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I have been riding to work every day weather permitting for 10 year now and in that time have only had to change /make redundant 3 x bikes hence the title Trojan horse. im unsure how much money i h... read more

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For years I did commutes by car of over 100miles a day. It made me unfit, unhappy and stressed. When an opportunity came up for a new role closer to home - the first thing I did was research the co... read more

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The bright sunny mornings have really been helping my enjoyment of my rides into work. So much so that I've started to add loops on to my ride home so I can enjoy the weather and the Great British ... read more

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Join OVO Energy for a Night Ride through Bristol, led by an established cycling company HotChillee, taking in the city highlights by night! We'd love you to join us for a pre-ride coffee, pre-ride ... read more

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John Russell check out the Eventbrite website to register

I'm trying to get out on my bike more, as I've signed up for a 96K charity ride, which is happening next week! I'm a National Account Manager for a food company, I'm based in Stockport, HQ is in ... read more

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Hello, I have something called spastic paraplegia. I love to ride because it keeps the muscles in my legs strong and improves my mobility. Last month I rode in the Great Cycle Challenge to help... read more

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Norman Dean Great Job Diana, keep up the good work. Cycling is addictive

After being of the bike for a year because of starting a family I forgot how much I loved to cycle now after 12 months of the saddle im back on my bike riding to work every week and really enjoying... read more

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My husband joined our local cycling club, the Hertfordshire Wheelers, when we moved down from Scotland. Sadly, I suffer from a neurological condition, which meant I couldn’t join straight away. We ... read more

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4 years ago I broke up from the mother of my two amazing little boys. I took it really badly, I was already overweight, my health wasn't the best and I could feel the black dog was chasing me down... read more

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Richie Galloway Cycling to help your mental health is very important to me as it takes me away from any situation im in and i feel free. ... read more
Norman Dean Great work Stephen, I find that the best thing about cycling is I get in side my own head (trust me, that is a scary place)... read more

I've been in a car and been waved through by cyclists and I have to say it can seem a bit passive aggressive or, at its worst, downright rude. As a cyclist I've developed a non threatening offer w... read more

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I,ve had my electric bike 18 months now and it has transformed my life. I have more energy, I,ve lost a Stone in Weight and I can get up those hills. Many people think you don,t have to pedal with ... read more

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It was a sunny day in December, air temp of around 10C with a nice dry road, ideal opportunity to take the bike rather drive to work. So dressed in tights ,top, and hi vis vest, topped off with a... read more

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I am from a rural area close to the hilly area in Maastricht. Instead of commuting with a foldable bike I opted for twin bikes - one bike in my shed in the garden and one at the roof top of Council... read more

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Last year my work friends could not work out why I loved cycling. In January 2019 we decided to support support the care given to our amazing team leader, Penny during her illness and for those n... read more

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Marjolein Rijken Thank you for sharing your story Sandra! Hopefully it will inspire many other people to encourage others to give cycling a ... read more

Weathby to Filey yearly charity ride this Saturday 15th of June,third time we have done it fantastic route through the country side 💪😉👌

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Hire bikes from the campsite on a trip to Delft in 2010 were the catalyst that rekindled my love of cycling. I couldn't believe how much fun it was and was amazed that I'd forgotten. I ordered a du... read more

I noticed when I ride around town there has been litter thrown on native plants so I have stopped along the way to help keep the path I ride litter free!

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I used one day of the Bike More Challenge (Memorial Day) to ride to all 19 Multnomah County Library locations. While I enjoy the act of biking, I find my rides more satisfying when I can focus on a... read more

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This morning (5/30/2019) was a glorious ride into work along the Spring Water Corridor. Saw at least eight deer, Canada geese with babies, a coyote tossing a mole around on the path, and then retr... read more

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On Memorial Day I took a ride in honor of my father, who let me to go on my first six-week bike tour at the age of 14 and he paid for it! Starting at the Oregon Zoo (he raised four of us), I rode u... read more

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Julie Concannon Such a sweet dedication to your Dad!
Steve P Very nice. And great choice of places to ride to!

Recently made plans to do a little free-diving (wetsuit, mask, fins but no scuba) with my dive buddy. I had biked to work on this day. Was able to pack my gear in my saddle bags, fins sticking out... read more

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Went to the FLAB sportive on 11 May in Ilkley with my wife and friends. A beautiful place to cycle with great scenery and nice hills thrown in. We had the opportunity to witness a Twister on the ri... read more

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My cycling buddy and I did our first Sportive on Saturday morning in Hornsea, East Riding of Yorkshire, UK. Despite me feeling under the weather, we had a great 40 mile ride in glorious weather wit... read more

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I frequently rode through a lovely park on my rides where there is a bird habitat. I often followed the hunting and mating (it is Spring) Peregrine Falcons. Then they started following ME! One w... read more

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Legend has it that it was the goat herd that brought the mighty Thor his hammer. Certainly, it was the goat herd that pulled Thor’s chariot into battle and through the heavenly adventures. While Th... read more

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Today I FINALLY got to put in a good commute for my team. Between work travel and kid complexity, I've had ironclad excuses every morning this month until today. I'm so glad I knocked over the resi... read more

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Ruth Schulte I hear you! I was able to get my spouse to help out in the morning so I could bike to work this week! It felt great!
Kristen Connor Go Mary! I have a hard time coordinating rides too... Thank you for the inspiration!

