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I took a Holiday in Sorrento last year with a friend of mine I have known for 34 years. She has not been on a bike for many years yet I am a keen cyclist. I asked her would she fancy hiring an el... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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… but the Love to Ride UK and the Cyclescheme 7 week challenge has made me appreciate how many others are taking up cycling (or cycle to work already). An online community such as this helps to r... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

A few weeks ago I was coming home in the evening with two mates in time trial mode. It was dark but we had good lights. I was second and a naughty badger managed to run between me and the lead ride... read more

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From the title, it sounds more than madness. Well, it is true, but more than exaggerated :P I started commuting to and fro place when I was in uni. Before I went to university I always wanted my... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

I didn't learn to cycle as a kid. I tried, but I didn't get on with it and gave up instead. Then in 2010 I got a new job at the hospital in Leicester. I gleefully turned up on my first day and disc... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

I have been cycling to work for over 6 years. Taking a car was never an option, for cost, car availability, ecology reasons, and I’ve never regularly commuted by motorised individual traffic all my... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

I've been cycling to work regularly for the last 3 years, and over that time have managed to get the 15 mile route down to what I thoug was a fairly respectable 40 minute ride. As part of the cy... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

Once upon a time, I swam 2 miles, twice per week at speed. I thought this chlorine in the pool is a bit much! I thought, I wonder if its feasible to cycle the 25 miles each way to work and back. So... read more

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I started riding a bike regularly last year after our car was written off. I pulled the old beater mountain bike out the shed and gave it a go. I quickly upgraded to an inherited hybrid I found mys... read more

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I started cycling as a way to save money on travel costs in London and to help burn some calories. I stopped when I took a job closer to home. Since being involved in the 7 week challenge ot has re... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

Challenging cycle in especially with my panniers that act like sails of a boat! Still mild enough for t-shirt though. Wind is tough to cycle in but still enjoying being outside exercising in summer... read more

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My daughter started to cycle again at the end of last summer, which she hadn't done since she was at primary school (she's now post-University). This summer she's taken it a lot more seriously, and... read more

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Myself and fellow Research Nurse Janine started riding with each other for light relief from our slave driving partners. However with a little help from our friend Strava we have become competitive... read more

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Maybe like me, your work is desk-based. Sometimes my cycle commute is the only exercise I get during the working day. It’s partly because of being office-bound that I like to spend time outdoors ... read more

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I stared riding my bike 7 years ago thanks to my husband, I have since then ridden the Northumberland coast to coast both ways over 4 days, I have ridden my first 200K audax ( up the downs) I have ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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For those with children and a '9-5' office job, it's difficult to make 'me' time, let alone motivate yourself to use the time to exercise. For me the balance came by ditching the car and commuting ... read more

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I started cycling (after a 25+ year break!) after retiring from rugby about 3 years ago. Now I commute 18 miles a day, 3 days a week and really love it. The best part of this is teaching my eld... read more

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I started with a small section of my commute by bike due to a foot injury. After being initially terrified of rising in a city, I quickly enjoyed the freedom. After treating myself to a second hand... read more

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David Le Bon I love cycling I do it every day to go to work and 5 times a week and I love it. It makes me feel good it is like being... read more

Frustrated by public transport I started cycling to work in 1980 at the age of 33. At the time this amounted to a 25 mile daily round trip between the outskirts of London and the West End. Sadly fo... read more

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Russell Catchpole How's your back now? I got back into cycling after a long break for the same reason as you, I would get severe pain aft... read more
Graham Watkins My back's great thanks. Keep up the cycle commuting. It's the thing I miss most about work.

