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I have always been interested in riding a bike. Growing up (in Malaysia), or family could hardly afford a bike and I always watched with envy our neighbours having their bikes. It was until years l... read more

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Lisa Wilde Huzzah! Ebikes are the best :)
Jayne Nock I love my e-bike. I would never be able to travel in and out the Valley, where I live, if it wasn’t for my e-bike and even... read more

My romance with my bicycle started when I was just 4 Years old and increased ever since. I just love my bike, love being outdoors, love nature, love to be fit and healthy, love to save petrol and ... read more

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Sally Marett Yes the perspective is so rewarding I agree

Fell in love with biking since 8 years old. With well used tricycle, nothing like riding and cornering till one back wheel comes up. Since then had few bikes, Dad's old Morrison and Raleighs bi... read more

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When I first met my now husband I knew that he loved mountain bike riding, yet I had not been on a bike since I out grew my childhood bike. Yet (with my permission) he purchased me a cross countr... read more

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Hubby and I met June 2015 and he was aware I loved to exercise alot, so we naturally went on a ride for one of our first dates. I over estimated his biking fitness and he got cramp and was very ... read more

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I love the ability to get on my freedom machine (I'm recently an electric convert). where I would often avoid a trip because it was too far to walk and too much hassle to get in a car, I now get ou... read more

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Liz Ross Im with you on that one! Love my ebike!

I was riding with my sister in Riverhead Forrest Auckland in 1995 and met some friends and a group of their friends, one of whom caught my eye. After a number of fun filled years including regular ... read more

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My husband is so romantic and came for 3 evening bike ride dates in a row. It was so special and I appreciate my husband biking with me. When I have been out biking and he sees me through the win... read more

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Sharon Lea My hubby is the same, its pretty special to be with someone so considerate and thoughtful.

A month had passed since my move to NZ and then another. I'd walked through a bike store and stared longingly as we spotted the pink path and bikers on the streets. I picked up a few Auckland Trans... read more

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Nick Kendall I Cycled around quite a bit of the South Island. Stunning landscapes and brilliant Summer weather.

My husband and I met on a Friday night at after-work drinks - which we’d both quite naturally biked to. Many of our subsequent dates, leisure and general life together involved biking. I wasn’t z... read more

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Nick Kendall NZ again...Great country for cycling
Lisa Wilde Love your story. Lucky you living in a city with a safe bike route through your CBD. All the best for your baby.

Growing up, I was lost confidence in cycling. In the few times I dared to get on a bicycle I was nearly hit by cars and was car-doored in undergrad in Ōtepoti Dunedin. It was terrifying for me, and... read more

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Rob Cant Wonderful Story Anna. Inspiring words and a heap of wisdom. Thanks for Sharing.
Sally Marett Thanks Anna great story - its nice to hear its not just me that is intimated by the the traffic and lack of awareness of ot... read more

I have to be honest I prefer bikes to cars and love looking at other peoples bikes. My grandparents owned a bike shop which was famous in the Eastleigh UK area. The shop had a very distinct smell,... read more

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Rob Cant No doubt they would be proud. I know the smell you mention too and the type of bike shop. I hope they had brown overcoats... read more

My partner and I love to bike, and when camping at my favourite family spot, he took me on a bike ride to Mystery Lake - about a three hour climb! Half way the the wind was howling and I was pretty... read more

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Sharon Lea Congratulations to you both.
Rob Cant Wonderful story. Im sure you'll be very happy together

Well, took my husband for a bike ride and he tells me I’m biking with no power as I have the middle of my foot over the pedal. Now I’m biking (when I remember) with the ball of my foot on the pedal... read more

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Christine Johnson My husband had the same conversation with me when I started riding. It does make a difference :-)

Cycling is really quite remarkable, It caters for people from all different walks of life & has so much to offer: - Achieving your first commute to work - Building your first bike - Pinning ... read more

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I treated myself to a commuting “smart city” cycle (Reminds me of my old Raleigh 20) for my 60th birthday near the end of 2019. I planned to cycle to work once a week. I have picked up some shoppi... read more

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I met my wife in the summer of 2001 in New Plymouth. Through mutual friends we met and the four of us went to a party together. I brought a spare bike along for her to ride, and when her eyes lit u... read more

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My husband and I first tried a tandem bicycle around the Hawkes Bay Wineries in the early 1980's. We got married in 1984 and our first purchase as a married couple was a tandem bicycle. We have don... read more

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Mark Shanks Ride together and stay together!

Before you were mine, you carried my mother while she tried to keep up with my youthful energy. Upon graduating to intermediate school at the age of 11 I adopted you; seat low and feet barely able ... read more

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Fiona Wadmore So sad! But you have such a positive attitude! I hope you have a D-lock now to protect your new love. My daughter had the s... read more

In 2015 I had a heart after a 6km swim, fortunately I survive the attack, they don't know how. A year later I had a defibrillator put in, in February 2017 I won a gold medal in an open water swim ... read more

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Kerry Roger Your story is inspirational!

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I got my Diamondback Outlook as a gift in 1996! We have logged many miles together, including a tour across the state of Pennsylvania (I completed about 375 miles of it over seven days.) Here's ... read more

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Sylvie Froncek Great! You're entered to win and we're choosing names shortly!
Karen Poret Mr. Leibrant...I do not know you personally, but there is a street here in Santa Cruz, CA with your last name! ( and, it’s ... read more

My bike is a custom sport Nishiki road bike that used to be my mom's bike (she bought it new in 1981) that came with me when I moved to San Diego for grad school. I rode it all the time from my apa... read more

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Sylvie Froncek Is this a #bikelove entry for the Abus bike lock prize drawing?
Janelle L @Sylvie yes! I forgot to put the #bikelove in there and didn't see how to edit it without deleting it, but it is indeed for... read more

I went to go see so many new (to me) gardens and parks. I #BIKELOVE being able to take my Marin off road. There are so many little parks hidden around in neighborhoods and I want to see them all.

