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My dad is in my bubble. Speaking of 'bubble' - in a year of new vocabulary and small geography, on Easter Monday, I got to spend time with my dad. It was nice to focus on something different. (N... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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I love getting up before the rest of the family and stretching my legs on the bike, especially on mornings like today. The sun had just broken and the light was a golden colour. Not many out on the... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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I cannot stress enough how cycling has got me through the last months. I am self isolating and cycle on my own but meet up with friends when it is allowed for coffee and cake. I try to cycle five... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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I have a new love. My husband knows and approves. It means I am at home less, gives him a little 'me' time as we are both working from home in these strange times. I tried a similar relationship ma... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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My commute almost seems like a distant memory, mostly working from my back room rather than cycling the Milton Keynes redways into the office. It's that time of year, light going out in the morn... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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I did it! Woohoo! 50 days of riding! This is how this challenge came about. I decided to take part in the [address removed] #CycleSeptember challenge. I only really awoke to the idea on the 15t... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Great News Love to Ride Cycle September Always good to get people out cycling Activity keeps you much healthier I’m out three, four times a week, not working Set a goal, twelve hundred miles,... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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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Having been diagnosed type 1 diabetic a number of years and having suffered the ups and downs of the disease, I wanted to give back to the charity that is helping support people like me affected by... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Milton Keynes is a fabulous place for biking with a lot more to experience than you can ever imagine.

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Whether, they're quaint, quirky or trendy I love discovering an independent coffee shop along the way. A few week back, I discovered a great coffee spot in Quainton. Today, I came across Surfi... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Did my last Brick session yesterday before the 113 Cotswold triathlon on 20 9 20. It's 1.2 miles lake swim, 56 mile cycle, then 13 mile run. All for fun! For those that don't know what a brick ses... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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So, I haven't ridden a bicycle in roughly 10 years. The love to ride guys helped me pick and choose the bike and my boyfriend is an experienced cyclist. I took the plunge, he has terrible sense of... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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After 23 years, my bike finally gave up on me. This is the bike that I went for a burn on after I stuffed my GCSE science exam. The bike I rode to sixth form parties on, the bike I rode back to hal... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Andrew West Good one!
Garreth Bridgman an old steel frame MT(B is virtually indestructable

It’s not even 7 yet. Not even light. But I’m alert with nerves because today I’m starting bike commuting again, for the first time since October, when I had heart surgery. It’s never a great journe... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Nina Alexander What an inspiring, beautifully written story <3

After 30 years I've taking up bike riding again and finding it enjoyable riding a few miles a day between 2-5 miles and hopefully do a lot more in the very near future if you want to ride after... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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roger fentem Well done Alan, like you I had a 30 year break between cycling periods. I took it up again at age 70 and am doing about 250... read more
Sara Taylor I'm in the same situation, at the moment I'm a fairweather cyclist, using my spin bike in the winter, but I'm determined to... read more

I needed to get some things from the shop. It would have been easy to opt for taking my car: - easier to carry groceries in the car - it's 2 degrees, quite cold! BUT no, I chose the better an... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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For the last 2 weeks, I have been in self isolation. I was desperate to get out. I had the perfect idea for #LightTheNight And so, today the 30th (i am hoping I made the deadline?) I headed ou... read more

Topic: Other

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I used to cycle a lot, during my industrial training during my degree course I cycle from Porchester to Gosport each day there and back, daily total of 15 miles. I loved riding then then life chang... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

8 WEAR A HELMET, ALWAYS Please, please wear a helmet! There is no excuse to not be wearing one. One doesn’t wear them for fashion. They’re there to protect your head. (There are some horrific inju... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Mahesh Patel So true, I had a fall whilst trying to corner on wet leaves, thank God for the helmet....

24 years ago I left MK. Cycling was difficult and unpleasant in my new area. In the last 5 years, none at all. Soon to be moving back to MK - with a bit of luck and a following wind! It's ... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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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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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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I took part in going around Milton Keynes taking photos of the 9 Landmarks. I didn't have to all 9. We needed to only submit at least 4 - but any excuse to go exploring. And today, I came acros... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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What is great about biking is what you see from those two wheels. Today, I saw a Heron alongside a brook in Loughton. Great spot! We had a face off! :) Was so great to pause and enjoy nature!

