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I always loved bikes and specifically cross-country (XC) which I trialed frequently back in Portugal where I come from, but XC is an expensive hobby, so mountain biking was my first option as a uni... read more

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Lucy Giuliano Thank you so much for sharing your story Ivan, I'm really glad to hear you're back on your bike and loving it!

I loved how peaceful the world became during the first lockdown. Beautiful blue skies, empty roads. It was perfect for cycling and I didn't own a bike. Living in a flat it just seemed like a nightm... read more

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I am 71 years old, a type 1 diabetic on 4 insulin injections a day, asthmatic, waiting for a knee replacement and had a double heart bypass So why am I cycling? Simply because I love it! I haven... read more

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Well to day managed to complete another ride this time I did 40 miles so it goes to show the right equipment you can go further. Now going to push for 60 mile ride before the weather breaks.

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Thanks to the Love to Ride Florida Challenge I (and my coworkers) have been encouraged to start bicycling again - to/from work for those who can and also outside of work / during lunchtime. I p... read more

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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

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Having not been on a bike of any kind for over 25 years over the Covid period I noticed a lot more people cycling, I started to think about my old Giant MTB from the late 80s and decided to look on... read more

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I have never ridden a bicycle before, I tired learning in 2016 but I fell off the bicycle and broke my ligament and I had to do an ACL operation. Since then I have not sat on a bicycle again but wh... read more

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I haven't been out Mountain Biking proper for 20 years since I was a student. Three of us decided to go out this weekend to Clapham and ride an old favourite route. A little nervous to begin with... read more

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At the start of the year I decided to get more active improve my fitness and lose some weight I started with eating healthier then cleared the garage and put in some exercise machines I had but had... read more

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Lottie Price Good luck to you, Michael! A new bike always feels a bit odd at first, but you'll get used to it after a few rides. And co... read more
John Kershaw Good luck Michael

As a kid and in my teens, I rode my bike a lot, and I have scars from my not so balanced or coordinated moments to prove it. When I was old enough to get my driver’s license, I traded my bike for ... read more

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Vickie Everich Forgot to put this! #betterbybike veverich222
Sylvie Froncek Bonus points!

I have recently got back ony bike and started cycling in an effort to train to complete a challenge set by myself and my manager to cycle between Scunthorpe general hospital and the Diana, Princess... read more

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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

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When it became necessary to avoid the gym & Pilates studio last spring, I need something to stay healthy. I should point out that I am 66 years old & several years ago had bilateral knee replacemen... read more

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This year my youngest child will begin senior school meaning I would be a little more free with my time for getting to work so I decided I’d like to cycle to work and in February I applied for a bi... read more

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Throughout my working career I have never had the opportunity to ride to work until now.. Working at the University Of Southampton Science Park, I have always felt the want to travel by bike to inc... read more

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2020 has been challenging but for me 2019 was terrible! Got divorced, developed an overuse injury from walking daily with my new pup and friend/her dog. Injury persists but just figured out that ... read more

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Havent been on a bike since my teens. Now my friends and I are in our mid 40's. All rediscovering our love of being on a bike and going on a adventure.

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In the last four years I had my meniscus re-attached in both knees and never realized it would take this long to heal. Left knee is doing great after three years and is now supporting my right knee... read more

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Fran Huehls Small steps add up. Keep on turning that crank.

Really enjoyed my first ride out on a bike for a really long time! Borrowed a bike from the local business and Wow! they sure make some amazing bikes to ride these days don't they! Will cer... read more

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It’s been many years since I have rode my bike... so long that it had cobwebs on it. I took it to the bike shop for a checkup and 6 days into the challenge I went for my first ride on Waitangi Day.... read more

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David Sweeney Well done. I can say that the ride TO Paeroa is surprisingly easier than the opposite direction. Having ridden from Paeroa ... read more

About 15 years ago I was on holiday in Europe with my boyfriend at the time. I hadn't been on a bike in many years, but we went for a ride on bikes that came free with our accommodation. I was a bi... read more

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We finally got the bike seat attached to the bike! Usually Blake and I just play at home while my husband goes for a run. Now that we have a bike seat- running/ biking is now a fun family activity.... read more

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Jen Harries Thanks Denise for your story! Blake and you have won a Let's Go prize. Enjoy your family outings!

I was told about this challenge from a friend. I was happy to know that there was a community of cyclists for I haven't been on a bike in 8 years. Everytime I rode my bike for this challenge other ... read more

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Helen Sadler Great to see how a bike month challenge inspires people to get back on their bikes
Daundria Phillips Thank you for sharing your story and experience. I enjoyed reading it! I am also a July birthday baby :) Happy Cycling!