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Sylvie Froncek thanks for posting! we'll pick winners at the end of the month!

I grew up using a bike for transportation in my Alva neighborhood. Later on, I spent my teens going to Caloosahatchee Regional Park to hone my single track off-road biking skills. I didn’t do much ... read more

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When my first wife and I divorced, we agreed that each of us should take a 6-month holiday. Mine began in February, 1977; I had decided to ride to the Atlantic Coast from San Jose, California. Sin... read more

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Many years ago shortly after I met the woman who a few years later would become my wife, she invited me to join her for a ride with a group that was meeting at Candy Cane City in the Chevy Chase, M... read more

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It started on my birthday in 4th grade. A bicycle appeared as a gift. It was a solid tyred Red bike with tassles. This was the start of a wonderful romance. This bicycle opened up my entire wor... read more

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I met my fiancé Chris through cycling over 3 years ago. We have had many many cycling adventures since including riding coast to coast in the UK in various directions and cycling 4,000km across Eur... read more

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Sharon Lea This is fabulous.
Claire Sharpe Oooh so exciting! Not long till the wedding or setting off on such an epic ride. Congratulations and thanks for sharing

I was riding my bike to school in 7th grade and was hit at an intersection by a man turning who didn't see me. Legend has it that some friends were on a nearby bus and saw it all go down. I'm sure ... read more

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This year I have named, 'Triple L'. I've found love, of course been in lockdown and experienced loss. Think back to your school days. I'm the 'ginger' girl in your year. The shy red-headed on... read more

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Kevin Neumann What a lovely store ........ keep riding be safe and don’t get angry with cars or your riding will not be fun.
Sharon Lea Awesome story.

In early May, my fiancé and I decided to get ahead of the uncertainty 2020. We saddled up and biked to the court house to get a marriage license. We arranged for a family friend to solemnize our ma... read more

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Donna Na Quin Congratulations
Courtney Reynolds I'm not crying, you're crying.

Plain and simple. I love biking and I love animals! While I enjoy the thrill of a fast paced ride, the rides I love the most are those that involve animals and the beauty of nature. I'm blessed to ... read more

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Jill Murphy #mobilityweekfl

Years ago, I started to ride to keep a healthy spirit after a sour divorce. My bicycle helped me to make new friends, find new places, learn a lot of the cycling world (Tour de France is mandatory ... read more

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Deborah Chesna I rode in Charlotte County last weekend along a beautiful barrier island on the way to Gasparilla Island State Park. Have t... read more

I recently finished building a Surly Disc Trucker frame up into my dream touring bike and took it out for its first overnighter. Bike was great, handled carrying my gear like a champ! Had a smooth ... read more

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I had all but given up cycling , due to various issues , but then I purchased an electric bike in February , and picked it up in March. This has given me a new lease of life to my cycling enjoyment... read more

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Troy Gelinas Great to hear from a fellow e-biker. It really does make a world of difference, doesn't it?

Hi, having recently parted ways with my Boardman hybrid comp I acquired a Voodoo Hoodoo off my Son. Whilst I had an old 2000's 26" MTB, the Voodoo is amazing and has lifted my spirits when it come... read more

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We love our electric bikes. Yesterday we cycled 35 hilly miles round trip, with a very large heavy fruit cake and picnic lunch for 4, to surprise my Dad for his 87th Birthday. We have done 1000... read more

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Alway felt a bit awkward walking on my own, so bought a bike on the cycle to work scheme, it’s so good to get out just me and my bike even better to get lots of compliments off passing bikers, that... read more

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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

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Had my first outdoor ride in over 50 days. Really enjoyed it, but hadn't dressed for the weather. I only had on trainers and 1 pair of socks feet felt like blocks of ice. Been out today and had on ... read more

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Stuart Hickie T-shirt and shorts all year round lol

I was out on a social bike ride with friends. We had stopped at a pub to "carb" load and listen to some live music. On a whimsy, I texted a woman I had chatted with briefly on an online dating site... read more

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One good reason why I like cycling to work (not the only reason) is that it leaves the car at home for my dear wife to use. Sadly, this has not been applicable over the past year when I have been m... read more

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Since signing up on Love To Ride I have now logged my 1000th ride. I’m a keen cyclist / commuter ( though the commute has been curtailed due to working from home )so I have been trying to get out ... read more

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Gavin Mc Carthy I’ve been logging rides since September 2017

Popped into the local florist at the end of my 10th Winter Wheelers excursion to pick up a bouquet of flowers for the wife's birthday. Glad I bought a bungee cord to attach them to the handle bars... read more

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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

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Some times loving yourself means solo rides with you & your first true love... Your bicycle ❤️

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I Got a new bike for my birthday (because of corona it did not arrive until fairly recently) when I put slick tires on it it’s nearly as fast as a road bike, and I enjoy writing it up and down A1A.... read more

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My gravel bike is an adventure on wheels. An opportunity for thrilling escapes and adventures. My ride is never ordinary: the same route can be easy one day and difficult the next. My gravel bike i... read more

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Alles doe ik op mijn fietsje, alleen de wekelijkse boodschappen kan ik helaas niet in de fietsentassen proppen. Ik heb een geweldige fiets, (zonder ondersteuning weliswaar), het is gewoon mijn maat... read more

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Mira Tanna Groetjes!
Joris D Wat n leuk verhaal Sharon, als iedereen is zou fietsen he;-). En hoeveel kilometers heb je deze week gehaald?

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

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Jeni Bindon Great story!
Jonathan Bays Thanks Jeni