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All the worry over the thing and a lockdown and no exercise, not good! What is a boy to do? Someone who trains 3 hours every day and has been very active for 50 years just cannot switch off. An... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Nope, They must be mad. Getting on a slow packed sweaty bus or sitting in their car stuck in traffic for an hour every morning and evening. Start the day with a breath of fresh air and an easy but ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

Well -my motivation has been a bit rocky in the last few weeks... the same as lots of peeps I expect! But I’ve clocked a few rides lately. Struggling to know whether to wear shorts or my more t... read more

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Jules Greaves #nocarbon

Since the Government started giving us daily exercise tokens to cash in, I've found that I have placed a higher value on getting outside, both for head space and to keep fit. I started replacin... read more

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#nocarbon. During this time everyone needs to keep calm and peddling still taking the country way to at lascar Electronics doing important work for the Nhs and safety critical company's xx everyon... read more

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I started commuting to work by bike back in August 2019 using my old "vintage" mountain bike. I've now completed a total of 1550 miles in 220 trips and only missed one day commuting - that was my ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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About 10 years ago I bought a Boardman Hybrid to commute to work. I've never looked back. Saved a fortune in petrol , parking fees. Been environmentally friendly. I've kept for any kept on riding t... read more

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Christian Lampe Orh, that's so generous to pass on your previous bike! Hope it has found a nice new home :)

Not so much a story as a pause on a journey. Some 3 years ago I bought and rode a bike for the first time in 30 years. I had thought it would be for riding up and down the Exe estuary where I live.... read more

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I'm alternating my one exercise stint a day into an ever quickening daily rota of... Road Bike, Run, Mountain Bike. The kilos are coming off fa fast. Not only No Carbon, but no beer either. +/- Go... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

My ride to our village shop, supporting local businesses, comes with 2 rewards, a lovely downhill freewheel there and knowing I am not using the car #NoCarbon But then the steep Devon hills, tha... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

Only managed to get out on my bike once during the week to pick up a neighbours medication. By kept up the skills with YouTube indoor cycling through Spain and NZ and no Jet lag.

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

Being on my bike is what keeps me sane at the best of times, so this feeling has been magnified by the circumstances we find ourselves in. My daily cycle is not just for pleasure and exercise, b... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

I bought a new bike right before the lockdown to use in the London-to-Brighton ride, but then that got cancelled so it's been clocking up miles collecting groceries instead.

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

only started this month as got a secondhand bike and want to get health and fit me and my son are trying to do at least 50 miles a week to start with but my bike not that good :( but i am trying a... read more

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As a community nurse, i have spent the last 20 year driving around the entire Pennine Lancashire area, in addition to my daily commute (20 mile round trip). Since taking up cycling last Sept, ag... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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We ride locally, the Ribble Valley. It is a sad time and my thoughts go out to all. When out with my wife Anne Marie, we cycle empty roads and lanes, it reminds me of the mid sixties. Clubs were s... read more

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I try and commute on my bike at least once a week, not only for the environmental #NoCarbon impact, but also for how it helps my mental and physical well-being. That honestly hasn’t been truer this... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Every evening this week has been absolute bliss. Timing has fallen so when I clock of work and then hop on my bike it is the perfect time to chase the sunset down by the Exe Estuary. The amazing co... read more

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So in this current crazy climate we find ourselves in, my husband was given a bag of flour from a local mill (used to be a baker) and made a whole batch of sourdough loaves. We hopped on our bikes ... read more

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Living and working in Somerset, cider is a way of life! I swapped my car for a bike to get my fix. I saved 0.01 tonnes of CO2. It soothes all your troubles away! #NoCarbon

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Working in social services, have been flat out at work today, enjoyed my one and only exercise of the day, a tonic for a heavy day and the stresses of the current situation. Lovely views over the G... read more

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Andrew Mathers God bless you and your team (all angles)in gods eyes