I guess like a lot of folks, I rode a bike as a youngster mainly to get around and go further afield. Dabbled with a mountain bike when kids were younger (usually one on the back in his seat). 4 ye... read more

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Mark Hurst PS I'm almost 52

I was happy to change jobs in 2018 meaning I could cycle 20 miles a day to work and back. Helping me stay stress free, fit and help the environment. Even through winter I set myself a personal goal... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

I started riding just of 14 years ago - a short 1/2 day cycle hire with a mate in Sardinia. In 2006 I managed to ride a total of 1,000 miles & I was absolutely delighted with myself! Each year I... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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My favourite hill is the one from Elslack to Lothersdale, there is some beautiful scenery and a few intense 12% climbs and sharp corners. You get a huge sense of achievement when you reach the top ... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

When the local Authority I work for relocated to an "environmental centre" outside town, the number of Folk cycling to work dropped off. This is due to the office being on a steep hill and having l... read more

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I used to ride loads as a kid but then drifted away from it after taking up rock climbing at Uni. A few years ago some work colleagues got me back in to it, and what a blessing in disguise that tur... read more

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It is beautiful - I have recorded some parts of it and made a video (search for "My commute to Swindon" on Vimeo) I was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease four years ago and since then I have step... read more

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Got my bike on Friday 9th August... Hadn't even put the pedals on when on Sunday 11th August some theiving git nicked it!! Sunday was the day i was going to sort it all out and buy my insurance.... read more

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It’s monday evening and I’m on call for emergency radiology. Usually a few scans at 6pm and I can get home. Today was different. Almost continuous stream of referrals from various doctors mainly in... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

I always remember going to a local bike shop to pick up my new bike a got for my 8th birthday. It was a Peugeot mountain bike that had a purple/red finish. I was so excited to get it home and when ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

In 2011 I was driving my son James to University in Sheffield. James had the idea that it would be fun to cycle a tandem from Lands End to John O'Groats. We bought a second hand tandem a Dawes Gala... read more

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Not as exciting as the title suggests, but I use Tyldesley and Roe Green Looplines for a large part of my commute to work. These are some of the finest cycle paths I've used anywhere and they're in... read more

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I have loved switching from the train to the bike for my commute. Not only is it saving a lot of cash from train tickets, but also means the calories burnt, means I can cancel the gym membership to... read more

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I started cycling to work in June 1999 with a Raleigh 10 speed. I upgraded to a Dawes Audax when I had an accident. I have cycled to work ever since, now I am waiting for my Spa cycles Audax, my bi... read more

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I had been wanting to start cycling for a while when I met my (now) fiancé. He was fit and active and took me to buy my first bike. We started cycling together for fun, and then gradually incorpora... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

Happy memories of cycling with Joe. We really miss him.

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After 2 years moaning to the council about a hedge overgrowing over a cycle path, they have eventually cut it back. But not only that they have also cleaned the path of vegetation meaning it is no... read more

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I'm fortunate enough to be able to commute on two wheels to work and take the same route over the River Mersey each day. I love to see the rise and fall of the river and the little pockets of wild... read more

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Travelling to work and doing the school can be stressful. So we ditched the car and got our helmets on and started cycling to school. Luckily I can ride to work and get to watch the swans on the Ri... read more

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I had been looking for something I could do on my own to help with my fitness, I had tried the gym which was so boring and even bought new trainers thinking running would be my new thing but that w... read more

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Commuting by bike is a great way to increase your overall fitness for other activities. The more you do, the more you'll find yourself not just wondering where this road or path goes but trying it ... read more

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My cycling story began when I became a hobby widow as my husband approached his mid-40’s. He started riding every weekend, scrutinising his stats, raving about his bike, groupsets and ratios, doin... read more

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In 2014 I had a minor car accident. Left me without transport to work and a need to get my body mobile. I was 52 and not ridden a bike in may years. Watching TV late one night, I saw "The Cyclin... read more

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Commuting to work on my bike, in the summer especially, allows me to cycle to the pool to continue my triathlon training. I cycle to the pool, then cycle direct to work and sometimes pop home at lu... read more

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I ride to work through rain and shine I use to ride 20 miles a day when I worked constant nights.I now ride alot less miles to and from work but I ride nearly all the time. I've always loved 2 whee... read more

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My first ride to work today for over 2 weeks felt empowering. I came off the bike almost 3 weeks ago, resulting in a sprained shoulder, grazing from shin to hip, grazed forearm and a hefty whack to... read more

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Ever thought of riding London to Paris? I've just done this twice in the last few weeks. The 1st time was in 24hrs, after one of those "how do you fancy..." conversations, & the second time was wi... read more

