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Image for story Life as the founder of leos rides and being a cycle leader

Life as the founder of leos rides and being a cycle leader

Hi I run leos rides I take donated bikes and rebuild them and gift them to any one needing a bike to get to work or just for fun and fitness. I am Allso a fully trained advanced bike Macanic and fu... read more

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Image for story Encouraging myself to ride

Encouraging myself to ride

I was a commuter in terms if cycling. Not much more than that. Then, last year, I was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disorder in the bone marrow failure department, Severe Aplastic Anemia. I wen... read more

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E-Bike or bust!

Remember riding down a big hill as a kid... Wasn't that the best feeling? Well with an E-Bike, it's like riding down hill the entire time! If you decide to make the transition, I would ask tha... read more

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Image for story Touring

Touring

A tour round the outer Hebrides no problem with customs amazing people and beaches that are out of this world, one massive hill ( was massive to me ) and an adventure to catch a ferry almost every ... read more

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No car, no bike, no problem.

I can't drive, and I used to ride my bike to work each day. It's about a mile each way so it's not far and biking was faster than walking. Then a couple of things happened, the first thing was a ca... read more

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Image for story Ride for friendship

Ride for friendship

We will ride from Newcastle to Whitley Bay for friendship.

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Image for story Join me on my saturday Morning Ride

Join me on my saturday Morning Ride

This video was created on a Saturday morning E- bike ride. My aim was to try and inspire others to get out, be more active and to enjoy the summer. The video was recorded at the end of July 2022 ... read more

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Image for story Cake at the end of it

Cake at the end of it

I had been off the bike for over 18 months due to a hernia and the recovery from the opertation to repair it. Just after Easter I started off with the odd commute, after using a turbo trainer every... read more

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Image for story 6/5 #TrailblazingSundays

6/5 #TrailblazingSundays

IG: MTBZ_BC We are hosting a ride from Gordon Park June 5, meet up at 3 roll out at 4. Supporting IMA

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Image for story Missed the Gym

Missed the Gym

So last night after a busy day at work I got caught on a call which meant I missed my session at the gym. The sun was out and hubby came home and we decided it was too nice a night to sit on the so... read more

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Trois sorties vélo cette semaine

Les trois sorties vélo ont toutes passé trop rapidement !!! Une fois avec Benoît, une fois avec Gilles et Une fois avec Claudia !!! Quels beaux paysages en plus !!!! J’ai bien hâte de faire d’aut... read more

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Soyons source d'inspiration pour les autres

Quand on sort à vélo, nous sommes un convois de 6 personnes 😅 J'aime les valeurs et l'importance de transmettre le goût de l'activité physique à mes enfants, mais aussi à tous ceux que nous crois... read more

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Mom hasn't rode a bike in years!

My mom had a stroke in 2018 and lost feeling in her right side, she has regained it and can now hold on to the handle bars :) We went on a short bike cruise to see how she does and she loves it! No... read more

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Why Bike Lives Matter

Our team is part of a strong cycling/mountain biking community with world class scenery and trails. One of the unfortunate things about cycling on the road is that some motorists don't appreciate ... read more

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Image for story Wokingham Bikeathon!

Wokingham Bikeathon!

Wokingham Bikeathon Time: Registration from 8.15am until 10.30am Date: Sunday, 26 June 2022 Venue: The event will start and finish at Cantley Park, Wokingham, RG40 5QG Routes There ... read more

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Boat Bike Tours

After losing my husband 2 years ago I took myself off on a Boat Bike Tour to the Netherlands (We had been looking at doing it together) Having not ridden a bike for 19 months I booked an E-bike, I... read more

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Image for story Breezelancs

Breezelancs

Encouraging others to ride is my passion. I became Breeze Champion in 2011 and have since led over 500 group rides and encouraged thousands of women to ride!