For the first time in a long time I had intended to cycle in and out of work everyday this week but with the office closed for the foreseeable I've swapped my commute for an early morning ride, lov... read more

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How crazily fast everything we know has flipped. Within just a few short weeks, I like many, many others across the globe have been wrenched from those mundane but comforting knowns, and swept u... read more

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Doesn't matter where you are everywhere beyond your front door looks very inviting and appealing right now. We are all guilty of taking it for granted. As long as we respect and follow government a... read more

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I've just realised that since mid last December I haven't used my car at all for traveling to and from work or meetings. I have been using my cycle to work bike instead. I got the bike in May 18 bu... read more

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With all that's going on, in terms of social distancing, staying at home and what have you, I decided to go out in the dark of the night. Car free, people free, just me and nature. It was a 1am rid... read more

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Who knew thinks could change so much in just a couple of months... Today is Mothers Day but one is meant to keep away just in case... So I cycled the 25mile round trip.. it is 6am on a Sunday... read more

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Cycling for me used to be all about pulling on the lycra and getting out on my sportive bike around the Yorkshire dales for a couple of hours or half a day. This is great fun and fantastic exercise... read more

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Sometimes it's difficult to drag yourself out of bed first thing when the rain is lashing against the window and the car is sat on the driveway but it feels good to get the bike out and go #NoCarbo... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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We've been using the bike to get to nursery and school for a while now, but this year I'm trying to hit 200 days of commuting by bike - not easy once you factor in holidays, work trips etc. So sinc... read more

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It's Winter, the weather is miserable, but despite that, I find myself pulling on my lycra, safety checking my bike and bracing myself to ride to work. Chances are I'll get splashed by the bow ... read more

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#NoCarbon After months of cycling to and from work in the dark, the days are finally getting longer! No need for lights and the shorts can come out 😁

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So last July I changed my commute from Southampton to London from using the company car to cycling the 5 miles to the station and training it in... I even now cycle the occassional 15 miles to P... read more

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William Roberts #NoCarbon
William Porth Trigger it!!!

#NoCarbon I found a route that keeps me away from the traffic with a short off road section too! And so far my bike is 7lb lighter than when i started riding it...! Happy cycling!

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International Women's Day 2020 For International Women's Day 2020, I decided to set up a campaign to encourage more girls and women to cycle after the Love to Ride Cycle September statistics showe... read more

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Finally the wind has dropped so cycle commuting isn't a painful slog anymore, and a 'Brucey Bonus' the Sun is out in place of the rain (occasionally!) the mornings and evening are brighter so it's ... read more

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My evening ride home involves a lovely hilly ride over my home town of Kendal, a ride that is normally fairly uneventful. This time however, I should have taken notice of the dog barking in the dis... read more

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Siobhan Simpson I'm glad you are OK (even if you did have to be washed down before you were allowed in the house!), but what about the ... read more
Matthew Emmott The deer and dog vanished into the distance as I sat there slightly dazed by the whole situation.

“When the sign discloses more road closures, and you wait for a train in vain, When, Heaven knows, even the Bus Stop is closed, it’s time to think again! So it’s the car, the train and the bus ... read more

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Looking back on the romance I have had with my bike, it’s something that very few can relate with. Well, within the circle my riding buddies anyway. Born in rural and remote part of Tanzania, bikes... read more

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hi. this is not really a story but I didn't know where to post this. Does anyone know what I can do to release my bike saddle post? it is totally stuck. All I need is to lower it a couple of inch... read more

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Chris Anthony Hello. My advice would be to take it to a local bike shop and get them to remove it. Shouldn't be expensive. Any reputa... read more
Elena Simon-perez Hi Chris. Thank you for your advice. I did exactly what you have suggested. Halfords couldn't do it but GA Cycle did ... read more

Have done this a few times when visiting North Wales with Sheffield CTC. Never done this? never heard of Sheffield CTC? Find out then get involved, it will take your cycling to new dimensions. BTW ... read more

