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Not such a successful ride today......yesterdays little trip was nice, wanted to push myself a bit more today! There's a local beauty spot I've wanted to visit for ages but never seem to get a ch... read more

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Students in higher education are at an age vulnerable to mental illness as 75% of mental health difficulties develop before the age of 25. 16-25 is the key age group to target with preventative & e... read more

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My life changed when I was introduced to riding with Breeze network, not many miles but with encouragement from leaders and cycling buddies, I soon got the bug and enjoyed cycling into the wolds an... read more

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Steven Dewar Brilliant story, very inspiring, well done!

Back to riding after ten years or so mainly thanks to all the share bike schemes around... Got my first ever brommie through cycle scheme and loving it!

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I am 62 years old and have rheumatoid arthritis and recently my walking has become very painful, so I asked the nurse what would help me to still get exercise and she recommended cycling. I had a ... read more

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Steven Dewar Fantastic to hear how well you are getting around, a real inspiration, the yorkshire wolds are lovely.
Gill Wood Actually reading through this site I think perhaps I should not be on here as I don't work due to the rheumatoid arthri... read more

Heavy legs, post gym aches and 5 days of continual cycling. Roll on rest day :) No complaints however, the roads were nice and quiet too!

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After a serious illness a few years ago, I put on a bit of weight and my fitness suffered because of damage to my lungs. I've been walking to work occasionally, but I finally decided to get a new b... read more

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We've cycled through the seasonal summer without the ice, And at rare times the sunshine which was nice, Getting up extra early to cycle by the deer, Or the birds of prey swooping past my ear... read more

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Part of my commute home used to be by Sarehole Mill (part of the inspiration for Lord of the Rings) in Moseley Birmingham. There is a short cut around the back that either goes through the ford, if... read more

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Mark is the reason I took up cycling after 30 years. When he calmly announced to the office he had a couple of months to live, we all asked what we could do. Laughing his head off he said “cycle fr... read more

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As a commuter, I often have problems with punctures and with overall bike maintenance. My ambition is to be able to carry out simple maintenance tasks myself, without having to take the bike into ... read more

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I recently got my first road bike on cycle to work and I am commuting 7 km across central Edinburgh to work. My commute starts with a lovely big hill out of the Dean Village. The first time I did i... read more

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My first memory of cycling as a boy was when I was doing a sprint and braked too quickly when I managed to do a somersault holding on to the handlebars and still landed the bike square on the pavem... read more

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I started cycling to work this year and I've never felt better!

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After coming off my bike 4 weeks ago and having 3 weeks of treatment and an X-ray, I finally rode my bike again yesterday and managed 17 miles around the hill. Such a good feeling to be back cycli... read more

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Another commute to work by bike, this morning in rain. Less cyclists but slower journey. All things considered I don't mind the rain it's always better than getting the tube!! :)

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I like cycling down the canal towpath. The end.

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As I were younger I did a lot of riding, mostly mountain biking but also road or trials riding.. Life takes over and the kids grow, now its time to get back on the bike. It's been road bikes for th... read more

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Today I rode just over 15 miles to Newcastle and back home again, my bum hurts like no tomorrow but I actually loved it the cycle route is right next to the river tyne its also so diverse I've ridd... read more

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I started riding to work 2 years ago with the aim to get fit and now as a 50 year old with 4 bikes and my second Ride London under my belt and plans to do the Fred Whitton Challenge next year I don... read more

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I turn 40 this year. To celebrate, I'm setting off tomorrow to ride from Brighton to Paris. I've always wanted to complete the Avenue Verte route - and I've done the London - Newhaven section, so i... read more

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I put off commuting by bike as I thought it would be just a little too far to do both before and after work. Ive done it a few times now and even the first ride wasn't as bad as I thought it would ... read more

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I have only just recently bought a bike after years of thinking I should be cycling to work. I had ruptured two ligaments in my ankle in a footballing injury at the beginning of last year and have ... read more

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I am now back to my daily "Bike to Work" habit. Enjoying it in the summer weather and across new small 'bike-friendly' streets I am discovering day after day (also thks to some smart Apps). Happy ... read more

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About five years ago, I moved to a new house to be only 3 miles away from work. It made sense to buy a bicycle and begin commuting in a healthier way and so I purchased a cheap bike (£89) from Ha... read more

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Lucy Giuliano Thank you for sharing this story Garry, glad to hear the Cedric 450 is still going strong!

