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I've been "working from home" for almost a year now. There are many real benefits to it, and it's been the right thing to do, but there are times when the same 4 walls feel a bit oppressive: that's... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

So. 10 miles minimum every day for 365 days. Whilst writing, I have just completed day 200. I don't have a smart phone, just joined today and have a lot of data input!!! Charity fundraiser site ... read more

Topic: Other

Zaczeło się tak że mój rower leżał i leżał aż w końcu mówię tak czas coś ze sobą zrobić i poszedłem na moje podwórko wziełem rower umyłem go z kurzu i pojechałem tak się w to wkręciłem aż do dziś p... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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In 2020, I achieved my target of cycling every bridleway in Brighton and Hove. This year I've set myself the glamorous target of visiting every branch of Greggs in Sussex, for a vegan sausage r... read more

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Scott Manley Living the dream!!! Sounds amazing.

My family have been partaking in what we call the Ham Hill lockdown challenge for fitness and fun. As we are all different abilities and ages we work at our pace and stop where needed and always ro... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Been on my ordinary and ebike since the first lockdown, when the roads emptied. Amazing how many places don’t actually need a car, especially if you have HUGE panniers for doing the shopping. Feel... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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i when i was a kid my dad used to tell me about his days in the saddle also my brother would ride also learned me to ride. when i was in my teens did loads of bmx riding then discovered girls them... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

Me and 4 friends have got together to lose weight, keep fit and cycle around our local area. We like the Manchester Airport Orbital Route and the new A555 Bypass too. We have started cycling most ... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Had my first outdoor ride in over 50 days. Really enjoyed it, but hadn't dressed for the weather. I only had on trainers and 1 pair of socks feet felt like blocks of ice. Been out today and had on ... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Stuart Hickie T-shirt and shorts all year round lol

A chilly morning but what a wonderful way to start the day! Staying local during lockdown hasn't been to bad when a ride to Cleethorpes sees beauty on my doorstep! Beautiful sunrise, lovely views... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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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!
Parker Asein 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

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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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

Topic: Other

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

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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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

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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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

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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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

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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I cycle to work and it is a real joy in the morning to feel the fresh air, especially as it is all downhill on the way to work - I can coast into work in about 5 minutes time. When I arrive there a... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

So, a while back I was in a rut. A deep rut. I'll spare the "warts and all" but essentially it was the best of times, it was the worst of times and I had lost my job, my relationship, my kids and m... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Everyday once I have either finished my work homeschooling or finished my work at school and go home I love to go out on my bike and do my favourite ride. This ride consists of me setting off fro... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

I have not done much cycling over the last two years as my road bike is broken. I made up my mind to try doing my 7.2 miles commute on my mountain bike. I was feeling the difference not cycling was... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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A couple of months back, I was pedalling home from work in the dark, when my front light cut out. Fortunately, being a Scout leader means I am generally prepared. On my keys, I had a small, but ver... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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I set a goal of riding 70miles by Christmas Eve on my fat tyre bike I have joint problems and weight issues so I’m hoping this goal will help me lose weight and if I can get this one done I will se... read more

Topic: Other

Started riding a bike to commute to work about 7 years ago at 39 having not ridden since being a kid. I couldn't turn right, fell off twice in one day and remember disbelieving a friend who told m... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

Having enjoyed road cycling for quite a few years,last October I suffered a stroke caused by a blocked artery,the Doctors gave me the ok to carry on exercising,It is taking some time to regain fit... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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I lost my husband at the beginning of April/Lockdown (not covid) so last years cycling was very rare and far between. Lets hope I can get out a bit more often and get back into shape :-)

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stephen roe All the best Kaele.

I am very happy to use my bicycle to get to Stepping Hill Hospital from Sale. Using my bicycle takes my to my workplace and keeps me fit. Stretching my legs after the shift standing up! Great for m... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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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

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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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

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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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

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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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.

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

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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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

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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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

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

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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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

Topic: Other

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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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