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Image for story Ditching the Car

Ditching the Car

I am going to be moving out on my own soon so I've been stepping up my bike game to try and get by without needing a car. There are plenty of cycle routes around my new place and I will be able to... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

Image for story First timer up Cheddar Gorge

First timer up Cheddar Gorge

Having been building up her cycling abilities over lockdown Judy my sister-in-law has come on in leaps and bounds since this time last year. Even took on her first sportive in September, which took... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Pedal Power from London to Paris for Charity

Pedal Power from London to Paris for Charity

In September I'll be particupating in a 500km cycle ride from London to Paris in support of Cure Leukaemia. The money that I raise will go towards funding specialist nurses at 12 blood cancer centr... read more

Topic: Other

Just as good as a car or better

I find I can get to work and back home for lunch and end of day in the same time as a car! With the increase of traffic and road maintenance a bike can slip through it all. Choosing the country t... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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My challenge

I completed my first ever sportive yesterday. 65 miles, with an average speed of 12.5 mph. Three years ago, I thought 10-15 miles was a good ride. My next challenge is to become as confident on a r... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Long time coming.

I suggested that we should get out riding again after years off our regular riding antics. So myself, my fiancee and my brother ( oh and dog but you can't see him in the pic🐕) travelled along the n... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Monsal Trail Derbyshire

For the UK bank holiday weekend we cycled to the Peak District via the cloud trail and on cycle paths along the Derby canal and River Derwent and the over the big hill to Wirksworth and down the st... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

Trialling a new route

I’m starting a course tomorrow. I thought I’d take my bicycle there. My usual commute is under four miles but this is between eight and ten depending on the route. I thought I’d try a road route th... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Love the ride

Back on the bike after coming off and fracturing my thumb, riding to work. Not that this would put me off from getting back on the iron horse. Love the ride to work, especially in the nice weathe... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Cycling for transport, exercise and fun!

Cycling for transport, exercise and fun!

I started cycling during lockdown and now ride most days to work, the shops or to see friends! I'm loving it and have started riding in the evenings to enjoy the sunset.

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Getting back in the saddle

First ride out probably since before the pandemic last weekend and it was lush! I got out of the habit of cycling to work a while back and forgot how glorious it can be getting out in the countrysi... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Those were good times...

This might be an unpopular opinion, but for me, lockdown had its beauty. Especially when it comes to cycling. Usually when out on the street, I have to face the anger of "car-people" that cut you o... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Cycling helps

I like cycling but wanted to be more confident on roads and able to do repairs. So I joined a couple of events and have been learning to repair donated bikes for charity which are given to people t... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

HARTLEY FOR EVIE

On the weekend of 19th & 20th June Ilkeston Cycling club are holding an event Midsummer’s Evie, which is for Evie Hartley, a 13 year old who is currently battling a cancerous brain tumour whic... read more

Topic: Other

Media coverage

(Not usually one to steal the limelight but) happy to be quoted to help encourage people to ride (or walk) to for short journeys. [address removed]

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

It's not as scary as it seems!

It took me a while to start cycling to work but once I did I gained confidence in cycling and love cycling home when the sun is shining! (Not so much fun in the rain!)

Topic: My commute by bike

Image for story Training with fibro and my ride to Bakewell Derbyshire

Training with fibro and my ride to Bakewell Derbyshire

Over the last 9 months I've been training for the Three Peaks Challenge. I have fibromyalgia which it has caused me great pain for much of my life, but I made a decision a few years ago that I wo... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Cyclist friendly cafe in Accrington

Cyclist friendly cafe in Accrington

Cafe88 on Abbey Street in Accrington are cyclist friendly and have great offers for cyclists plus some freebies too (limited amount) such as puncture repair kits, lights etc... There's also free b... read more

Topic: Other

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Fairweather cyclist

I fear that I may have become a lowly fairweather cyclist, choosing my indoor bike as soon as it rains., but..... When I was a teenager I would get up at 4am every morning to cycle abou... read more

Topic: Other

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After shielding

It came as something of a shock back in March 2020 to receive the text saying I have to shield and can't go out of my house. Prior to lockdown I'd been commuting to London by bike and train 3 days ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Shropsire to Birmingham Business Park

Fed up of my 55 mile commute from Shropshire to Birmingham Business Park, I looked in to getting an e-bike on the cycle to work scheme. It took a while to choose and I eventually found the biggest... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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my main bike

As I got older I I decided to change bike bike from road bike to hybrid, first thing i did was replace tires 700c 25mm for low roll resistance, then I changed the cassette from the 11 -34 to 11-42 ... read more

Topic: Other

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Cycling in Wales

Wales was out of bounds for English cyclists for many months. Very frustrating for Bristol cyclists, given the enticing sight of the Welsh hills from Bristol and surrounding areas. But understandab... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Beautiful Britain By Bike - Day 2

Beautiful Britain By Bike - Day 2

Corinium Dobunnorum Loop of the Cotswolds- a step back in time exploring the deserted lanes of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Today's commute took us to Cirencester - the forecast was f... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Beautiful Britain By Bike - Day 2

Beautiful Britain By Bike - Day 2

Beautiful Britain By Bike - Day Two. Corinium Dobunnorum Loop of the Cotswolds- a step back in time exploring the deserted lanes of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Today's commute took ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Fitness

