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You never know what influence you have over friends and acquaintances. An acquaintance from my yoga class excitedly told me she'd brought an e-bike during lockdown. I've now been out riding with he... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

Back in May we decided to do a 60 miler, but ended up been a 9 & half hours in the saddle for fun!

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Having been visiting family in London I decided why not follow the bike route into the city.

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Having not rode a bike in years I bought a bike and cycled to and from work. Found it in Invigorating, fresh, although a little tiring. Will continue to ride, ride, ride.

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Whether, they're quaint, quirky or trendy I love discovering an independent coffee shop along the way. A few week back, I discovered a great coffee spot in Quainton. Today, I came across Surfi... read more

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(I wrote a little poem, maybe cheesy, maybe not) You go round and round below me Upon this seat, I take in the view beside me For as far, as the eye can see My heart is happy, on my bike, I f... read more

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Since I was 16 I have cycled everywhere and taken my bike with me to all the cities I have lived in: Liverpool, Leeds and London. Its helped me stay in shape and save on all my commutes to univers... read more

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I cycle often and everywhere and have done since childhood. My mum barely walks anywhere. For a girls trip we booked Center Parcs and I knew getting her moving would be a challenge so I booked us b... read more

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Did my last Brick session yesterday before the 113 Cotswold triathlon on 20 9 20. It's 1.2 miles lake swim, 56 mile cycle, then 13 mile run. All for fun! For those that don't know what a brick ses... read more

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On Cycling UK's 'World's Biggest Bike Ride' day 2020 I set out to meet a longish-standing personal challenge. A few years ago when approaching retirement, I determined to use my bike more and my... read more

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For some time I had wanted to ride the 'old' A30 between Whiddon Down and Okehampton, via the village of Sticklepath, a distance of 14.2 miles return. Over the summer I had been visiting the are... read more

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I eventually made my first bike ride in nearly 40 years. After getting over my nervousness and a few rides round the garden to see if I stayed on the bike I went early last Sunday morning so as to ... read more

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Today we started a new ladies cycling group "The Dartford Wobblers" to encourage individuals to get back in the saddle and gain confidence. Even though 8 initially signed up for the ride we ended u... read more

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Neil Lancaster Well done ladies ! And what a fantastic name for your group.

Childback tandems are a perfect way to get the kids about safely and quickly, my tandem has a child seat in front of me for my youngest so he is safely between my arms, and my 7 year old sits behin... read more

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Neil Lancaster Brilliant ! Just shows what can be done on two wheels.

I've been on a crazy journey of weight loss and fitness since June 2019 where I was weighing in at 23s 10lb (150.6kg) to now 14s 6lb (91.6kg) so dropped 9s 4lb (59kg). Before I started I was barely... read more

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Steve Cargill WOW! Unreal effort this is sir! You will have added a few years to your life with this, having done simular since March (Lo... read more
Mark Smith Thanks Steve, great work on your 32kg too, it's amazing isn't it?!

I was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphatic Leukaemia (CLL) in March 2018, since then I have watched my blood results and seen my white cell count steadily increase. I’ve had pneumonia 4 times Every tim... read more

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Adrian Burton [address removed]

Masks must be worn at the school gate. So I found myself cycling in my mask on the congested road home. Actually this keeps out the car fumes. Also on a slightly chilly autumnal morn it also warms ... read more

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Simple way to have a stress free cycle is to get up that little bit earlier that the rest and take in the fresh air and views.

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Lyndsey Henderson Jealous.

Cycle September has encouraged me to get out on my bike and to explore further afield to clock up the miles. Sunday decided to cycle Fir the first time the section of The Dramway from the Bristol ... read more

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The 3rd day of the bike challenge and I had a few badges but wanted more. Looking at the options I saw the ride to the shops one and thought yes I could go get something for lunch from the local sh... read more

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Mad Gibbo thats ace....wish i got vouchers for beer?! good motivation to get on bike....well done!!!
Elaine Livingstone great use of your lunch hour, a win win all round

i travel from bathgate to craigshill everyday and find the roads in a poor state full of dangerous pot holes they get full up when it rains and damages your bike the cycle path along starlaw road... read more

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We were taking part in Ride London to raise money for Bristol Childrens Hospital. Cancelled but the children needed help. SO WE decided to hit 3 x 100 mile challenges instead. The BEAR planned th... read more

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As I live near Stony Stratford one of the things I like to do is find a nice place to stop and have a nice slice of cake, homemade of course. Recently we heard about the Belge cafe near Nash, so we... read more

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Darrel Hofland I have been told I need to check out this cafe. Will go soon :)
Alan Pheasey we are off to this cafe today

Hi, My name is Steve, a dad of three, happily married, approaching 50yrs! Thanks for stopping by to read my story...……….. Ok well for all my adult life I have been overweight, and at times have ... read more

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Anthony Preston Brill story that Steve. PS. Anymore players to pass on? Tony (LFC Fan) :-)
Lyndsey Henderson Great read and best tip. Cycle until you can go no further then you have to cycle home! I use that for running. I also cycl... read more

I haven't been out Mountain Biking proper for 20 years since I was a student. Three of us decided to go out this weekend to Clapham and ride an old favourite route. A little nervous to begin with... read more

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Today, I had to leave an hour earlier... at 1pm to cycle to my meeting at 2pm. I was riding from Browns Wood to Newton Longville. Obviously, a car would be easier. I would have less commute ti... read more

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I was asked to look after 6 chickens and a kitten for someone whilst they went on holiday so me and my friend loaded our bikes into the back of my car and off we went to Northampton. She'd only st... read more

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Taking our 6year old on her first ride off road at Hicks Lodge. It's great place to start any little ones journey, the routes are very family friendly and the cafe serves delicious ice cream.

