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Image for story Gravel adventure

Gravel adventure

Wanting a change from 1000's of road miles and still been able to commute to work in the winter, I invested in Gravel bike this year. Amazing peice if kit. My most adventurous ride so far was a 64... read more

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Solstice Ride

Usually we try to arrange a ride around the Summer Solstice, last year we couldn't do it due to the restrictions. So, this year we got up before the crack of dawn, met in time for the drab and grey... read more

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Devon holiday

We left the hot and sunny North East to torrential rain in Devon, however we cycled to Seaton and the sun got out! Hurrah!

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A bike ride to Cyprus

In 2008 me and my husband cycled 2000 miles from Lincolnshire to Cyprus. I wasn’t what you’d call a cyclist and was very overweight when we set out. Over the course of 3 months we cycled down to Po... read more

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Image for story Monsal Trail Derbyshire

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

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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

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Image for story London Town (Ants Marching)

London Town (Ants Marching)

Love that the rule of 6 allows me to see some of my favourite people. My cousin and I did the sites of London. In 35km, we rode alongside the Thames, saw St Pauls, spotted the Shard and Tate Mode... read more

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Image for story ebiking in Quebec in Autumn

ebiking in Quebec in Autumn

We were happy our ebikes arrived in Quebec from Seattle just as we landed in Montreal. We assembled them while in quarantine and test rode them around the driveway. At last we were out on the open ... read more

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To Hull and back

Zeeland, well what an adventure. It all began with a 'thinking aloud' post on Facebook. Wouldn't it be good if…. Now lots of people said it would be and there it sat. We all did nothing. Club ru... read more

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Image for story Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrian’s Wall

Just got this cheeky little cycling 🚴‍♀️ route in before lockdown. We stayed at Twice Brewed and cycled along the Hadrian’s wall route into Chollerford one day then into Greenhead, To Haltwhistle s... read more

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Meeting old friends

I took the opportunity of Cycle September to arrange to see my mates from University. We had not met up for 10 years and it was great to get together on a cycle ride on the Tissington Trail in Derb... read more

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Image for story Scavenger Hunt at Imperial Beach - javier_blackberry

Scavenger Hunt at Imperial Beach - javier_blackberry

Riding with my oldest son all over Imperial Beach... javier_blackberry Scavenger hunt 2.0 #IBactive

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Image for story The Beach early in the morning

The Beach early in the morning

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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Image for story A trip around the Howden, Upper Derwent and Ladybower Reservoirs

A trip around the Howden, Upper Derwent and Ladybower Reservoirs

For me, this was the perfect bike ride; relatively flat, no cars and views of forests, reservoirs and hills. If you love cycling and have never been there, this group of reservoirs off the A57 n... read more

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Image for story Perfect camping spot during a Land's End to John o'Groats trip

Perfect camping spot during a Land's End to John o'Groats trip

I think many of us have that dream of the perfect adventure cycle: a ride into the sunset to a wild camping spot miles away from anyone else. Well, I have to say most of my Land's End to John o'Gro... read more

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Image for story Cycling has helped me to change my life

Cycling has helped me to change my life

Get on your bike and ride Losing weight has not only changed my life but saved it too, If I didn't do something about it I would not have started to enjoy what life throws at you. The world m... read more

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Image for story Cycling the full The Outer Hebrides (Part 4)

Cycling the full The Outer Hebrides (Part 4)

Day 5 Jenny and I set off out of Tarbert to be greeted by the biggest ol’ hill we had seen. But. We. Did. It. AND to our right we saw not one … but two eagles!!! Swooping down the hillside towar... read more

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Image for story Cycling the full The Outer Hebrides (Part 2)

Cycling the full The Outer Hebrides (Part 2)

Day 2 The cycling begins! We set off after having a yummy breakfast at the Toffee Factory (aka Heart Hebrides ) for a big bowl of porridge to fuel us for the day ahead. Off to Vatersay we w... read more

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From about 10 years ago, a ride on my 1931 delivery bike

Today, Monday is one of my non-working days; I work my contracted hours over 9 days of each fortnight. Therefore, having done my chores and listened to the weather forecast I got ‘Old Faithful’ out... read more

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Image for story Oh deer!

Oh deer!

My evening ride home involves a lovely hilly ride over my home town of Kendal, a ride that is normally fairly uneventful. This time however, I should have taken notice of the dog barking in the dis... read more

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Image for story le vélo c'est trop bon !!!

le vélo c'est trop bon !!!

magnifique et très dur parcour VTT vive le sport !!!

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Image for story Colle del Nivolet - Italy

Colle del Nivolet - Italy

I started riding just of 14 years ago - a short 1/2 day cycle hire with a mate in Sardinia. In 2006 I managed to ride a total of 1,000 miles & I was absolutely delighted with myself! Each ye... read more

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In Memory of Our Dear Son Joe

Happy memories of cycling with Joe. We really miss him.

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Great times

Beats the bus, smells better, you look hot as a fit not fat person, it's fun, and drivers are mostly decent.

