore a few new places. After a 75 minute commute to Pangbourne, we set off to explore the quiet country lanes of West... read more

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I got my second Covid jab when on bike in full cycling gear, you would think by the looks of people sit there cycling wear was not aloud

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Last summer we took out first family bike trip. Up the east coast of Lake Michigan. Ten days total with a couple of zero days. Camped the entire way and even took the dog. Our 10 year old was a mo... read more

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It has been a honeymoon with the cars off the road but now people are going back into the office which means more and more cars on the road and everybody in a rush to get nowhere. I am now go... read more

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David Choo If your riding off road and trails. MTBproject is a great interactive site/app. Google maps also has a cycling setting in c... read more

So far 657 miles Brings lots of smiles Never mind the weather As long as bike and I are together On every outing picking up litter The wind and temperature bitter Going round the BMX track ... read more

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Because we #lovetoride

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Karen Poret this looks like the netherlands!!

I never set out to become a bike advocate. It was not in my plan, or even realm of thought when I decided to see if I could do a triathlon and got my first road bike (first bike ever in decades, ac... read more

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Sylvie Froncek Yay! You're entered to win an Abus lock, we'll contact the 4 winners tomorrow!

Yesterday we were officially allowed to meet up with one other household outdoors, so we jumped on our tandem (Child 1 on crossbar seat in front of me and Child 2 pedalling at the back) for a 10 mi... read more

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I hadn’t ridden a bike in years. Then, when COVID hit, I needed to get out of the house. I’ve been borrowing a friends bike for a year, and it’s been great! I love getting out and exploring San Die... read more

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Josh Beatty #bikeSoutheasternSD
Sylvie Froncek Yay! You're entered in the prize drawing! We'll choose a winner when the scavenger hunt ends!

Been lucky to work from home during the pandemic, but really look foreword to being able to #RideFree after a day of sitting at my desk

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During these difficult times it’s way to think you can’t have adventure. Proof this is not true is right here, last night I left home after work on a ride at around Ten o’clock, slept under the sta... read more

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I had lots of adventure plans for last year which sadly did not happen. Was feeling a bit low with the lockdown. So packed up my bike with my new lightweight camping gear, which was feeling sad at ... read more

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Over lockdown I've done one too many local walks, so it was exciting to make a plan with my new ebike to go further afield. We had driven to Hyde Hall in Essex but it looked manageable by ebike fro... read more

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I have recently purchased a few bikes, mainly to help me into my flexible retirement, but mostly as a way to enjoy the fact that despite the pandemic, life can still bring rewards. So with that in... read more

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I started biking regularly during the past 14 months to get out of the house. I begin to feel so much better and I wasn’t feeling bad before 😂. Then bike riding became important for my health. Now ... read more

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Cycled to the vaccination centre today to receive jab number 1. It's been over 12 months of turmoil, but today ai felt a personal sense of one step closer to getting freedom of movement back. Fr... read more

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De laatste tijd heb ik weinig gefietst, meer gewandeld. Vandaag de fiets gepakt en wat was het weer fijn. Een groter bereik dan wandelen en beter zicht op de omgeving dan met de auto. Het was weer ... read more

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