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Image for story Thoughts on Bike to Work Days

Thoughts on Bike to Work Days

During Florida Bicycle Month (March) this year, I had the opportunity to work on – and ride in – two bike to work events. I have participated in Orlando’s in years past, but helping to plan has me ... read more

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Make new friends

I enjoy riding my bike because I make new friends. One time I met someone who lived in my neighborhood. We have remained friends ever since... :)

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Image for story Reason to be cheerful 1, 2, 30

Reason to be cheerful 1, 2, 30

Today I counted thirty reasons why I was right to sell the car and get a bicycle. Four o’clock. Nearly rush hour, and the roads are starting to get busy. Those who can get away before five do so... read more

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Kick starting our informal bike group in 2022

I carved out some time to go out on a ride on Saturday, first long ride of 2022. I put a shout out to friends on WhatsApp and they joined too. Made a day of it with breakfast in Henley and an ic... read more

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Image for story Claydon Cycling Club Turns 2!

Claydon Cycling Club Turns 2!

Hip Hip Hooray! We’ve hit another milestone, as Claydon Cycling Club was ‘born’ just over 2 years ago. We celebrated with our recent birthday ride to Stratton Audley Barn. During our time as a c... read more

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Image for story Social cycling in Glasgow ...

Social cycling in Glasgow ...

I moved to Glasgow some 6 years ago and looked at options for cycling clubs and blown away at the choice. Me and a friend decided that there was no mid level choice, and we set up our own called We... read more

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Image for story Have You Tried Triking?

Have You Tried Triking?

We all like biking, but have you ever tried triking? I recently bought myself a KMX Kolt Trike. Reason, it’s different and fun!! It certainly works the core muscles and is a different way of cyc... read more

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Image for story Over dijken en dammen en door bossen

Over dijken en dammen en door bossen

Ik houd van een afstandje fietsen. Of liever gezegd afstanden, te beginnen met 200 als randonneur. Binnen een tijdslimiet en volledig zelf bedruipend en niet gemotoriseerd. Een tocht heb ik in het... read more

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Image for story Let’s get active for fun, your health and for the environment.

Let’s get active for fun, your health and for the environment.

I just did a portion of the 6Gap, Even though I didn’t finish, I was able to clime the highest peak, the Hogpen Gap

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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

Congratulations - You're a Cycle September 2022 winner! Say WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAT?! Oh gosh this is amazingly unexpected, i've won a aquaplay paddleboarding session. That's fandabiedosie!

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Image for story It’s a Revolution

It’s a Revolution

Like a lot of families, we used to fire up our expensive, gas guzzling engines for every little thing. 2 miles to school? Get in the car and sit in traffic. Need supplies for dinner? There’s a Walm... read more

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Image for story Great Cycling Challenge

Great Cycling Challenge

My 2nd year fundraising for this great cause. In UTAH this week clocking miles. Riding early to beat the heat. Staying hydrated, enjoying the scenery. If you can, help . . . . . [address remov... read more

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Hoping to make the world a better place

I have started up a group on Love to Ride. I did it because through work and family commitments I am unable to forward plan ride time so ride solo 99% of the time. Yet through LtR I have a sense ... read more

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anyone and everyone can bike

Hi my name is Liam and im 15 years old with cerebral palsy. I'm new to this group and wanted to introduce myself. I am just recovering from my 5th knee dislocation injury which doesn't stop me from... read more

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Image for story Zomerse Fotowedstrijd

Zomerse Fotowedstrijd

Fiets je fit met Love to Ride Noord-Veluwe en laat zien wat je onderweg tegenkomt! Of je nu op avontuur gaat in eigen land, een bezoek brengt aan het buitenland óf je work-out op de fiets doet ... read more

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Image for story What I learned during Bike Month

What I learned during Bike Month

I spent the month of May intentionally riding my bike instead of using a car. It was exhausting, sometimes uncomfortable, and a ton of fun. Biking / commuting by bike has always been part of my lif... read more

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Image for story Tenir nos resolution, quoi de mieux pour se sentir fière de soi.

Tenir nos resolution, quoi de mieux pour se sentir fière de soi.

