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Well it certainly been a challenging month. Back on furlough! Dodging puddles, trying to stay upright on the ice, fixing punctures following the multitude of hedge cutters out this month. Still... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Lockdown 1 led me to evaluate my exercise regime and what I could do to get fitter "just in case". September I came across Love to ride. I started goal setting and giving and receiving high five... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Claire Sharpe Wow, what an awesome story! Thanks for sharing.

I bought my first brompton over 2 years ago when my car broke down and before I bought my next car. I was commuting to work on bike. I rode bike to one place of work and rode the bike to take tram ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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I used to cycle ten miles and back to my workplace at Newcastle University. I have been working from home since the first lockdown, in March 2020. I didn't commute at all the first month, which (ad... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Sometimes I struggle to motivate myself to ride before work. It's early and dark and cold outside and my bed is warm. BUT, when I do make the effort it feels so good. I can't help but smile whilst ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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I heard from a friend this morning about - and have just signed up to - another Suffolk County Council cycling challenge - the St Elizabeth Hospice Winter Cycling Mission - to cycle the equivalent ... read more

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I was lucky enough to win a £300 voucher by submitting my Carbon Crushers story about how since August I have ditched my petrol car and have been navigating life by using my bike, bus and on occasi... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Claire Sharpe That's awesome! Really great that the voucher is going to get you riding even more.

After a day confined to the house, well the tropical fish did need cleaning and it was wet, I went for a 24 mile ride in the misty wet of the morning, the joy of getting on my bike after a week was... read more

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Fabulous sunny morning and a Sunday Social Christmas ride with my club Ilkeston Cycling Club....voted Cycling Weekly's Club of the year 2020. Great company. 3 separate groups of 6 heading off at ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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I work at FareShare Sussex and Karola from Cranks mentioned that they were offering discounts to key workers during the summer. They provided discounts on bikes and services for ten of our voluntee... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Beryl are one of the main sponsors for Love To Ride and I received a #winterwheelers discount code, so went ahead and purchased a pixel 2 in 1 light. On my first outing the light got knocked off ... read more

Topic: Other

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Owen's place, a very special place I ride to frequently. A friend of my son, Owen selflessly helped 2 children to safety that got trapped on Beeston Weir. This I am sorry to say led to Owen loosin... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Since lockdown back in March Cycling has been my crutch. Done loads of miles & visited some amazing places

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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My husband and I only started cycling in August 2020. The bikes had been on the garage wall for at least 15yrs. We are in Somerset about 9 miles from Bath and Wells so its hilly. We started on the... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Mark Karlisle That is so encouraging...well done you two
Anne Davies Thank you Mark.... hope we get some dry days over the holidays

It was a tad on the chilly side this morning as I rode the 10 miles in the dark to work. Ice crunching under the tires in places at zero degrees and crikey, didn't realise I could produce so much s... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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I knew the ride today would be a little muddy but it was a whole lot worse than I expected. As soon as I set off I felt the first splashed on my legs and I do have mudguards on my bike but on this ... read more

Topic: Other

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Janet Hutchinson That was us yesterday, but our bikes are a lot cleaner now too after I hosed them down and dried them!
John Young Yeah its a good idea to keep them clean especially the chain... clean and re-oil after a few rides

Is #LightTheNight still running?! If so ... I was taking the cycle track home this evening. At one point it emerges from woodland to run alongside the railway embankment. Tonight there was a headwi... read more

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Adrian Lewis I had an encounter with a Barn owl today and a few days ago whilst cycling before sunrise. It’s certainly an amazing sight
RB BB It's great when a bird appears to fly beside us as we ride,barn owls,rooks and occasionally buzzard's seem to follow you fo... read more

Winter Wheelers 1st Dec . First outing. Cold, dark and peaceful. Sunrise / Moon set.

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Janet Hutchinson We went there just before the lockdown in March, we were at a festival at Nottingham University that weekend. It was a lov... read more
Mark Jones Lucky to have it on my doorstep

It's me and my bike when l bike ride the 4 miles each way to work .sometimes early on the morning when its still dark l travel along the road side, how many people are up and say good morning .On w... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Janet Hutchinson That sounds a nice trip by the beach, my commute is 11 miles each way along quite busy roads. It was so peaceful during t... read more

For the last 2 weeks, I have been in self isolation. I was desperate to get out. I had the perfect idea for #LightTheNight And so, today the 30th (i am hoping I made the deadline?) I headed ou... read more

Topic: Other

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These two, feeling grown up riding in the dark. The rear bike light is a bit low so clip running lights on their jackets hoods

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Motivated my mates for a ride beyond their limits on an early Sunday morning. From Oldham to Bury. To local authority areas in less than 3 hours there and back.

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Zeeland, well what an adventure. It all began with a 'thinking aloud' post on Facebook. Wouldn't it be good if…. Now lots of people said it would be and there it sat. We all did nothing. Club ru... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Rosemary Lehan Wow, an epic tale! Cutting it close was almost literal! Great achievement everyone. Hope your next adventure runs smoothly!

