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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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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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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.

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 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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Ivan Lafayette Great story, and damn I laughed so hard with the "But a nice person decided that they needed it more than me."!!!!!!!

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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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

Today we walked around Hassop and the Monsal Trail. It would be the perfect place for my friend to bring her two young sons to practise riding. Also I want to try an e-bike! I've texted her to ask ... read more

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During lockdown I decided I wanted to get fitter on my bike. So initially I got out my bike, set myself a challenge then I set off at full pelt everywhere......until I remembered why I love cycling... read more

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A colleague of mine wrote to me last week - she had ventured out on her bike and tried the home to work commute from Stretford to the city centre - using the pop up Chester Rd cycle lane. She'd be... read more

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About 10 years ago I bought a Boardman Hybrid to commute to work. I've never looked back. Saved a fortune in petrol , parking fees. Been environmentally friendly. I've kept for any kept on riding t... read more

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Christian L Orh, that's so generous to pass on your previous bike! Hope it has found a nice new home :)

I regularly commute to work, combining fitness in to my daily routine, getting to work the quickest way possible and enjoying the fresh air is a win, win, win for me. I recently returned to work fr... read more

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International Women's Day 2020 For International Women's Day 2020, I decided to set up a campaign to encourage more girls and women to cycle after the Love to Ride Cycle September statistics showe... read more

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On the 22 November I had an accident and ended up falling off my bike and seriously dislocating my Shoulder, I was amazed at how many people stopped to help me, cyclist, car drivers and pedestrians... read more

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Sent an email last week encouraging colleagues to have a go. Volunteered to bring in my tandem if anyone wanted to have a try on the back. So glad Peter took me up on it! Only 10 minutes round the... read more

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What a day! 2 bridges loop. Chepstow to Coleford to Parkend to Cinderford... To Gloucester to Berkley Castle to Chepstow. Via some absolutely beautiful countryside and fuelled by peerless WI cak... read more

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This will be my second year cycling to work. Until this morning I would jump on the train if it rained, but I decided this morning would be different, I didn't think about it, got dressed and cycle... read more

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Marina K Hi Geraldine! Be careful cycling in the rain. I also thought the rain won't melt me but my bike wheel slipped in the rain. ... read more
Geraldine Purcell Lynch Hi Marina, I am so sorry to hear this, how awful. Wishing you a speedy recovery and hope you will be back on your bike in n... read more

After taking on the challenge in 24 hours for the last two years, I decided to mix things up a bit and invite my non-cyclist friends along. I was apprehensive that someone would give up halfway but... read more

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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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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 arthritis ... read more
John Newell anyone who inspires others to ride a bike belongs here. You certainly do.

Myself and fellow Research Nurse Janine started riding with each other for light relief from our slave driving partners. However with a little help from our friend Strava we have become competitive... read more

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Frustrated by public transport I started cycling to work in 1980 at the age of 33. At the time this amounted to a 25 mile daily round trip between the outskirts of London and the West End. Sadly fo... read more

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Russell Catchpole How's your back now? I got back into cycling after a long break for the same reason as you, I would get severe pain after s... read more
Graham Watkins My back's great thanks. Keep up the cycle commuting. It's the thing I miss most about work.

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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Travelling to work and doing the school can be stressful. So we ditched the car and got our helmets on and started cycling to school. Luckily I can ride to work and get to watch the swans on the Ri... read more

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Ever thought of riding London to Paris? I've just done this twice in the last few weeks. The 1st time was in 24hrs, after one of those "how do you fancy..." conversations, & the second time wa... read more

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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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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.

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 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!!!

WWMI is an off road cycling group. Why not join us for a ride this September WWMI Saturday Morning Rides 1st Saturday of the month 5th Sept Clayhanger 2nd Saturday of the month 12th Sept Wal... read more

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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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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 :)

I am sharing my back in the saddle journey to encourage and tempt others to give it a go. The Covid-19 virus had made me think about new ways to get keep fit and get out whilst socially distancin... read more

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Really enjoyable ride along the canal. We started out from just west of Bristol and took the cycle path to Bath and joined the canal tow path and just kept going... The path is poor in places (espe... read more

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My husband sadley passed away 3weeks ago . I belong to breeze riding group on let's ride Bury .Cycling and the support of the group is helping me with my grief and wellbeing. Bury clarion group p... read more

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We can't wait to get people out on our adapted bikes again in Worthing, West Sussex! [address removed]

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My ride to our village shop, supporting local businesses, comes with 2 rewards, a lovely downhill freewheel there and knowing I am not using the car #NoCarbon But then the steep Devon hills, tha... read more

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Where are you based and what do you do? I live in Derby, I work at Rolls-Royce in Sinfin and I cycle to work every day. I am an aeronautical engineer and I am the Assistant Chief Design Engineer... read more

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William Porth GO GIRL!!!!
David Fisher Kudos from PTF....:-)

Well here I go again, though I've told My better half this will be the last one! My 50th this March, I'd thought for some years about doing the Lakesman this particular year. An Iron Man distance ... read more

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Andy Green Please donate to: [address removed] .
Andy Green Wont let me leave link! Find me on Facebook :(

I struggled to exercise after cancer treatment as I would suddenly get tired and had to stop quickly. A Brompton bike was suggested so that I could just fold it up and get on a bus, in a taxi or on... read more

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Four years ago I had not been on a bike for 30+ years and never thought I would ever be on one again. However a posting to Paris saw me looking for a cheaper option to monthly metro tickets. Tem... read more

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I am 54 year old not rode a bike for about 30 years and thought i would never do what I have actually done. In August 2018 I joined a group called fit rovers this is helping men loose weight creat... read more

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Barbara Hampton [address removed]
Barbara Hampton In 2015 I was diagnosed with FSHD which is a muscle wasting condition. I was lucky enough to have cycling in my life, so in... read more

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 &am... read more

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My daughter started to cycle again at the end of last summer, which she hadn't done since she was at primary school (she's now post-University). This summer she's taken it a lot more seriously, and... read more

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I started cycling (after a 25+ year break!) after retiring from rugby about 3 years ago. Now I commute 18 miles a day, 3 days a week and really love it. The best part of this is teaching my eld... 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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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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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've been commuting into London by bike 1-3 times per week for 3 years now and it seems the most obvious and normal thing to do. But it took a while and I've realised it was lots of small steps....... read more

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