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A few years ago , i had a serious back problem what, with slip discs, crumbling spine, Consequently i had metal work put in my back, meaning that i could not walk for a while. I then was to help... read more

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I set myself a challenge, learned to unicycle during corona (a life ambition). Bought a bigger wheel so if possible I could unicycle to work 5.5 miles :) for an absolute laugh. Today I done it! #cy... read more

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hi, I have a serious back injury with a spinal cord stimulator fitted. I have implants consisting of computers and batteries sewn inside my spine to relieve pain. Cycling and spinning my legs seems... read more

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Jayson Taylor So pleased you were able to find an exercise that not only helps with your injury, but also your mental health! 👍🏻🚴‍♂️

I am very fortunate to work/support young people. Today I was able to encourage and support a young person to join me on a ‘Social Distancing’ cycle ride along the Cycle path which runs along The ... read more

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I started cycling during the lockdown in March 2020. One day for some reason I decided to go on a short early morning ride. After the ride I felt great, so motivated and energised. So I thought the... read more

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Steve Clayton Fantastic! Well done you. Very inspirational story.

My husband Rob and I love going for a cycle 'explore' on our bikes. We use adapted bikes because I have a disability which means that I cannot use a standard bike. This never limits what we do alth... read more

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In November 2019 I had a bikeability session with Charlotte. As I was 62 at the time my 9 year old granddaughter thought it was hilarious as she had just done the same at school. I was barely abl... read more

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Perrin Fox #explorebybike
Rebecca Skinner Amazing story, Perrin. I hope you enjoy your holiday :)

Okay it's not a cycle story but I have a passion for long-distance skateboarding across countries and where possible, ticking a new one off the list. My two-week annual adventure typically starts j... read more

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Hi Bikers! This was our first family bike ride on 22 July 2020 from Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire to Lincoln City Centre, to meet up with our son to celebrate his 24th birthday :). It's called the W... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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5 of us rode out this Sunday and did 40 miles. We all stayed 2 meters apart from each other. Stopped at the café at Hatton World near Warwick. Used a mask to go in and order coffee and cake and the... read more

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On Wednesday I took a group of 4 riders out for a 13 mile bike ride with another Lets Ride Guided Ride Leader. It was my first as a Lets Ride Leader. We had a great ride and left the park in Covent... read more

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Nicola Jones Hi Stephanie it was great to reayour two accounts of cycling. I work for West Midlands Combined Authority and we would lov... read more
Nicola Jones Hi Stephanie it was great to read your two accounts of cycling. I work for West Midlands Combined Authority and we would l... read more

Bristol to Bath cycle path. As far as you want to cycle without the car traffic. A must in Bristol.

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Managed a first socially distanced meet up with my family and took the youngest two grandaughters 3 and 5 for a ride along Tiverton canal. Can't post video on here so if you want to see it head ac... read more

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This isn't a correction about my performance on the ride I completed the other day, as recorded under the substantive title above; and all the stats shown therein are accurate. But, although no o... read more

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I started cycling again about 3 years as I was training for a sprint triathlon which included 10km ride. At 55 I hadn't cycled much since I was 18! Found I enjoyed being out and about again even on... read more

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Great to be save distance riding with my club members, didn’t realise how much I’d missed them

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Mamhead Hill, a 1.5 mile climb, approached from the 'C' road from Starcross, is located 6 miles from my home in Dawlish, and I use these six miles to gently 'warm up' for The Climb. Mamhead Hi... read more

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For me, this was the perfect bike ride; relatively flat, no cars and views of forests, reservoirs and hills. If you love cycling and have never been there, this group of reservoirs off the A57 n... read more

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I am sharing my back in the saddle journey to encourage and tempt others to give it a go. The Covid-19 virus had made me think about new ways to get keep fit and get out whilst socially distancin... read more

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Usually cycle to work a couple of times per week but working from home has stopped that. Needing some sort of inspiration and along came a post from RAF Museum about the #hurricane80kchallenge (#2 ... read more

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We're a group of six nearly or already 60+ ladies who have upped our cycling distance since lockdown. Yesterday was the EPIC fifty miler from my home in Crowthorne to Woolhampton for lunch, via Son... read more

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We recently took delivery of Jeremy Hilary Boob, as we have called him. A big yellow cargo bike, or "sports utility bike" (SUB). I've wanted one for many years. During the Coronavirus lockdown I ... read more

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During the early weeks of Covid, a 9 hilly mile round trip for me was to Middle Farm at Manston in north Dorset where I cycle into the farmyard and buy milk bottled and chilled that morning with c... read more

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So, I haven't ridden a bicycle in roughly 10 years. The love to ride guys helped me pick and choose the bike and my boyfriend is an experienced cyclist. I took the plunge, he has terrible sense of... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