Cycling has helped change my life. From overweight coach potato to lean mean cycling machine. 25 St 54w type 2 dietbeties to 12 St 32 w fit healthy and happy

Topic: Other

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Image for story A Lesson Learnt whilst out on Two Wheels

A Lesson Learnt whilst out on Two Wheels

Hi all, This is a post that I published on an online cycling group that I'm a member of. It talks about how being fatigued and having to stop whilst tackling a particularly tough ascent during a... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Owls, hares and Deer

Owls, hares and Deer

I am a Bikeability Instructor inYork and I commute from my home 20 miles away by bike to deliver the training sessions to the pupils of York. My commute takes in back lanes and main roads as one o... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Recovery during the Pandemic

Recovery during the Pandemic

After breaking both ankles just prior to the start of the Covid-19 pandemic I have never been so grateful to be able to hop on my bike as part of my rehabilitation and return to fitness at a time ... read more

Topic: Other

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Cargo bike

Having bought a cargo bike, it's enabled my commute via nursery to be a quicker and easier journey. I love the fact we can also do a food shop on the way home or pop to the park with bits ready for... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Back on the bike

My son, Luke has got right into cycling following back surgery and loves it, I ventured out with him yesterday for 8 miles which was a hard slog for me as it's been nearly 12 months since I was las... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

Image for story Gravel biking…. Never heard of it!

Gravel biking…. Never heard of it!

I have used the cycle to work scheme a few years ago and still own my original bruised and battered bike. However I thought it was time to upgrade so with certificate and interweb I was away. N... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Home Home Out out

Come visit for lunch. The folks invited. So with decent weather and coincidentally #Worldbicycleday off I set. 166km round trip and a lovely lunch with the parents. I will take a rain check for a ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Happy International bike day

Happy International bike day

There’s’ nothing like the freedom of being on two wheels and enjoying the outdoors with others

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Cycle to the estuary

Cycle to the estuary

On World Bicycle Day, we cycled along the glorious Exe Estuary Cycle Path to Lympstone. With our son in the trailer (alongside his bucket and spade) - we ditched the busy Exeter roads and opted for... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Local Bike Shop is very busy

So having mainly used a road bike for commuting and leisure for the last 10 years, I have had to switch to my trusty 28 year old mountain bike this week. My road bike needs essential maintenance, t... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Keep peddling

Hi there good morning, My name is Simon Millard and I'm fairly new to cycling. Started slowly and bulit it up I'm lucky enough to live in Salisbury so lots of nice routes to get to work each day... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

Image for story From motorbike to push bike

From motorbike to push bike

Been commuting by motorbike for a good 7 years. It was the easiest way to get to work and park for free. I started watching mountain bike videos on youtube, just because it looked fun. I didn't kno... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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first bike in 1959

my first bike1959 had three wheels one gear and a bread bin on the back at 5 years old I love it I rode to school on the path its was old but it was mine , my second bike was built by me at 7 years... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

Bicycles - foldable, with a Hub and with a Sterling Ackoroyd Hub

I ventured into cycling and kept on changing bikes - starting out carefully with a foldable bike tucked up in the corner of the office hoping that I would be allowed to visit clients soon. I swappe... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

100 miles in a day

I think I did to much the 106 miles was hard but I want to prove I still can at 67 took me all day started at 6am stopped every two hours until 3:40pm. I will not be doing it again

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Riding more or less......?

So, I hear of all those people who have taken up riding a bike since C19 swept in.... That is great! More people cycling is a good thing. Here's the thing though.... how many have actually cycle... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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do less work I am retired

When I retired I expected less work but things changed first I got rid of diesel van got a hybrid bike. Now I pick up medication do shopping for a few people that find it hard to get out but I like... read more

Topic: Other

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Helvellyn

Couldn't decide where to ride on a weekend last month, when my mate suggested Helvellyn I jumped at the chance, we've done it before but not on a day as clear as it was this time.. it's long pedal ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Cycling in the Lake District

Cycling in the Lake District

First time cycling in the Lake District - I will be back

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Rode my bike after so long!

Today I Rode My Bike After A Year Of Waiting For This Pandemic To End. I Have Forgotten at First How To Ride A Bike But Now I Have Gotten The Hang of It. Thank You For Listening To My Story And I H... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Image for story Broken Bones

Broken Bones

Yesterday was the 2nd anniversary of a commute home that put me in hospital for 3 days with broken ribs collar bone and a broken shoulder socket. A white van driver turned across my path as I rod... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Beautiful Britain By Bike - Day 3

Beautiful Britain By Bike - Day 3

Beautiful Britain By Bike - Day Three. A historic tour of Somerset & Dorset. Today's commute took us to Somerton, Ancient Royal Town of Wessex. Our adventure began under blue skies as we s... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Beautiful Britain By Bike - Day 3

Beautiful Britain By Bike - Day 3

A historic tour of Somerset & Dorset. Today's commute took us to Somerton, Ancient Royal Town of Wessex. Our adventure began under blue skies as we set off towards the old Roman town of Ilch... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

Image for story Beautiful Britain By Bike - Day 1

Beautiful Britain By Bike - Day 1

The North Wessex Downs. I'm on annual leave so am taking the opportunity to explore a few new places. After a 75 minute commute to Pangbourne, we set off to explore the quiet country lanes of West... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era