They say if you're tired of London then you're tired of life... I fully agree! The energy of the city, and the (some may surprising) beauty of the city - the plentiful parks, the river, the histori... read more

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I stopped cycling years ago when the dog gave me a pitiful look if I dared go for a ride rather than take him for a walk, and then children got in the way. As for commuting, a big hill and a relat... read more

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As a child I rode my bike everywhere, I loved the feeling of freedom my bike gave me, however once I'd learnt to drive and had a car that became my preferred way of getting around - it was so much ... read more

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Having been a keen cyclist for several years I applied for the Ride London last August, only to find out 4 day's later I had breast cancer. Active treatment finshed in November. February this year ... read more

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I never imagined I would actually write about why I ride, but here it is. At university in London, I commuted by bike using my dad's old Peugeot from the 70s. It was a proper retro machine, and... read more

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My story is simple. I’m a people person. I like chatting, and my geographic knowledge and sense of direction is horrific. To cycle more, and have more fun whilst doing it, I joined a fundraising ... read more

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I bought my first road bike 4 months ago and have fallen in love with it/cycling. Up till recently I have been overweight, and at school was often bullied about it. I have struggled to get rid of t... read more

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I'm concluding a two year, one man quest to improve the changing facilities at work. Feel great when I get there but no so great putting damp gear on on my way home. Apparently the funds have been ... read more

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I have been training hard over the past few weeks and dragging others up hills . In the last week I have achieved pb's up a couple of the hills . So good for my friends and good for me

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I never used to get out of my third gear but since getting a new bike, i cant get enough, high energy music and clear roads are unmatched.

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Some challenging hills on my commute in results in a buzz that lasts for hours. The downhill rush on the way home blows away the stresses of the day

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Hour on a bike Day or night Rainy day or sunny bright Weather good Weather bad Always happy Never sad

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On the 8th of August it was cycled to work day with help from let’s ride and colleagues at work we organised a lunchtime ride out. The weather was good no wind nice warm weather, short ride about... read more

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I cycle to work every day all year round come sun, rain or snow, except maybe for a few days in winter when it's just too hazardous, and have done for many years. Honestly I don't always enjoy it t... read more

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I thought an 11 mile commute by bike would be too long, but this far it’s going well! Hopefully I can continue into the winter :)

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Hiya, Today is week 7 of the cycle scheme challenge- To update your story. Am writing in the hope i will inspire others to start to ride?! Two years ago i woke up one morning ( during a continued ... read more

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There are many reasons that I cycle to work. It is a great way of incorporating exercise in to my daily routine. This gives me time to enjoy other activities after work such as gardening. It is in... read more

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It is a long commute from the west end of Glasgow to Leith in Edinburgh. It is not all done by bike. I cycle to my local railway station and take my bike on the train to Edinburgh Waverly. From ... read more

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As part of cycle to work day I really wanted to get the whole company out on their bikes and enjoying the great outdoors in the form of a 100km ride between our two offices. 12 brave souls took ... read more

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I’m you’d told me a couple of years ago that I’d become a cyclist and be commuting to work each day there and back , I’d of laughed my head off! I work in A&E and felt a tad anxious about cycling o... read more

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With cycling to work scheme i got an opportunity to have a good bike and started to commute to work and other places as well as have some social cycling as well as training. It has been a slow clim... read more

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After a number of years off my mountain bike (Kids happen) I am really enjoying getting back out on 2 wheels, including the switch to something a little racier through the Cyclescheme, I am lucky e... read more

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I started out commuting to work a few years ago, as an alternative to running. As I grew to start enjoying riding I started to go out with a club, and over time extended my ride distance from 10 or... read more

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Frank Harrison "Chapeau" radonneur!