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Image for story LEJOG - what was I thinking!?

LEJOG - what was I thinking!?

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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Building a bike

Not quite a riding story but the story of how I built my bike and what that means to me. While I was at university, I helped a friend out moving house and, as a result of him downsizing, he gave... read more

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Image for story Sunshine on the Isle of Wight

Sunshine on the Isle of Wight

A group of us from work decided to tackle the Isle of Wight round the island route. A very early start was needed to catch the 08:00 ferry from Southampton. A gloriously sunny day and light winds e... read more

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Vietnam

I'm not your sleek, fast athlete but I have done a fair bit of cycling so when an opportunity came along to go on a cycling holiday up the Mekong Delta I jumped at it. We were a group of 10 women... read more

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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

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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

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my first two wheel machine

Growing up for me was tough I was born 1954, if I wanted things I had to get them my self at 7 years old. I spent a lot of time in scrap yard with grandad old bikes were coming in every day and I h... read more

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Image for story Riding isnt for the day time

Riding isnt for the day time

Night riding is fast becoming, thanks to Covid my favorite time to get out on my bike. There is no one about and you have most places to yourself. At night your senses become more alert and you hea... read more

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Solo Trip to Asia

Pre Covid ( November 2019) I wrapped my bike up and flew to Chiang Mai in Thailand. Over the next 15 days I cycled solo and unsupported up and down mountain passes, through jungle and past paddy fi... read more

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Image for story The time I accidentally went to Wales

The time I accidentally went to Wales

A few years ago, I set out on a mission to do 120 km in one day, for the Strava Gran Fondo challenge. It was a grey day, a bit rainy, but at least it was warm. I stopped for lunch in Chester, and l... read more

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Image for story Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrian’s Wall

Just got this cheeky little cycling 🚴‍♀️ route in before lockdown. We stayed at Twice Brewed and cycled along the Hadrian’s wall route into Chollerford one day then into Greenhead, To Haltwhistle s... read more

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4 year old loving the tag along

Our 4 year old learned to ride a bike about 6 months ago, but she's still a bit young for longer family trips, and getting too heavy for the bike seat! Buying a second hand tag along has been the b... read more

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My mum on a bike

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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Image for story Woodhall Spa to Lincoln

Woodhall Spa to Lincoln

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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Image for story #ExploreByBike

#ExploreByBike

Gradually working my way through the various "100 Cycling Climbs " challenges on Strava/Veloviewer. I'm not that fast but I am quite stubborn (!) and often end up wheeling my bike up the steeper gr... read more

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Image for story CYCALL Adapted Cycling

CYCALL Adapted Cycling

My first outing on a bike for years! I thought that it would feel like being in my wheelchair but our Van Raam Wheelchair Transporter really does feel as if I am on a bike...enjoying the wind in m... read more

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Image for story Cycling the full The Outer Hebrides (Part 5)

Cycling the full The Outer Hebrides (Part 5)

Day 6 (Final day and travel day back) We pushed on to the Butt of Lewis lighthouse– through the glorious sunshine again to the very end of the Hebridean Way. To be honest I cried when I saw the ... read more

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Image for story Cycling the full The Outer Hebrides (Part 3)

Cycling the full The Outer Hebrides (Part 3)

Day 3 A cosy sleep and a few snacks later – we set off for the lovely Baleshare beach! The sun was out again and stayed out too. Heading to the beach the wind was against us a wee bit so it wa... read more

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Image for story Cycling the full The Outer Hebrides (Part 1)

Cycling the full The Outer Hebrides (Part 1)

The Hebridean Way [address removed] (photos available on my blog) (June 2019) So – a group of my lady friends and I decided to take on the challenge of cycling the full Outer Hebride... read more

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Image for story “You’re a long time dead!”

“You’re a long time dead!”

#nocarbon On my short ride along the cycle path, I was reminded about the place where my great grandparents are buried. I hadn’t seen it in person until 2018 when I started to spend some time in... read more

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Image for story Cycle holiday 2019

Cycle holiday 2019

September 2019: 900 miles from Dieppe to Bordeaux via La Rochelle. So many sights and impressions. What an adventure!

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Electric Bikes in Sorrento

I took a Holiday in Sorrento last year with a friend of mine I have known for 34 years. She has not been on a bike for many years yet I am a keen cyclist. I asked her would she fancy hiring an el... read more

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'Bar' A Hiccup

I always remember going to a local bike shop to pick up my new bike a got for my 8th birthday. It was a Peugeot mountain bike that had a purple/red finish. I was so excited to get it home and when ... read more

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From commuting to "Blackpool to Paris"

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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First riding memories

I learnt to ride a tricycle at the age of 4-5 and at that time cycled up and down the pavement along a main road campaigning for my local M.P. I had strapped to my trike a notice saying "VOTE FOR B... read more

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First ride without stabilizers

I still remember vividly my first ride without stabilizers - my then bike a Raleigh Tomahawk (almost Identical to a Raleigh Chipper - small version of the legendary 1970s Raleigh Chopper). Albany P... read more

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