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Image for story Missed the Gym

Missed the Gym

So last night after a busy day at work I got caught on a call which meant I missed my session at the gym. The sun was out and hubby came home and we decided it was too nice a night to sit on the so... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Are small e-cargo bikes the future?

Are small e-cargo bikes the future?

My car has been replaced by a small e-cargo bike ( I like to think of it as a utility bike) for almost all of my local journeys, and quite a few not so local trips too. My daughter has recently bou... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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get out there and see whats around you

i travel from bathgate to craigshill everyday and find the roads in a poor state full of dangerous pot holes they get full up when it rains and damages your bike the cycle path along starlaw road... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Feel alive with a Sensory Overload!

Feel alive with a Sensory Overload!

#Light The Night, Inspired me to dig out the lights and get them recharged, then head for the wonder that is Canada Wood Trails, Callendar Estate, Falkirk. Not only was it dark, it was foggy too. ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story A challenge with a catch!

A challenge with a catch!

On Cycling UK's 'World's Biggest Bike Ride' day 2020 I set out to meet a longish-standing personal challenge. A few years ago when approaching retirement, I determined to use my bike more and my... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Improvise

On my way to bike store for selfie I decided to do the rocky hill. I call it rocky hill after rocky when he ran up the steps as it's such an achievement. It's pure pain and pleasure. nearly at 414 ... read more

Topic: Other

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What's up with traffic lights not sensing my bike haiku

Stopped on the daimonds I patiently wait my turn The bike light stays red

Topic: Other

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A hot evening in Canterbury

Friday was a warm one in Canterbury so my wife and I decided to meet for dinner and a drink - so at 5:00pm she left the Christchurch city centre from work and headed home, while I left home in Waik... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Rainy in summer

We had to bike in the rain because it's not sunny at all, even though it is supposed to be summer. So sad.

Topic: Other

Image for story Kāpiti Cafe Tour

Kāpiti Cafe Tour

Need some extra motivation to get you on your bike this February? We've partnered with 12 cafes from Paekākāriki to Ōtaki to create the first Kāpiti District Cycle Tour. Simply collect a coffee... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

Riding to work +

My work is only 4.5 km from home so it's an easy bike ride. Are there days when I drive instead of bike? Of course! Most of them are valid, like the kids need dropping off somewhere that's conven... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

Trying to get on my hog more

Have started riding my bike not only to work but to the gym. This means getting up grabbing one bag biking to the gym. Head home and grab anther before heading to work lol

Topic: My commute by bike

Encouragement from the street

One day a couple of years ago, I happened to be riding in the rain. A car was stopped next to me at a traffic light, rolled down his window, and said that he respected me for braving the conditions... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Whanganui Shared Cycle Way

We've been cycling along the river bank every day for the past six months. It's delightful. We ride past the estuary along to the harbor, then back up river to the railway bridge. Twenty km's all u... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story A family ride from Cape Reinga to Hamilton

A family ride from Cape Reinga to Hamilton

Kids can do anything! Our family just completed a summer tour riding from Cape Reinga to Hamilton along the Tour Aotearoa route. 756 km over 17 days with 2 adults and 4 kids (ages 7 to 12). The ki... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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Getting a new bike tomorrow

I have two bikes, but I'm getting another - my oldest bike is 20 this year and getting a bite rickety. Both my current bikes have done Lands End to John O'Groats with me, once in 2004 then in 2018.... read more

Topic: Other

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Porirua ride of interest

My wife and i often ride the Pauatahanui Inlet loop ride and I get questioned often about the ride around the Whitby side. We do not ride SH58 (or Paremata Road) as yes, it is too narrow and too da... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Hello Old Friend

Hello Old Friend

I'm happy to say that my trusty (and slightly dusty) bike has once again seen the light of day. With work only a 30-minute walk away, I found myself putting off getting on my bike. In part, beca... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Lack of bicycle infrastructure around Eastlink Trail

Roads such as Springvale Road, Ferntree Gully Road, Jells Road, and Waverley Road lack on road cycling infrastructure, even though they go to past a popular cycling park Jells Park, and train stati... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Hayman park upgrades in motion

Hayman park upgrades in motion

Pump track in manukau in progress south side repsent

Topic: Other

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Image for story Becoming a British Cycling Guided Ride Leader/Route Planner.

Becoming a British Cycling Guided Ride Leader/Route Planner.

