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Image for story Rediscovering the Beautiful City of Bristol

Rediscovering the Beautiful City of Bristol

I'd like to focus and share some of the many positive aspects of 'Lockdown' that I have enjoyed and experienced. Noticing and listening intently to the dawn and evening chorus of the many differen... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story First 50

First 50

Despite riding a bike all my life whether for fitness or commuting I have never managed to break to 50 mile challenge. I regularly cycle between 30 and 40 but for whatever reason never 50. This s... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Reconnecting with my bike

Reconnecting with my bike

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

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Image for story Grocery Delivery by Bike

Grocery Delivery by Bike

When COVID hit and I made it through the initial shock wave, I started looking for ways to help Santa Cruz community members in need. Food access was top of mind, especially in those early days of ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Timed climb on Stoke Hill, Exeter, via Divine Devon Countryside

Was it already 11 months since I had last done my Brampford Speke and Thorverton training circuit? Conditions today idyllic with a refreshing breeze. This circuit served as a warm-up for my time... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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First Crash

Just over 700 miles rode since the Coronavirus out brake lockdown and I can crashing off my bike. Thankfully no broken bones just a slight buckled wheel and cuts & burses. All part of the fun o... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story We Go Together

We Go Together

During our time at home, our bike rides are sometimes the best part of the day! #RediscoverRiding

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story The wind is sometimes your friend, and at other times your enemy!

The wind is sometimes your friend, and at other times your enemy!

We've had some pretty windy days lately! Maybe it's part of our June gloom? It's funny how the wind is your friend when it's at your back, but also a cursedly strong force to reckon with! #Rediscov... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Supporting St. Andrew's on the #2.6 Challenge

Supporting St. Andrew's on the #2.6 Challenge

As a member of the fundraising team for St. Andrew's, I am always inspired to learn of the amazing challenges people take on to support their local hospice. Due to the Coronavirus outbreak we reall... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story CYCALL Adapted Cycling

CYCALL Adapted Cycling

We can't wait to get people out on our adapted bikes again in Worthing, West Sussex! [address removed]

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story New Family Time

New Family Time

I left an abusive and toxic marriage about 3 years ago, to start a fresh new beginning for myself and my girls! Along that journey I met an amazing man, who has been such a blessing to me and my gi... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Canal

Canal

Had a lovely ride along the Kennit and Avon Canal, I cycled my husband walked it was beautiful weather. I am trying to keep fit and stay well mentally so to get those endorphin rising cycling is ... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story BALANCE - PEDAL - BREATHE

BALANCE - PEDAL - BREATHE

Balance, pedal, breathe Overrun by tribulation, affliction, and disorder Caught up in in overreacting and overthinking Suffocating in stress, anxiety, and pain Desperate to get back... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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#bikingdoesn'thurt!!!

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

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Image for story Bicycles and Basketball

Bicycles and Basketball

My 6 year old has started coming out with me on his bike because he "needs to work his skating legs" (he plays roller and ice hockey). He has got the cycling bug now but being a little sportsman, ... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story 'Commuting' to my home office.

"Commuting" to my home office.

I used to work in an office with other people. Even before Covid they closed that office and sent us all to work from home. I was finding the transition VERY difficult as it was hard to motivate my... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Fall from grace

I fell off my bike this afternoon. Approaching a bend on a lane and thought, I had better brake a bit in case there are any cars, well there was and I braked too hard, skidded and came off. Landed ... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Hill Climbing

Hill Climbing

UK Bike Week. Day 1 Hill Climbing. Today I did Kepwick Bank and Murton Bank linking them with some muddy off road tracks on my Genesis gravel bike. 3000ft. 30 miles. Wind. Rain. Sunshine. Magnifice... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Be Safe : Be Alert. Applies to cycling not just the virus!

Be Safe : Be Alert. Applies to cycling not just the virus!

Instead of my cycle commute to the office I have made a point of getting out on my bike at least 6 days of the week. It has been an absolute joy, especially in the lovely weather we have experience... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Bid By Bike

Since the UK went into lockdown, I have ridden 243 miles around the Bristol City Centre BID area. I’m out on my bike every morning to check our city to ensure it stays ready for business by repo... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Exercise During Quarantine

Exercise During Quarantine

I used to bike to school every day, but since school has been closed we have been biking as part of our daily exercise. It feels great to get out there. #RediscoverRiding

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Post Covid

I haven' beeen on my bike at all for the last 17 days. Usually I cycle for leisure and I cycle to work and back 17 miles per day, I'm a key worker. I contracted the virus and it has knocked me for ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Riding has been my life

Riding has been my life

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

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Life in lock down

A very strange year so far. No work to cycle to, until we are allowed back in the next few months. Maybe not even then with the possibility of working from home. Lucky to have a spin bike to keep t... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Day 31 of National Bike Month!

Day 31 of National Bike Month!

