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Getting back

Steady ride after my Heart Attack + Inguinal hernia repair operation last year (2022). Could have gone a bit further but following the wife's instructions to take it steady. Cold wind into my face ... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Hello Old Friend

Hello Old Friend

I'm happy to say that my trusty (and slightly dusty) bike has once again seen the light of day. With work only a 30-minute walk away, I found myself putting off getting on my bike. In part, beca... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Cycling in the dark

I'm not regular with my commutes by bike. It's 10 miles each way, and if it's raining my car is much more appealing. But one thing I always try to do is cycle to work on the winter solstice - which... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story South Lanarkshire College - E Cargo Trike Launch

South Lanarkshire College - E Cargo Trike Launch

Hi all, Had a great bit of craic today launching SLC's E Cargo Trike, as part of our sustainability initiative. Special thanks for South Lanarkshire Council, and Phil Jones from Recyke-a-bi... read more

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Image for story Sunday ride up A38 to Alveston church 04-12-2022

Sunday ride up A38 to Alveston church 04-12-2022

It was a serene cold Sunday afternoon and after a hot meal of my favourite soya curry and chapattis, I thought I should shake off my laziness and venture into the cold on my bicycle. Once you are o... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Biking with my Daughter

Biking with my Daughter

I got my daughter on 2 wheels as soon as humanily possible at 10 months old she had her first bike ride with me thanks to the weeride 2 years later and she is too big to travel on daddy's bike ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Free and friendly local rides, led by knowledgeable Ride Leaders.

Free and friendly local rides, led by knowledgeable Ride Leaders.

Guided Rides offer fun, friendly, supportive bike rides for individual and family cyclists. The programme has been growing in Scotland over the past few years, helping more people to build their cy... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Please use lights!

This is a cautionary story of the importance of your bike lights... I'm a keen cyclist, sometimes it happens, your lights are flat, you forgot to charge them, you left them at home, whatever, but p... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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I have started a petition to encourage cycling

I used to live in a first floor flat. I couldn't have had an electric bike, because I couldn't get it up the stairs. I still don't dare go shopping on my bike for fear of theft whilst I am in the s... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story 150th led ride by Rutherglen volunteer

150th led ride by Rutherglen volunteer

Congratulations to our Rutherglen-based leader Neil on his 150th guided ride. Over the past four years Neil has had 740 people come along on his rides and - according to the British Cycling wesbit... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story I'M BACK, Stay away Covid

I'M BACK, Stay away Covid

YES back on my bike today after holiday and coming home with covid. 3 weeks of yearning for a bike ride. I really enjoyed my steady ride out but 12 mile felt like 22mile 😥. It may take a while t... read more

Topic: Other

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Attacked

Las night I was commuting from work along the river lea canal in East London when some one push me from behind ending on the floor and my bike was taken please be aware if this area

Topic: My commute by bike

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Crash bang wallop!

On my route to work yesterday @ 7.30 am I miss timed a curb/hedge/pavement and went over the top of my handlebars into on coming traffic! Fortunately a lovely lady stopped her car and made sure I ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Life as the founder of leos rides and being a cycle leader

Life as the founder of leos rides and being a cycle leader

Hi I run leos rides I take donated bikes and rebuild them and gift them to any one needing a bike to get to work or just for fun and fitness. I am Allso a fully trained advanced bike Macanic and fu... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Aberdeen to Pitlochry at sunset

Aberdeen to Pitlochry at sunset

Almost a year ago I cycled from Aberdeen to Pitlochry. The Deeside is a beautiful area to ride: I followed the main road until Braemar where I had some fish and chips. Then sunset came while cyclin... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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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

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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

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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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Getting a new bike tomorrow

I have two bikes, but I'm getting another - my oldest bike is 20 this year and getting a bite rickety. Both my current bikes have done Lands End to John O'Groats with me, once in 2004 then in 2018.... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Becoming a British Cycling Guided Ride Leader/Route Planner.

Becoming a British Cycling Guided Ride Leader/Route Planner.

Hi folks, I trust you are in good health. Bit of a remarkable story here for you all, it is a story some may be able to recognize. Way back in 2009, my health deteriorated, I actually lost sight... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Mark Karlisle

Last Thursday Morning 7.10am I was hit by a white van in a hurray to get petrol/ I was coming down hill and he was driving up hill. He made a right turn into the petrol station without pausing/look... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Phoenix bike park

Phoenix bike park

Great memory of riding Phoenix bike park this summer

Topic: A happy riding memory

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my ride

if you start to ride it will bring up your heath and you will enjoy it so much definitely riding again and definitely encourage your friends to join you if you don't want to do it alown defo re... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story My life on wheels - by Roger Jones

My life on wheels - by Roger Jones

MY EARLIEST memory of riding a bike - a tricycle with a metal roll-top storage box (a bit like an oversize bread bin, between the back wheels) – was in 1953 when, just before my fifth birthday, I j... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Guided Ride leader shorltisted for Scottish Cycling Award

Guided Ride leader shorltisted for Scottish Cycling Award

The latest nominees for the #SCAwards22 are for the Recreational Cycling Awards, and we're pleased to reveal that Graham McCallum. Pauline Capaldi and Kirsteen Ross have been shortlisted. Since at... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Speyside Way

My story. Well....It will not be breathtaking and spectacular. It will not split into sections, where each is better than the other. My story will not be famous, worldwide known. It will not go by ... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Ebike ready to roll 🚲⚡

Ebike ready to roll 🚲⚡

I have just fitted this ebike conversion kit back onto my bike and its ready to go again. It is really fantastic for commuting, it blasts through the head winds and tackles the hills with ease! The... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story 50th Guided Ride for Burnside volunteer

50th Guided Ride for Burnside volunteer

Congratulations to British Cycling Guided RIde volunteer Graham MacCallum on reaching the landmark of his 50th Guided Ride. And although this is his 50th official Guided Ride, Graham has also arra... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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I want to get out on my bike😷😷😷😷😭😭😭😭

We had a break to gran canaria for 7 days and I really looked forward to having a good ride out on my bike when I got home but when I got home I felt unwell did a test and guess what? Yes covid has... read more

Topic: Other

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The New Cyclist

When an grown adult asks for your help to learn to ride, who had never tried to cycle. Doing, two feet push off After a few trial and errors, in balance, up came the feet 3 ft, 3.5 -5 ft. Then til... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story NCR 75 to Loch Lomond

NCR 75 to Loch Lomond

Having the NCR 75 on my doorstep is a real treat. Any time i fancy a light ride for an afternoon I take it slow along to bowling for a coffee; for a workout I can click up a few gears and go as fas... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Bike Vs bus

Bike 10 Bus 0. In September I have now done 10 commutes , and not once has the bus I would take if I wasn't cycling passed me! Quicker, cheaper, better for the planet, better for my health.

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story A page from my cycling diary: Up A38 to Falfield and Stone 24-09-2022

A page from my cycling diary: Up A38 to Falfield and Stone 24-09-2022

Ever wondered how the long long never ending A38 which leads into Midlands looks like beyond Alveston / Thornbury? Me too! I had been to Itchington a couple of times before and also once to Tytheri... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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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

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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

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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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Image for story Stillness

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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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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