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Image for story Seattle to New York - Snow Stopped Play

Seattle to New York - Snow Stopped Play

Ross Dam Trailhead (milepost 134) to Silver Star (milepost 171) – road closed. The following is taken from the Department of Transport (Washington) website; “SR 20 North Cascades Highway is c... read more

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Image for story Turning 50 and joining my first big ride!

Turning 50 and joining my first big ride!

My much younger and fitter sister signed me up for the Loch Ness Etape at the end of last year. 'To celebrate your 50th birthday!' she said. I thought 'What the heck!' and promptly forgot about ... read more

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Image for story Worst case scenario? - I have a long walk back home.

Worst case scenario? - I have a long walk back home.

Well, it finally happened... I went for a random bike run after an errand. No bike repair kit and no pump. Can't be certain what I fully hit but I was in unfamiliar canal territory as my back tyre ... read more

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Help needed

We need your help❗ 2 Danish students are looking at cycling behaviour in Copenhagen and Birmingham as part of a Masters thesis. They are looking at people's views of cycling in bham and hope th... read more

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Cycling the RideLondon to raise money for Children with Cancer :)

Hello everyone :) I’m doing a huge challenge of cycling the RideLondon to raise money for Children with Cancer! Would love the support! [address removed]

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Work training course

3 days of riding while being paid! Brushing up on old skills and learning some new! It was a bit damp at times!

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Hip replacement on 12 January 2022

Looking forward to riding my tricycle again when the weather is a bit kinder.

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Image for story Cycling in Bracknell Forest - love it? hate it? what can we improve?

Cycling in Bracknell Forest - love it? hate it? what can we improve?

I'm Aidan, and i'm one of the folks at the Council who deals with what we call sustainable modes, or in the case of walking and cycling, 'Active Modes'. I'm a keen cyclist myself, and get out ro... read more

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New highway code

After todays ride. I can see there is a danger, I would prefer not be given way too and have the car behind me. Cars stopping for me to cross a road no no, again I prefer the road to be clear of ... read more

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Image for story New bike and pedestrian rules on the roads

New bike and pedestrian rules on the roads

Well, I went out today and what a difference. Because of the new road user rules and that they hit the prime time slots on the Television, it was such a pleasure to cycle today. The Cars were ... read more

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Hexham to Sunderland (via a "Spoon's" and a Gregg's)

In early November, Myself and dad took the bikes on the train from Sunderland up to Hexham for a day ride back home using national cycle route 72 and the C2C route.. First port of call was Wethersp... read more

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Image for story Wet and windy

Wet and windy

I decided to go for a ride today the weather was mizzale to start with then the wind picked up of course it was a head wind the roads was flooded so up with the feet and splash through and hopefull... read more

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Image for story From zero to hero

From zero to hero

I started riding again this year after 18 years, mostly to deal with anxiety due to my Dad's illness and also challenges at work and migration stress, and this all unfortunately then turned into gr... read more

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Don't put off checking those brakes!

My Christmas present this year is injured ribs and bruises after coming off my bike yesterday! I knew my brakes weren't great but I'd been putting off getting them checked. I'd urge anyone to get t... read more

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Image for story Spreading Festive Cheer

Spreading Festive Cheer

6 of us from our Cycling group of Friends decided to get dressed up and cycle around Morecambe, to do a tour of the houses that were decorated. We all went above and beyond with the outfits and li... read more

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Image for story Great day out

Great day out

Lovely day riding today. I wanted to find a route that I had found last year , so went out and found it. Great sunshine easy riding.

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Image for story First Dec 2021

First Dec 2021

My day out today, with the mad weather we are having. Very cold to start, then the rain came down( but I had the right gear on so it didn’t matter) then the snow, that was a little harsh on the fa... read more

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Keeping on the move

Slow puncture last week. Managed to get to and from work Thurs Fri by reinflating. Repaired today. If I don't have a flat in the morning I'll count that as a victory. ✌🚲

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DCC not encouraging greener transport!

For many years I parked my vehicle in one of two local car parks, a short walk from my home, so I could cycle to work. This resulted in a large amount of damage to my vehicle which, as no one ever ... read more

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Image for story Cycling in the dark

Cycling in the dark

After a longer cycle than usual [up to Carmunnock etc], with both my Busch & Muller headlights ablaze, my dusk-cycle in Glasgow got interesting. Near the "Museum of Transport", I turned up the... read more

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Image for story Tour de Manc. Raising funds for HaTS

Tour de Manc. Raising funds for HaTS

This Sunday I'm doing a Tour de Manc and raising money for HaTS. HaTS is an independent charity providing support and care provided to cancer patients and families of the Haematology and Tran... read more

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Image for story Cycle to work day

Cycle to work day

I work from home now and normally walk on a Thursday but got a quick ride in this morning before an early team meeting at 8am for cycle to work day instead. Only a 9.6 mile ride but knocked 5 se... read more

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Wimbledon Devastation

Monday 28th June, lovely morning ride to work the start of Wimbledon YEY,(my other passion). I had my lucky Wimbledon monogramed hand towel in my back pack, sad but i love it :) cycled to work only... read more

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Image for story Bay Way

Bay Way

I only started cycling again during the pandemic (after around an 8 year break). I had to build up road confidence again plus get some miles in my legs. I joined the Lancaster Womens Cycling Grou... read more

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Ebike from a campsite to the opera

We wanted to take use our ebikes to get into London from the Crystal Palace campsite but were worried about security while we were in the opera seeing La Boheme. I was also concerned about traffic... read more