We saved today as the last day of National Bike Month to tour about on our tandem. With insta360X camera, my copilot and I headed out in a headwind, rode a close golf course on the cart paths, had ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Lockdown has given me time

Lockdown has given me time

I've always enjoyed cycling, but never got into a regular routine of taking the bike out. It's always been a little spontaneous "Shall we go for a bike ride?" when the fancy took me or my husband.... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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1st Ever Time Riding To Work

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

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Image for story Raising Awareness of Modern Slavery

Raising Awareness of Modern Slavery

It was warm last night even at 8pm. Fab ride out to Wythall and Alvechurch via Weatheroak Hill. Originally the plans were to cycling from home in South Birmingham to Llanberis in Snowdonia natio... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Destination Dartington Dairy

Destination Dartington Dairy

To keep my 2 year old daughter occupied during lockdown and to keep myself fit, I often cycle out to Dartington estate and do a circular ride,breaking the ride up with a walk in the deer park or a ... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Yesterday's Ride Past the Bay

Yesterday's Ride Past the Bay

Just part of yesterday's ride around the beaches and the bay.

Topic: Other

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Image for story CYCALL Adapted Cycling

CYCALL Adapted Cycling

My first outing on a bike for years! I thought that it would feel like being in my wheelchair but our Van Raam Wheelchair Transporter really does feel as if I am on a bike...enjoying the wind in m... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Little Puma Likes to Ride

Little Puma Likes to Ride

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

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Loss of a great Nebraska cyclist

Today I learned that one of my favorite Strava posters, kudos giver and comment makers passed away from injuries he sustained when struck by a motorcyclist when out on his ride. He had a funny, dry... read more

Topic: Other

working and biking from home

I love working from home because it means I can shower easily after a bike ride "to work" I have ridden much more than I would otherwise - thanks to all the support on this web site!

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Keeping Covid Compliant

Keeping Covid Compliant

Enjoying bike ride (on my rather old rusty bike) to local veggie farm who have been wonderful during the lockdown working extra hard to ensure we remain safe and able to purchase local fresh produce.

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story A 47-Year Love Affair

A 47-Year Love Affair

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

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Image for story Stanley's First Ride

Stanley's First Ride

Whilst on furlough during lockdown, I joined an amazing Facebook group called "Sloth Cycling Team". As the group name suggests, speed and distance are irrelevant and the main ethos of the group is ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Brighton-Saltdean (Undercliff) at full moon

The Undercliff is stunning with a full moon rising over the sea. No need for lights. And it's deserted.

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Ride the Plaza

Ride the Plaza

There is a district in Oklahoma City that is know as the Plaza District. It's an eclectic collection of shops and restaurants in an older part of town that has seen a revitalization in the last 10 ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Oh no, the crankarm

It's what I get for torquing up hills.... The crankarm couldn't take it anymore... In fact, it was probably the reason it was squeaky down there. We had tried all other options, but yet the sque... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Bike Rides +  Sunrises = Food for the Body and Soul

Bike Rides + Sunrises = Food for the Body and Soul

I rediscovered biking after putting off endless pleas by my PT and Sports Med team for two years. (I permanently dislocated my SC joint, have a hip deformity, and was diagnosed with extreme hypermo... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Extea bike time

Extea bike time

Normally, I drive to work as I got to university every night after work to study. With the current pandemic I have to do computer at home and physical in the laboratory (I'm not a mad scientist, I... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Riding is Being Thankful!!

Riding is Being Thankful!!

#RediscoverRiding I have always been an active person, always helping others, volunteering, etc. Several years ago I had a persistent cough so I went to my doctor, she felt a nodule on my thyroid ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Visiring Parishes

Visiring Parishes

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

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Image for story No other place in the world that we'd rather bike!

No other place in the world that we'd rather bike!

Our family bike ride today confirms that there's no other place in the world that we'd rather bike!!! We've found so many cool hidden places. Love to Ride...San Diego...California...USA!!! <3 ... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story A fun ride with my furbabies

A fun ride with my furbabies

My little ones out biking with me, their parental unit. They are getting a bit old and can’t walk as far anymore. Solution: They had a fun bike trailer ride to the park, we stopped to play ball, ha... read more

Topic: Other

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Just like a kid again

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.

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Image for story Love Conquers Hate

Love Conquers Hate

We made signs and rode here today. The Coronado Bridge is closed because of rioting. I hope that Americans come together to live in a united state and stand in love so that we may conquer hate.

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Cycling has helped me to change my life

Cycling has helped me to change my life

Get on your bike and ride Losing weight has not only changed my life but saved it too, If I didn't do something about it I would not have started to enjoy what life throws at you. The world m... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Why I Ride

Why I Ride

This post is coming out differently than I had in my head and I can't even tag people because there are so many. May is Bike Month and in the midst of a pandemic, lockdown orders, homework, and ho... read more

Topic: Other

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