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Lighten up

A journey, in black and white. It starts with an alarm, I snooze – I loose. Ten minutes gone before my feet touch the bedroom floor. Then rush, I’m usually up before the alarm, not today. Dresse... read more

Topic: Other

Image for story Bike ride with mother

Bike ride with mother

Went on a bike ride with the old dear great to be back in the saddle been out every day since

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

Congratulations - You're a Cycle September 2022 winner! Say WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAT?! Oh gosh this is amazingly unexpected, i've won a aquaplay paddleboarding session. That's fandabiedosie!

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story The power of a human and importance of a helmet

The power of a human and importance of a helmet

At the start of Cycle September I never expected to be writing a story and even last week it wasn’t on my to-do list. I was enjoying my cycling and pedalling my way to and from work when I could. ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Monsal Trail

Monsal Trail

Me and my Daughter completed the Monsal Trail while doing the cycle September with work , This is a place I love walking so doing it on a bike was Great fun , We started at Monsal Head went to B... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Fall in love with bike riding !

Fall in love with bike riding !

My story began when I first went on a Tour the Polongne to see how the cyclists ride. Then I got inspiration and said that I have to start riding too. I remember that day I got many gifts from the... read more

Topic: Other

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Touring

A tour round the outer Hebrides no problem with customs amazing people and beaches that are out of this world, one massive hill ( was massive to me ) and an adventure to catch a ferry almost every ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story First ride on new bike.

First ride on new bike.

14 miles today on my new bikes maiden voyage to run it in. A nice quiet route including a ride from Shildon to newton aycliffe past the locomotion museum, which is a lovely smooth wide path. If y... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Appley Bridge (WN6) to Worsley (M28)

Appley Bridge (WN6) to Worsley (M28)

On Sunday 28th of August I was involved in a sponsored bike ride to raise money for The Christy's Cancer Research, the was circa 50 people riding on the day. I was riding with the Wigan RUFC Ve... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Improve the environment

Reduce CO2 emission by cycling 100 miles a week to work ...... Yes. I did it!!!!

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Cyclist offers

Cafe88, Abbey Street, Accrington, BB5 1EE (near NCN 6) are offering, Free Water Top Up or Refill Breakfast Bap with Standard Coffee for £2.95 Coffee & Cake for £4.00 with standard tea or c... read more

Topic: Other

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Biking to the Bill!

I got back on the bike this weekend by cycling around Portland in Dorset with my parents. Lots of greenery and cliffs along this cycle route - a bit different to a daily commute! Still not brave en... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

I saved some money today

I might be stating the obvious, but I was debating whether to cycle or get the bus to work yesterday. Cycling won, and in doing so I saved £3.50. This will obviously add up and might be a big help ... read more

Topic: Other

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nursery

rode my child to nursery today

Topic: Ride with kids

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Hoping to make the world a better place

I have started up a group on Love to Ride. I did it because through work and family commitments I am unable to forward plan ride time so ride solo 99% of the time. Yet through LtR I have a sense ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Aberdeen to Inverness by night

Aberdeen to Inverness by night

A friend of mine and me, we set a challenge: to reach Inverness starting at 2pm from Aberdeen, with a rainy forecast and good chances to ride at night. Well the rain hit us just after 1 hour and co... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Ride for friendship

Ride for friendship

We will ride from Newcastle to Whitley Bay for friendship.

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Join me on my saturday Morning Ride

Join me on my saturday Morning Ride

This video was created on a Saturday morning E- bike ride. My aim was to try and inspire others to get out, be more active and to enjoy the summer. The video was recorded at the end of July 2022 ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Historical Ruins Loop Ride

Historical Ruins Loop Ride

Although I do commute to work on my bike most days, I try to get out at least once a month to have a little biking adventure. Helps to clear my mind and keep me fit. I tend to plan my route so not ... read more

Topic: Other

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Cycle 2 Work Scheme

During the Corona Virus era , my workplace helped me to participate in the cycle to work scheme. This enabled me to buy a bike to be able to ride to work. Ever since I have not looked back and have... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story No worry biking!

No worry biking!

I love going out on my bike. I don't have to worry about saving energy to be able to ride it back home. I simply pick up my bike and voila! without any significant effort am able to go places and c... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Image for story Bike - Train - Bike

Bike - Train - Bike

My commute is 32 miles and I can't justify that amount of time in the day on my bike after the school run. But by taking my bike on the train I can tick off my exercise, sustainability and make it... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story My biggest achievement to date!

My biggest achievement to date!

