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The Start of Biketober!

Hi Everyone! This is the start of Biketober and I have logged my very first ride. I rode around Newington Armoury, Sydney Olympic Park and Sydney Olympic Park Wharf. It wa... read more

Topic: Other

Denim Jeans hoodie baby distance and hot day

3 months prior I had met a guy who was partner to my wife's friend who was a cyclist and suggested that we should do a ride together. Well finally 3 months later we got that ride in. He turned up o... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Post-lockdown ride

Post-lockdown ride

Out for my first ride with friends after the lifting of the 5km radius restriction, went big and did 100km and loved chatting with loads of other cyclists at this beautiful spot in Kurnell, looking... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Got the Swoop on any Magpie deterents?

Got the Swoop on any Magpie deterents?

I have found a nice 10klms loop near my place with some hills and some Strava segments to benchmark and motivate my unfit just back on the bike dad bod. First couple of times I had no trouble, but ... read more

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Go the bike

Just a quick one - I rode my bike so much that my actual car battery has gone flat.

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Addicted to chain lube.

Addicted to chain lube.

I think that as a mechanised society we have lost sight of how incredible the human mind and body really are. We're built for going incredible distances in hot and cold with just the power of our m... read more

Topic: Other

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Going For Broke!

[address removed] Depression is an insidious disease which at best impacts its victims and everyone around them and at worst makes suicide appear as the only option. In Australia eight people ea... read more

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Image for story Blayney to Bathurst 2019

Blayney to Bathurst 2019

Adventurously, we attempted the 2019 Blayney to Bathurst purely to feel like real cyclists by receiving a number we could pin to our shirts. After 70km, one flat tire, the consumption of many, man... read more

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Cycling, a wheely great love story!

When people ask me why I love riding so much it’s hard to give a wheely short answer! Perhaps first and foremost it’s a great fitness activity that you can incorporate into and around your daily co... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story A time saver, good for the environment and me

A time saver, good for the environment and me

Lexy loves to ride to and from home to work at RPA campus "..it saves me time and I don't have to sit in crowded transport or a car - it works for me. Also great for the environment and I get my h... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story KGV RPA bike parking see other site bike parking

KGV RPA bike parking see other site bike parking

Across SLHD there are bike parking facillities see your site's Transport Access Guides for end of trip facilities: Balmain Canterbury Concord RPAH SLHD Community Centres have their own TAG... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Cycling mums

Nadia and Ana from the Health Promotion Unit SLHD enjoy their commute to work by bike. They cycle together to and from Coogee and work at RPA campus. They make the time by organising their busy y... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story King Carl Gato Lives

King Carl Gato Lives

There is but one human truth and that is there are many truths. I know this because I ride a bicycle. My cat does not ride on a bicycle, but he is alive. For him that is blessing, I suppose, and fo... read more

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N+1

It doesn't matter how many bikes I have or how many rides I do, how many places I visit or how far I go, only that there is always one more person to bring on the journey - you!

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Its great to be an encourager

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

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Image for story Anytimeeeeeee...

Anytimeeeeeee...

The beauty of cycling is that as long as YOU are ready, you can cycle anytime of day. Morning, afternoon, evening or very late/early hours. That's what I do, cycle odd hours and just have fun &... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Magpies Like to Target Lone Riders

Magpies Like to Target Lone Riders

On our way back from the Gong on Saturday morning, myself, Jim Ponton and Nigel Lamb decided that instead of riding around the Woonona Surf Club where 'NSW's angriest Magpie' lives, we would form a... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

1986 Riding in China

In 1986 I joined a group of 12 people who cycled in the Foshan and Guangshou Areas of China for 3 weeks. We cycled through lots of different weather, ate some amazing dishes, & cycled approxim... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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"Some one has to die to get a car space"

I started at the Kids Hospital Westmead earlier this year. On the first day I enquired about staff parking. My colleague said "You have to wait for someone to die to get a car space". I replied wi... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Bathurst to Sydney

30 years ago, I was 27, with a desk job and needed a challenge. I rode a 5 speed bike from Bathurst to Thornleigh in Sydney, via Bell's Line of Road. It took me 13 hours. I hit a lump of tar going ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story A 15 year old's Cycling Dreams

A 15 year old's Cycling Dreams

When I was15 I wanted to be a professional cyclist. Cycling wasn't the coolest sport at Peninsula Grammar where cricket and footy (VFL) rule but I was in the cross country team and swim squad and h... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Image for story Beautiful country road ride in Crookwell

Beautiful country road ride in Crookwell

Visiting a friend in Crookwell, on way to Canberra for some riding. He took us on a beautiful flat ride along a country road. So nice getting out amongst the sounds of cows, kookaburras, frogs and ... read more

Topic: Other

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Parramatta

My favourite place to ride would be Parramatta. I love riding there and that's where I hire my bike. Around the Parramatta river there is plenty of space to ride and also around Parramatta Park the... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Invite your work buddies to register

Invite your work buddies to register

Great prizes to be won! Including bikes, back packs; adventures trips; restaurant vouchers and so much more. If they haven't rode much and or want to particiapte in riding opportunities, check out... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Cycling to RPA from Coogee film ...

Cycling to RPA from Coogee film ...

Watch this space for - workers cycling to and from RPA to Coogee

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story 1 Month, 1 Goal, Fight Cancer!