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I've been commuting into London by bike 1-3 times per week for 3 years now and it seems the most obvious and normal thing to do. But it took a while and I've realised it was lots of small steps....... read more

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Likely to get caught out in some rain? Hate that wet bottom from the spray? Simple life hack - grab a plastic milk carton and cut it in half lengthwise so that you have the handle still attached. T... read more

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I've always loved bikes but been afraid to go out on the roads, I've spent months building myself up to it and I finally cycled to work for the first time last week. It's a small achievement but it... read more

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This is what a cycle commuter friend of mine told me after I had commuted in a few times with my new bike a couple of years back and I reported being freaked out by the traffic. It seems daunting a... read more

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I remember buying my first commuter bike four years ago, a cheap and cheerful single speed to get to and from work. But oh how the addiction grew... First came SPDs, followed by lycra, followed by ... read more

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I've been computing by bike now for four weeks. It's just under 10kms through two of London’s parks. Over the past four weeks, I have noticed a real change, when I get into work, and when I get hom... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

Beats the bus, smells better, you look hot as a fit not fat person, it's fun, and drivers are mostly decent.

Topic: A happy riding memory

I try and ride to work as much as I can but sometimes need a bit of a push. Cycle to work gives me that incentive every year. This year my boy noticed I was riding more and asked why? I told him an... read more

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Really bad car smash last year and revoked driving licence. Decided fitness needs a boot up the backside and can't keep using the excuse of " not fit enough yet" !! invested in a new Pedal Assist b... read more

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Cycling to raise money for Bloodwise so that I can help them help others.

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I learnt to ride a tricycle at the age of 4-5 and at that time cycled up and down the pavement along a main road campaigning for my local M.P. I had strapped to my trike a notice saying "VOTE FOR B... read more

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well i thought if I was going to do bike to work day I would do the full summer so far I have only driven a car 3 times since june and also lost half a stone so well worth it. 1 hit and Run later b... read more

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I cycle to the gym nearly every day. Not only does it save money but it is the perfect warm up and cool down before and after my workout plus no worries about parking the car!

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I have been commuting to work via Bike since October 2018. I was advised by bike veterans on the improtance of washing your bike but didn't take much notice. After a months of riding i decided my... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

I cant think of a better area to ride in than here. You want hills we got them, Coastal routes, rolling roads, AONB all in the one place. From Tynemouth up to Berwick

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About 1 year ago I rode a road bike for the first ever time while on holiday, a bit late to the game being in my late 20s..... Growing up I had a sturdy mountain bike, and more recently had bee... read more

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Hi! Each year I raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support by taking on several tough cycling challenges, mostly of my own design. So far this year I've raised over £2000 which is amazing & will h... read more

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Getting back on my bike after being knocked off by a car. Definitely feeling it in my legs after six weeks off, but feels GREAT to be back out again!

Topic: My commute by bike

Had to replace my wheels on my hybrid commute bike as the rims were dilapidated. "29ers" were cheaper than "700c". NB unless you are running narrow tyres they are same ;)

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Cycling to work gives me the best start to every day. I'm lucky enough to commute via a cycle path that takes me out of the busy city for just a short while and it's bliss. Last week, a little robi... read more

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I am so lucky to be able to commute to work via a beautiful park, a moment to appreciate the open space en route to work.

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People think I am crazy. a middle-aged (yes I have to write that now) female riding over 11 miles each way to work and back, year round. It took a little while to figure out that 1. there was a r... read more

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Bit of a chill this morning but made up by the sight of a heron in full flight over the still canal waters.

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So I cycle to work most days,I arrive at work at 5.30am (yes that time does actually exist!). As part of my route I cycle through Cannon Hill Park in Edgbaston opposite the The cricket place.. One ... read more

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After years of spending 3+hrs a day commuting by car, I found a role in 2016 where i could cycle to work. Since then I have seen a significant change in my work/life balance and resultant stress le... read more

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William Dafydd Gibby Forgot to add - introduced CycleScheme as an employee benefit too!

