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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

Topic: Other

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Image for story #665Challenge

#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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nice ride in

5am start so bike out & work inside 30 mins. Nice shower then ready for the day

Topic: My commute by bike

Image for story A Bicycle Towing Hack to Remember.

A Bicycle Towing Hack to Remember.

Hi folks, Recovering from a head injury, unable to drive, I was challenged with a 'very' different task to enable me to get my child there and back to school. So, I made a bicycle hitch which ena... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Biking is liberating!

Biking is liberating!

You ride your bike and basically forget about everything else. It is an opportunity to be present and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you. Riding my bike at the Hugh Taylor Birch State Park just op... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

Image for story Out and about

Out and about

Lovely afternoon ride today. Weather chilly 🥶 but glorious sunshine 🌞 the whole way on the route. No snow or rain also a bonus. Trying out different routes in local area.

Topic: Other

That thing you hate to be reminded of

Ride in the Rain 2021 is over. I broke two spokes, one rear derailleur and the bolt that held my seat to the post shear in half on one ride. There was a lot of rain and wind to ride in and several ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Winter Wheelers is off on day 1!

17 miles to start!

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Cycling and chemo

Cycling and chemo

Cancer came back to visit me this year. I decided that Cancer Research needed more money to find ways to get rid of that unwanted visitor. So I gave myself the challenge of 1000 miles in 100 days... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Everglades Levee, a nice challenge for the weekend

Everglades Levee, a nice challenge for the weekend

Hello there, this is a little story after i rode this long gravel ride around the levee, everything started with a broken leg after a long motorcycle ride from key west to lakeland, fl... the re... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Keeping on the move

Slow puncture last week. Managed to get to and from work Thurs Fri by reinflating. Repaired today. If I don't have a flat in the morning I'll count that as a victory. ✌🚲

Topic: Other

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Image for story RIDE IT OFF

RIDE IT OFF

I drink alone, yeah With nobody else I drink alone, yeah With nobody else Yeah, you know when I drink alone I prefer to be by myself (George Thorogood - I Drink Alone, 1985) George Thorogo... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Winter riding….

I’d forgotten just how much fun it is getting wet and blown around out there… what a great day to go out - and an even better day to appreciate getting home!!

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

Image for story 13.32 Kilometre Led ride Tour, WMPCCC

13.32 Kilometre Led ride Tour, WMPCCC

Using the old canal and railway sidings here in Willenhall. Please follow link to see our journey(s) [address removed]

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Ride ur bike

In 2021 yk its gd to ride ur bike

Topic: Other

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Crisp snow

Another great ride in, nothing like fresh snow. Plenty birds to see and hear. Going home could be a different matter. Have a nice day everyone.

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story First Dec 2021

First Dec 2021

My day out today, with the mad weather we are having. Very cold to start, then the rain came down( but I had the right gear on so it didn’t matter) then the snow, that was a little harsh on the fa... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Bikkelen

Bikkelen

Hoera! Mijn speedpedelec is weer terug van weggeweest! Hij stond twee maanden lang te wachten op een nieuwe riem. Iets met stomme pech, levertijden, China en Riesse-Müller. In die twee maanden mist... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

Image for story Lanarkshire Guided Rides

Lanarkshire Guided Rides

I am a British cycling trained ride leader and through a website called- let’s ride.co.uk offer guided rides in Glasgow. Ride in the safety of a friendly group and enjoy a cycle from easy going to ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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ICE, ICE and more ice

Beware very slippy out there today, lots of storm debris too on the cycle track, may go home via the roads YIKES. But a very refreshing ride to work today, good sunshine so could see the best way t... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

Image for story My son and daughter

My son and daughter

My daughter and son are 9 years diferentes the best way I found to spare healthy time with them is biking 🚴‍♀️. Good conversation, different interests for each one but a common bike

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Riding for Health

I had a stroke in 2005 at age 50. My right ankle never came back so mobility is an issue. In 2011 the Doc told me I need to exercise as I was up to 265 lbs. I got a used trike and started riding... read more

Topic: Other

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