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From walking to cycling everywhere

I have only owned a car once when I was at college for a total of two years. I'm now 32 so that is a long time without driving! I used to get public transportation everywhere and walk everywhere. I... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Riding everyday

I have been riding my bike every day since 1.1.15 when I decided this would be my bike challenge. I say every day but I crashed my bike that September and had to be brought home in an ambulance and... read more

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#WomenWhoRide

A couple of hours happily getting lost in the Levels (Somerset!) Whilst it's important for the media to call out harassment of women doing their thing out and about, let's make sure it doesn't crea... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Getting the wind up

My wife and I aren't used to longer rides but last year we decided to cycle across the New Forest to avoid public transport. We had booked a short stay in Fordingbridge and we took the most direct ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Keeping the same challenge

One benefit to last year was the lack of cars on the road so with that and the great weather we had it gave me a chance to really get into cycling I managed to do 3000 miles for the year which was ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Custom reflective detailing

I was reading about riding safety in the dark, and lots of people said that we are very good a recognising and seeing faces, so I thought I would combine this idea with reflective details. With ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Ride Free

Taking my own breakfast and detouring off my usual beaten track. Gradually gaining more confidence :-)

Topic: Other

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Image for story Riding isnt for the day time

Riding isnt for the day time

Night riding is fast becoming, thanks to Covid my favorite time to get out on my bike. There is no one about and you have most places to yourself. At night your senses become more alert and you hea... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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To clear the head.

Took the mtb into the forest today. Needed a to get out. Especially after the football result last night. 😭☺ didn't set no time. Didn't set no distance. Just enjoyed the scenery and fresh air. Took... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Riding in the cold and rain!

Riding in the cold and rain!

Well it certainly been a challenging month. Back on furlough! Dodging puddles, trying to stay upright on the ice, fixing punctures following the multitude of hedge cutters out this month. Still... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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lightthenight

I commute from Colden Common to Bishops Waltham 2-3 times a week. Good lights are essential as the Winchester Road between the two places is unlit, although, now some of the farm houses and buildin... read more

LightTheNight

I'll never forget how I felt when I was racing along an unlit country lane and my front light went out. I think the batteries died suddenly, and so did my confidence... it was terrifying. I freewhe... read more

Topic: Other

A better place

When the unthinkable happened and the roads fell quiet, it was a unique glimpse of what is possible, of the world we could have. The birds sounded louder, the air tasted sweeter and cycling was saf... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Riding with the family

I have been riding since I was a child and my partner is the opposite I managed to convince her to ride to work and to the shop and we take both are kids out all on bikes for the day. Better for ar... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Image for story Not what you would expect to see in Hampshire

Not what you would expect to see in Hampshire

#ExploreByBike So over lockdown I start exploring so new route on my mountain bike and f oik and found myself riding around the foot paths around marwel zoo. I never realised there were paths tha... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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#ExploreByBike - Victoria Country Park

After a bad day or a stressful week, An escape on my bike, I must seek! Off I head, before it gets dark, To the Royal Victoria Country Park. On the way, there are hills so steep - Sometimes I ... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story New Forest #ExploreByBike

New Forest #ExploreByBike

#ExploreByBike - I recently ventured into the New Forest on my bike ride. It was lovely, so many animals about as well!

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Indoor lands end to john O'groats

Indoor lands end to john O'groats

I'm using my time off work due to all this madness to ride my turbo trainer using real footage or routes from around the world on rouvy to raise money for mind, mental health charity. As I sure wit... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Two years commuting by bike!

I started commuting by bike about two years ago. I love it! You get to work feeling alert and ready for the day, there's no tedious traffic to get stuck in and I've saved to much money and CO2. I'v... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Let’s ride!! 🚲

Let’s ride!! 🚲

So today was the day I got back on a bike after many years! I took part in a cycling event held at Southampton (letsride) it was perfect to get me back into cycling. I train quite a bit at the gym,... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Keeping going.

Only a short story but I switched over to cycling after a running injury. Currently waiting on knee surgery. I used running as it improved my mental health. when I got injured I knew I couldn't jus... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Image for story Cycling can be a little wooden....

Cycling can be a little wooden....

I am so excited about this! I felt 5 years old again!! 🪵 🌲 🚴 Is it bamboo? No Is it heavy? No Is it nice to ride? Hell yes! 🤩 Built from wood here in Hampshire is my new BEAMZ Trust CIC... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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From prog rock to the New Forest

Pandemics are not good things I know. However the prospect of being locked in last March, with no prospect of exercise prompted me to put some effort in. From running up and down the drive listenin... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Take time to ride each day

Take time to ride each day

I wasn’t looking forward to returning to work in London this month but the warm weather and being back on my bike really helped. London is a fabulous city to ride in. Just ride safely and respec... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Those were good times...

This might be an unpopular opinion, but for me, lockdown had its beauty. Especially when it comes to cycling. Usually when out on the street, I have to face the anger of "car-people" that cut you o... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Stress reliever

Always find getting out on the bike and taking in an awesome sunset does wonders for the mind.