Topic: My commute by bike

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(I wrote a little poem, maybe cheesy, maybe not) You go round and round below me Upon this seat, I take in the view beside me For as far, as the eye can see My heart is happy, on my bike, I f... read more

Topic: Other

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As I live near Stony Stratford one of the things I like to do is find a nice place to stop and have a nice slice of cake, homemade of course. Recently we heard about the Belge cafe near Nash, so we... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Darrel Hofland I have been told I need to check out this cafe. Will go soon :)
Alan Pheasey we are off to this cafe today

Sunny day 33 degrees today, finished work and rode along the Grand Union canal towpath past the Old Galleon pub festival and cycled along watching the canal barges going along and hottest day and s... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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No, I really do not love my bike. If it were human, people would say we had a ‘dysfunctional relationship’. We’d need a lot of counselling. Although we share a home it has its own space, its own cu... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Darrel Hofland Love love love this... so cleverly done :)

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So today i went out on my new bike. Ive always had mountain bikes and still do but i fancied a road bike to try for a change as I've never had one. I bought a Specialized and today was my first tri... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

Cool. As you may be aware, UnderArmor killed Endomondo last year. That was my app of choice for recording my rides. The new app that UnderArmor is marketing is MapMyRide. I promptly switched ove... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

When I formed our team, my thought wasn't to be competitive. I just wanted to participate, encourage some friends to ride, and be in the running for some of the cool prizes during the Challenge. On... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

In 2008 me and my husband cycled 2000 miles from Lincolnshire to Cyprus. I wasn’t what you’d call a cyclist and was very overweight when we set out. Over the course of 3 months we cycled down to Po... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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My partner and I went to Devon to visit his family this weekend. I've recently gotten into cycling so was excited to go for a ride with them, as they're veterans of the sport. After about 30 minute... read more

Topic: Other

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I have been waiting for the elderflowers to open on my local cycle path (far from the fumes of traffic) and last week the time finally arrived (almost a whole month later than last year). I put a c... read more

Topic: Other

Getting out on my bike more during the pandemic last years I discovered County Durhams Rails to Trails. These include the C2C, Deerness Valley, Bishop Auckland to Brandon and the Derwent Valley tra... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Sunday morning trip out to Sledmere House, NR Driffield East Yorkshire for a take out coffee and breakfast with the chaps.

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

I rode into my training session today as it was a lovely day clear skies and 18c at 8.30 when I set off. Now at lunchtime I’m less than half a mile from site sat at the side of the River Ouse. I’m ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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I hadn't ridden since I was a kid. But since my husband & I were working on our health/weight, it seemed like an easy way to get more exercise without killing my knees. And by buying reconditio... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

I'm one of those people who would say that they never win anything and it's largely true, so it was all the more surprising when Love to Ride got in touch to let me know that I'd won a £50 voucher.... read more

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Gayle Amorowson Thanks for this great story Chris! Congratulations on your win!

Met up with 14 other friends who I normally get together with for a week's cycling holiday touring the Croatian Islands. Unfortunately, we have had to cancel again this year, so today we headed ac... read more

Topic: Other

I work in Falmouth not far from the media centre at the National Maritime Museum. It is very busy with the holiday makers, the police and all the transportation that goes with it. I find it easier ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

So I started my new job in January, working from home initially like so many other people during covid. Easing of the restrictions in April meant I could start my job properly, by going into my ... read more

Topic: Other

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Whilst out on a 40 mile cycle ride today, I happened upon a new place for my cat to stay when I am next able to go away on my cycling holiday to Croatia. Called the Willow Tree Cat Hotel, it reall... read more

Topic: Other

As I continue my mission to cycle the entire Birmingham Canal Navigation system I headed out along the Grand Union towards East Birmingham. I navigated the skunk smokers in Small Heath, survived an... read more

Topic: Other

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Great mixed ability ride in the Calderdale valley as part of the #ridedrinkpie club. All levels, all off road suitable bikes, mixed ability. This weeks ride was great, new members, people wantin... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

After my ex wife remove old fence lots of wood was to be remove so as I met some caravan traveler on my cycling ride I ask do they have enough wood for there wood burning stove no was the answer. I... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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I rode into my training session today as it was a lovely day clear skies and 18c at 8.30 when I set off. Now at lunchtime I’m less than half a mile from site sat at the side of the River Ouse. I’m ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

Riders of Shaam are humbled to be supporting Rainbows Children’s Hospice for the Third time. An organisation that is so close to our hearts. Sadly, some children don’t live long enough. Since 1... read more

Topic: Other

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