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While riding my bicycle recently, my pedals were wobbling from side to side indicating to me that the bottom bracket bearing had worn out. I told my husband and he said ‘I’ll change it, how hard c... read more

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Alan Jackson What a great story, I'm glad it's not just me that is frustrated by inanimate objects! 10/10 for persistence.

Always find getting out on the bike and taking in an awesome sunset does wonders for the mind.

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Scott Manley That looks amazing.
satpal hans Thanks :-)

we have a new dog and it’s been great to head out with her on our bikes to exercise and share the spring sun in Birmingham. Loving the blue cycle lane in Bristol rd Birmingham and canal paths

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I am a cancer survivor, suffering from prostate and skin cancer. Cycling gives me the exercise I need and the space and freedom to explore my own thoughts.

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It is an almost balmy afternoon as I leave the busy road and join the quiet country road to West Marton on the edge of the Yorkshire Dale's. I Pedal sedately and drink in the surroundings. The tre... read more

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So. 10 miles minimum every day for 365 days. Whilst writing, I have just completed day 200. I don't have a smart phone, just joined today and have a lot of data input!!! Charity fundraiser site ... read more

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I set a goal of riding 70miles by Christmas Eve on my fat tyre bike I have joint problems and weight issues so I’m hoping this goal will help me lose weight and if I can get this one done I will se... read more

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The Black Cycling Network(BCN) is a cycling group like no other. We are an all inclusive group of cyclists, who welcome onboard all types of cyclists. Whether your a beginner, average or top notch... read more

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Claire Sharpe Whoop! Can't wait for restrictions to ease. The BCN numbers in Regent's on the weekend were epic!
Big P Well said Claire. Hope to catch up soon...Thumbs up

Over the past 3 years or so my ability to walk distances has slowly decreased due to spinal stenosis. On a good day I can still walk (with rests) maybe 5 miles. Other days it's a struggle to get ro... read more

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I heard from a friend this morning about - and have just signed up to - another Suffolk County Council cycling challenge - the St Elizabeth Hospice Winter Cycling Mission - to cycle the equivalent ... read more

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Thanks so much for the lovely early Christmas present. Was even raining for my first ride in the new proviz jacket. Fabulous.

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I knew the ride today would be a little muddy but it was a whole lot worse than I expected. As soon as I set off I felt the first splashed on my legs and I do have mudguards on my bike but on this ... read more

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Janet Hutchinson That was us yesterday, but our bikes are a lot cleaner now too after I hosed them down and dried them!
John Young Yeah its a good idea to keep them clean especially the chain... clean and re-oil after a few rides

Is #LightTheNight still running?! If so ... I was taking the cycle track home this evening. At one point it emerges from woodland to run alongside the railway embankment. Tonight there was a headwi... read more

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Adrian Lewis I had an encounter with a Barn owl today and a few days ago whilst cycling before sunrise. It’s certainly an amazing sight
RB BB It's great when a bird appears to fly beside us as we ride,barn owls,rooks and occasionally buzzard's seem to follow you fo... read more

I have been commuting to work and back on my bike since the spring. As the evenings and mornings are now dark I have invested in a new USB front light, amazing green wheel lights and of course a ba... read more

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It was my first day of 2 annual leave days where I opted for a random ride rather than just keep painting the fence 'Autumn Gold'. My usual riding mate could not join in due to work, so I planned r... read more

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I started riding again earlier this year to get fit and it worked! So much so i signed up for my first CX race on Halloween however like the rest of this year it took a turn for the worse and i fra... read more

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All my cycling has been in the dark recently so I was highly delighted to receive a pair of Proviz Reflect 360 cycling gloves in the post this lunchtime, courtesy of Cycle September! Perfect for si... read more

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Carry a small headtorch in your jersey pocket, just in case you need to fix a puncture or have a mechanical in the dark.

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Scott Watson A very useful tip.

I have been commuting to work for years. My morning commute is quite an early start, especially now we have moved further from our place of work. I try to be on the bike before 5.30am for the 19.5 ... read more

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I got away 3/4 hour before sunset but cloud meant it was already very dull. Although I wasn't prepared for night time riding at least I'd remembered a couple of lights for emergencies so I set my l... read more

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A cheap but effective way to be seen at night, especially from the sides, which often gets overlooked, is to aim a clip/strap light on to your water bottles on your frame. It really lights up the b... read more

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Commuting to work all year round for 20 years meant that good lights were essential. A couple of powerful rechargeable cateye lights on the front and several rear lights attached to my back were a ... read more

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I'm working from home these days but do a "virtual commute" taking a beautiful route in the nearby Peak District (much better than into city centre!). I love to set off before dawn, with 3 lights o... read more

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Great way to get round our town to deliver newsletters. Quicker than walking and better than driving. Efficient and good for me.

