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Image for story Cake at the end of it

Cake at the end of it

I had been off the bike for over 18 months due to a hernia and the recovery from the opertation to repair it. Just after Easter I started off with the odd commute, after using a turbo trainer every... read more

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Image for story Wokingham Bikeathon!

Wokingham Bikeathon!

Wokingham Bikeathon Time: Registration from 8.15am until 10.30am Date: Sunday, 26 June 2022 Venue: The event will start and finish at Cantley Park, Wokingham, RG40 5QG Routes There ... read more

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Boat Bike Tours

After losing my husband 2 years ago I took myself off on a Boat Bike Tour to the Netherlands (We had been looking at doing it together) Having not ridden a bike for 19 months I booked an E-bike, I... read more

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Hit and run

So after being hit by a car in January I wasn’t gonna let this deter me from cycling, 2mths later and a new bike later I’m back on my bike and enjoying getting out and cycling again. Lovely weather... read more

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Image for story Mum gets E-Bike

Mum gets E-Bike

My 69 year old mum recently got an E-Bike and with it a new lease if life and adventure. Now a cycle into Glasgow or up the hilly routes to East Kilbride is well within her capabilities and she is ... read more

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Image for story Social cycling in Glasgow ...

Social cycling in Glasgow ...

I moved to Glasgow some 6 years ago and looked at options for cycling clubs and blown away at the choice. Me and a friend decided that there was no mid level choice, and we set up our own called We... read more

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Image for story Have You Tried Triking?

Have You Tried Triking?

We all like biking, but have you ever tried triking? I recently bought myself a KMX Kolt Trike. Reason, it’s different and fun!! It certainly works the core muscles and is a different way of cyc... read more

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The 85 year old who rides everyday

I didn’t ride regularly in winter until I was introduced to this man! He goes out at 6.45am everyday and does 10 miles on his electric bike 👏 He does a longer ride on a Sunday when two of us join... read more

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Lanarkshire Guided Ride - group cycling

I have always enjoyed cycling. Took myself off on adventures never far from rail stations just in case of puncture or other mechanical problems! Then a very lovely neighbour introduced me to a loca... read more

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Cycling anyway

I was a bit nervous when I signed up to a local Ladies only cycle - a 10 mile route round Cheltenham but I was determined to give it a go. When I turned up, there was another lady there so we got c... read more

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Image for story Lanarkshire Guided Rides

Lanarkshire Guided Rides

I am a British cycling trained ride leader and through a website called- let’s ride.co.uk offer guided rides in Glasgow. Ride in the safety of a friendly group and enjoy a cycle from easy going to ... read more

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Cycling = Cake

It's funny what interests people to start cycling or cycle more. Some are the cost savings they would make, the health impact, the sense of freedom... well I was sat at work having a treat of a cho... read more

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Image for story It's (almost) always ride weather!

It's (almost) always ride weather!

A couple of weekends ago the forecast was rain, rain and some more rain. I had planned to do my first ever 100-mile bike ride, what to do? I decided that all winter long the weather might have o... read more

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Bike to school week

The weather has been, sunny, torrential rain and windy this week but my daughter, son and I have all managed to rise to the challenge of riding and enjoyed it 😃💖 Today was our greatest achievement ... read more

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Cycle For All

Cycle For All 🚲 What a great day cycling last Friday at Peak District National Park exploring the Tissington Trail. The variety of inclusive bikes Parsley Hay bike hire had was incredible. The ... read more

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Tour de Manc

On Sunday I participated in Tour de Manc raising funds for HaTS charity to help Cancer patients. I initially planned to do a mad manc route which is 200km via difficult terrain. Unfortunately, aft... read more

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Image for story My daughters' love for their bikes

My daughters' love for their bikes

The start of university meant a bike in tow for all three daughters, one of whom is now fully grown up and cycling through London to work. I love this picture captured on a leisurely cycle ride by ... read more

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Image for story Joined a club

Joined a club

I rode socially with friends for years but they decided to emigrate to Australia. As I was about to lose my cycling buddies I looked up ‘Lets Ride’ on the web and found like minded local groups. ... read more

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Is the universe trying to tell me something!

I do actually love riding to work although this is encouraged by the sunny days sometimes discourage but the threat of high winds storms thunder and lightening... but with every dark cloud there is... read more

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Image for story How to save a fortune

How to save a fortune

Before I got my Scooter 🛴 me and my partner was spending a fortune in bus fare 🚌, since I made the jump from Buses to Scootering we have saved a absolute fortune which can go on nice things and tr... read more

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Image for story Getting back on the bike

Getting back on the bike

I've been a cyclist for many years and commuted regularly for a decade. I've ridden many of the great French climbs as well as Mount Diablo in California, have enjoyed cycle touring in several coun... read more

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Image for story Ride, spread joy and create art

Ride, spread joy and create art

Earley Panda cycles for a safe cycling campaign and male mental health awareness while spreading joy and creating GPS Doodles. Panda met Hooch (Captain Tom's dog) when Panda cycled to Captain To... read more

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the wonders of cycling with children

To encourage all the mums how brilliant it is to ride with your children: 1. you forget that your wheels are twice the size of theirs as you go steaming ahead and instead think you must be so supe... read more

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Image for story My friend Ciara...

My friend Ciara...

