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Bike ride

This is the first time in years that I have had my own bike and been able to get out on my bike with friends and support staff from where I live in Hatfield near Doncaster I am enjoying going out o... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

Bolehillls

I’ve not been to Bolehills for years, but recent events meant that I had a few hours to kill in that area, with my 6 year old. The big new ramps were too big for us, so we honed our handing skills ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Getting back on the bike

Around 7 years ago I had a nasty accident on a bike ride with my dad, nearly flying over a road barrier and off a cliff. I hadn't touched a bike since. Until this month. My partner has never learnt... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Mad as a box of frogs

As I'm a young spring chicken (58 this year), riding with the grand kids (start them young) is full of laughter and memories to cherish. Toasted tea cakes and hot chocolate, half way stop off. They... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Local Bike Shop is very busy

So having mainly used a road bike for commuting and leisure for the last 10 years, I have had to switch to my trusty 28 year old mountain bike this week. My road bike needs essential maintenance, t... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Revitalising morning ride

Such a glorious morning so took a detour to work. A great way to start the day. Felt so much better and ready for a day at work.

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story 1000th Love To Ride trip milestone

1000th Love To Ride trip milestone

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

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Windy ride

Enjoyed a very windy hilly ride for my lunch break

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Wheels heals

I started riding again earlier this year to get fit and it worked! So much so i signed up for my first CX race on Halloween however like the rest of this year it took a turn for the worse and i fra... read more

Topic: Other

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Joy of cycling before dawn

I'm working from home these days but do a "virtual commute" taking a beautiful route in the nearby Peak District (much better than into city centre!). I love to set off before dawn, with 3 lights o... read more

Topic: Other

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Keeps me off the pavements

I've not been biking so much in recent years. But it is a useful tool in the arsenal now, in keep some social distance. Rather than weaving around on foot, you can quite easily keep plenty of dista... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Glorious sunrises

I have enjoyed the challenge of cycling to work, spurred on by the Love to Ride Cycle September and a bit of healthy inter-departmental competition. I regularly commuted by bike in London, but less... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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#cycle4sepsis

Theres a gang of 30 of from Sheffield and around taking part in #cycle4sepsis in memory and love for my partner Dan who died in 2018. We range from age 6 to seventy something and are cycling outsi... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Becoming a drug mule!

I’m combining my daily exercise with runs to the chemist for prescriptions for those who can’t get out- seems like a perfect combo?!

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Sharrow to Hathersage - no stopping!!

Sharrow to Hathersage - no stopping!!

This Monday marked my 7th day of iso and time to bring out the ebike! I set off from Sharrow in spring sunshine heading up towards Hathersage passing nine fit looking but grumpy cyclists on skinny ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Riding around the Marine Drive in Llandudno

Have done this a few times when visiting North Wales with Sheffield CTC. Never done this? never heard of Sheffield CTC? Find out then get involved, it will take your cycling to new dimensions. BTW ... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Why I Cycle To Work

I cycle to work because I enjoy the speed and predictability of my commute. I also enjoy being outside and active, especially after a long day inside. I enjoy going off road via the Philadelphia g... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Why I Cycle to Work

Cycling to work can be quicker than driving, and it’s a convenient way to fit training into my day without impacting my family. It saves money and it’s a healthy and great start to the day. To enj... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Why I Cycle to Work

I try to cycle to work at least once a week, but generally do it twice, whenever I don’t have to use the car to ferry children around to various places before and after work! I love riding to wo... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Our chance to ride a traffic-free city centre route and I can't wait!

Next Wednesday, 24 July 2019, Sheffield sees the return of the Sheffield Grand Prix. It's the 8th time that the city will host a race in the HSBC UK | National Circuit Series. It's a great event an... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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BMX Bandits :-)

For the past year, some friends and I have been taking part in and growing the women's BMX scene in the North of England. We meet indoors or outdoors when the weather lets us and all levels of abil... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Summer ride to work

Having recently moved out in the countryside my cycle commute to work this morning involved going on the Transpenine Trail, coming across a rabbit, a little mouse, cows and sheep. Followed by urban... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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my kids are motivating me

My 10yo has his 'bikability' sessions this week at primary school and he wanted to cycle to school. I wasn't happy letting him go alone, so dusted off my own trusty bicycle and we took off early on... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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The Yorkshire Beast

5:01 AM on Saturday, June 19, 2021 Hambleton, England A feast for all. The Main course is ready. Hors d’oeuvres out of the way and the beef suitably rested. Well, The Yorkshire Beast - an even... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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My challenge

I completed my first ever sportive yesterday. 65 miles, with an average speed of 12.5 mph. Three years ago, I thought 10-15 miles was a good ride. My next challenge is to become as confident on a r... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Back on the Bike...