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Image for story Bristol (UK) to Seattle (USA) - Prologue for the big adventure

Bristol (UK) to Seattle (USA) - Prologue for the big adventure

Seattle to Port Townsend – Stage 1 After 5 days of travel, acclimatisation, sightseeing & final preparation, today marked our first day of cycling on our big adventure. The plan was to get t... read more

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Image for story Cargobikes for Ukraine

Cargobikes for Ukraine

Ladies & Gentlemen, Guys and Girls. After this horrific war is over and Ukraine starts to rebuild with help from all over the world, we to need to find a way to help. So I’m thinking of a cam... read more

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Bike Maintence

After winter ect, gave bike a bit of a service. Need a new chainset this will be the 3rd one on the bike, so will also change chain and freewheel as well as they are not too bad but, wear and tear ... read more

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My wife's bike stolen

We had gone to centre of the Uxbridge in London for shopping by our bikes. We locked our bikes to a bike park where in front of a Bank. We was entering some shops. And We had gone to mosque for pra... read more

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Image for story Back in the saddle

Back in the saddle

I’ve been biking for about 2 years now, but have been off the bike for 7 months following a fall whilst out riding. Back in August last year I was out riding with a colleague, we’d set ourself the ... read more

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Image for story Returning after injury

Returning after injury

After just literally completing my 4000 mile challenge for the year, just 3 days before Xmas, my elation was quickly turned to dejection as I lost my balance dismounting from my bike (a new one at ... read more

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Ice Cycle

Last month I was cycling and slipped on a slippery wooden bridge on an icy day and busted some ribs, hurt my leg but otherwise my bike broke my fall and itself. So I've been bicycle shopping again... read more

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Image for story MTB stole from school in broad day light

MTB stole from school in broad day light

Last Monday lunch (31 01 2022) my MTB Corratec was stolen from the school Bike shed. Green and Black The 2015 Corratec Opiate 650b FZ is a full-suspension all Mountain/Enduro MTB If any one se... read more

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Stolen

About about a year ago go I bought an electric bike that was quite expensive but it was easier ear to save money and get around and get to work on it changed my life that you made me give up smokin... read more

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New highway code rules

Ha good luck with this one, dont trust car drivers to know these changes, stay safe and expect they wont stop ect

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Image for story The sun making a brief appearance

The sun making a brief appearance

Changeable weather today, but still the occasional brighter moment

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Image for story Christmas Day Sunrise

Christmas Day Sunrise

Cycled up the Suie, in Aberdeenshire, to catch the sunrise on Christmas morning. (Actually caught it twice, after descending to the valley and seeing the sun crest the hills).

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Christmas Day downpour

I’d planned a longer bike excursion on Saturday but the weather was just horrible, with persistent rain, dark and with poor visibility. On this route, there are some effective way points which appr... read more

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Image for story Why the whistle?

Why the whistle?

I always carry one because I ride in a lot of remote areas where mobile phone coverage isn't always the best. Can be pretty invaluable in alerting people or helping emergency services locate you in... read more

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ride in.the rain!

while.riding the Great Allegheny Passage in Sept. 2021 my bike partner and I were prepared for any weather..except really cold. the third day was forecast to be rainy all day (and it was). there ... read more

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Image for story Out and about

Out and about

Lovely afternoon ride today. Weather chilly 🥶 but glorious sunshine 🌞 the whole way on the route. No snow or rain also a bonus. Trying out different routes in local area.

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Image for story Cycling and chemo

Cycling and chemo

Cancer came back to visit me this year. I decided that Cancer Research needed more money to find ways to get rid of that unwanted visitor. So I gave myself the challenge of 1000 miles in 100 days... read more

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Riding in the rain.

I love riding in the rain! The key is to be prepared and have waterproof clothing for both top and bottom halves of your body. Also, make sure your bike's lights are working. You will probably r... read more

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Image for story Bikeability

Bikeability

Last week I started a new job as a Bikeability Instructor! I’ve always loved cycling and travel by bicycle as much as I can (a friend once said to me that I was into cycling when it wasn’t fashion... read more

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Beware of the bike thieves in Bristol Harbour

Thought I take a nice ride to the Bristol harbour. Double locked the bike near the harbour bridge with the horns. When I got back all was gone. No one saw anything and Police not really interested.... read more

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Pedal for Parkinson's

Last Sunday I completed my longest bike ride, 50 miles in Stirlingshire to raise money for Parkinson's. It was a great challenge and a great event, and I'm so pleased to raise money for this worthw... read more

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John O'Groats to home

I wanted to do John O'Groats to Land's End during 2 holidays. In May 2021 I cycled with my husband from home to Land's End 339 miles in 5 days -weather rubbish -hail, wind, rain, thunder. In July... read more

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Image for story Breast cancer now challenge when injured!!

Breast cancer now challenge when injured!!

After getting into cycling recently, I set myself a challenge...ride 300km in July for breast cancer now. I had rides planned, secured sponsors, got all excited...then disaster struck. My pet cat ... read more

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Cycling is my Happy Place

Following on from my previous story, “Getting back on a bike at 58”. I’m now 60 and loving all the freedom my bike gives me. I now ride my lovely Liv Avail AR 1 (purchased just before lock down 1).... read more

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Image for story Bikepacking micro-adventure

Bikepacking micro-adventure

I’ve been meaning to get out and do a local overnight trip on the bike, and finally got round to doing it last night. Brilliant to be out off-road on deserted bridleways, didn’t need lights until a... read more

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