My friend Ciara is one of a number of female riders recently joined Claydon Cycling Club in Buckinghamshire as part of the club's new Academy program. The initiative encourages would-be cyclists t... read more

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The freedom machine

I wanted to share with you a story of why the bicycle is such a great thing. I know you all know this anyway, but here goes... I work as a Bikeability Cycling Instructor. One of the things I lov... read more

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Image for story Missed the Gym

Missed the Gym

So last night after a busy day at work I got caught on a call which meant I missed my session at the gym. The sun was out and hubby came home and we decided it was too nice a night to sit on the so... read more

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Goal getter

Pre-pandemic I HAD a bike but it didn’t get out much and I hadn’t quite plucked up the courage to use it to commute to work, despite wanting to. When public transport became largely discouraged at ... read more

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Image for story Breezelancs

Breezelancs

Encouraging others to ride is my passion. I became Breeze Champion in 2011 and have since led over 500 group rides and encouraged thousands of women to ride!

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Image for story Reason to be cheerful 1, 2, 30

Reason to be cheerful 1, 2, 30

Today I counted thirty reasons why I was right to sell the car and get a bicycle. Four o’clock. Nearly rush hour, and the roads are starting to get busy. Those who can get away before five do so... read more

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Image for story Cycling hurdles

Cycling hurdles

I’ve been organising our bike hubs recently, getting all the bikes sorted out ready for annual service. As I was climbing over bikes, it got me to thinking about hurdles. Hurdles.. in cycling? Say ... read more

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Image for story New circular routes in Bracknell Forest

New circular routes in Bracknell Forest

It was a lovely day to be out and about on the bike yesterday. I spent most of the day cycling the network of traffic-free cyclepaths south of Bracknell town centre, putting up vinyl stickers to he... read more

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Ride & Network

Hello Everyone, My name is Seb, originally from Goa-India, now based in Leicester. I started cycling some years back but they were just short spins. Last year I did longer rides and enjoyed i... read more

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Image for story Don't let your limitations stop you! Just keep going!

Don't let your limitations stop you! Just keep going!

Last year when I received my hand-cycle via Cycling Projects, I got to experience life again. Cycling without pain and cycling without pedalling. I loved road cycling before but now I love it even ... read more

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Image for story Night riding

Night riding

We have all missed being out cycling together and fitting it in has required some night riding. We all got the bike lights on tonight and enjoyed a couple of hours of chatting and night riding safe... read more

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Image for story Almost there.....

Almost there.....

2021 has been a tough year, work from home no reason to cycle, no commute to work.....set myself a goal, "Ride every day".... was easy to start with lots of enthusiasm much like when you join a gym... read more

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Cycling for my mental health

I began riding in 2012 when I was quite over weight and was suffering from quite severe depression and OCD. Cycling not only helped me lose weight and become physically healthy but it actually cont... read more

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First Big Ride

We've been cycling to school since around January, today took on the biggest challenge yet a 17km roundtrip to where I work 😁

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Image for story Joanne Blair is the DAC Beachcroft #CycleSeptember Star 2021!

Joanne Blair is the DAC Beachcroft #CycleSeptember Star 2021!

Joanne had not cycled since she was a schoolgirl of 12 but had a real urge to get back on 2 wheels this September. She had been a close watcher of all our DACB cycling / walking events for years, a... read more

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New Club

Teams Wheelers are a newly constituted community bike club in the Teams area of Gateshead. We have a fleet of varied serviced bikes that can be borrowed for rides till you can purchase your own. Tr... read more

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Image for story BMX track in the dark

BMX track in the dark

With the Autumn nights quickly drawing in our ladies only BMXercise session at Tiverton track means we have to curtail riding on the track. Not quite ready to stop riding our bikes meant we practis... read more

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Price of 'Peloton' bike reduced

Not for me but if it floats your boat down to £1350 now. Wonder if it is anything to do with the recent profits down 24%? Like to make clear that I have absolutely no connection to the aforementi... read more

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keep going! - amazing how it adds up.

Like many people I started cycling daily to ease the stresses of lockdown in spring 2020. I was quite pleased with myself, getting up and doing about 6 miles every morning. Gradually my dista... read more

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To cycle was the answer for me.

More than 5 years ago i suffered from really severe anxiety and panic attacks, often 7 per day and even had them in my sleep and would wake up feeling like i was going to die. my attacks come in 2 ... read more

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Image for story The wheels on mum's bike go round and round...

The wheels on mum's bike go round and round...

Today we're doing our usual little commute to the childminders. Even though we live in the centre of a large town we can really quickly get out onto a beautiful canal and into the countryside on ou... read more

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Image for story Anglesey to Lowestoft.

Anglesey to Lowestoft.

On September 26th I will head out to ride across country again. In 2010 I rode my 1930s delivery bike from Holyhead to Lowestoft over the course of a week. The worse day was on the flat of the fens... read more

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Image for story Cycling helps me so much

Cycling helps me so much

After the death of my son I struggled with my weight, confidence and mental health. Since riding I have lost all the weight, my mental health is much better and I am training for my first triathlon.

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Image for story Braunton Pump track

Braunton Pump track

3 generations riding, youngest grandaughter Hallie,4, youngest daughter, eldest son (Hallie's dad), myself and Hallie's other Nanny, first time on a BMX for Jackie and she did brilliantly. Plus we... read more

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Brief Encounter

Whilst riding through a local park my path was blocked by a group of women chatting. I stopped and talked bikes gave them my number if they needed a bike buddy. About a month on we started riding t... read more

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Image for story Why I'm now addicted to cycling...

Why I'm now addicted to cycling...

A newbie’s insight into the wonderful world of riding… Hello, my name is Jude, and I’m addicted to cycling. It’s a new thing and I’m definitely hooked! It all started one Saturday night, gl... read more

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#Womenwhoride

My cycling story began a long way back on a large 3 wheeled tricycle, then always rode a variety of bikes, often where I wasn't supposed to! Local dirt track was for boys, not girls and mum said 'n... read more

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