Topic: Other

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Image for story Ode to a Cargo Bike

Ode to a Cargo Bike

There once was a man named Phil, Who cargo-biked up a ruddy big hill, He had no e-assist, But you’ll get the gist, He nearly blacked out while the kids in the front were so chill.

Topic: My commute by bike

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Ride Relaxed

Looked like the sunniest day we'll have for a while and hubby had the day off so we packed gifted cakes, bought coffee and went for a leisurely bimble to Royal Victoria Country Park and back. Lovel... read more

Topic: Other

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Riding in the cold and rain!

Well it certainly been a challenging month. Back on furlough! Dodging puddles, trying to stay upright on the ice, fixing punctures following the multitude of hedge cutters out this month. Still... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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2021

This year will be simple. 1. continue my 5 mile commute at 5am to the station with my 3st rucksack. 2. Cycle 1000 miles at weekends over a year, before my wife wakes up at 9am, dressed as a knigh... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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lightthenight

I commute 3hrs each way to work most days. And whats the best bit the 5 mile cycle to the station at 5am and home by 7pm Even better is when it's dark.. then you can add all the lights you... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Breaking the bonds

I used to ride daily to the office and back. A journey of about 8 miles. Not a lot, but enough to keep me fit and the pounds off my waistline. Then Lockdown happened and the need to cycle was g... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Lockdown helped me ditch the car!

Since lockdown started, I've managed to almost completely switch to commuting by bicycle! The quiet roads and pop up cycle lanes have made me feel happy enough to get myself to work via pedal powe... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Lock Down Rides

I started cycling again about 3 years as I was training for a sprint triathlon which included 10km ride. At 55 I hadn't cycled much since I was 18! Found I enjoyed being out and about again even on... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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#ExploreByBike

Great weather to #ExploreByBike, first ride down the southern coast, and #ExploreByBike beautiful towns and villages.

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Meeting midway

Meeting midway is about visiting more distant friends safely. We get social again, planning to meet-up & picnic in unfamiliar territory. Our two brothers travel by bike to meet for the first ti... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Normality

At the start off lockdown I chose to keep heading out each morning and get in the mileage I would have cycled to work. As time went by I persuaded my partner that we should head out on the weekend... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Cycling in a post car world

Cycling in a post car world

For the first time in a long time I had intended to cycle in and out of work everyday this week but with the office closed for the foreseeable I've swapped my commute for an early morning ride, lov... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Saver

So last July I changed my commute from Southampton to London from using the company car to cycling the 5 miles to the station and training it in... I even now cycle the occassional 15 miles to P... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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My Cycle Journey

I started cycling 4years ago this week. My hybrid bike's first outing was to SkyRide 2015 and this year will be my 5th event(now Let's Ride), and my third working it in some capacity. It has been 4... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Lesson Learned Hard Way

Lesson Learned Hard Way

If you purchase a helmet with the ANGi or something similar take the time to set it up! No one plans on crashing and 9/10 it happens due to things out of our control. Also learned since crash that ... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story The simple pleasure of a bicycle bell.

The simple pleasure of a bicycle bell.

Buy one, Ring it and make others smile, Ring it when no one’s around and make yourself smile, The cycling world would be a better place if there were more bell ringers, I love my bicycle bell, ... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Cycle For All

Cycle For All 🚲 What a great day cycling last Friday at Peak District National Park exploring the Tissington Trail. The variety of inclusive bikes Parsley Hay bike hire had was incredible. The ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Got back on the saddle after a fall

So just over a week ago, I fell off my bike having only ridden two times in the September Challenge and before was when I was a kid (many many years ago!). I injured my leg quite bad and had to ta... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

Image for story It is much more than a bike: it is a freedom machine

It is much more than a bike: it is a freedom machine

If there is some silver lining to the pandemic, is that it pushed me into cycling. I do not have a car, but I do not feel limited.

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story My morning commute

My morning commute

My ride to work in the morning is the only time I don’t worry about anything during the day. It is the only time when I can watch nature happen and be surprised by the ever changing seasons and so... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story The Quiet Lanes of Suffolk...

The Quiet Lanes of Suffolk...

Quiet Lanes Suffolk is a small team of enthusiastic volunteers helping parish councils across Suffolk introduce a 500km network of Quiet Lanes into the County. Quiet Lanes are small rural lanes, ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Biking Meetings

I have been known to host "walking meetings" with my team members as we go over important business items for follow up. I never thought I'd be hosting 1-1 meetings with my staff via bike, but that ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Pedal It Forward

Our family recently had the opportunity to upgrade a bike. We replaced a Trek 830 Mountain Track (1997ish) with a new Liv Rove E+ so it was a pretty significant change. We didn’t need to keep the o... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story ABC Quick Check-Quick Check

ABC Quick Check-Quick Check

Quick: Check your quick release skewers on your wheels. Make sure they are tight enough to keep your wheels on. Check: Take a quick ride to check if derailleurs and brakes are working properly. In... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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