Prior to cycling I would have gone out running with only an illuminace jacket on. However on the bike it is so important people see you and you can see them. This week I got my girls out on their b... read more

Topic: Other

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It was my first day of 2 annual leave days where I opted for a random ride rather than just keep painting the fence 'Autumn Gold'. My usual riding mate could not join in due to work, so I planned r... read more

Topic: Other

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Well it certainly been a challenging month. Back on furlough! Dodging puddles, trying to stay upright on the ice, fixing punctures following the multitude of hedge cutters out this month. Still... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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I love to ride my cycle. I have rode cycles for so many years. But since moving north. I started cycling to work everyday. I have been doing the same route now for nearly 17 years. In all the weat... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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While my Son has been living with us, we have replaced his London commute for Quantock hills sunrise rides. Stop and watch the sunrise with a flask of coffee is a great way to start the day.

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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There is no other way to go Over the mountains Through the snow Between the valleys And the glens. Round the lakes And back again - Scenic routes Are made by two wheels Rotating smooth... read more

Topic: Other

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Its a pandemic , Im getting fatter and lazier ! Soooooo no more - Im getting my bike out, which I haven't ridden in over a year .... any tips for A: gradually building up my non existent stamina a... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Claire Sharpe Hey Anna, this is great news. There are a lot of helpful tips if you tap Info in the top bar on the website and head to Tip... read more
Robin Burnett Don’t worry about how fast you are (or aren’t) going, Use your gears and let the bike take the strain - you can do it!

Since signing up on Love To Ride I have now logged my 1000th ride. I’m a keen cyclist / commuter ( though the commute has been curtailed due to working from home )so I have been trying to get out ... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Gavin Mc Carthy I’ve been logging rides since September 2017

This year will be simple. 1. continue my 5 mile commute at 5am to the station with my 3st rucksack. 2. Cycle 1000 miles at weekends over a year, before my wife wakes up at 9am, dressed as a knigh... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Claire Sharpe Love this!

Thanks so much for the lovely early Christmas present. Was even raining for my first ride in the new proviz jacket. Fabulous.

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I’ve clocked over 3,000 km since getting a road bike in February. Lockdown gave me empty roads and time to build up fitness. I’m over forty and am fitter now than in 20 years, having lost around a ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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I went for a ride Saturday morning...I looked out the window and thought Nooooooo But forced myself to go it was windy wet and challenging....and then I had a major blow out and now in need of a n... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Enjoyed a very windy hilly ride for my lunch break

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Popped into the local florist at the end of my 10th Winter Wheelers excursion to pick up a bouquet of flowers for the wife's birthday. Glad I bought a bungee cord to attach them to the handle bars... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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I admit it... I am a lockdown rider! Started during the first wave - really felt the benefit.... then we moved house ...further away! New challenge to ride to work (17K each way) - but I have start... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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This year I have named, 'Triple L'. I've found love, of course been in lockdown and experienced loss. Think back to your school days. I'm the 'ginger' girl in your year. The shy red-headed on... read more

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Kevin Neumann What a lovely store ........ keep riding be safe and don’t get angry with cars or your riding will not be fun.
Sharon Lea Awesome story.

I needed to get some things from the shop. It would have been easy to opt for taking my car: - easier to carry groceries in the car - it's 2 degrees, quite cold! BUT no, I chose the better an... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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I commute from Colden Common to Bishops Waltham 2-3 times a week. Good lights are essential as the Winchester Road between the two places is unlit, although, now some of the farm houses and buildin... read more

I cannot stress enough how cycling has got me through the last months. I am self isolating and cycle on my own but meet up with friends when it is allowed for coffee and cake. I try to cycle five... read more

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5.5 miles on a nice fresh, dry morning - best way to start the day at work, but it would have been fun to carry on past the factory!

Topic: My commute by bike

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RB BB We all wish we could carry on past work!! 🙂

I use my bike most days normally. I also walk. In fact I normally clock up at least 100 miles a month on the bike, 20 miles in the swimming pool and 15 or so on foot. Come the first lockdown I w... read more

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Riding can sometimes be a solo experience...no one there to see you flying over the handle, bars, walking home with a flat tyre, spiking your shin on the peddles, p*** wet through! cryin to yoursel... read more

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John Kershaw well done.

I have been commuting to work and back on my bike since the spring. As the evenings and mornings are now dark I have invested in a new USB front light, amazing green wheel lights and of course a ba... read more

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Hi, I started mountain biking in September 2019 at the age of 48! I was pretty rubbish so decided to book myself on to a course, which was great fun. What I didn’t bank on happening was lockdown, 2... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Cycling my children home in the dark on busy streets- and through a pitch black park- was a bit of a worry, so we added a lot of lights to the trailer! Now I've got two flashing rear lights on the ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Grantham Hospital has fenced off its staff bike shed today so I had no choice but to chain my bike to the fence. Note to managers we still bike in the winter!!

Topic: My commute by bike

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Yes! It is getting darker so to carry on cycling through the winter I replaced my old lights with new light weight rechargeable LED ones. I loved them ~#lightthenight

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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