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Image for story From Dundee to Aberdeen

From Dundee to Aberdeen

I went to a hen party in St Andrews and decided to cycle back. No train no car just legs!

Topic: Other

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Image for story Getting out and about

Getting out and about

Years ago before I could drive, I would bike it everywhere. It was more convenient than public transport and it maintained my fitness. Then I learned to drive and stopped biking as much. I did othe... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Join me on my saturday norning Ride

Join me on my saturday norning 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

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story #cycletoworkday2022

#cycletoworkday2022

After a year of cycling to work and almost 3000 miles later, 1644lbs of CO2 saved. Here's to another year!

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story UA92 Manchester

UA92 Manchester

Decided to grab my Bike, get myself into Trafford and use it to get to work.... Circa 15 miles each way with Panniers including my Laptop and clothing. All went well - comfy and great weather t... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story London to Paris 2013

London to Paris 2013

In many ways this is where my cycling story began. In late 2012 my brother asked if I wanted to cycle to Paris for Leukaemia Research. I'd only just got back on my bike after 20 years of barely cyc... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Saving Money

Saving Money

I'm so happy I managed to get a second hand bike trailer from facebook market - £10 a bargain! I now can do a full weeks shop by bicycle, saving petrol, and is far more fun! I would encourage all ... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story My biggest achievement to date!

My biggest achievement to date!

My biggest achievement to date has to be being 6 months pregnant with my first, and cycling to work! Granted I have an electric bike but each morning and evening I’m pretty proud I’ve kept going! ... read more

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Positives on riding to work

During the first pandemic lock down in 2020 I took the advice of 1 hour of exercise. So each day I was on furlough (10 weeks) I spent 1 hour a day cycling and on alternate days 1 hour walking the d... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

Bike Maintence

Nearly all drivetrain delivered ready for me to fit, will have half a new bike. just over 1500 miles and I have worn out the lot this will be third replacement of parts. So hopefully get another 1... read more

Topic: Other

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

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Got kids that love cycling?

Got kids that love cycling?

Then get them racing! CycleStars.co.uk have qualified British Cycling coaches and run sessions in Gloucester and Cheltenham, training kids (ages 6-16) to race in road, circuit, cyclo-cross, grasst... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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Image for story Keeping up with my daughter!

Keeping up with my daughter!

My oldest daughter learnt to ride her bike this Easter. I’ve not ridden for 20 years, but I finally had to get back on the saddle to keep up with her! Luckily you never forget do you! I’m super ... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Cycling in France

Wherever I go on holiday I try to cycle as the infrastructure in many places is so much more conducive, than in the UK. I've just added some new memories with plenty of bike rides on the quiet road... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story My 140-Mile Commute for Unicef

My 140-Mile Commute for Unicef

At the start of March feeling appalled at Putin's invasion of Ukraine and powerless to help I decided to donate some money to one of the charities I felt was likely to do meaningful work for the af... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story “Making the world a better place”

“Making the world a better place”

Like a lot of solo riders (retired, not working, freelancer, self-employed) I love to ride. I enjoy the solitude of riding alone and am comfortable with this, especially as my commitments schedule ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Seattle to New York - Snow Stopped Play

Seattle to New York - Snow Stopped Play

Ross Dam Trailhead (milepost 134) to Silver Star (milepost 171) – road closed. The following is taken from the Department of Transport (Washington) website; “SR 20 North Cascades Highway is c... read more

Topic: Other

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Better than a Sunday

Bank holiday ride into work brillant, people and cars very few. Great to be able to hear bird song, just missed the rain. Enjoy your bike ride today were ever you are.

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Turning 50 and joining my first big ride!

Turning 50 and joining my first big ride!

My much younger and fitter sister signed me up for the Loch Ness Etape at the end of last year. 'To celebrate your 50th birthday!' she said. I thought 'What the heck!' and promptly forgot about ... read more

Topic: Other

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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

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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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

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Worst case scenario? - I have a long walk back home.

Worst case scenario? - I have a long walk back home.

Well, it finally happened... I went for a random bike run after an errand. No bike repair kit and no pump. Can't be certain what I fully hit but I was in unfamiliar canal territory as my back tyre ... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Porthmadoc, Gwynedd

Porthmadoc, Gwynedd

My favourite place to ride is Porthmadoc, Gwynedd. We have our holiday caravan sited there so me and my husband and our dog go there frequently. I love riding over the Cob traffic free area lookin... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story My mini KOM

My mini KOM

My son Dom is 10 and absolutely loves cycling. He attends East Kilbride Road Club and this summer is undertaking an absolutely massive challenge. He will cycle from John O Groats to Portpatrick wi... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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Image for story Leisure ride down the Fylde coast

Leisure ride down the Fylde coast

Day off work and bright sunny morning, so set off for a ride and earned a 25 mile in one day badge. #RideAnywhereWeek

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Ride for friendship

Ride for friendship

We will ride from Newcastle to Whitley Bay for friendship.

