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Image for story 1970s tandem gets a new life!

1970s tandem gets a new life!

My partner does vegetable deliveries by bike trailer and last week when he was on his rounds he sent me a photo of a very old tandem bike, saying "someone threw this in a skip". It was a lovely blu... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story First time at Twisted Oaks

First time at Twisted Oaks

Had a great time trying out the trails at twisted oaks last week with Ells, challenging but rewarding...

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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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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Image for story 100 mile summer

100 mile summer

I got my bike in July having wanted one for ages and not ridden since before uni. I decided to give myself a goal of 100 miles by my birthday (4 Sept). This was a big challenge for me so I signed u... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Cycle 100 Miles in June for Dementia UK

I tend to do charity things for Diabetes UK and Dementia UK as my mother had dementia and I have type 1 diabetes, so when I saw the "Cycle 100 Miles in June" challenge for Dementia UK, I dusted off... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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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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Well-being on wheels

I started riding recently with three other women. I knew one of them already. We have all become friends now and we use our weekly ride as therapy! We talk about everything. From children, to diffi... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Love to commute!

I love my commute, for me nothing beats getting up early to ride to work, 12miles of pedalling away waking me up ready for the day. I also ride to get fitter for my attempt of LEJOG before I’m 35! ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Betancuria

Before the dark days of Covid - I used to take regular holidays to Fuerteventura, where my favorite ride was to the highest point of the island Betancuria.

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Getting married on a bike!

Getting married on a bike!

I met my fiancé Chris through cycling over 3 years ago. We have had many many cycling adventures since including riding coast to coast in the UK in various directions and cycling 4,000km across Eur... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Image for story Lockdown and Love to ride goal setting

Lockdown and Love to ride goal setting

Lockdown 1 led me to evaluate my exercise regime and what I could do to get fitter "just in case". September I came across Love to ride. I started goal setting and giving and receiving high five... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Triple L

Triple L

This year I have named, 'Triple L'. I've found love, of course been in lockdown and experienced loss. Think back to your school days. I'm the 'ginger' girl in your year. The shy red-headed on... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Image for story #LightTheNight

#LightTheNight

I decided to write this not for any keen bikers who would know all about lighting already, but for the sake of any other riders who have recently started or restarted cycling: I live in the countr... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Cavenham Heath

Cavenham Heath

I live on the edge of Bury St Edmunds and I work in Cambridge, my cycle commute is around 30 miles each way. I don't do this everyday as it takes about 4 hours in total, and that's a big part of t... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Heather from Newmarket shared her story

The Covid-19 virus had made me think about new ways to get keep fit and get out whilst socially distancing. My thoughts turned to my old bike which was last used when my children were younger. The ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Because of him

Because of him

My bike used to get me somewhere because I couldn't drive or because I was a student and couldn't afford bus fare. But my partner introduced me to riding for the fun of it. He started picking me up... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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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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#oneinamillion

The #OneInAMillion campaign is all about empowering every woman to start cycling – and explore her own motivations to keep pedalling. Whether it’s for fun or fitness, transport or competition, we a... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Cycling in Sardinia  💚🤍💗

Cycling in Sardinia 💚🤍💗

No, I have not managed to do it yet, but it is on my "To do" list for next year. 😎 I have fallen in love with cycling since I did a charity bike ride this year "Cycle 100 Miles in June" for Dem... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Cycling back to work

After being furloughed and then made redundant in 2020, I was determined to get a job closer to home (previously I had a 40 minute drive each way). I can now cycle to work in less than 10 minutes a... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Coffee and cake

Coffee and cake

I first met my friend Chris about 40 years ago. For the last 20 of these years we have shared the occasional bike ride, typically between 10 and 20 miles. Lockdown 1 threw a spanner in the work... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Returning to Cycling with a New Attitude

Cycling used to be my main mode of transport - less effort than walking, easy to 'park' and accessible for any route; then I developed various chronic symptoms and over the course of a couple of de... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Image for story Bike motivation

Bike motivation

Always love the outdoors and riding my bike makes me feel so good with enjoying the outdoors fresh air.Never really been into long bike rides only short ones with my bike being my vehicle to gettin... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story The 'voucher' difference.

The 'voucher' difference.

I'm one of those people who would say that they never win anything and it's largely true, so it was all the more surprising when Love to Ride got in touch to let me know that I'd won a £50 voucher.... read more

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#665Challenge

I'm a local tennis coach so wanted to do a tennis related bike ride challenge to keep my fitness up during this lockdown. I set myself a 665 mile challenge (665 relates to the longest ever tennis m... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Another cycling challenge

Another cycling challenge

I heard from a friend this morning about - and have just signed up to - another Suffolk County Council cycling challenge - the St Elizabeth Hospice Winter Cycling Mission - to cycle the equivalent ... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Riding through dusk

Riding through dusk

To keep cycling all year round have added a few things to keep me safe. A 500 lumen rechargeable front light. The one I have has a power meter on top so I know has plenty of power reserve. Option... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Carbon comfort or carbon-free consideration?

Carbon comfort or carbon-free consideration?

