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Half way to a Proclaimers song. Lockdown 1 came, working from home and missing my hour daily walk. Out came the old bike. Quiet roads, bliss and beautiful Lincolnshire Countryside. But how fa... read more

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A 27km night ride all the way to East London to see my 2 week old little nephew from a distance. Well worth it.

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Yesterday we were officially allowed to meet up with one other household outdoors, so we jumped on our tandem (Child 1 on crossbar seat in front of me and Child 2 pedalling at the back) for a 10 mi... read more

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Been lucky to work from home during the pandemic, but really look foreword to being able to #RideFree after a day of sitting at my desk

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During these difficult times it’s way to think you can’t have adventure. Proof this is not true is right here, last night I left home after work on a ride at around Ten o’clock, slept under the sta... read more

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I had lots of adventure plans for last year which sadly did not happen. Was feeling a bit low with the lockdown. So packed up my bike with my new lightweight camping gear, which was feeling sad at ... read more

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Over lockdown I've done one too many local walks, so it was exciting to make a plan with my new ebike to go further afield. We had driven to Hyde Hall in Essex but it looked manageable by ebike fro... read more

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I have recently purchased a few bikes, mainly to help me into my flexible retirement, but mostly as a way to enjoy the fact that despite the pandemic, life can still bring rewards. So with that in... read more

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Cycled to the vaccination centre today to receive jab number 1. It's been over 12 months of turmoil, but today ai felt a personal sense of one step closer to getting freedom of movement back. Fr... read more

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Fed up with watching Netflix and a rescent move from Sheffield to Stoke I decided to do a nice ride along a canal I found. Being a massive fan of the great pottery throw down on channel 4 I had no... read more

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My family have been partaking in what we call the Ham Hill lockdown challenge for fitness and fun. As we are all different abilities and ages we work at our pace and stop where needed and always ro... read more

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Having enjoyed road cycling for quite a few years,last October I suffered a stroke caused by a blocked artery,the Doctors gave me the ok to carry on exercising,It is taking some time to regain fit... read more

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I am very happy to use my bicycle to get to Stepping Hill Hospital from Sale. Using my bicycle takes my to my workplace and keeps me fit. Stretching my legs after the shift standing up! Great for m... read more

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On 23 march 2020 my life changed as I began working from home (wfh) instead of my daily 25 mi commute to and from my office in Central London. Nearly a year later I am still working from home. I... read more

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As a key worker cycling is my transport as well as my sport in the last two weeks I contracted covid due to my front line work was in bed for days and unable to cycle now that I have recovered cycl... read more

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After being in a roundabout road collision years ago; I became very shy about riding the road bike stored in the back of the shed. I have always cruise around town on my hybrid and take the mountai... read more

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The past few months have been tough for everyone, but coronavirus has hit those affected by dementia the hardest and continues to disrupt lives. So that's why I'm getting on my bike and taking on C... read more

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So as Boris says we have to 'Stay Local' for our exercise to in the spirit of 'Staying Local' I decided to cycle the streets of Harehills Leeds which is where I live, This gave me quite an insight ... read more

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I used to cycle ten miles and back to my workplace at Newcastle University. I have been working from home since the first lockdown, in March 2020. I didn't commute at all the first month, which (ad... read more

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Fabulous sunny morning and a Sunday Social Christmas ride with my club Ilkeston Cycling Club....voted Cycling Weekly's Club of the year 2020. Great company. 3 separate groups of 6 heading off at ... read more

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Since lockdown back in March Cycling has been my crutch. Done loads of miles & visited some amazing places

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I use my bike most days normally. I also walk. In fact I normally clock up at least 100 miles a month on the bike, 20 miles in the swimming pool and 15 or so on foot. Come the first lockdown I w... read more

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It’s been rare to cycle after dark recently, especially under lockdown. When things were open I was able to swim each evening; a perfect way to complement my cycling exercise. That’s not possible j... read more

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Graham Matthews Hello I like your ideas of being seen which I also use but all cyclists should a hi viz jacket of some kind in day light wi... read more

So, here we are locked down, again.... In our urban environment, there are many busy roads, some do contain traffic shared cycle lanes. However, going for it, we can via these and judicious use o... read more

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In my younger years I was always a keen cyclist, used to ride both mountain bike and BMX, as I grew older I graduated to road bikes and started cycling to work daily, over a period of about 10 year... read more

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Lucy Giuliano Thank you for sharing David and glad to hear you've got back into cycling :)
Ivan Lafayette Loved your story, it is indeed nice to be back on a bike after a long while!