My biggest achievement to date has to be being 6 months pregnant with my first, and cycling to work! Granted I have an electric bike but each morning and evening I’m pretty proud I’ve kept going! ... read more

Topic: Other

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Positives on riding to work

During the first pandemic lock down in 2020 I took the advice of 1 hour of exercise. So each day I was on furlough (10 weeks) I spent 1 hour a day cycling and on alternate days 1 hour walking the d... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Bike Maintence

Nearly all drivetrain delivered ready for me to fit, will have half a new bike. just over 1500 miles and I have worn out the lot this will be third replacement of parts. So hopefully get another 1... read more

Topic: Other

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Story of fear and bravery

So roughly about 11 years ago i used to love to ride my bmx and my 26er like an idiot (Thought i was Emil lol) but anyway i had a nasty accident and this put the FEAR into getting back on a bike i... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

Commuting with Kids

We LOVE our cycle commute. Even on rainy mornings and with the odd complaint about waterproof trousers not being the most comfortable things in the world, our five- and seven-year-old cycle just ov... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

The little things

The joy of finding a new route, it isn’t really any quicker but it’s different and I guess that is part of the joy of commuting by bike - enjoying the scenery as you go.

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Stillness

Sometimes the early morning rides are the best. Being early to work and being able to sit and watch the world go past. People's stories from walking their dog to going to work. The still atmosphe... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story 20 later

20 later

Untill.4 weeks ago I hadn't been on a bike for 20 years now I love riding my bike

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Image for story 1000 miles Cycle to Work

1000 miles Cycle to Work

In October 2021 I set out to raise £1000 and lose my Covid spare tyre by cycling 1000 miles to work at the University of Bolton, from my home in Blackburn, all in aid of Derian House Childrens Hosp... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Time saver

I cycled to work yesterday after dropping the kids off at school (pushing my bike) and realised that I arrived at work way earlier than if I got the bus. Happy days.

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Long but steady ride day

Long but steady ride day

3 Churches a day makes the boredom go away! And a unfortunate find on A5. More pics in comments

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Image for story The 311 km ride

The 311 km ride

I took that selfie less than a month ago at the train station in Nairn. Yes not the best picture of me. But still my favorite because I was super proud of myself. I broke my personal record and rod... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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No car, no bike, no problem.

I can't drive, and I used to ride my bike to work each day. It's about a mile each way so it's not far and biking was faster than walking. Then a couple of things happened, the first thing was a ca... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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too short!

My commute is only 1.9 miles, it takes 10 minutes or 8.5 if I am running late. It is enough to lift my mood and make me happy by the time I get to work but I definitely take longer getting ready be... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story 28 miles

28 miles

Hi, I just finished my first ride around Southampton (28 miles). I'm so tired but very happy.

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Fore warned ....

I cycle a lot to work average 26 miles round trip. I lock my bike up at work in the covered bike rack. I came out of work and my bike was gone... but my bike lock still attached to the rack posts... read more

Topic: Other

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Gavlann Wheel

Gavlann Deal

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

Image for story Getting My Kicks on NCN Route 66

Getting My Kicks on NCN Route 66

Last Saturday I tackled the mighty Rochdale Canal from Todmorden to Manchester. A great ride in the NCN 66 and pretty much car free. From town to country to city all in one morning.

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story From Dundee to Aberdeen

From Dundee to Aberdeen

I went to a hen party in St Andrews and decided to cycle back. No train no car just legs!

Topic: Other

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Image for story Getting out and about

Getting out and about

Years ago before I could drive, I would bike it everywhere. It was more convenient than public transport and it maintained my fitness. Then I learned to drive and stopped biking as much. I did othe... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Join me on my saturday norning Ride

Join me on my saturday norning Ride

This video was created on a Saturday morning E- bike ride. My aim was to try and inspire others to get out, be more active and to enjoy the summer. The video was recorded at the end of July 2022 ... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story #cycletoworkday2022

#cycletoworkday2022

After a year of cycling to work and almost 3000 miles later, 1644lbs of CO2 saved. Here's to another year!

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story UA92 Manchester

UA92 Manchester

Decided to grab my Bike, get myself into Trafford and use it to get to work.... Circa 15 miles each way with Panniers including my Laptop and clothing. All went well - comfy and great weather t... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story London to Paris 2013

London to Paris 2013

In many ways this is where my cycling story began. In late 2012 my brother asked if I wanted to cycle to Paris for Leukaemia Research. I'd only just got back on my bike after 20 years of barely cyc... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Saving Money

Saving Money

I'm so happy I managed to get a second hand bike trailer from facebook market - £10 a bargain! I now can do a full weeks shop by bicycle, saving petrol, and is far more fun! I would encourage all ... read more

Topic: Other

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Informe informe they've all got it in for me!

I'm having a week and I'm having a moan and I'm feeling soooo sorry for myself and a little nervous... Monday lovely ride to work. Tuesday took out by the tram lines! Road cleaning truck in front... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Bike Maintence

Bike Maintence

All parts arrived so fitted straight away, great to be able to go uphill in higher gear.

Topic: Other

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Image for story Old bike, new route

Old bike, new route

I'm going to teach a colleague to ride at lunchtime, so got my 15year old mountain bike out, cleaned and oiled it and rode to work on it. it's a heavy dependable bike but, being quite a bit slower,... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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