Today we walked around Hassop and the Monsal Trail. It would be the perfect place for my friend to bring her two young sons to practise riding. Also I want to try an e-bike! I've texted her to ask ... read more

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Really enjoyable ride along the canal. We started out from just west of Bristol and took the cycle path to Bath and joined the canal tow path and just kept going... The path is poor in places (espe... read more

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#ExploreByBike So over lockdown I start exploring so new route on my mountain bike and f oik and found myself riding around the foot paths around marwel zoo. I never realised there were paths tha... read more

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I have 4 local rides I do at least one a week Two of the local rides have come from a leaflet I got from Garstang Tourist information office a long time ago . Both these rides have excellent ro... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

During lockdown I decided I wanted to get fitter on my bike. So initially I got out my bike, set myself a challenge then I set off at full pelt everywhere......until I remembered why I love cycling... read more

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My husband sadley passed away 3weeks ago . I belong to breeze riding group on let's ride Bury .Cycling and the support of the group is helping me with my grief and wellbeing. Bury clarion group p... read more

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As a Registered Nurse and mother of extremely vulnerable daughter. Cycling has kept us fit and healthy during the Coronavirus Era. Cycling on the beautiful country side of Carrington Moss.

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A colleague of mine wrote to me last week - she had ventured out on her bike and tried the home to work commute from Stretford to the city centre - using the pop up Chester Rd cycle lane. She'd be... read more

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My partner, Alysun & I created a blog during Covid-19 lockdown.... you will find our story by Googling "buddhacycle" The creation of the website has been made possible by the surreal gift of bei... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

#ExploreByBike I had to drop something off at my work so I cycled to check out the new cycle lanes that have recently been installed on The Avenue in Southampton. Instead of using the pavement, th... read more

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I use my bike to commute daily so this stopped in March when we all began working from home due to COVID19. For the first few weeks I didn't use my bike but then found my hip was letting me down s... read more

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I loved riding around my village and woods as a teenager and recently made a decision to become healthier and improve my mood after my Dad passed away last year, combined with relocating to the Lak... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

My ulterior objective for today's untimed training ride (apart from noting the start and finish times for the purposes of my Ride Report), was to collect a handsome hardbook book on canals from th... read more

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Following on from health issues whilst not technically 'shielding' I have been more than socially distancing. So really happy for a change of scene, if not a change of company, last week and a chan... read more

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I usually ride out on Dartmoor all year round in all weathers but I have never tried doing a ride with a bivi under the stars. I decided I would go for it last weekend and it did not disappoint. I... read more

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I'm a member of a group that organises walks, bike rides etc. and they advertised a Liverpool to Leeds canal bike ride. As I live not too far from the canal and use it often I thought it would be ... read more

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I love it up on this old moorland track, the Salter Fell Roman Road. It runs from near Lancaster to Slaidburn. Even on busy days when tourist spots are teeming with people, there's hardly ever anyo... read more

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Stuart Mercer Looks great! This has been on my hit list for years and I'm still to get round to it. Would you recommend MTB or CX Cro... read more
Lisa Stout Hi Stuart. I'd say that a cyclocross bike is fine for the northern half of it, from Roeburndale to maybe Hard Hill Top.... read more

Gradually working my way through the various "100 Cycling Climbs " challenges on Strava/Veloviewer. I'm not that fast but I am quite stubborn (!) and often end up wheeling my bike up the steeper gr... read more

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Early one morning whilst out for an early morning pootle along Morecambe Prom (deservedly popular with all types of cyclists), I spotted that even our Eric Morecambe statue was sporting some PPE. W... read more

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Great weather to #ExploreByBike, first ride down the southern coast, and #ExploreByBike beautiful towns and villages.

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Working less hours as my bank is open for less time. Keeping safe whilst commuting by cycling more regularly and taking the slow route through the marshes. Bonus of seeing the ducklings and cygne... read more

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Like many fifty something year olds I had not ridden a bike since school days so when my husband (a keen rider) and I stumbled upon a second hand Batribike (electric bike) perfect for me (I have mo... read more

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Paula Hallett Such a positive story, well done on re-disovering cycling.

I have moved house during the lockdown and now my commute is a bit more scenic than the canals of West London...

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The dark and stormy skies of Dunwich.

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Lisa Stout That's a great photo!

Without much I thought I agreed to do a bike ride that would be different and a challenge. My birthday was just a few weeks away and it would be the beginning of a new decade for me 😟 The ride st... read more

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Adrian Lewis A brilliant thing to do, well done
Chris Boulton Thanks Adrian 👍

I went around Blaise Castle Estate after cycling there via the Henbury Lodge entrance. This takes you past the Timber Lodge and Wood,an’s cottage. You can then visit the House, and cycle all the wa... read more

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