Went to try out the MTB rides at Hampsterley Forest Easter Sunday, had a big off and landed on my head! As it turned out I had fractured and dislocated my spine (neck), thanks to the riders who ca... read more

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AS I ground my way through the wilderness of upper Mission Ridge trail, I lighted on a certain place where was a den. I know what lives in the wilderness of the Squilchuck drainage, so I avoided th... read more

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Branson K Great stuff!

Our story in the Bellevue Bicycle Club, Bellevue, NE is multi-faceted. We have casual rides to favorite cafes, local events, exploring trails and new destinations, and encouraging others to be conf... read more

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Carrie Mc Gill Nice article Lisa!

In the village of Wenatchee, the name of which I have no desire to call to mind, there lived not long since one of those women that keeps not one, but three bikes hanging on her back porch wall, as... read more

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Patrick Mc Dermott Love it! And I had a similar idea. Please check it out and let me know what you think. :) [address removed]
Patrick Mc Dermott OK, they stripped off the link I was trying to send. Try this with no [address removed] http Off the Wagon . life / riders-... read more

I CAN SEE BY MY WATCH, WITHOUT TAKING MY HAND FROM THE left grip on my handlebar, that it is 8:30 in the morning. A light headwind is rolling off the Columbia River, tugging at my contact lenses. I... read more

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Gerome Gacula i love your bluebike. i have the blue axino.
Branson K I love your writing. Keep it up

Today was a lovely day, perfect for a bike ride. I love to count things as I bike. Today I saw 77 cars, 44 bicyclist, 33 birds, 29 walkers, 18 dogs, 4 buses, 3 people waiting for the bus, 2 garba... read more

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Tess Stribos woah how did you keep score?

Introduced a work colleague to cycle to work scheme now he is cycling everyday saving transport money and keeping fit

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My name is Dan Whaley and I am a 49 year-old high school science teacher. My first real bike was a Trek 870 mountain bike that I bought in college. It was the first bike I had owned since my childh... read more

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Lisa Pietsch Great to hear your story, Dan!
Carrie Mc Gill You ROCK Dan!

Cool! http://roadcyclistsguide.com/create-circular-bike-route-google-maps/

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Christina Grijalva Thanks for sharing!

I starting biking again last fall and was making great progress expanding my miles and elevation. Then I took the winter off because of darkness safety. Just restarted in time for the bikers chal... read more

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Jim Slater WooHoo! First time from Beaverton to work! I have now made it the whole way!
Matt Faunt Nice work Jim! Glad you're out there and it's feeling good!

I recently did a metric century with a friend of mine. It was the longest ride (mileage wise) either of us had ever done and we were pretty burnt out. When we got home I dropped him off and immedia... read more

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Jim Black Good friends always bring out the best in you.. and your ride!
Thomas Stokell That's classic! I once made the mistake of casually challenging a friend to 1000m race on a pair of rowing machines when we... read more

I took up cycling because it saved my life quite literally. On 1/4/2019, i was on day 3 of a ride down to Rome from London in 7 days to support a friend running the Maradona di Roma. It was magic... read more

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Rus Kesley Maybe that should read Maratona and not Maradona

Back in April 2018, I decided I was going to get back in to cycling, and seeing my work place has a cycle scheme, decided to make use of it, as I set my self a target event After spending 3-4 we... read more

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Richard Beale Well done. Keep going that's the way to do it. Cycling gets easier and more enjoyable as you go.

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

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After 23 years, my bike finally gave up on me. This is the bike that I went for a burn on after I stuffed my GCSE science exam. The bike I rode to sixth form parties on, the bike I rode back to hal... read more

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Andrew West Good one!
Garreth Bridgman an old steel frame MT(B is virtually indestructable

https://cyclingunknown.wordpress.com/ The commute to work in this beautiful part of the world helps in my training for larger scale challenges in Europe. If it is something you have thought about ... read more

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Every morning it’s a crispy chilly ride along this beautiful canal. You could ride this a thousand times and you’d still think it was your first! I can’t wait to get saddled up and off. Then carr... read more

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Wave at every car that gives you any room. When you get angry about poor driving just remove your approval wave. See? You got angry but didn't enter into a negative dialogue : ) Happy commuting ... read more

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Tarun Shome Great advice, and something I have been doing for the last year. My theory is that when you're commuting, it's pretty much ... read more
Carvel Lonsdale Brilliant Tarun!