Little things make life simple, my top 5 are: 1) carry oil in a little sushi plastic bottle, it will get rid of those annoying dry chain! 2) a chain that you can carry easily that wont lose you y... read more

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While the nights are light, and the fields remain dry, my commute takes me across the wildflower meadows of Cambridgeshire. Once out of my estate, and having successfully (hopefully) negotiated ... read more

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I swapped my car parking permit for a set of cycle-to-work incentives (basically you get a few free daily parking permits if you are a bike user) last September and I've been mainly cycling (with a... read more

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I have been commuting for a good few years now come rain or shine. Although it can be a bit miserable at times with poor weather, I find it very therapeutic. If the work day is stressful the journe... read more

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I am not sure this is the best name for the cycle area at the front of the lights, but I can't come up with anything that fits better. I am beyond fed up with motorbikes and scooters sitting in the... read more

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It has been quite a few years since I commuted to work but have managed to get back in the saddle again. Have been commuting by bike at every opportunity over the past 6 weeks and aiming to keep i... read more

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Really bad car smash last year and revoked driving licence. Decided fitness needs a boot up the backside and can't keep using the excuse of " not fit enough yet" !! invested in a new Pedal Assist b... read more

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As a sufferer of bipolar disorder, my brain is very busy, an awful lot of the time. The one time I find peace, is out on my bike. It is remarkably therapeutic, and the main reason I ride my bike

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Cycling to the British Library at Boston Spa is a treat. The library is excellent; the staff helpful; the coffee very good. There is no public transport from York. But the best route for a cyclist ... read more

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Just over a year ago weighing 27 stone I finally decided to do something about my weight. I started with the diet but set myself 3 goals which I wanted to hit with the weight loss. 1) Start cycling... read more

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Kevin Jackson Magnificent
Shirley Foster well done Dave, I lost 3 stone over a year cycling to work, have put the weight on again as I stopped cycling. Need to sta... read more

We discovered the joys of 'canal cycling' around three years ago when we detoured off the Thames path at Brentford and onto the towpath of Grand Union Canal heading towards Birmingham. We've been h... read more

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So, I recently started a new job, about 5 miles from where I live (Leeds), previous to that I had spent the last 6 months working about 25miles away from home. On starting the new job I was tol... read more

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As a year-round commuter, I'm used to taking on all weathers. Energy-sapping heat, bone-chilling cold and everything in between. Having the right gear helps of course, but sometimes you just have ... read more

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A couple of years ago I decided I wanted to complete Lands End to John O'Groats. I had only purchased my first 'real' bike a year before and had done a few shortish rides, 10 or 15 miles here and ... read more

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Having jacked in the cycle commute a couple of years ago because of the gradient struggle in the City of Seven Hills, I'm now back on a new e-bike and loving it. It might well be cheating, but my ... read more

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Having lived in London now for nearly 7 years, I'd mostly thought that those choosing to cycle everywhere were a bit crazy to do so. I mean... it doesn't rain on the tube...? And public transport i... read more

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Used to commute to work everyday 20 miles but 2 accidents, a broken back, have made me rethink. Still trying but more social now so enjoying the cake stops. Happy rides😎

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Many years ago I used to cycle to work 16 miles each way and loved it. Until one day a driver thought he could be quicker than me and pulled out in front of me and I went through his windscreen. L... read more

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I haven't ridden a bike in years but have a partner who is a cycling nut so I finally cracked and got a Liv Hybird through the cycle to work scheme. Between my partner's nagging and NR's terms and ... read more

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Coming from a cycling family it won't be a surprise that I have been a cyclist all my life. However my cycling activity was curtailed after a cancer diagnosis and prostrate removal in March of this... read more