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Zizzie Moore It's brilliant there. Well done to both of you.

Lovely place to visit is a secret garden with Ducks in the way of the cycle path passing chivenour

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I had a fantastic day yesterday helping out at the Bristol Family Cycling Centre in Hengrove, and still can't believe how many people turned up to the sessions despite the torrential downpour! If ... read more

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Louise Buckley-Simms Whoopsie address removed... you can book at Better By Bike :)
Mad Gibbo Always welcome Louise!!!

The Covid-19 virus had made me think about new ways to get keep fit and get out whilst socially distancing. My thoughts turned to my old bike which was last used when my children were younger. The ... read more

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We had a great time on our Free Cycle Session. We now know the best route to get to my children’s school. We can also navigate the busy junctions which had previously put me off cycling in the town... read more

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David Daw It was great to deliver some of these sessions.

The three of us love our days out and to catch up with each other........ and also a little cake with cup of coffee.

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At the start of the year I decided to get more active improve my fitness and lose some weight I started with eating healthier then cleared the garage and put in some exercise machines I had but had... read more

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Lottie Price Good luck to you, Michael! A new bike always feels a bit odd at first, but you'll get used to it after a few rides. An... read more
John Kershaw Good luck Michael

You will find me on bike rides along the Trans Pennine Trail from Altrincham to Warrington. It is a safe and long straight route for a pleasant ride. A shared path with walkers, horse riders and ... read more

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Our wonderful champion at Network Rail, Garry Ball, recently shared the story of his partner Kelly. After many years of him gently encouraging her to get on a bike, she has really taken to cycl... read more

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Rajesh Dadia Well done 👍

Been cycling for 42 years just enjoy cycling. What else is there to say

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Rajesh Dadia Nice one !!!

Been riding my hand built Joe Waugh 531c bike for 32 years. Not got a clue what to purchase

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I was a cyclist before being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018 and always totally loved it. After 2 operations, chemotherapy and radiotherapy I felt so physically reduced I couldn’t imagine myse... read more

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A few years ago , i had a serious back problem what, with slip discs, crumbling spine, Consequently i had metal work put in my back, meaning that i could not walk for a while. I then was to help... read more

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I set myself a challenge, learned to unicycle during corona (a life ambition). Bought a bigger wheel so if possible I could unicycle to work 5.5 miles :) for an absolute laugh. Today I done it! #cy... read more

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hi, I have a serious back injury with a spinal cord stimulator fitted. I have implants consisting of computers and batteries sewn inside my spine to relieve pain. Cycling and spinning my legs seems... read more

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Jayson Taylor So pleased you were able to find an exercise that not only helps with your injury, but also your mental health! 👍🏻🚴‍♂️

I am very fortunate to work/support young people. Today I was able to encourage and support a young person to join me on a ‘Social Distancing’ cycle ride along the Cycle path which runs along The ... read more

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I started cycling during the lockdown in March 2020. One day for some reason I decided to go on a short early morning ride. After the ride I felt great, so motivated and energised. So I thought the... read more

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Steve Clayton Fantastic! Well done you. Very inspirational story.
Kirsty Bushell Awesome! brilliant effort

My husband Rob and I love going for a cycle 'explore' on our bikes. We use adapted bikes because I have a disability which means that I cannot use a standard bike. This never limits what we do alth... read more

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In November 2019 I had a bikeability session with Charlotte. As I was 62 at the time my 9 year old granddaughter thought it was hilarious as she had just done the same at school. I was barely abl... read more

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Perrin Fox #explorebybike
Rebecca Skinner Amazing story, Perrin. I hope you enjoy your holiday :)

Okay it's not a cycle story but I have a passion for long-distance skateboarding across countries and where possible, ticking a new one off the list. My two-week annual adventure typically starts j... read more

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Hi Bikers! This was our first family bike ride on 22 July 2020 from Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire to Lincoln City Centre, to meet up with our son to celebrate his 24th birthday :). It's called the W... read more

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5 of us rode out this Sunday and did 40 miles. We all stayed 2 meters apart from each other. Stopped at the café at Hatton World near Warwick. Used a mask to go in and order coffee and cake and the... read more

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On Wednesday I took a group of 4 riders out for a 13 mile bike ride with another Lets Ride Guided Ride Leader. It was my first as a Lets Ride Leader. We had a great ride and left the park in Covent... read more

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Nicola Jones Hi Stephanie it was great to reayour two accounts of cycling. I work for West Midlands Combined Authority and we would lov... read more
Nicola Jones Hi Stephanie it was great to read your two accounts of cycling. I work for West Midlands Combined Authority and we would l... read more