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Richard Hurst started cycling to get to work easier in the centre of town, where a car was not essential. Him and his family never looked back, and don’t need two cars anymore. Richard’s senior rol... read more

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Image for story This #CycleSeptember has doubled my average cycling distance!

This #CycleSeptember has doubled my average cycling distance!

I got into cycling last year thanks to the earlier Cycling initiatives from 'Love To Ride' but my capacity was no more than 10-12 kms at a time. This challenge has only deepened my 'Cycling Romance... read more

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From walking to cycling everywhere

I have only owned a car once when I was at college for a total of two years. I'm now 32 so that is a long time without driving! I used to get public transportation everywhere and walk everywhere. I... read more

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Keeping going.

Only a short story but I switched over to cycling after a running injury. Currently waiting on knee surgery. I used running as it improved my mental health. when I got injured I knew I couldn't jus... read more

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Image for story Commuting onto Triathlon

Commuting onto Triathlon

Cycled in my teens for pleasure, transport and freedom. I had a brief return in 1990's, moutain biking and embraced it again 7 years ago commuting, now progressed onto 70.3 Triathlons. Working fro... read more

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Image for story Pedalling west...

Pedalling west...

During the dark months of the latest lockdown I conceived a ridiculous plan to cycle solo from the Chalice Well at Glastonbury to Penzance Lido. I've allowed myself right days for this task... ... read more

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Image for story 16 years and going strong!

16 years and going strong!

My bike celebrated its 16 birthday! I got this bike when I was 16-I was a little disappointed to get a bike for my birthday but I have soon come to appreciate it as one of my best presents to date!... read more

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Harriet

My bike romance is with my new and first ever bike, Harriet the chariot! I've gone from not being able to ride a bike at all, to daydreaming about her all day. I get up early to spend time with her... read more

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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

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Birthday Suprise

We love our electric bikes. Yesterday we cycled 35 hilly miles round trip, with a very large heavy fruit cake and picnic lunch for 4, to surprise my Dad for his 87th Birthday. We have done 1000... read more

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Another good reason to ride to work

One good reason why I like cycling to work (not the only reason) is that it leaves the car at home for my dear wife to use. Sadly, this has not been applicable over the past year when I have been m... read more

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Image for story Go on ... try it!

Go on ... try it!

Having had mobility problems since I was 19 I always thought cycling was beyond me. I’m married to an avid cyclist and always felt I missed out when he went out in his bike. Four years ago I saved ... read more

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Image for story Our little pack of OAP’s

Our little pack of OAP’s

The three of us love our days out and to catch up with each other........ and also a little cake with cup of coffee.

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Image for story Reconnecting with my bike

Reconnecting with my bike

I bought my bike about five years ago but rarely used it. For very nearly two years it stood in a corner of my hall literally gathering dust. But since September 2019 I have gradually increased my... read more

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Image for story Staying sane

Staying sane

Being on my bike is what keeps me sane at the best of times, so this feeling has been magnified by the circumstances we find ourselves in. My daily cycle is not just for pleasure and exercise, b... read more

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Image for story Just can't get enough of my bike!

Just can't get enough of my bike!

Looking back on the romance I have had with my bike, it’s something that very few can relate with. Well, within the circle my riding buddies anyway. Born in rural and remote part of Tanzania, bikes... read more

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Image for story Hartside Summit from 20 stone

Hartside Summit from 20 stone

December 2015 I was almost 20 stone in weight, as someone once said I was built for comfort not for speed. Something had changed for me however and I was about to embark on something life changing.... read more

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Rekindling

As I were younger I did a lot of riding, mostly mountain biking but also road or trials riding.. Life takes over and the kids grow, now its time to get back on the bike. It's been road bikes for th... read more

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Why I love to ride

I bought my first road bike 4 months ago and have fallen in love with it/cycling. Up till recently I have been overweight, and at school was often bullied about it. I have struggled to get rid of t... read more

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Faster, louder, sorer knees.

I never used to get out of my third gear but since getting a new bike, i cant get enough, high energy music and clear roads are unmatched.

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Love 2 wheels

I ride to work through rain and shine I use to ride 20 miles a day when I worked constant nights.I now ride alot less miles to and from work but I ride nearly all the time. I've always loved 2 whee... read more

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Image for story Slow burn

Slow burn

I've always loved bikes but been afraid to go out on the roads, I've spent months building myself up to it and I finally cycled to work for the first time last week. It's a small achievement but it... read more

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Clean Bike, Easy Ride

I have been commuting to work via Bike since October 2018. I was advised by bike veterans on the improtance of washing your bike but didn't take much notice. After a months of riding i decided my... read more

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Image for story Made it to 40 - wish I'd been cycling more years of those 40!

Made it to 40 - wish I'd been cycling more years of those 40!

I managed to make it to the landmark age of 40 in March, but thanks to having consistently been cycling to work since I was 33, I am fitter than I was at 30! I just wish i had started cycling mo... read more

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Image for story E-Bike and Me

E-Bike and Me

I,ve had my electric bike 18 months now and it has transformed my life. I have more energy, I,ve lost a Stone in Weight and I can get up those hills. Many people think you don,t have to pedal with ... read more

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Image for story New bike day

New bike day

New eBike day. Oooh the hills are so easy now

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Image for story Derailer, Sm'erailer!!