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I've suffered from mental health problems for a few years following some trauma. I have tried everything to combat it until about 3 months ago when a colleague suggested the cycle to work scheme. I... read more

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OK so I have been commuting to and from work a fair bit in the past few weeks and the weather has been kind. On Thursday I had to work in Bristol (57 miles away). Being bike to work day I thought... read more

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I started cycling about 15 years ago. It was when I first moved to London from the countryside of Suffolk for university. I loved it and cycled a great deal. However, after a few years, some ill he... read more

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Another great ride in, no traffic on the roads until I hit the road works - where I bumped into my cycling buddy I've not seen in a while. I've achieved so many PB's on Strava, but bumping into fri... read more

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Starting a new job last month has meant starting to commute to work by bike. I'm really enjoying getting on the bike and taking time to relax before and after work every day.

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Had a nice ride to work today with my back breaks mended and my tyres pumped!

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Almost died... The end 😅

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My route to my local train station takes me through a beautiful park where, if I'm lucky, I occasionally catch sight of resident deer. The interest continues as I cycle along the waterfront and dre... read more

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Loving my new commute via a folding bike and the train. Takes a little bit longer but a lot more enjoyable!

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Great ride with my daughter to get a few groceries on a Sunday morning. Marvelous to spend time together in the fresh air and avoid using the car.

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An early start on Saturday morning as our local parkrun was cancelled. The plan that Matt and I had hatched was to ride to to Lancaster from Preston, join their parkrun and then ride home again. O... read more

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just completed LEJOG unsupported raising funds for PoppyScotland and the Brain Tumour Charity

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The deed is done!!! 🏁 Another success story!

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17th July - A 100+ mile ride 'London - Luton - London with Michael Parkes in preparation for the RideLondon 100. We stopped for tea and cakes at Wheathampstead, a small town near St. Albans.

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I broke my toe three weeks ago and walking & driving are painful. However, I’m so happy that cycling causes me no pain at all so I’ve been using pedal power to get to work and even when this toe is... read more

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We're having building work at our house during August, so we've been staying with my mum. It's the house where I grew up, and it happens to be a lot closer to work (11 miles rather than 25). Having... read more

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Was getting a lot of punctures so Changed my tyres... fingers crossed.

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derby sustrans volunteer rangers led a group of riders to elvaston castle and back using the cycle network and quiet roads

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I once took a quiet and peaceful ride around Angkor Wat in the middle of the night. The temples are restricted to daytime hours, but not many people know that the road network connecting them is op... read more

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On my way to bike store for selfie I decided to do the rocky hill. I call it rocky hill after rocky when he ran up the steps as it's such an achievement. It's pure pain and pleasure. nearly at 414 ... read more

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Both of my grown up children were visiting for the afternoon and so we decided to go to Gunwharf Quays bowling. It was a lovely evening, so instead of driving, we all grabbed bikes and helmets,... read more

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I have encouraged my friend Andy to come bike riding with me due to him been diagnosed with diabetes and also company for myself been a lady rider, he got a starter bike to see if he liked it and ... read more

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Laurence Boon Fantastic - thanks for sharing!

My first memory of cycling, although vague, is travelling on a wooden seat on my Dad's crossbar to and from his allotment. The journey evolved as I got my own bike as a child, unfortunately money d... read more

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Christine Pratt Oops area job and journey recommenced

2 of my friends and myself wore our cycling gear to our Devon School Nurse Day to promote our sponsored cycle ride. I took my bike and turbo trainer and encouraged my colleagues to have a go!

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Well as far as commutes go, last Friday's had to be one of the most extraordinary ones I've ever done. It started off with some persistent showers for the first few miles, with a distant threat o... read more

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On Sunday mornings I use to wake up early and cycle across town to meet a group of enthusiastic ladies who wanted desperately to learn how to ride a bike. We would all gather at the Meadows in Edin... read more

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I first started commuting by bike around 9 years ago, My second boy was about one year old and just didn't like sleeping, so riding to work was my time away to be alone. The thing about my commute ... read more

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