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My mum mostly grew up in Christchurch and biked as a kid, but hasn't since she was in her twenties for a few different reasons. She saw how awesome I found riding around once I got my e-bike, and g... read more

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Helen Wenley I call my E-bike my freedom machine. I have joined E-bike Social Riders Hawkes Bay group and we have not only clocked up he... read more

A colleague invited me to join the challenge early in the month. I thought about it and did nothing. On the night of the 17th someone broken into my car, with the intention of stealing it. The d... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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I absolutely love my cargobike. Although we've been car free since 2010, the cargobike is a much more recent acquisition. Whilst I like to walk, and use public transport, having the cargobike jus... read more

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William Porth That's what I'm talking about!

My husband and I first tried a tandem bicycle around the Hawkes Bay Wineries in the early 1980's. We got married in 1984 and our first purchase as a married couple was a tandem bicycle. We have don... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Mark Shanks Ride together and stay together!

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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The fabulous E bike that Ian Lancaster (Wellington) won in 2018'sAotearoa Bike Challenge has been put to great use. Ian very kindly gifted the bike to me (his wife) and very patiently encouraged a... read more

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With the COVID Quarantine, it's been a couch potato spring for me. I finally decided I needed to get back on the bike and explore Sun Prairie. I told Linda (wife) I was headed out for a ride. I ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Chelsea Alventosa Way to get back in the saddle, Chuck!
Bobbi Tobin Good Job!

I am thankful for the new bike lanes on Harbor Drive, allowing me to social distance and bike fast on my commute to the pottery studio in Liberty Station!

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Working less hours as my bank is open for less time. Keeping safe whilst commuting by cycling more regularly and taking the slow route through the marshes. Bonus of seeing the ducklings and cygne... read more

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Like many fifty something year olds I had not ridden a bike since school days so when my husband (a keen rider) and I stumbled upon a second hand Batribike (electric bike) perfect for me (I have mo... read more

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When riding to work, some days the wind is at your back...and other days you squish your banana :( #RideFitWorth

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Last year in May, I decided that I did not not want to ride to work anymore and bought an electric bike. In that time I have gone down to a one-car family. I just hit 2000 miles on my bike. That is... read more

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Leah Schaperow That's awesome! I also ride a rad power bike! I love watching the miles add up!
Julie Munnerlyn YOU are AMAZING Christa. E-Bike inspiration. Power On!

In 2014 my wife was diagnosed with diabetes. The next day we went into a bike shop for the first time and we saw the Tour de Cure. Never even knew about it. I was 340 plus pounds and i hadn't been ... read more

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David Nelms Congrats to you and your wife!

I have moved house during the lockdown and now my commute is a bit more scenic than the canals of West London...

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The dark and stormy skies of Dunwich.

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Without much I thought I agreed to do a bike ride that would be different and a challenge. My birthday was just a few weeks away and it would be the beginning of a new decade for me 😟 The ride st... read more

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Adrian Lewis A brilliant thing to do, well done
Chris Boulton Thanks Adrian 👍

We love to ride together as a family. I got stung by a wasp (mile 12) on Trinity trails.

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I went around Blaise Castle Estate after cycling there via the Henbury Lodge entrance. This takes you past the Timber Lodge and Wood,an’s cottage. You can then visit the House, and cycle all the wa... read more

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Especially quiet during the Covid-19: Yorkshire Dales National Park.

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When I was a kid, I used to ride around on a bicycle and put models together. Now that I am an Old Dude [threescore and seven] soon to be eight. I ride around on a bicycle and put models together! ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Another Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes employee trades in her keys for a helmet and commutes to work. Our kitchen Manager, Maria is dedicated to preparing healthy lunches and feeding anyone who n... read more

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Matt Miller This is so great, way to go Maria!

If your group's profile didn't have a location filled in, it's data (riders, rides, trips, and miles) is probably floating out in LaLa land. If you are the Admin for your group, please go in and se... read more

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Despite the forecast, my daughter and I rode to camp this morning! I'm proud of her for not allowing the rain to scare us off. #FamilyRideFitWorth

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Being a Nurse needed to spend this Era looking after my physical and mental health. Have lived in the area for many years and never have taken the time out to cycle this beautiful green space. It... read more

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It's so great to have access to a magnificent place to ride a bike. This reservoir is a treasure. Traffic is minimal and the hills are awesome (if you like hills and I do).

