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New Club

Teams Wheelers are a newly constituted community bike club in the Teams area of Gateshead. We have a fleet of varied serviced bikes that can be borrowed for rides till you can purchase your own. Tr... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

Churchdown Family Cycle Ride (NCN41)

Wanted to share a traffic-free route on the National Cycle Network (NCN41) for families with young children from Churchdown Parish Council/Playground/Park/Skatepark/BMX track to Gloucestershire Air... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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City cycling

I love riding through sunsets in the city. I'm writing my thesis so making time to get outside is keeping me sane!

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story First time at Twisted Oaks

First time at Twisted Oaks

Had a great time trying out the trails at twisted oaks last week with Ells, challenging but rewarding...

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Trakatak Professional Bike

Trakatak Professional Bike

I decided to reconnect with cycling during lockdown last year. I deliberated over which type of bike I wanted for a month or two, before deciding on a mountain bike. I live close to a country park... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Return to the office

I started a new job Nov 2020, working from home. Prior to that I had commuted to work on my bike as an essential key worker. I was still riding most days, just in local countryside and not commutin... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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1st Day commuting by bike in 10 months

So I started a new job November 2020. Prior to that I had been commuting, even during Covid times as an essential key worker. New job I was based at home. I still managed to ride my bike everyday i... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story The Quiet Lanes of Suffolk...

The Quiet Lanes of Suffolk...

Quiet Lanes Suffolk is a small team of enthusiastic volunteers helping parish councils across Suffolk introduce a 500km network of Quiet Lanes into the County. Quiet Lanes are small rural lanes, ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Got back on the saddle after a fall

So just over a week ago, I fell off my bike having only ridden two times in the September Challenge and before was when I was a kid (many many years ago!). I injured my leg quite bad and had to ta... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Image for story Cycling in the dark

Cycling in the dark

After a longer cycle than usual [up to Carmunnock etc], with both my Busch & Muller headlights ablaze, my dusk-cycle in Glasgow got interesting. Near the "Museum of Transport", I turned up the... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story My 'Quaran-triathlon'

My "Quaran-triathlon"

I was struggling with finding motivation to train during the 1st lockdown. So I decided to do something that could take the focus away from myself and I signed up for a virtual triathlon – called T... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Falling in love with riding again thanks to my husband

Falling in love with riding again thanks to my husband

So coronavirus lockdown was happening i also suffer with rheumatoid arthritis, and my consultants always quoting motion is lotion, so my husband shown me an adult electric trike, I was apprehensive... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Sometimes the Fates conspire against you!

Okay, so I said to myself I'm going to cycle more this September when I return to my job at Reading College. Especially since lockdown, I had put on a lot of weight, plus I did want to reduce my ca... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Fit Rovers 100 mile ride

Fit Rovers 100 mile ride

Back in 2019 I was encouraged to get back on a bike for the first time in over 30 years by colleagues at Fit Rovers. Since then I have been building up my time cycling and during the pandemic lock-... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Tour de Manc

On Sunday I participated in Tour de Manc raising funds for HaTS charity to help Cancer patients. I initially planned to do a mad manc route which is 200km via difficult terrain. Unfortunately, aft... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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A perfect morning

The weather has been a total disappointment this "summer", but my ride this morning has partly mitigated that disappointment. I am lucky enough to live on the south coast, with the fabulous beac... read more

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Price of 'Peloton' bike reduced

Not for me but if it floats your boat down to £1350 now. Wonder if it is anything to do with the recent profits down 24%? Like to make clear that I have absolutely no connection to the aforementi... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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100 mile summer

I got my bike in July having wanted one for ages and not ridden since before uni. I decided to give myself a goal of 100 miles by my birthday (4 Sept). This was a big challenge for me so I signed u... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Pedal for Parkinson's

Last Sunday I completed my longest bike ride, 50 miles in Stirlingshire to raise money for Parkinson's. It was a great challenge and a great event, and I'm so pleased to raise money for this worthw... read more

Topic: Other

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Eccentric

Well my car only does 35mpg on short runs, so i wanted to make my commute quicker and more pleasant so I modified my trike and put and electric motor on it. No more horrible headwinds and carrying ... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Lockdown made fitter and I lost 3 stone

With the gyms being shut and having to social distance. I decided to make use of my mountain bike that had been kept in a shed since I brought it on the nhs cycle scheme. After a few weeks of c... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Cycling in Sardinia  💚🤍💗

Cycling in Sardinia 💚🤍💗

No, I have not managed to do it yet, but it is on my "To do" list for next year. 😎 I have fallen in love with cycling since I did a charity bike ride this year "Cycle 100 Miles in June" for Dem... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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To cycle was the answer for me.

More than 5 years ago i suffered from really severe anxiety and panic attacks, often 7 per day and even had them in my sleep and would wake up feeling like i was going to die. my attacks come in 2 ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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#Goals

I got on my bike at 7am this morning. I am 48 and need to improve my fitness as I am a full time primary school teacher and single Mum with 4 kids. So life has just taken over. I live next to a ... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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From walking to cycling everywhere

I have only owned a car once when I was at college for a total of two years. I'm now 32 so that is a long time without driving! I used to get public transportation everywhere and walk everywhere. I... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Because of him

My bike used to get me somewhere because I couldn't drive or because I was a student and couldn't afford bus fare. But my partner introduced me to riding for the fun of it. He started picking me up... read more

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Bikeability

Last week I started a new job as a Bikeability Instructor! I’ve always loved cycling and travel by bicycle as much as I can (a friend once said to me that I was into cycling when it wasn’t fashion... read more

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Image for story Why I love bikes even though I don't ride one!