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No frost this morning. No rain. No wind....just an almost silent bike on quiet roads, beautiful Westmorland country side and hardly any traffic. One of the best commutes I've had in ages. Great sta... read more

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BEST RIDE EVER! Today I followed my friend and colleagues advice and to a ride on his daily bike commute along the Taunton and Bridgwater canal. Such a great ride. Did an 8 mile round trip to... read more

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In July as a group of four I cycled from Whitehaven to Sunderland in a day. Whilst having fun on my bike I chose to raise funds for a cause close to my heart - Fibromyalgia. Today I had another gr... read more

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Moonlight and mist when I set off on this morning’s commute. A couple of miles up the road, the mist began to thicken, finally, turning into seriously dense fog. It got so bad I could barely see th... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

Just a thought for those who are safety conscious about burglary and stalking. If you use Strava go to your privacy settings and create a privacy zone around your home location- this will keep yo... read more

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Tom Darville I agree and always horrified when people show events on Strava when on holiday basically telling everyone your house is emp... read more
Carvel Lonsdale Excellent point Tom!

As part of "Team Speyside" within Moray Council I have thoroughly enjoyed the September cycling challenge. Before the challenge I was an occasional cyclist. Paul, my husband, and I bought bikes 3... read more

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Anna Vince This is absolutely amazing to hear! Thank you so much for sharing, it has made my day :-D To go from not cycling much at a... read more
Sheila Johnson Thanks Anna, frosty mornings are already here and the nights drawing in so may have to stick to my hilly commute for a whil... read more

My lungs are shot - after 40 years of chest infections, and asthma attacks, I got an e-bike. I've not been on a bike seriously for many many years, mostly because I can't breathe properly. The ex... read more

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September 2019: 900 miles from Dieppe to Bordeaux via La Rochelle. So many sights and impressions. What an adventure!

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From 7-15 Sep 19, I took part in the Deloitte Ride Across Britain cycling 980 miles in 9 days. It was the hardest thing I have ever done but it was an incredible experience which I would highly rec... read more

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ride on a green lane and let go by speed

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After a week and a half of enforced working from home thanks to my 'crappy knee' (this is apparently actually in my official medical notes!) I'm back on my bike this week. My knee still isn't q... read more

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I've joined the Lendwithcare Zambia Bike Ride taking place in May 2020. Its a 10 day trip, cycling 500 kms starting in Lusaka and ending at the fantastic Victoria Falls in Livingstone. We'll be sto... read more

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Richard Leseney amazing !! well done !!

Jason's e-biking experience is encouraging and shows that age is no barrier when it comes to cycling... his story: "I learnt to cycle as a child and up until 4 years ago used a moped to get arou... read more

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Diane Seddon Thank you for those inspiring comments

Cycling makes me feel happy. I used to use a bike trailer to get my son to school and now he rides to school with me. My eldest son likes to do longer rides with me and explore.

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magnifique et très dur parcour VTT vive le sport !!!

Topic: A happy riding memory

Today we went to an open day at Kingston Maurward College - This is down in Dorset, and has a studio school attached. My eldest daughter - 15 is starting her last year in school and wanted to go to... read more

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December 2015 I was almost 20 stone in weight, as someone once said I was built for comfort not for speed. Something had changed for me however and I was about to embark on something life changing.... read more

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No ride today. Gynae appointments and bicycles don't really mix!

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petite ballade sous un magnifique soleil .... c'est là que le vélo est vraiment top !!

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Yesterday I discovered I get very grumpy if I don't get my daily bike ride! Bloody rain!

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Jasper Post I know the feeling...
Richard Beale Riding in the rain is great. Give it a go.

Having not really rode a bike since I was in my Teens - I decided to get back to it and start riding to work. 8 weeks later and 62 trips completed I am feeling fitter, have lost weight and saved mo... read more

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Jack Van den Berg Well done... I have been commuting since January 2018 and I am loving it... then I get it in my head to go for a long ride,... read more