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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

Image for story Mow Cop and the Cat & Fiddle

Mow Cop and the Cat & Fiddle

Recently joined my local cycling club (Brereton Wheelers) and joined in on one of the Epic Monumunt rides planned for this year. 103 miles up into the Staffordshire Moorlands and Peak District to t... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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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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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

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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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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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 1000 mile’s commuting

1000 mile’s commuting

I thought for ages about if I could cycle to work and what route to take then finally I built up the courage to give it a go. 3 bikes (wrong size/ broke/ still going) and 4 years latter I’m stil... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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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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Stroke

After having a stroke last June,yesterday and today was the 1st time back on my bike.i love my bike..Missed it,each day is an achievement no matter what it is.Hoping to do the memorial park Saturda... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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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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My wife's bike stolen

We had gone to centre of the Uxbridge in London for shopping by our bikes. We locked our bikes to a bike park where in front of a Bank. We was entering some shops. And We had gone to mosque for pra... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Have a Great Week All

Have a Great Week All

Have a great week All during this challenge, especially with this decent spell of early Spring Weather. This was us in the Weegie Wheelers yesterday, on the Sunday Social during the Strathblane L... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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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

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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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

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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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

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Cycling the RideLondon to raise money for Children with Cancer :)

Hello everyone :) I’m doing a huge challenge of cycling the RideLondon to raise money for Children with Cancer! Would love the support! [address removed]

Topic: Other

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WATCHING THE WORLD GO BY

IVE BEEN ROUND HAIGHTON AND SAW THE SUNSET THE ROADS ARE GOOD BUT QUITE SCARY GOOD TERRAINE BICYCLING TO COW HILL I SAW SOME GOOD PEOPLE IN CARS WHO DRIVE OCCASIONALLY BUT A MEMORY WAS GIVE... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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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

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Work training course

Work training course

3 days of riding while being paid! Brushing up on old skills and learning some new! It was a bit damp at times!

Topic: Other

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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 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 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 Ebike helps me conquer the mountain now!

Ebike helps me conquer the mountain now!

When I'm getting older, I cannot ride a bike to reach any place I want. Most times, I choose to drive my car, but I cannot arrive at some natural places I used to visit. One of my neighbours recomm... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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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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Help needed

We need your help❗ 2 Danish students are looking at cycling behaviour in Copenhagen and Birmingham as part of a Masters thesis. They are looking at people's views of cycling in bham and hope th... 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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5 Park challenge

So excited, just found out our local parks are taking part in a 5 parks cycle challenge so ive signed up the family and making a day of it, anywhere up to 11 miles round trip, q picnic and even get... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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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

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Our team ride for Ride Anywhere Week in Gloucester

Our team ride for Ride Anywhere Week in Gloucester

It was great to get out and enjoy the wonderful Gloucester Quays not far from the Thinktravel offices. We invited our newest member of the team and all enjoyed a cycle using the pool bikes we have ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Bouncing like a Rubber Ball

I’ve long been a cyclist, keen commuter to work and general adventurer and explorer. In 2016 I was in an accident where I was badly hit on my bike, taken to QE with what turned out to be a Sub ara... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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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

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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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

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Exploring New places

Exploring New places

Its amazing the places you can find explore and just sit and enjoy a short break while your having a leisurely ride out during lockdown....id neer have found this place by car

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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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

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Back to the office

Yesterday the 10th of March 22 was more or less my first day back commuting albeit one day a fortnight. I would normally drive 60 miles to work but precovid I split the journey up by parking at Bir... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Back in the saddle

Back in the saddle

I’ve been biking for about 2 years now, but have been off the bike for 7 months following a fall whilst out riding. Back in August last year I was out riding with a colleague, we’d set ourself the ... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Returning after injury

Returning after injury

After just literally completing my 4000 mile challenge for the year, just 3 days before Xmas, my elation was quickly turned to dejection as I lost my balance dismounting from my bike (a new one at ... read more

Topic: Other

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