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In the last four years I had my meniscus re-attached in both knees and never realized it would take this long to heal. Left knee is doing great after three years and is now supporting my right knee... read more

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Fran Huehls Small steps add up. Keep on turning that crank.

Haven’t ridden in years and never on a new bike! Only rode as a teen around the neighborhood, now 10+ years later my husband gifted me a Trek DS2 and I can’t wait to increase my mileage

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I was told about this challenge from a friend. I was happy to know that there was a community of cyclists for I haven't been on a bike in 8 years. Everytime I rode my bike for this challenge other ... read more

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Helen Sadler Great to see how a bike month challenge inspires people to get back on their bikes

I have not biked in over 20 years, but this spring I got back on a bike to do a long distance race. Over the weekend I finished 53 miles to Reach the Beach. I have been working on the mental aspe... read more

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Steve P Good for you!

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Thanks to GSK I have fulfilled one of my dreams – learning how to cycle!. Years ago, at GSK House, we were encouraged to cycle, and were offered free cycling lessons of which I took advantage.... read more

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Jack Windle This is amazing, thanks for sharing!

Really enjoyed my first ride out on a bike for a really long time! Borrowed a bike from the local business and Wow! they sure make some amazing bikes to ride these days don't they! Will cer... read more

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On 5 Feb we cycled from Tekapo to Twizel passed canals, lake Tekapo, Ohau and Pukaki; scenery to die for. 6 Feb we biked to Ohau Lodge with a side trip to Ohau weir which was closed but very pictur... read more

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Sharon Lea I too have done this ride and its spectacular. I'll never get sick of the scenery down south. Well done.

It’s been many years since I have rode my bike... so long that it had cobwebs on it. I took it to the bike shop for a checkup and 6 days into the challenge I went for my first ride on Waitangi Day.... read more

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David Sweeney Well done. I can say that the ride TO Paeroa is surprisingly easier than the opposite direction. Having ridden from Paeroa ... read more

I've not taken a bike for several years, but the challenge now got me to try it again and it's really strange to ride on the wrong side of the road here in NZ, but I'll get used to it :)

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Brendon Melville Best off Luck
Rob Leinwand It is not the "wrong"side of the road here!

About 15 years ago I was on holiday in Europe with my boyfriend at the time. I hadn't been on a bike in many years, but we went for a ride on bikes that came free with our accommodation. I was a bi... read more

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About fifteen years ago, I left my work at the Arclight Cinema at close to midnight. On my way home on Sunset Blvd. I was riding my bike and ended up getting hit by a car. It was pretty bad that ... read more

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We finally got the bike seat attached to the bike! Usually Blake and I just play at home while my husband goes for a run. Now that we have a bike seat- running/ biking is now a fun family activity.... read more

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Jen Harries Thanks Denise for your story! Blake and you have won a Let's Go prize. Enjoy your family outings!

I bought a bike around 10 years ago and rode it for a while but it has been sitting in my shed gathering dust. It is a great bike, light weight and was easy to ride when I bought it. I have had k... read more

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Jillian Woolmer Bike is better and I rode it around 35km again without a problem. Wonderful the difference a riser to raise your handle ba... read more

My lungs are shot - after 40 years of chest infections, and asthma attacks, I got an e-bike. I've not been on a bike seriously for many many years, mostly because I can't breathe properly. The ex... read more

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My colleagues encouraged me to get back on the road today! I dusted my bike down, pumped up the completely flat tyres and joined them on a lunchtime bike ride. Managed 9.7 miles not to shabby and l... read more

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Back to riding after ten years or so mainly thanks to all the share bike schemes around... Got my first ever brommie through cycle scheme and loving it!

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From the title, it sounds more than madness. Well, it is true, but more than exaggerated :P I started commuting to and fro place when I was in uni. Before I went to university I always wanted my... read more

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After a serious illness a few years ago, I put on a bit of weight and my fitness suffered because of damage to my lungs. I've been walking to work occasionally, but I finally decided to get a new b... read more

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I started riding a bike regularly last year after our car was written off. I pulled the old beater mountain bike out the shed and gave it a go. I quickly upgraded to an inherited hybrid I found mys... read more

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Mark is the reason I took up cycling after 30 years. When he calmly announced to the office he had a couple of months to live, we all asked what we could do. Laughing his head off he said “cycle fr... read more

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Clare Cassidy That's a lovely thing to have done, well done.

