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The Black Cycling Network(BCN) is a cycling group like no other. We are an all inclusive group of cyclists, who welcome onboard all types of cyclists. Whether your a beginner, average or top notch... read more

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Claire Sharpe Whoop! Can't wait for restrictions to ease. The BCN numbers in Regent's on the weekend were epic!
Big P Well said Claire. Hope to catch up soon...Thumbs up

My beloved late Father was a keen cyclist, so I have always enjoyed the activity. After 10 years of living at the coast I absolutely cherish moments spending time near the sea watching the waves... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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The sunrise cycleway was a pop up cycle route put in last year over summer along the coast between Whitley Bay and Tynemouth a 3 mile beautiful ride in North East England- this picture is of Fiddle... read more

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Commuting to work on the 1st February like I have done many times a van pulled right out on me , hit me full on !!! . It could of been a lot worse if I wasn’t wearing a helmet !!!!’

Topic: My commute by bike

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During the pandemic my mental health has been improved by getting out on my bike. My favourite place has been Sandwell Valley. So many different trails for all abilities. I've been able to expl... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Pre Covid ( November 2019) I wrapped my bike up and flew to Chiang Mai in Thailand. Over the next 15 days I cycled solo and unsupported up and down mountain passes, through jungle and past paddy fi... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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I grew up in rural Aotearoa/New Zealand, where learning to ride and getting your first bike are rights of passage for kids - I can still remember my first attempt and the thrill of "getting it". I ... read more

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After treatment for breast cancer I wanted a challenge, so I signed up for ride the night. But hubby pointed out that I didn’t really ride a bike without hitting things or falling off. So I joined ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Before lockdown 1 I would regularly commute the 20 km to and from work either along the seafront or through Prittlebrook Greenway. Cycling through lockdown gave me space to breathe and forget the p... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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John wood I have been mainly wfh for a year now. I really miss my cycling commute

As many now use a car I think they forget that we that do not drive have to breath in all the fumes from cars and we have no choice to do so unless we want to live our life’s wearing a mask. The ... read more

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This January we got a brand new electric cargo bike at work to help deliver food to people in need. It means I'm doing loads more cycling and feeling great. Although it's an electric assisted bike,... read more

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1st day of my keeping active Watchtree challenge managed 18 chilly miles along the Sustrans 72 cycleway :)

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I'm a local tennis coach so wanted to do a tennis related bike ride challenge to keep my fitness up during this lockdown. I set myself a 665 mile challenge (665 relates to the longest ever tennis m... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

So as Boris says we have to 'Stay Local' for our exercise to in the spirit of 'Staying Local' I decided to cycle the streets of Harehills Leeds which is where I live, This gave me quite an insight ... read more

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hi, I've set a goal for myself to ride 2021 miles by my birthday on the 22nd June, which means riding about 12 miles a day from the 1st January. It's tough going during lockdown, cold, wet and dark... read more

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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It’s been hell in cycling terms no Sportive’s no group rides very alone. Hopefully light is starting to shine with vacation over 65 waiting for first jab Keep safe , started riding in 2015 after ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

On 23 march 2020 my life changed as I began working from home (wfh) instead of my daily 25 mi commute to and from my office in Central London. Nearly a year later I am still working from home. I... read more

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First time on a bike in 7 years was in Amsterdam, April 2015. I can't drive so have zero clue how roads * actually * work. So to say I was flung in at the deep end was an understatement! However, I... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Fiona Cameron love your bike

One good reason why I like cycling to work (not the only reason) is that it leaves the car at home for my dear wife to use. Sadly, this has not been applicable over the past year when I have been m... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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We were happy our ebikes arrived in Quebec from Seattle just as we landed in Montreal. We assembled them while in quarantine and test rode them around the driveway. At last we were out on the open ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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During lockdown I was able to support a visually impaired employee to get back out on the bike, this had a positive impact to both him and his pilot. https://www.sustrans.org.uk/our-blog/personal-... read more

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As a key worker cycling is my transport as well as my sport in the last two weeks I contracted covid due to my front line work was in bed for days and unable to cycle now that I have recovered cycl... read more

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I met my fiancé Chris through cycling over 3 years ago. We have had many many cycling adventures since including riding coast to coast in the UK in various directions and cycling 4,000km across Eur... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Sharon Lea This is fabulous.
Claire Sharpe Oooh so exciting! Not long till the wedding or setting off on such an epic ride. Congratulations and thanks for sharing

After being in a roundabout road collision years ago; I became very shy about riding the road bike stored in the back of the shed. I have always cruise around town on my hybrid and take the mountai... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Took the mtb into the forest today. Needed a to get out. Especially after the football result last night. 😭☺ didn't set no time. Didn't set no distance. Just enjoyed the scenery and fresh air. Took... read more

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Back in the day (15 years ago or so) I used to make sure that at least I managed the London to Brighton event, although I didn’t do much other cycling apart from training for that event. I love me... read more

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The past few months have been tough for everyone, but coronavirus has hit those affected by dementia the hardest and continues to disrupt lives. So that's why I'm getting on my bike and taking on C... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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At the beginning of 2020 I set myself a modest challenge of riding 100 miles a month thinking I should be able to manage that. At the beginning of Lockdown 1, I had a really scary blood pressure ... read more

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Over the past 3 years or so my ability to walk distances has slowly decreased due to spinal stenosis. On a good day I can still walk (with rests) maybe 5 miles. Other days it's a struggle to get ro... read more

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Travel everywhere with bike work, shopping, visiting friends and family and long rides out the freedom you have when out on bike is amazing

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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