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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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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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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.

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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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!

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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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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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

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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 started out riding Ebikes in Europe 9 years ago. There is a "thing" called, "the Ebike grin." The first time you start pedaling an Ebike and the motor kicks in to help, you cannot help but to "GR... read more

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Courtney Reynolds Very intriguing!
Carol Platt Do you have a brand recommendation? I've tested a few styles and it's a tough decision!

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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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?

Having had mobility problems since I was 19 I always thought cycling was beyond me. I’m married to an avid cyclist and always felt I missed out when he went out in his bike. Four years ago I saved ... read more

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Kayleigh Evans A wonderful story and I love the names of your bikes! :)
RB BB Don't worry what others think about electric bicycles. It ENABLES you! And that is the most important thing! I know that yo... read more

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

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I started with a hybrid bike from Costco for $139. Since then, I have acquired 2 road bikes, a mountain bike, and a cruiser. All I need to complete my collection is an electric bike. #BetterByBike ... read more

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Sylvie Froncek Nice! Bonus points!!!
Darris Johnson Nah, you need a single speed and a gravel. Also, one of those roadies better be a steely or your going to have to add that ... read more

When I first got my bike, I stick 28mm Conti Gatorskin tires on it. I thought they were awesome and I would always pump them up to about 105 PSI. As I learned more about the sport of cycling I lear... read more

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Darris Johnson Hit up biketiredirect.com I got 4 in late March and they’ve had stock during the pandemic.

I bought my bike about five years ago but rarely used it. For very nearly two years it stood in a corner of my hall literally gathering dust. But since September 2019 I have gradually increased my... read more

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I can't remember a time I didn't ride. At first it was for fun, then it was for exercise, then it was to commute to/from classes, and for the last 25+ years it has been for fun, fitness, general s... read more

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I’ve got a small little family, but the wife and I took out our fur baby for a ride in honor of #familyrideweek #bikemonth2020 #weensonwheels

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Gina Morimoto omg! your pup is so good to sit in the backpack! <3

Last year I never would have expected to be where I am today. I have moved to San Diego and replaced my car with an electric bike. Hills I have struggled to get over, unreliable transit, and paying... read more

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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.

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!
Fietscoach 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

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

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My first bike was red. I still love the colour red now and my electric car is red. My second bike was a diamond back (mans version). I love diamonds now especially the one my man gave me. My 3rd an... read more

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The three of us love our days out and to catch up with each other........ and also a little cake with cup of coffee.

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Always have a biking buddy whether its your mum, your child or your cat I used to ride with my mum and my my best mate when I was a kid (many moons ago and I still have my first bike - a 1980 Ra... read more

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Lyndsey Henderson I am now wanting a biking buddy! Maybe my childhood teddy Pinky might be up for the job...
Zizzie Moore Do it. I have one on the front of my touring bike. Its a little Teddy called Bushy because we found it in a bush and one ca... read more

Our little cat, Puma, enjoys her bike ride over to watch the Girl Scouts plant trees on Arbor Day. #RediscoverRiding

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I’m grateful to live (and ride) in an area where I feel safe as a queer womxn. My wife and I love squeezing in time for rides through the gayberhood after a long day at work! #wtf2020 #gaysian #qtpoc

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Cally I. Love this!! YAY for queers on bikes doing rad this!! Keep it up!
Sylvie Froncek Heck yeah!!!

This weekend marked a year since giving a road bike a go. I'd been a cycle commuter on a hybrid bike for a couple of years prior but thought i'd give it a go. I loved it, but lost touch with it ove... read more

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