Why I love bikes even though I don't ride one!

Last week we went to France to see my mother and brother (who live there) for the first time since December 2019. My aunt and uncle from Brugges also joined us there. Around Marcigny, where they li... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Derailer, Sm'erailer!!

Derailer, Sm'erailer!!

After having cycled for many years now but not knowing a single thing about fixing bikes, I went to my first ever bike mechanic course - set up by Mark and Andy at Stretford mall. After going to th... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Image for story What goes around, comes around…

What goes around, comes around…

I own a 1980s Raleigh Sirocco that comes with bit of a story. My love for this bike started when I was a toddler. My Dad owned one and I have very fond early memories of trying to climb onto it... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story cycling around just for...well becuase!

cycling around just for...well becuase!

So, my story is simple. If you ever don't know what to do, just get on your bike. This is surprisingly helpful and you will start to see things like you've never seen before. For me it was things l... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story The simple pleasure of a bicycle bell.

The simple pleasure of a bicycle bell.

Buy one, Ring it and make others smile, Ring it when no one’s around and make yourself smile, The cycling world would be a better place if there were more bell ringers, I love my bicycle bell, ... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Cycle For All

Cycle For All 🚲 What a great day cycling last Friday at Peak District National Park exploring the Tissington Trail. The variety of inclusive bikes Parsley Hay bike hire had was incredible. The ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Fun

I had so much fun cycling with my friends

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story BMX track in the dark

BMX track in the dark

With the Autumn nights quickly drawing in our ladies only BMXercise session at Tiverton track means we have to curtail riding on the track. Not quite ready to stop riding our bikes meant we practis... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Me and my daughter

Me and my daughter

Thanks to my daughter having the love of biking and my partner for getting me a bike for my birthday. I have started riding which I haven’t done since I was small. I have fell off at least once on ... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Beware of the bike thieves in Bristol Harbour

Thought I take a nice ride to the Bristol harbour. Double locked the bike near the harbour bridge with the horns. When I got back all was gone. No one saw anything and Police not really interested.... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Gloucester Quays in the Sunshine

Gloucester Quays in the Sunshine

The quays on one of the hottest days of the year created a fantastic backdrop for a bike ride with colleagues from Thinktravel on a Tuesday in September! With lots to do to help make it easier for ... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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#oneinamillion

The #OneInAMillion campaign is all about empowering every woman to start cycling – and explore her own motivations to keep pedalling. Whether it’s for fun or fitness, transport or competition, we a... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Back to School

It was great to get back to cycling to school this morning with my 7, 6 and 4 year olds. We navigated the hoards of families getting through the school gates and it was so great to see the 6 year ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story When feeling down - get out!!

When feeling down - get out!!

Yesterday, I had a lonely feeling day, but I knew getting out would be good for me. I came to my 'senses' and decide to experience a ride with all my senses. There is something about riding, ever... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Exeter to Exmouth

Exeter to Exmouth

For a nice ride to clear my head and forget about the pressures of the day I love to ride along the cycle path from Exeter to Exmouth. It’s not a challenging route and there is plenty to see and of... read more

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Image for story Tour de Manc. Raising funds for HaTS

Tour de Manc. Raising funds for HaTS

This Sunday I'm doing a Tour de Manc and raising money for HaTS. HaTS is an independent charity providing support and care provided to cancer patients and families of the Haematology and Tran... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story My daughters' love for their bikes

My daughters' love for their bikes

The start of university meant a bike in tow for all three daughters, one of whom is now fully grown up and cycling through London to work. I love this picture captured on a leisurely cycle ride by ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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keep going! - amazing how it adds up.

Like many people I started cycling daily to ease the stresses of lockdown in spring 2020. I was quite pleased with myself, getting up and doing about 6 miles every morning. Gradually my dista... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Joined a club

Joined a club

I rode socially with friends for years but they decided to emigrate to Australia. As I was about to lose my cycling buddies I looked up ‘Lets Ride’ on the web and found like minded local groups. ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Granddaughter & me

Granddaughter & me

My granddaughter is only 11 yrs old and she always wants a cycle with me so off we went round Canvey island a full 11 miles, & she didn’t moan once . She can’t wait till we do it again

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Cycle 100 Miles in June for Dementia UK

I tend to do charity things for Diabetes UK and Dementia UK as my mother had dementia and I have type 1 diabetes, so when I saw the "Cycle 100 Miles in June" challenge for Dementia UK, I dusted off... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Is the universe trying to tell me something!

I do actually love riding to work although this is encouraged by the sunny days sometimes discourage but the threat of high winds storms thunder and lightening... but with every dark cloud there is... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Please read

A plea to anyone who rides a bike. ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET. I see lots of people cycling without helmets, but without mine I may not have been able to write this post. 3 days ago I had an accident. I... read more

Topic: Other

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