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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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

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Historical Ruins Loop Ride

Historical Ruins Loop Ride

Although I do commute to work on my bike most days, I try to get out at least once a month to have a little biking adventure. Helps to clear my mind and keep me fit. I tend to plan my route so not ... read more

Topic: Other

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Cycle 2 Work Scheme

During the Corona Virus era , my workplace helped me to participate in the cycle to work scheme. This enabled me to buy a bike to be able to ride to work. Ever since I have not looked back and have... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story No worry biking!

No worry biking!

I love going out on my bike. I don't have to worry about saving energy to be able to ride it back home. I simply pick up my bike and voila! without any significant effort am able to go places and c... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Image for story Bike - Train - Bike

Bike - Train - Bike

My commute is 32 miles and I can't justify that amount of time in the day on my bike after the school run. But by taking my bike on the train I can tick off my exercise, sustainability and make it... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Weight loss journey

Weight loss journey

I’ve been commuting to work on a bicycle for 3.5 years now. When I started it was due to financial reasons. I needed to save as much money as possible and I’m still doing it today. But during this ... read more

Topic: Other

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Informe informe they've all got it in for me!

I'm having a week and I'm having a moan and I'm feeling soooo sorry for myself and a little nervous... Monday lovely ride to work. Tuesday took out by the tram lines! Road cleaning truck in front... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Bike Maintence

Bike Maintence

All parts arrived so fitted straight away, great to be able to go uphill in higher gear.

Topic: Other

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Image for story Old bike, new route

Old bike, new route

I'm going to teach a colleague to ride at lunchtime, so got my 15year old mountain bike out, cleaned and oiled it and rode to work on it. it's a heavy dependable bike but, being quite a bit slower,... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Coffe and Cake Detour

Coffe and Cake Detour

On a beautiful sunny June morning I set off to meander through Calverton, Epperstone, Fiskerton and over the Trent at Newark. On the way home I took a quiet country road to find Cafe Velo Verde in ... read more

Topic: Other

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Why I started cycling longer distances.

As a 13 year old I had an end of year week at school where I could choose an activity. Two geography teachers took a group of us cycling on 4 discrete routes. Being not used to it I couldn’t walk b... read more

Topic: Other

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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

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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health and cycling

Richard Hurst started cycling to get to work easier in the centre of town, where a car was not essential. Him and his family never looked back, and don’t need two cars anymore. Richard’s senior rol... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Image for story A bike adventure for the Bike Month Challenge!

A bike adventure for the Bike Month Challenge!

The weather this weekend was so gorgeous that I couldn’t have possibly made an excuse to not get out on my bike. I spotted a nature reserve on the map only a few miles from home that I’d never been... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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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

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Bristol (UK) to Seattle (USA) - Prologue for the big adventure

Bristol (UK) to Seattle (USA) - Prologue for the big adventure

Seattle to Port Townsend – Stage 1 After 5 days of travel, acclimatisation, sightseeing & final preparation, today marked our first day of cycling on our big adventure. The plan was to get t... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story New bike day

New bike day

New eBike day. Oooh the hills are so easy now

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Image for story Old bike to work

Old bike to work

Since it was a nice day decided to take my first bike I bought 38 years ago for a run into work 😁 modified a bit but don't have safe roads to open up on 😭 lovely ride in hardly any people or best o... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Whats not to like

Whats not to like

The best bit about living on the South Coast is that I can escape to peace in just a few miles, I work in London most days, in noisy plantrooms... But come a weekend and a dawn cycle around... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Cargobikes for Ukraine

Cargobikes for Ukraine

Ladies & Gentlemen, Guys and Girls. After this horrific war is over and Ukraine starts to rebuild with help from all over the world, we to need to find a way to help. So I’m thinking of a cam... read more

Topic: Other

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Bike Maintence

After winter ect, gave bike a bit of a service. Need a new chainset this will be the 3rd one on the bike, so will also change chain and freewheel as well as they are not too bad but, wear and tear ... read more

Topic: Other

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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!

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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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

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story All this on my doorstep

All this on my doorstep

My commute to work isn't far, just 3.5 miles. Why would I ever use the car when its only that far, come to think of it, why would I ever use my car at all? - especially when I have all of this on m... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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