Derailer, Sm'erailer!!

After having cycled for many years now but not knowing a single thing about fixing bikes, I went to my first ever bike mechanic course - set up by Mark and Andy at Stretford mall. After going to th... read more

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Image for story MUD

MUD

M U D The mud will wash off but the memories will last a lifetime. Throw back to 2016 - When I first introduced my wife to cycling. Charley and I were first dating and she asked me to pick o... read more

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Image for story 100 miles

100 miles

2017 overweight and told pre-diabetic so had to lose weight. I lost my weight on treadmill (stick with me lol ) I have always loved cycling be it Chipper,Grifter ,M/bike or Road Bike . 2019 my ... read more

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Image for story Cycling can be a little wooden....

Cycling can be a little wooden....

I am so excited about this! I felt 5 years old again!! 🪵 🌲 🚴 Is it bamboo? No Is it heavy? No Is it nice to ride? Hell yes! 🤩 Built from wood here in Hampshire is my new BEAMZ Trust CIC... read more

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Image for story The things we do

The things we do

My other half is absolutely cycling mad. As a result we now shuttle between Sheffield and Nottingham. It’s a lovely trip, especially in the sunshine of an early summer evening. If you’re ever looki... read more

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A lock of air.

I left my cherished love (a raleigh pursuit) combination locked to a cycle parking rail in George street Oxford, as I went to an afternoon showing at the cinema opposite. When I emerged into the af... read more

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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

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New to me bike

Hi, having recently parted ways with my Boardman hybrid comp I acquired a Voodoo Hoodoo off my Son. Whilst I had an old 2000's 26" MTB, the Voodoo is amazing and has lifted my spirits when it come... read more

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Image for story My bike my best friend

My bike my best friend

Alway felt a bit awkward walking on my own, so bought a bike on the cycle to work scheme, it’s so good to get out just me and my bike even better to get lots of compliments off passing bikers, that... read more

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Image for story Flowers by bicycle delivery

Flowers by bicycle delivery

Popped into the local florist at the end of my 10th Winter Wheelers excursion to pick up a bouquet of flowers for the wife's birthday. Glad I bought a bungee cord to attach them to the handle bars... read more

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True love lasts

My first bike was red. I still love the colour red now and my electric car is red. My second bike was a diamond back (mans version). I love diamonds now especially the one my man gave me. My 3rd an... read more

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Image for story Always have a biking buddy

Always have a biking buddy

Always have a biking buddy whether its your mum, your child or your cat I used to ride with my mum and my my best mate when I was a kid (many moons ago and I still have my first bike - a 1980 Ra... read more

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Image for story A year since discovering the world of road cycling

A year since discovering the world of road cycling

This weekend marked a year since giving a road bike a go. I'd been a cycle commuter on a hybrid bike for a couple of years prior but thought i'd give it a go. I loved it, but lost touch with it ove... read more

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Image for story I love my bike

I love my bike

As a community nurse, i have spent the last 20 year driving around the entire Pennine Lancashire area, in addition to my daily commute (20 mile round trip). Since taking up cycling last Sept, ag... read more

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Me and the kids

Cycling makes me feel happy. I used to use a bike trailer to get my son to school and now he rides to school with me. My eldest son likes to do longer rides with me and explore.

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Back in the saddle

Having not really rode a bike since I was in my Teens - I decided to get back to it and start riding to work. 8 weeks later and 62 trips completed I am feeling fitter, have lost weight and saved mo... read more

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Why I ride

I never imagined I would actually write about why I ride, but here it is. At university in London, I commuted by bike using my dad's old Peugeot from the 70s. It was a proper retro machine, and... read more

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Image for story We always cycle together

We always cycle together

I had been wanting to start cycling for a while when I met my (now) fiancé. He was fit and active and took me to buy my first bike. We started cycling together for fun, and then gradually incorpora... read more

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My cycling story

My cycling story began when I became a hobby widow as my husband approached his mid-40’s. He started riding every weekend, scrutinising his stats, raving about his bike, groupsets and ratios, doin... read more

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The only way to travel

I’m you’d told me a couple of years ago that I’d become a cyclist and be commuting to work each day there and back , I’d of laughed my head off! I work in A&E and felt a tad anxious about cycli... read more

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What starts from humble roots...

I remember buying my first commuter bike four years ago, a cheap and cheerful single speed to get to and from work. But oh how the addiction grew... First came SPDs, followed by lycra, followed by ... read more

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Image for story My journey

My journey

I started cycling about 15 years ago. It was when I first moved to London from the countryside of Suffolk for university. I loved it and cycled a great deal. However, after a few years, some ill he... read more

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Image for story Cycle Holiday

Cycle Holiday

I started my romance with cycling a few years ago when I first bought a bike under the cycle to work scheme. I used to cycle from home in the Purbecks to Bournemouth Airport Business Park one day ... read more

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Image for story Biking together for the first time

Biking together for the first time

I've been biking seriously for about three years now, but my wife has only hopped onto a bike a few times in this period, mainly to get to work when the weather has allowed A couple of Christmas... read more

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