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The Covid-19 situation has been the only reason I have ended up finding a new and picturesque route between Helmshore in Rossendale and Stubbins near Ramsbottom. I have since found out that it is ... read more

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#ExploreByBike The Van Fleet trail is a paved rails to trails project that runs from Polk City 28 miles north to the Mabel Road trailhead near Webster, FL. The trail is heavily wooded on both side... read more

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100 for Guide Dogs is a challenge where the participant can choose to Run100, Cycle100 or Swim100 between 1 July and 30 November. For the cycling event the individual can choose how they want to co... read more

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I’ve worked out my whole life but once the gyms were shut down I had to take my workout outdoors. I happen to know some of those crazy cyclists that ride daily and had my indoor bike so I thought... read more

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David Nelms Awesome job! No doubt, cycling makes extended use of lots of muscles. Cycling is a much better workout than people realiz... read more

Out riding on my cyclocross bike one day I saw a red field in the distance which I suspected was a big field of poppies. The next time I went out it was my mission to find that poppy field... which... read more

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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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I think many of us have that dream of the perfect adventure cycle: a ride into the sunset to a wild camping spot miles away from anyone else. Well, I have to say most of my Land's End to John o'Gro... read more

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Part of the joy of gravel bikes is that you can ride a long distance and still have the capacity to explore. So, “I wonder where...” immediately becomes “Let’s see where... that track/bridleway/gap... read more

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This year my youngest child will begin senior school meaning I would be a little more free with my time for getting to work so I decided I’d like to cycle to work and in February I applied for a bi... read more

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love cycling in London, my favourite route is from Kew bridge to Walton on Thames on the Towpath. Perfect escape from London busy roads :)

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During the lock down my two girls age 6 and 10 wanted to go and socially distance visit their grandma. As un necessary car rides were under scrutiny we decided that we could cycle there. This was... read more

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As a NHS Volunteer Responder during this Covid 19 crisis I have been using my bicycle to collect prescriptions from the two chemists in South Molton Devon and deliver to vunerable persons who have ... read more

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Matthew Hodder Brilliant, keep up the good work

After a bad day or a stressful week, An escape on my bike, I must seek! Off I head, before it gets dark, To the Royal Victoria Country Park. On the way, there are hills so steep - Sometimes I ... read more

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Coming back from an appointment at The Paintworks on Bath Rd to Bedminster I discovered I could get straight onto St Philips Greenway and ride alongside the River Avon for half the journey. A very... read more

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Martin Fodor I did the same recently and enjoyed using this path as well. Took us to the ‘bridges to nowhere’ at the Arena Island site.

One of my favourite rides starts not far from Exeter city centre at 'The Quays'. Want to ride with a friend who doesn't own a bike? There's even a cycle hire shop at the start of the route, plus pl... read more

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Meeting midway is about visiting more distant friends safely. We get social again, planning to meet-up & picnic in unfamiliar territory. Our two brothers travel by bike to meet for the first time s... read more

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David Overton Hmm, it loses a certain "je ne sais quoi" when the you tube reference is removed! Search SplashMaps on YouTube an... read more

I ride fairly regularly-3 or 4 times a week. I thought l knew my local area.l used to set out on a known route looking to improve my time. Coronovirus lockdown meant events were cancelled. I start... read more

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Bedfordshire is Redford with bridle and permissive paths which are great for gravel and mountain biking. They can be used to get to and from spectacular bike parks and exclusive mountain biking ter... read more

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I live in Hove and there's nothing better than cycling up to Devils Dyke and across to Truleigh Hill. The view off the downs is stunning anyway, but from Truliegh you also get to see the river Adur... read more

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After being in lockdown & isolation for 3 months my friend & I both in our sixties decided to plan an epic cycle to celebrate our release. We chose to complete a full loop of the Avon cycle way whi... read more

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Deborah Hanks What an accomplishment well done.

I spend a lot of hours a week on my bike, my son has been asking me to ride on the trails with him recently. I got a hold of a used bike donated by a local bike shop in Tampa (Outspokin Bicycles) t... read more

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#ExploreByBike - I recently ventured into the New Forest on my bike ride. It was lovely, so many animals about as well!

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In an attempt to social distance away from busy roads and routes I looked at the map and planned a route down some bridleways I'd not explored before. Had to deal with a very overgrown route at tim... read more

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I've been doing early doors rides on Saturdays for a few years (only in the summer, when the weather is ok and family commitments allow) but in the last couple of summers I've switched to heading s... read more

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While being confined to the area around my home on the edge of Bristol has been a great excuse to explore. From the cycle path taking a slightly different exit i have discovered the common at mango... read more

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