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Fun

I had so much fun cycling with my friends

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Granddaughter & me

My granddaughter is only 11 yrs old and she always wants a cycle with me so off we went round Canvey island a full 11 miles, & she didn’t moan once . She can’t wait till we do it again

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Hidden gems to discover while cycling

Hidden gems to discover while cycling

I have been living in Milton Keynes since 2002. Busy life style and work commitments meant that the car was my main transport option. However, following a change in my work circumstances, I sudde... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Enjoyable rides

since I started riding again I've put a little effort in expanding my rides though sometimes it does not work out because my legs tell me to stop but even though I do stop on that day I will get... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Sunshine, smiles and a few miles

Sunshine, smiles and a few miles

For many years I rode my bike as hard as I could whenever I could. However the last 18 months have brought a big change to my riding, various reasons, mostly non-pandemic related. Now my focus ha... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Quality Time with my Dad

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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Image for story A Peaceful start to the day

A Peaceful start to the day

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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IMPORTANCE OF CYCLING

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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Hill? What hill?

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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#LightTheNight #StaySafe

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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Image for story 14 lessons I learnt from 50 days of riding my bicycle (part 1)

14 lessons I learnt from 50 days of riding my bicycle (part 1)

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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Cycle September Musing

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

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My 50 day challenge

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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Image for story Cycling the September challenge for Diabetes UK

Cycling the September challenge for Diabetes UK

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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Image for story Road (path) safety check in Ouzel Valley Park

Road (path) safety check in Ouzel Valley Park

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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Image for story What coffee shops have you discovered on the way?

What coffee shops have you discovered on the way?

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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Brick session cycle

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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Hidden Historical Gems

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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Letting go

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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Image for story Getting back in the commuter groove

Getting back in the commuter groove

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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Image for story When feeling down - get out!!

When feeling down - get out!!

Yesterday, I had a lonely feeling day, but I knew getting out would be good for me. I came to my 'senses' and decide to experience a ride with all my senses. There is something about riding, ever... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Cycle with Youth

Find somewhere you can have a pit stop and share snacks, enjoy nature and chat. Important to encourage each other and make memories. Open spaces, running water and Heron watching.

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Being Present on your ride

Being Present on your ride

Yesterday I rode the well known guided busway that runs between St Ives and Cambridge in Cambridgeshire. One way it is 14 miles. Because it runs along an old trainline, it's pretty flat the whole... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Biking

I bike every morning before school so tired in the morning but have to stay motivated

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Feels like Faith

Feels like Faith

I used to be a happy cycler as a young person, I'd cycle to visit my grandparents during the week and take a break from schoolwork. I'd also cycle many kms every Saturday just to hang around the ne... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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After 30 years not riding

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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Image for story #WinterWheelers - don't be lazy!

#WinterWheelers - don't be lazy!

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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Image for story Looking for Light #Lightthenight

Looking for Light #Lightthenight

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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Image for story Rediscovered joy

Rediscovered joy

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

Image for story 14 lessons I learnt from 50 days of riding my bicycle (part 2):

14 lessons I learnt from 50 days of riding my bicycle (part 2):

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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Going back to move forward!

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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my bikes

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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Image for story A Cyclist's Prayer

A Cyclist's Prayer

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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Image for story Finding New Places

Finding New Places

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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Bike and Bird

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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Cycle and Coffee

(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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Visit to the Belge cafe

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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Wolverton iron aquaduct

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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Image for story Grounds for divorce

Grounds for divorce

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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Stories from around the world

Image for story Lesson Learned Hard Way

Lesson Learned Hard Way

If you purchase a helmet with the ANGi or something similar take the time to set it up! No one plans on crashing and 9/10 it happens due to things out of our control. Also learned since crash that ... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story The simple pleasure of a bicycle bell.

The simple pleasure of a bicycle bell.

Buy one, Ring it and make others smile, Ring it when no one’s around and make yourself smile, The cycling world would be a better place if there were more bell ringers, I love my bicycle bell, ... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Cycle For All

Cycle For All 🚲 What a great day cycling last Friday at Peak District National Park exploring the Tissington Trail. The variety of inclusive bikes Parsley Hay bike hire had was incredible. The ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Got back on the saddle after a fall

So just over a week ago, I fell off my bike having only ridden two times in the September Challenge and before was when I was a kid (many many years ago!). I injured my leg quite bad and had to ta... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

Image for story It is much more than a bike: it is a freedom machine

It is much more than a bike: it is a freedom machine

If there is some silver lining to the pandemic, is that it pushed me into cycling. I do not have a car, but I do not feel limited.

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story ABC Quick Check-Chain

ABC Quick Check-Chain

“C” = Chain : Always check that the chain is clean and lubricated. A rusty chain drags, changes gear poorly and may even snap. While you’re down there, spin your pedals and check that the cranks do... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story My morning commute

My morning commute

My ride to work in the morning is the only time I don’t worry about anything during the day. It is the only time when I can watch nature happen and be surprised by the ever changing seasons and so... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story The Quiet Lanes of Suffolk...

The Quiet Lanes of Suffolk...

Quiet Lanes Suffolk is a small team of enthusiastic volunteers helping parish councils across Suffolk introduce a 500km network of Quiet Lanes into the County. Quiet Lanes are small rural lanes, ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Biking Meetings

Biking Meetings

I have been known to host "walking meetings" with my team members as we go over important business items for follow up. I never thought I'd be hosting 1-1 meetings with my staff via bike, but that ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Pedal It Forward

Pedal It Forward

Our family recently had the opportunity to upgrade a bike. We replaced a Trek 830 Mountain Track (1997ish) with a new Liv Rove E+ so it was a pretty significant change. We didn’t need to keep the o... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story ABC Quick Check-Quick Check

ABC Quick Check-Quick Check

Quick: Check your quick release skewers on your wheels. Make sure they are tight enough to keep your wheels on. Check: Take a quick ride to check if derailleurs and brakes are working properly. In... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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