Having been commuting by train to Stirling for a couple of years, it was a delight to be back in the saddle following a change in job meaning I could cycle to work again. Rolling down cycle paths a... read more

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If it hadn't been for Cycle To Work day, I would have fallen into my regular car commute and spent an hour or longer avoiding the closed M5 (my usual route). I noticed a lot of cars overtaking me o... read more

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Cycling is by far the fastest, cheapest and healthiest way to get to work in Sheffield. I have ridden to work (almost) every day since I started my job. Through wind, rain and cold.

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It's really easy these days to get cought up in the latest tech and bike trends. My sturdy commuter bike is an old Giant OCR alloy road bike converted to a hybrid. Brought up to date about 4 year... read more

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I reluctantly started a Weight Watchers group, I knew I had to do something and reaching a milestone birthday gave me the push, I plodded on for several weeks and starting loosing really well, I ha... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

I still remember vividly my first ride without stabilizers - my then bike a Raleigh Tomahawk (almost Identical to a Raleigh Chipper - small version of the legendary 1970s Raleigh Chopper). Albany P... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

My cycle ride in to work is along the beautiful River Exe - I pass wildlife along the way - often glimpsing a kingfisher or a heron as I pass. The cycle ride is invigorating, a fabulous way to star... read more

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I managed to make it to the landmark age of 40 in March, but thanks to having consistently been cycling to work since I was 33, I am fitter than I was at 30! I just wish i had started cycling mo... read more

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Natural Resources Wales, commuter cyclists love the countryside, the hills, the weather, to get to work feeling alive and invigorated. The office provides cycle storage, day and night and showers ... read more

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4th August - Getting warmed up with for the Prudential RideLondon 100 Bike ride at the start line with some London Underground mates.

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My commute to work takes me along a canal tow path. This is not a picturesque part of the canal, the usual sights are the back of buildings and shopping trolleys, but at least its car free and the... read more

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I started to cycle after waking up one morning having had an epiphany. My cycling takes me on many adventures and I found Hardwick hallrecently because of cycling and I had a twiglet moment-I fo... read more

I remember my first bike, I guess most people do. It was bright green, had a very uncomfortable seat and I think it is still in my parents loft! I remember cycling alot in my teens but never being ... read more

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Every year, my partner and I head to Holland to go on a cycling holiday using the "Vrienden op de fiets" scheme which gives us the opportunity to stay with local cyclists and travel to unusual loca... read more

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I started my romance with cycling a few years ago when I first bought a bike under the cycle to work scheme. I used to cycle from home in the Purbecks to Bournemouth Airport Business Park one day ... read more

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Cycling a very wet Moor2Sea 100km sportive across Dartmoor to the coast with my dad. Although the weather was torrential, it was a great bonding session with my dad and led to many a subsequent rid... read more

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Whilst cycling past Gatwick Airport heading home on Thursday 18th July I had to swerve to avoid a grass snake that was trying its best to cross a 10ft wide strip of tarmac without being run over by... read more

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Nicola Marshall That's amazing! I saw a slow worm (looks like a snake but a lizard with no legs) crossing a track in front of my bike l... read more

So waiting in Bilbao now for two days for the ferry home after an epic 3 weeks in Portugal. Cycled the west coast and saw so much, too much to write here! Everything from the pain of getting the bi... read more

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Marjolein Rijken Thanks for sharing Teresa! Portugal is now on the bucket list!

I'm a fair weather cyclist, but with the excellent weather over the past couple of years, I am regularly cycling to and from work, 20 miles in total each day. The number varies, but I am likely to ... read more

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My first memory of cycling, although vague, is travelling on a wooden seat on my Dad's crossbar to and from his allotment. The journey evolved as I got my own bike as a child, unfortunately money d... read more

I saw a man and everything he owned seemed to be on his bike. Paniers with yellow reflectance covered by bulging carrier bags with all manner of objects dangling and hooked. Not riding but walking... read more

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In my old job I used to cycle along a canal, which is a lovely commute. You do have to keep your wits about you and there's no personal best opportunities because of the other canal users - was tol... read more

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I was skint!! I only had a short commute so I decided I could use my bike. At first I struggled but I worked out how much it cost to drive (we also went from 2 rubbish fuel guzzling cars to 1 newe... read more

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