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I thought I'd join in by borrowing a set of wheels to help my team to the top of the table and also in the hope that I could actually win my own set of wheels! Will do it again next year...hopef... read more

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Helen Fairhurst You have to be in it to win it! Well done, good luck for next time! Helen

At the end of the workday, down to the valley to tackle the climb back over the top of the hill. Almost got up it in time for the sunset. #RideFree

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Taking my own breakfast and detouring off my usual beaten track. Gradually gaining more confidence :-)

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Scott Manley I do this a lot, nothing like a breakfast or lunch sat next to your bike so mewhere. Have fun
Susan Cullen I agree nothing like a snack with nature I take binoculars to look at the birds too.

Watching someone go from sofa to 50miles a week! #Awesome

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At the risk of sounding a bit of a goody-goody, I wanted to share something a tad random with fellow cyclists that, who knows, might just help a bit to improve the way that drivers feel about cycli... read more

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Looked like the sunniest day we'll have for a while and hubby had the day off so we packed gifted cakes, bought coffee and went for a leisurely bimble to Royal Victoria Country Park and back. Lovel... read more

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Scott Manley Love Victoria Park one of my fav places, its great for a night ride with your lights.. Very scary
Kim Ireland Not quite experienced enough for that yet but I've recently bought some decent lights for when I feel confident enough!

In 2020, I achieved my target of cycling every bridleway in Brighton and Hove. This year I've set myself the glamorous target of visiting every branch of Greggs in Sussex, for a vegan sausage r... read more

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Scott Manley Living the dream!!! Sounds amazing.
Rebecca Witcombe Honestly, this is my favourite story ever!!!! I love a GVSR so much and on a bike ride even more. My nearest Greggs has bee... read more

I lost my husband at the beginning of April/Lockdown (not covid) so last years cycling was very rare and far between. Lets hope I can get out a bit more often and get back into shape :-)

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stephen roe All the best Kaele.

I grew up in rural Aotearoa/New Zealand, where learning to ride and getting your first bike are rights of passage for kids - I can still remember my first attempt and the thrill of "getting it". I ... read more

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There is no other way to go Over the mountains Through the snow Between the valleys And the glens. Round the lakes And back again - Scenic routes Are made by two wheels Rotating smooth... read more

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After a day confined to the house, well the tropical fish did need cleaning and it was wet, I went for a 24 mile ride in the misty wet of the morning, the joy of getting on my bike after a week was... read more

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Beryl are one of the main sponsors for Love To Ride and I received a #winterwheelers discount code, so went ahead and purchased a pixel 2 in 1 light. On my first outing the light got knocked off ... read more

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I commute from Colden Common to Bishops Waltham 2-3 times a week. Good lights are essential as the Winchester Road between the two places is unlit, although, now some of the farm houses and buildin... read more

For the last 2 weeks, I have been in self isolation. I was desperate to get out. I had the perfect idea for #LightTheNight And so, today the 30th (i am hoping I made the deadline?) I headed ou... read more

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Prior to cycling I would have gone out running with only an illuminace jacket on. However on the bike it is so important people see you and you can see them. This week I got my girls out on their b... read more

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As we enter the back end of the year the winter riding challenge comes at just the right moment. I have set myself a challenge of getting 2,500 miles in in 2020 and have give or take 422 to go whi... read more

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“The Bicycle is Man’s Most Perfect Invention. The bicycle offers an unsurpassed combination of benefits including recreation, mental and physical health, stress relief, reduced traffic congestion, ... read more

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Starting my shift at Pilgrim Hospital, Boston at 6am means I am cycling to work in the dark since the clocks went back. Coming the other way down a narrow unlit street I have been dismayed to see a... read more

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I have a dynamo hub with front and rear lights as my basic lighting package and supplement this with a high powered Exposure light and rear lezyne light for cycling on those dark country lanes. I... read more

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Before Covid I use to enjoying commuting to and from work on my bike and stopping at the gym on the way home, and the dark winter nights didn't put me off at all. Tips 1. High visibility jack... read more

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I decided to write this not for any keen bikers who would know all about lighting already, but for the sake of any other riders who have recently started or restarted cycling: I live in the countr... read more

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As a rider for both leisure and occasional commuting all year round, I know it is vital to be lit up like a Christmas tree in both the poor weather and the dark. Lets face it, if the four wheel b... read more

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Well actually, just riding in the dark... Before the pandemic, I cycled to and from the train station every day, all year, in all weather. So what lighting do I recommend? Flashing lights... read more

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Susan Cullen Well said Martyn safe cycling
Cherri Farren Has anyone seen the LED string lights (like christmas twinkle lights) that you wrap around your frame? I have only seen the... read more

I'll never forget how I felt when I was racing along an unlit country lane and my front light went out. I think the batteries died suddenly, and so did my confidence... it was terrifying. I freewhe... read more

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My cycling adventures have been stalled by a classic issue; a puncture. Last weekend’s cricket practice was an ideal time for me to cycle the couple of miles to the nets, but the slow puncture ... read more

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Hi Team. Regarding the questions you have ask. Firstly I must Thank, Graig Harrison for introducing me to the Love to Ride app. It all came about when I was on a Lancashire Adult Learning cours... read more

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