I vividly remember the dreaded day mum took the training wheels off my bike and took me and my brother down to a park in Brookfield to ride without the stability and reliance of those extra two whe... read more

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My first memory of cycling as a boy was when I was doing a sprint and braked too quickly when I managed to do a somersault holding on to the handlebars and still landed the bike square on the pavem... read more

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Today I rode just over 15 miles to Newcastle and back home again, my bum hurts like no tomorrow but I actually loved it the cycle route is right next to the river tyne its also so diverse I've ridd... read more

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I guess like a lot of folks, I rode a bike as a youngster mainly to get around and go further afield. Dabbled with a mountain bike when kids were younger (usually one on the back in his seat). 4 ye... read more

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Mark Hurst PS I'm almost 52

I have only just recently bought a bike after years of thinking I should be cycling to work. I had ruptured two ligaments in my ankle in a footballing injury at the beginning of last year and have ... read more

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I stopped cycling years ago when the dog gave me a pitiful look if I dared go for a ride rather than take him for a walk, and then children got in the way. As for commuting, a big hill and a relat... read more

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As a child I rode my bike everywhere, I loved the feeling of freedom my bike gave me, however once I'd learnt to drive and had a car that became my preferred way of getting around - it was so much ... read more

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I had been looking for something I could do on my own to help with my fitness, I had tried the gym which was so boring and even bought new trainers thinking running would be my new thing but that w... read more

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In 2014 I had a minor car accident. Left me without transport to work and a need to get my body mobile. I was 52 and not ridden a bike in may years. Watching TV late one night, I saw "The Cyclin... read more

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After a number of years off my mountain bike (Kids happen) I am really enjoying getting back out on 2 wheels, including the switch to something a little racier through the Cyclescheme, I am lucky e... read more

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Really bad car smash last year and revoked driving licence. Decided fitness needs a boot up the backside and can't keep using the excuse of " not fit enough yet" !! invested in a new Pedal Assist b... read more

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Really bad car smash last year and revoked driving licence. Decided fitness needs a boot up the backside and can't keep using the excuse of " not fit enough yet" !! invested in a new Pedal Assist b... read more

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So, I recently started a new job, about 5 miles from where I live (Leeds), previous to that I had spent the last 6 months working about 25miles away from home. On starting the new job I was tol... read more

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Used to commute to work everyday 20 miles but 2 accidents, a broken back, have made me rethink. Still trying but more social now so enjoying the cake stops. Happy rides😎

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Many years ago I used to cycle to work 16 miles each way and loved it. Until one day a driver thought he could be quicker than me and pulled out in front of me and I went through his windscreen. L... read more

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So today was the day I got back on a bike after many years! I took part in a cycling event held at Southampton (letsride) it was perfect to get me back into cycling. I train quite a bit at the gym,... read more

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Jo Meekley Hi Amy Louise! I'm so glad Let's Ride encouraged you to get back on your bike. I hope you'll be riding for Cy... read more

I'd been commuting from Glasgow to Edinburgh for 9 years, putting on 5 stone as a side effect. Following a house move, I started cycling to work in April 2019. Although on the first day, I was so u... read more

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After shying away from getting on a bike for far to long, a combination of climate emergency declarations, peer pressure and the need for exercise saw me take the plunge and buy a Brompton! The... read more

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Marjolein Rijken Yay! Glad you're loving it! And thank you for sharing your story on here and help inspire others to give cycling a go a... read more

Always used to bike everywhere as a kid then life happened and it all got put to one side until a few years ago. My friend convinced me it would be a good idea to take up mountain biking! I went ou... read more

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The last time i rode a bike before this challenge was in Germany, i (stupidly) wasn't wearing a helmet, fell off, hit my head on the concrete and got concussion. So this month was really about prov... read more

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I rode to work. In the morning, it was wonderful. Cool and refreshing. I really enjoyed the freedom of wind in my chest hair, and bugs in my teeth. However, the afternoon was horrible. It was hot, ... read more

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Bike riding was never my thing.I rode bikes when i was younger but was serous about it..since doing this challenge for the first time has made me realise that bike riding is a kewl exercise as well.

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Hi The bike challenge came at just the right time for me. I had knee replacement surgery just two months earlier, and my physio agreed that cycling would be a great way to get my new knee up and ... read more

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