1 Month, 1 Goal, Fight Cancer!

Every 2 minutes, a child is diagnosed with cancer, the biggest killer of children from disease in Australia. Children deserve to be living life, not fighting for it. This October, I'm riding 500... read more

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Image for story SLHD has been winning cycling challenges for years

SLHD has been winning cycling challenges for years

Back in 2015 The Public Health Unit won a cycling challenge that City of Sydney hosted and the SLHD Health Promotion Unit coordinated. The team enjoyed their winning prize of a day at the Hunter V... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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And now we are 5... almost 6?!

A “Biketober” email in my “Inbox” piqued my interest. As a regular bicycle commuter for many years, I’d let myself get a bit lazy over winter and the cooler months… too hard, too cold, easier opti... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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NSW Department of Education

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

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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You have to be in it....

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

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Stories from around the world

Biking for Sanity

Biking and hiking saved me during the pandemic. I met up with old friends and met new people while mountain and road biking. There's nothing better than being outdoors with your buddies, enjoying... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

Paying it forward and helping out a stranger

A few months ago someone I hardly know learned that I like bicycles and gave me a box of tubes they had no use for. I didn't have any bikes in that particular size, but accepted because I figured I... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

Attacked

Las night I was commuting from work along the river lea canal in East London when some one push me from behind ending on the floor and my bike was taken please be aware if this area

Topic: My commute by bike

Riding My Bike in Key West

Riding a bike in cities where parking is limited or difficult to find most of the time can be the best solution to still enjoy the outdoors while getting good exercise. I brought my bike to Key Wes... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

Image for story NCR 75 to Loch Lomond

NCR 75 to Loch Lomond

Having the NCR 75 on my doorstep is a real treat. Any time i fancy a light ride for an afternoon I take it slow along to bowling for a coffee; for a workout I can click up a few gears and go as fas... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

Don’t give up.

When I started this whole thing I maybe rode on average a mile a week. I grew up with a passion for bikes. Anything with two wheels count me in. But as I turned 30 I noticed that passion had dulled... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Creeper Trail, Damascus, VA

Creeper Trail, Damascus, VA

This is my favorite trail; I have revisited it multiple times with co-workers and family on this trip.

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

Image for story Aberdeen to Pitlochry at sunset

Aberdeen to Pitlochry at sunset

Almost a year ago I cycled from Aberdeen to Pitlochry. The Deeside is a beautiful area to ride: I followed the main road until Braemar where I had some fish and chips. Then sunset came while cyclin... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Carless life in wellington

We've been without a car in wellington for some 15 years now through choice, initially we just walked and bussed and taxid when needed everywhere then we decided to get a family cargo bike when we ... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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Image for story Prelude from 1980

Prelude from 1980

This old girl has been carrying me along the backroads of Auburn, Al since my days in class back in the late '70s. It still feels just as free as it always did. Happy for the growing bike paths.

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Bike tour in Reynoldstown

Hi everyone I am new to biking in metro Atlanta and have not ventured out much my beyond my neighborhood, the Westside Beltline & Michelle Obama Trail (South River Trail); The way folks drive h... read more

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I want to get out on my bike😷😷😷😷😭😭😭😭

We had a break to gran canaria for 7 days and I really looked forward to having a good ride out on my bike when I got home but when I got home I felt unwell did a test and guess what? Yes covid has... read more

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The New Cyclist

When an grown adult asks for your help to learn to ride, who had never tried to cycle. Doing, two feet push off After a few trial and errors, in balance, up came the feet 3 ft, 3.5 -5 ft. Then til... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Crash bang wallop!

On my route to work yesterday @ 7.30 am I miss timed a curb/hedge/pavement and went over the top of my handlebars into on coming traffic! Fortunately a lovely lady stopped her car and made sure I ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Life as the founder of leos rides and being a cycle leader

Life as the founder of leos rides and being a cycle leader

Hi I run leos rides I take donated bikes and rebuild them and gift them to any one needing a bike to get to work or just for fun and fitness. I am Allso a fully trained advanced bike Macanic and fu... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Let’s get active for fun, your health and for the environment.

Let’s get active for fun, your health and for the environment.

I just did a portion of the 6Gap, Even though I didn’t finish, I was able to clime the highest peak, the Hogpen Gap

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Bike Vs bus

Bike 10 Bus 0. In September I have now done 10 commutes , and not once has the bus I would take if I wasn't cycling passed me! Quicker, cheaper, better for the planet, better for my health.

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story A page from my cycling diary: Up A38 to Falfield and Stone 24-09-2022

A page from my cycling diary: Up A38 to Falfield and Stone 24-09-2022

Ever wondered how the long long never ending A38 which leads into Midlands looks like beyond Alveston / Thornbury? Me too! I had been to Itchington a couple of times before and also once to Tytheri... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Lighten up

A journey, in black and white. It starts with an alarm, I snooze – I loose. Ten minutes gone before my feet touch the bedroom floor. Then rush, I’m usually up before the alarm, not today. Dresse... read more

Topic: Other

Story of fear and bravery

So roughly about 11 years ago i used to love to ride my bmx and my 26er like an idiot (Thought i was Emil lol) but anyway i had a nasty accident and this put the FEAR into getting back on a bike i... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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