So far 657 miles Brings lots of smiles Never mind the weather As long as bike and I are together On every outing picking up litter The wind and temperature bitter Going round the BMX track ... read more

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So good to be able to ride in good weather again. Hope that others have (re-) discovered cycling over the past year.

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There once was a cyclist who liked to "Ride Free", Always stopped halfway for cake and coffee. He was always seen on his "freedom Machine", and that cyclist that loved to ride, was me! …. I'... read more

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Mark Jones I'd pack your bags 😎
Adrian Lewis Panniers packed a long time ago!

Been lucky to work from home during the pandemic, but really look foreword to being able to #RideFree after a day of sitting at my desk

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I have cycled some new routes recently and have been looking for small country lanes and roads that link to old routes trying to avoid busy roads and traffic. I have cycled some beautiful countrysi... read more

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Setting off from Shipley Country Park Visitor Centre down and over the lovely canal bridge on the Erewash Canal (1) at the Bridge Inn, then following the Erewash Valley Trail path over to the Notti... read more

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Lucy Giuliano Thank you for sharing, that sounds like a very well deserved hot chocolate!
Sue Cooper Sounds similar to routes I have taken this week but slightly different how many miles is this route?

Reading all these stories about people taking to bikes in lockdown makes me feel bad. I cycled every day to work, and never missed, apart from extreme ice and snow, and those are rare in Bristol. ... read more

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Covid changed everything, not least of which is people’s travel habits. I avoided buses and trains even once restrictions lifted because I was worried that, even with reduced public transport capac... read more

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In order to avoid the madding crowds and to give my family respite from my increasing grumpiness I have set myself the goal of exploring the Canal Network of the West Midlands. Birmingham, Solihull... read more

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I've been "working from home" for almost a year now. There are many real benefits to it, and it's been the right thing to do, but there are times when the same 4 walls feel a bit oppressive: that's... read more

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Been on my ordinary and ebike since the first lockdown, when the roads emptied. Amazing how many places don’t actually need a car, especially if you have HUGE panniers for doing the shopping. Feel... read more

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A chilly morning but what a wonderful way to start the day! Staying local during lockdown hasn't been to bad when a ride to Cleethorpes sees beauty on my doorstep! Beautiful sunrise, lovely views... read more

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It’s been hell in cycling terms no Sportive’s no group rides very alone. Hopefully light is starting to shine with vacation over 65 waiting for first jab Keep safe , started riding in 2015 after ... read more

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During the pandemic my mental health has been improved by getting out on my bike. My favourite place has been Sandwell Valley. So many different trails for all abilities. I've been able to expl... read more

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Before lockdown 1 I would regularly commute the 20 km to and from work either along the seafront or through Prittlebrook Greenway. Cycling through lockdown gave me space to breathe and forget the p... read more

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John wood I have been mainly wfh for a year now. I really miss my cycling commute

Back in the day (15 years ago or so) I used to make sure that at least I managed the London to Brighton event, although I didn’t do much other cycling apart from training for that event. I love me... read more

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At the beginning of 2020 I set myself a modest challenge of riding 100 miles a month thinking I should be able to manage that. At the beginning of Lockdown 1, I had a really scary blood pressure ... read more

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While my Son has been living with us, we have replaced his London commute for Quantock hills sunrise rides. Stop and watch the sunrise with a flask of coffee is a great way to start the day.

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Sometimes I struggle to motivate myself to ride before work. It's early and dark and cold outside and my bed is warm. BUT, when I do make the effort it feels so good. I can't help but smile whilst ... read more

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Enjoyed a very windy hilly ride for my lunch break

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I cannot stress enough how cycling has got me through the last months. I am self isolating and cycle on my own but meet up with friends when it is allowed for coffee and cake. I try to cycle five... read more

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Hi, I started mountain biking in September 2019 at the age of 48! I was pretty rubbish so decided to book myself on to a course, which was great fun. What I didn’t bank on happening was lockdown, 2... read more

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I’m a disabled cyclist and have to ride a recumbent hand cycle, knowing the winter months were upon us and dark mornings were also approaching fast, I needed to think fast to be bright and to be se... read more

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Clive Sheldon I follow you on Strava, you get some great rides in on that machine of yours'-well done!

I have been struggling to complete a virtual triathlon due to various issues. My friend persuaded me to finish it on Sunday and I rode out with her on her 30 year old Raleigh bike! We had a lot o... read more

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I used to cycle a lot, during my industrial training during my degree course I cycle from Porchester to Gosport each day there and back, daily total of 15 miles. I loved riding then then life chang... read more

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