Having not rode a bike since I was 16 years old, 20 years on during the first COVID lockdown I rediscovered the joy of Bicycle riding! I was lucky enough to be able to borrow an electric bike fr... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story The great pottery throw down!

The great pottery throw down!

Fed up with watching Netflix and a rescent move from Sheffield to Stoke I decided to do a nice ride along a canal I found. Being a massive fan of the great pottery throw down on channel 4 I had no... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Winter wheelers

Thanks so much for the lovely early Christmas present. Was even raining for my first ride in the new proviz jacket. Fabulous.

Topic: Other

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Mental Health

Cycling is so good for mental health. I am a patchy lazy cyclist who suffered during lockdown as I made bugger all effort to do anything (vicious lockdown mental health circle). I have now been ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Darker nights akimbo

It's that time of year when the days are shorter, but I try my hardest to keep cycling as much as I can. Obviously my activities are reduced as along with the darker nights comes the rain. I'm a dr... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Light The Night

I commute to work all through the year. I recently purchased new back & front lights. Fitted them last week whilst on AL. On both Monday and Tuesday evenings, just as I set off to leave work th... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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No change then

We've had bikes since 1976. We don't have a car and haven't had since 1998 - that one was inherited from Polly's mother and we've never bought one. I don't even have a driving license. We use our b... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Working From Home (No cycling?)

I'm a "dyed in the wool" cyclist and have commuted to work by bike for over 5 years now. However, since 18th March I have been working from home, which (you would think) reduces the amount of cycl... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Hassop and the Monsal Trail

Today we walked around Hassop and the Monsal Trail. It would be the perfect place for my friend to bring her two young sons to practise riding. Also I want to try an e-bike! I've texted her to ask ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Social distancing

Decided to get out and about, & made sure I kept to the 2m rule, not for social distancing reasons, but because I am so slow!

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Start them young

I regularly commute to work, combining fitness in to my daily routine, getting to work the quickest way possible and enjoying the fresh air is a win, win, win for me. I recently returned to work fr... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Never to late

I am 54 year old not rode a bike for about 30 years and thought i would never do what I have actually done. In August 2018 I joined a group called fit rovers this is helping men loose weight creat... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Why I Cycle to Work

The main thing about cycling to work for me is that I enjoy the extra time in bed in the mornings! My cycle in to work takes 11–12 minutes - compared to either a 40 minute walk in or bus journey... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Why I Cycle to Work

When I cycle to work I feel more refreshed and ready for the day ahead. Cycling home I can relax and enjoy the exercise — or if it’s been a difficult day I can take it out on the pedals! I cycle... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Why I Ride to Work

I commute by bike to and from work every day, all year round! I love cycling and my ride invigorates me for the day ahead, and de-stresses me on my way home as I ride past green spaces, lakes and ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Physiotherapists on wheels

Physiotherapists on wheels

I'm a physio in a stroke rehab unit and have the pleasure of cycling to work. Most of the other physios there do aswell and we've encouraged one of the speech therapists to get on her bike too! It... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Recovery

After having an Heart attack a few years ago in the Gym, My recovery is mainly down to getting on my bike .Starting a week after being de fibbed back to life, biking to the hospital and slow extend... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story It's a mental thing

It's a mental thing

Recently separated, no money to speak of and living in a rented room. I was struggling.. My head was spinning and i had a fogged mind... The one good thing I did during this was buy my mountain bik... read more

Topic: Other

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Life saving bicycle

I'll keep this short, I didn't hear a car from my left side, hmm going deaf? coincidently my bike would not balance... off to the Dr. numerous tests resulted in an MRI scan. Aha, it's NOT the bike... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story School staff love the Ebike loan scheme

School staff love the Ebike loan scheme

Through my local Sustainable Travel and Road Safety Officer I have organised some loan Ebikes for school staff. The interest has exploded now staff have seen the smiles on their colleagues faces as... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Being Present on your ride

Being Present on your ride

Yesterday I rode the well known guided busway that runs between St Ives and Cambridge in Cambridgeshire. One way it is 14 miles. Because it runs along an old trainline, it's pretty flat the whole... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Pluie

Y a beaucoup plue

Topic: My commute by bike

baby bird

I live in Cornwall and one day a week I ride a 15 mile circuit on country roads crossing the A3072 at a busy junction. On this day I had just crossed the main road and noticed a small bird in the ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

Image for story Hidden gems to discover while cycling

Hidden gems to discover while cycling

I have been living in Milton Keynes since 2002. Busy life style and work commitments meant that the car was my main transport option. However, following a change in my work circumstances, I sudde... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

Lambing time.

I am fortunate to have a very rural route to work (for most of it anway). Narrow, single track road with passing places, trees and fields with farm animals, etc. Earlier this year as I headed along... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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