Qui n'a jamais pris des bonnes résolutions et manquer de motivation pour les tenir plus de trois semaines? On ressent alors un sentiment d'échec. Mais si on inclus les résolutions avec nos activité... read more

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Image for story Cycle Folsom Vintage Bike Ride

Cycle Folsom Vintage Bike Ride

Had a great outing with a group of Cycle Folsom cyclists. The theme of the day was vintage bikes. Rode 36 miles through the El Dorado foothills with our classic bikes. I’m the rider to the far righ... read more

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Mooie e-bike routes van de ANWB... in elke provincie 1 ;-)

Beste Fan van fietsers... Zoals bijna iedereen wel weet, zijn we bij de ANWB Fan van fietsen. Daarom ter inspiratie een kleine selectie e-bike routes ...wellicht leuk ter inspiratie en weer eens ... read more

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Image for story Active transportation advocacy ... and self-discovery

Active transportation advocacy ... and self-discovery

I was shocked to discover, when COVID led to curtailing most of my travel in the last couple of years, that I don't ride a bike for pleasure. Apparently, I ride only to get to places, and I enjoy t... read more

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Image for story A riding option: Recumbent trikes

A riding option: Recumbent trikes

I became legally blind in 2012 and could no longer drive a car. I was so grateful to discover recumbent trikes. They are very stable and could be a great option for several people that cannot ride ... read more

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Flab social group rides

Hi Everyone, when lockdown hit i lost my motivation to get out and ride on my bike, this was partially due to not being able to ride with my cycling club as we were to large to get rides organised.... read more

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Goal getter

Pre-pandemic I HAD a bike but it didn’t get out much and I hadn’t quite plucked up the courage to use it to commute to work, despite wanting to. When public transport became largely discouraged at ... read more

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Image for story The Parkway Half Marathon - Plaque Says it All.

The Parkway Half Marathon - Plaque Says it All.

Thank you dearly to those responsible! (Not me!) Plaque reads: “ [quote] The Parkway Half Marathon, in collaboration with the Cordova Recreation and Parks District the City of Rancho Cordov... read more

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Image for story Een foto maken hoort erbij, anders telt de rit niet mee

Een foto maken hoort erbij, anders telt de rit niet mee

Mijn (fiets) maten weten nu wel hoe het werkt, bij een rit hoort een foto “anders telt hij niet mee”. Gewoon tijdens het rijden achter in de groep of juist een selfie als windvanger voorop. Afstapp... read more

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Image for story My heart attack changed my life.

My heart attack changed my life.

After having a near death experience (heart attack), I changed my eating habits and I started to ride my bike to work. Now I live my life to the fullest and encourage other with my new life style. ... read more

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Hit and run

So after being hit by a car in January I wasn’t gonna let this deter me from cycling, 2mths later and a new bike later I’m back on my bike and enjoying getting out and cycling again. Lovely weather... read more

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Image for story This Her Lane Ride

This Her Lane Ride

This past Saturday we enjoyed a women's ride celebrating Women's Herstory Month. It was great meeting and riding with other local women cycling groups in San Antonio. We celebrated, cheered, & ... read more

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Image for story Mum gets E-Bike

Mum gets E-Bike

My 69 year old mum recently got an E-Bike and with it a new lease if life and adventure. Now a cycle into Glasgow or up the hilly routes to East Kilbride is well within her capabilities and she is ... read more

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Image for story Cycling hurdles

Cycling hurdles

I’ve been organising our bike hubs recently, getting all the bikes sorted out ready for annual service. As I was climbing over bikes, it got me to thinking about hurdles. Hurdles.. in cycling? Say ... read more

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Image for story New circular routes in Bracknell Forest

New circular routes in Bracknell Forest

It was a lovely day to be out and about on the bike yesterday. I spent most of the day cycling the network of traffic-free cyclepaths south of Bracknell town centre, putting up vinyl stickers to he... read more

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Image for story Ride & Network

Ride & Network

Hello Everyone, My name is Seb, originally from Goa-India, now based in Leicester. I started cycling some years back but they were just short spins. Last year I did longer rides and enjoyed i... read more

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Image for story Life Changing

Life Changing

Diet and exercise have gone up a notch in my life due to a stroke a few months ago and a CAE procedure 2 weeks ago to remove the blockage (plaque)in the severe stage. Biking has been a savior to ge... read more

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