It's surprising how many parents place their comfort and convenience over that of their children's future. Yes, it may seem more convenient to rush out of the house in PJs and slippers at 5 minutes... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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LEJOG

I decided it was time to change vague dreaming to reality and set off on a Lands End to John o Groats bike ride. Fourteen days and 983 miles later I arrived at JoG after a spectacular trip throug... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Suffolk's Free Cycling Session

Suffolk's Free Cycling Session

We had a great time on our Free Cycle Session. We now know the best route to get to my children’s school. We can also navigate the busy junctions which had previously put me off cycling in the town... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Stories from around the world

Image for story What's Biking in the D?

What's Biking in the D?

Saturday, October 23: D-TOWN RIDERS Soul Roll @ Dequindre Cut; Cider in the City @ Beacon Park Sunday, October 24: Ride to Vote @ Livernois and W Outer Drive Head over to the events page (... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

Image for story Journey by Bike: A Route to Fun, Fellowship and Fitness

Journey by Bike: A Route to Fun, Fellowship and Fitness

My favorite city route, takes me from Palmer Park in Detroit to Belle Isle and back. I get there several different ways, but what I love is that every route allows me to see magnificent architectu... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

Image for story Being chased by a flock of scooters

Being chased by a flock of scooters

So on the way home from middle school, I turned left down Ralph McGill off Parkway and as I was going to turn North on Central Park Place I see a flock of scooters going east on Ralph McGill. As I... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Bike Tour -

Invited a fried to join in for a bike tour. She came and we both enjoyed the ride. Health and fitness and fun a great combination.

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

Image for story It's (almost) always ride weather!

It's (almost) always ride weather!

A couple of weekends ago the forecast was rain, rain and some more rain. I had planned to do my first ever 100-mile bike ride, what to do? I decided that all winter long the weather might have o... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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River Ride

I am loving seeing the wildlife on my commute to work along the San Lorenzo River levee path. There have been one or two kingfishers out there lots of mornings. One morning I saw a coyote right nex... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Another Douze Rescue!

Helped another lady and her dog today. Her dog had a hurt foot from the Piedmont Park dog park and I put them in the Douze and got them across the park to their house. 3 in a month!

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Image for story 'Bike Benefits' = 16% off on your natural foods bill!

"Bike Benefits" = 16% off on your natural foods bill!

In Madison, WI, we have a great, active, assertive and successful bike advocacy community. One achievement has been the "Bike Benefits" program, which has arranged for cyclists with a ($5) Bike Ben... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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1986 Riding in China

In 1986 I joined a group of 12 people who cycled in the Foshan and Guangshou Areas of China for 3 weeks. We cycled through lots of different weather, ate some amazing dishes, & cycled approxim... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Bikes connect me to my community and make it easy to take actions

So, I rode with Geri, my daughter to Howard and as I was leaving I noticed a trash bag ripped open at the South East corner of Boulevard and John Wesley Dobbs. Cars kept hitting the trash bag and ... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Back in the Sunshine State

Spent the past summer in NW Missouri hills above Kansas City. Was able to get in over 1700 rolling terrain miles to strengthen the legs. Many beautiful roads north of Platte City, but not entry lev... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

Image for story HamAss 150

HamAss 150

I actually signed up reluctantly for Bike Everywhere Month in May 2021. My wife had suggested it and I was not enthused. But after a 70 mile ride in the second week from Everett through Marckworth ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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BBI

I've only starting riding in groups this year after riding solo for the past 10+ years. I'm so glad for the change, I have met so many great folks in the detroit biking community and have fallen in... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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The Dog that almost Gnawed on my asscheeks!!

I was riding my bike from the Food Farm on Dexter grabbing some groceries. As soon as i get back home a loose Stray Pitbull is near my porch. He charges and i take off!! Oh he was fast but Reo is f... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Post-lockdown ride

Post-lockdown ride

Out for my first ride with friends after the lifting of the 5km radius restriction, went big and did 100km and loved chatting with loads of other cyclists at this beautiful spot in Kurnell, looking... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Bikes help people in cars!

On my way home from The Whole Dog Market, I saw a stranded driver. I stopped and helped, Ian, the ride-share driver, change his tire! Never did that when I owned a car!

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Oregon Coast (Ft Stevens to Harris Beach St Park

We (My wife and I, our daughter and her fiancé, her best friend and boyfriend and my brother) rode the 365 mile well-marked Oregon Coast Bike Trail from Sept 20 - Oct 1. This was our 3rd time ridin... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

Image for story Malibu to Ojai Century w/ the Ladies & Gents

Malibu to Ojai Century w/ the Ladies & Gents

There is a great joy when I have new century riders come on our Ladies & Gents Centuries. This year I decided to start hosting a century every other month. Amazingly enough the turnout was much... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Bikepacking adventures

Bikepacking adventures

I have always commuted short journeys but since the pandemic I have really got into longer rides I was inspired by Mark Beaumont & Emily Chappel (google it) I spent last winter getting used to ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Returning to the Office but by Bike (for now)

Returning to the Office but by Bike (for now)

Despite cycling a lot in the last 10 years, I've never lived close enough for the commute to work to be practicable by bike. Since joining the council in January I've been working from home but ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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