My colleagues encouraged me to get back on the road today! I dusted my bike down, pumped up the completely flat tyres and joined them on a lunchtime bike ride. Managed 9.7 miles not to shabby and l... read more

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I never meant to stop cycling, it just happened. After cycling to and from work during my gap year, then around university during my undergraduate and postgraduate years, I stopped when I got a job... read more

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This challenge and participation by the Osceola Riders Team finally took our family to the bike shop. Our bikes need new tires, etc. so, I'm hoping to get them back this week. While we've waited ... read more

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Since putting the bike away a few years ago with growing family responsibilities, I've now begun taking my daughter by bike to School. We both have a great time and have had to make the route longe... read more

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Right before the pandemic, my sister and I traveled to Key West for the weekend. Not only was it both of our first times on bikes in a long time, but it was also the first time we had biked togethe... read more

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I've had a love-hate relationship with cycling. Being overweight and having type two Diabetes, I've known I need to exercise more, but I always found excuses not to. Ironically, as a youth and as a... read more

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Nanci Balassone Keep riding! Good for you!

I bit the bullet and bought a bike! Second hand from a lovely chap who didn't need it anymore. 5 miles from my house. Bus there. Bike back. I hadn't been on a bike in probably 12 years! Didn't real... read more

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I have ridden in all the places we have lived. Now the girls are independent riders and are very interested, so time to get the show on the road!

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I eventually made my first bike ride in nearly 40 years. After getting over my nervousness and a few rides round the garden to see if I stayed on the bike I went early last Sunday morning so as to ... read more

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The night ended with the last few moments of twilight. Those 2.59 miles felt good. It may not seem far to some, but to my son and I, grinning widely as he pulled off his helmet, these few miles... read more

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I’ve bike don and off since childhood but 4 years ago I was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor. The tumor was removed but left me with balance issues. I bought and sold a comfort bike, riding it... read more

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I have recently got back ony bike and started cycling in an effort to train to complete a challenge set by myself and my manager to cycle between Scunthorpe general hospital and the Diana, Princess... read more

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Our wonderful champion at Network Rail, Garry Ball, recently shared the story of his partner Kelly. After many years of him gently encouraging her to get on a bike, she has really taken to cycl... read more

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Rajesh Dadia Well done 👍

I loved riding around my village and woods as a teenager and recently made a decision to become healthier and improve my mood after my Dad passed away last year, combined with relocating to the Lak... read more

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Like many fifty something year olds I had not ridden a bike since school days so when my husband (a keen rider) and I stumbled upon a second hand Batribike (electric bike) perfect for me (I have mo... read more

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Paula Hallett Such a positive story, well done on re-disovering cycling.

Hi all it's me fohat just ordered my bike have not been on a bike for wow 12 years am 62 can't wait to get it I got 1 e bike I'm in to drones and have caravan up in Callander so many cycle tracks ... read more

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Kathy Tier Hey James. Good for you. I'm a mere whippersnapper at 58, but I got an e-bike at 50 & we've done about 5,000 miles toge... read more

In the spring of 1973, I was in my second year of college but struggling financially, as my student loan funds hadn't come through. Spring term was well underway when the money at last arrived, and... read more

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scottr@graylineinc.com Radandt Great to hear of others who love their vintage bikes. I too am still riding my 1972 Schwinn Sprint. The paint is in bad s... read more

I have taken up riding my after 57 years I threw away my bike after I passed my driving test because it was the only mode of transport I had as I lived in open hilly country side with no near nabou... read more

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Geoffrey Grabham My first time on a bike in 57 years
James Walker Great news, getting you healthy and out and about

Thanks to GSK I have fulfilled one of my dreams – learning how to cycle!. Years ago, at GSK House, we were encouraged to cycle, and were offered free cycling lessons of which I took advantage.... read more

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Jack Windle This is amazing, thanks for sharing!

Haven’t ridden in years and never on a new bike! Only rode as a teen around the neighborhood, now 10+ years later my husband gifted me a Trek DS2 and I can’t wait to increase my mileage

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On 5 Feb we cycled from Tekapo to Twizel passed canals, lake Tekapo, Ohau and Pukaki; scenery to die for. 6 Feb we biked to Ohau Lodge with a side trip to Ohau weir which was closed but very pictur... read more

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Sharon Lea I too have done this ride and its spectacular. I'll never get sick of the scenery down south. Well done.

I've not taken a bike for several years, but the challenge now got me to try it again and it's really strange to ride on the wrong side of the road here in NZ, but I'll get used to it :)

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Brendon Melville Best off Luck
Rob Leinwand It is not the "wrong"side of the road here!

About fifteen years ago, I left my work at the Arclight Cinema at close to midnight. On my way home on Sunset Blvd. I was riding my bike and ended up getting hit by a car. It was pretty bad that ... read more

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I bought a bike around 10 years ago and rode it for a while but it has been sitting in my shed gathering dust. It is a great bike, light weight and was easy to ride when I bought it. I have had k... read more

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Jillian Woolmer Bike is better and I rode it around 35km again without a problem. Wonderful the difference a riser to raise your handle ba... read more

My lungs are shot - after 40 years of chest infections, and asthma attacks, I got an e-bike. I've not been on a bike seriously for many many years, mostly because I can't breathe properly. The ex... read more

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Back to riding after ten years or so mainly thanks to all the share bike schemes around... Got my first ever brommie through cycle scheme and loving it!

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