I didn't think I would write here as what I do is so little, but I want to thank Love to Ride for getting me back on my bike. It is very different to when I was a teenager in England road racing. C... read more

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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

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I have refused to own a car, and gotten around by bicycle since 1989. There were many reasons for this: Climate change and other environmental reason; exercise; too cheap and stingy to blow that ki... read more

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Julia Mitzel You are simply fantastic!
Jeff Mintz That is pretty inspiring - hats off to you (helmets on of course).

The last time i rode a bike before this challenge was in Germany, i (stupidly) wasn't wearing a helmet, fell off, hit my head on the concrete and got concussion. So this month was really about prov... read more

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I rode to work. In the morning, it was wonderful. Cool and refreshing. I really enjoyed the freedom of wind in my chest hair, and bugs in my teeth. However, the afternoon was horrible. It was hot, ... read more

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Coming 20kms out from Half Moon Bay to Grafton i am able to ride along the Rotary walk and along riverside road and the mostly completed track on the other side. Making use of these routes (albeit ... read more

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Getting back on the bike again for the commute to work is such a great experience, I'll tell you why. In the car there is so much that takes over the senses and it is a battle, on the bike and th... read more

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I am not a cyclist. But I got on my bike. It was one of those stupid fitness challenges for which I did not prepare, and in this particular case, one joins a group of coworkers to see how many days... read more

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My husband is so romantic and came for 3 evening bike ride dates in a row. It was so special and I appreciate my husband biking with me. When I have been out biking and he sees me through the win... read more

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Bike riding was never my thing.I rode bikes when i was younger but was serous about it..since doing this challenge for the first time has made me realise that bike riding is a kewl exercise as well.

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The new walking and cycling bridge joining the Albany Centre to Spencer Road and East Coast Bays opened this morning. A great addition to the local cycling network.

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I've been riding an ebike to work for a few years, and decided to train for a race and so ride my road bike more. It was hard at first, adapting to doing all the work myself. Having gotten over tha... read more

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A month had passed since my move to NZ and then another. I'd walked through a bike store and stared longingly as we spotted the pink path and bikers on the streets. I picked up a few Auckland Trans... read more

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Nick Kendall I Cycled around quite a bit of the South Island. Stunning landscapes and brilliant Summer weather.

The days was wet, , we both had to go places , the mother in law had been sick needed checking out So off on the bike I went, drop in to see the grand kids, drop a book off , round to the mother ... read more

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Back in 2017 I had trained quite hard for the World Masters Games for rowing. Unfortunately I had also injured myself during this time and carried that injury through to the Games. During the 'off'... read more

My husband and I met on a Friday night at after-work drinks - which we’d both quite naturally biked to. Many of our subsequent dates, leisure and general life together involved biking. I wasn’t z... read more

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Nick Kendall NZ again...Great country for cycling

In this story I will give you 3 facts alongside my own reasons for you to get on your bike! 1) Enjoy Nature What better way to experience the great outdoors than to eat some dust and get intimate... read more

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I have an amazing time with by bike Liv. She is a Giant Liv Invite Co Max who hangs around with her best mate Dora, another cyclecross. We journeyed last Monday from Leeds on the train into Manc... read more

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It’s not even 7 yet. Not even light. But I’m alert with nerves because today I’m starting bike commuting again, for the first time since October, when I had heart surgery. It’s never a great journe... read more

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Hi The bike challenge came at just the right time for me. I had knee replacement surgery just two months earlier, and my physio agreed that cycling would be a great way to get my new knee up and ... read more

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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

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Andrew West Excellent!

It was a blustery spring day in April 2016 when I found myself preparing for a second date. I had met Alex the Easter bank holiday in our home town. We both grew up in the town and both ended up in... read more

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My now husband proposed to me on a bike ride from Marazion to Lands End whilst we were holidaying in Cornwall. He had planned to do it over a Cornish cream tea but by the time we got there they had... read more

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I hadn't cycled in years, until I started riding to work around 12 months ago. Since then, I've really got into it and apart from being able to leave home later, and get home sooner, I'm also fitte... read more

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Yesterday morning my helmet certainly saved me from a head injury, if not worse! I was hit by a car, the first time in 14 years of cycling as my primary mode of transport. It was 100% the driver... read more

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I collect my brand new bike next Saturday, that I have purchased through the Cycle to Work Scheme. It is a 14 mile commute - plus I am a Peripatetic Nurse, so I travel to and from various location... read more

I started riding a bike 3 years ago when a friend said 'why don't you come and have a go at a triathlon'. I had to find a way of training that didn't impact on time too much so I started to ride to... read more

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I have recently been surprised, humbled, and honored to be the subject of a Civil Beat "Wayfinding" segment. I haven't had the courage to read it myself yet, but hope that sharing it will encourage... read more

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I now feel more confident back on my bike I have stopped using the cycle route to work and now use the roads. This saves me just under three miles. It a dam shame that the car free route is so much... read more

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We bought our cargo bike second-hand from e-Bay for £300 around this time last year. I’d been looking at them for a while as we were expecting our third child. Up until that point I’d been d... read more

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After shying away from getting on a bike for far to long, a combination of climate emergency declarations, peer pressure and the need for exercise saw me take the plunge and buy a Brompton! The... read more

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Marjolein Rijken Yay! Glad you're loving it! And thank you for sharing your story on here and help inspire others to give cycling a go a... read more

You,ve all probably heard the saying, you,ve got more chance of being hit by a double decker bus, well 6 years ago, I was, i was cut out of my car and my Femur was broken. Now it is still uncomfort... read more

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I wave a lot at cars on my commute. Just started trying the thumbs up, reverse wave- works a treat for cars that are hanging back and being patient. Simply take your arm behind your back, as if re... read more

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After recently getting my new ride via the cycle to work scheme, I've talked myself into a 'bit of a challenge'. I'm climbing Mt Snowdon in aid of Cancer research, and then cycling back home to su... read more

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Rarely do I commute to work (logistics really) but make an effort on hashtags days, #BikeWeek for example. It makes it such a pleasure when you see something like a majestic swan gliding down the r... read more

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I finally got myself a new bike on the Cycle to work scheme and my daily commute is so much easier as I was using quite a heavy bike before which was also too big for me! I told the secretary at sc... read more

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Always used to bike everywhere as a kid then life happened and it all got put to one side until a few years ago. My friend convinced me it would be a good idea to take up mountain biking! I went ou... read more

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I was delighted to be selected as the winner of Love To Ride's Global Prize Draw & could not wait to find out what my prize was. To my surprise it was $3000 (£2400) to spend on the trip of a lifeti... read more

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Ride the RNLI #threeshires ride. The triple crown is 100km, followed by 35km and finally 6km to complete the set. All for to raise funds for the great work the RNLI do.

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Normally my commute is awesome. Last week I had a different experience. I call my parents once or twice a week on my morning bike ride as I'm 6 hours behind on them, so it is really the only time f... read more

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I work with a non-profit (Bike Walk Cleveland-Tennessee) and we work to promote walking and cycling to destinations within 2 miles of your home or work. I was super excited to get a community donat... read more

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Christian Lampe That's amazing Gina! This is really inspiring for other riders that might not have considered commuting for families. Feel ... read more

I have too many bikes, but I can always ride even if one is being repaired. I was on a business trip succumbed to riding the hotel stationary bike...it was better than another meal out and I slept... read more

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I have not biked in over 20 years, but this spring I got back on a bike to do a long distance race. Over the weekend I finished 53 miles to Reach the Beach. I have been working on the mental aspe... read more

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Steve P Good for you!

I was diagnosed with miller fisher syndrome in June 2016 and following a long period of recuperation I can now cycle again !! Please read my full story and encourage others to make the most of hea... read more

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Get fresh it's the weekend xx Losing weight has not only changed my life but saved it too, If I didn't do something about it I would not have started to enjoy what life throws at you. The worl... read more

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Christian Lampe Inspiring read - thanks for sharing Simon!
Simon Millard Thank you ⚡⚡⚡⚡

It is a great idea to have a favorite tune playing in your head while you’re riding a bike. It provides rhythm, helps you set your cadence and, to some extent, distracts you from the burning in yo... read more

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Frank McFarland Damn! This is why I don't read the stories. Now I''m going to be singing that song all day at work. :-)

Two weeks ago I had a serious bike accident. Every day I missed riding my bike, then today, I felt well enough to get back on and give it a try . Was so excited that it felt so normal. Only did 1... read more

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I never see people in the morning. And certainly not at 4:45 AM as I commute to teach indoor cycling (yes) at one of the National Gym Chains, but today was different. I peddled past 2 very well i... read more

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Gerome Gacula i love your cannondale supersix team liquigas bike.
Mike Hassett Great climbing bike for sure did you get the Sram red on yours?-Mike

First a CONFESSION! I've never liked bells on bikes. In fact I'd go as far as saying I hated them- you know, the aesthetic bike fascist kind of hate. BUT, my wife bought me a bell this Saturday th... read more