Hi folks, I trust you are in good health. Bit of a remarkable story here for you all, it is a story some may be able to recognize. Way back in 2009, my health deteriorated, I actually lost sight... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story 12 months straight of at least two days riding

12 months straight of at least two days riding

For the first time in many years, I can say I commuted to work for at least two days ea month for the past 12 months. Winter is obviously tough to ride on streets clogged with storm debris, gravel ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Night moves

Me coming in from the dark, south side represent

Topic: Other

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Retired!

As of yesterday, I am retired! [address removed] Thus I can't contribute my miles to my former team; but I intend to keep riding. First, though, I have hand surgery (CMC arthroplasty) coming ... read more

Topic: Other

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My view while riding

Riding can be fun and sometimes you can get a wonderful view that you can not always get while driving. Here was my view while riding this week

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Random Finds

Who would have thought you'd find a beaver in the middle of town. Definitely not something you'd notice driving to and from work.

Topic: My commute by bike

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Phone Saved from Life in the Bush

I was visiting Sticky Forest MTB park for the first time, and after putting in a good 18km of trails I’m stuffed but contented to be back in camp only to find my iPhone missing!!!! So I jump b... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Ouch! That hurt!

Ouch! That hurt!

I was happily riding down the shared path from NW cycleway to Henderson, and was getting reasonably near to the old motorpark... and thats when, after 50km, I let my mind drift. Unfortunately, I al... read more

Topic: Other

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Heatwave

It's been around 33 degrees here in ChCh but I'm still getting out on the bike. This bike challenge has been a fantastic motivator to get me on my bike more regularly and for longer distances. I've... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

Love to Ride 2023

It's the first week of the Love to Ride 2023 challenge and I am so proud of all my coworkers that have signed up and are fully embracing it. The weather hasn't been on our side so far, but that has... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

Image for story No more 🌧️

No more 🌧️

Summer ride after rainy week 🚴🏼‍♀️ Drowned sidewalk

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story New old aches

New old aches

Last time I was on a bike was 18 years ago. I sold it after a scare with traffic and relocating from the South to the North Island. I have borrowed a bike to compete in this challenge. The improvem... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

Cycling to school

I go to school in Napier, which is more than ~25kms away from where I live in Havelock. Each day I bring my bike to school on the bus, before spending 40 minutes riding back home in the afternoon. ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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cutting down my commute time

On day 1 of the challenge my Boss sent me a link to his location. We raced to work, me from Edgeware and him from Parklands. He caught me at Hagley Park for a quick chat before he was off again. ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Ara Te Pūkenga Growing Interest!

Ara Te Pūkenga Growing Interest!

Ara Te Pūkenga are growing the interest of all who visit. Ken the Groundsman is a big supporter and has etched out a daily reminder for the month of this Challenge on our Madras Campus north green.... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Hard yards

Hard yards

I don’t particularly like biking - it’s always too hard ! as I seem to always push myself too hard! And I’ve made many excuses in the past. But this is a great challenge for me - I am trying no... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Getting back

Steady ride after my Heart Attack + Inguinal hernia repair operation last year (2022). Could have gone a bit further but following the wife's instructions to take it steady. Cold wind into my face ... read more

Topic: Other

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The cycle around Aucklands waterfront is Spectacular

I live in Parnell, purchased an e bike last year, and just can’t get enough of riding round the waterfront ….Mission Bay for a coffee is a great short ride …todays adventure started there then down... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story A quick appreciation to my bike.

A quick appreciation to my bike.

I bought a brand new bike in July 2022, which is extremely rare for me to buy anything brand new. This bike has been an absolute dream. This bike has encouraged me to lose weight and get fit. Since... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Bicycling helped me with knee replacement surgery

I started being impacted by arthritis in one of my knees, and eventually the other one as well, in my 50s. The orthopedic surgeon said I was too young for knee replacement surgery, but he also sai... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Lighting hacks

Lighting hacks

Seen this on Pinterest gotta haVe it🔥👊😎

Topic: Other

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Image for story Pump track in manukau

Pump track in manukau

Was testing the pump track in progress

Topic: Other

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bike gone

the bike in my profile pick, was stolen last year trek series 5 Voltron green from manukau mall, last year?I was bummed cussing but in the end gotta keep wheels spin and love life ..so put bought ... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story L'UOMO CHE VISSE DUE VOLTE (a cura di Fabio Coppi)

L'UOMO CHE VISSE DUE VOLTE (a cura di Fabio Coppi)

L'UOMO CHE VISSE DUE VOLTE (a cura di Fabio Coppi) PEDALANDO CON CUORE MATTO UN GIRO IN BICI CON UN CARO AMICO… Prima eravamo vicini di casa ora non più e a Milano, abitare in un altro quartiere... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

bike romance,

havent ,done much kms , looking for a good , thang not about the prize ,just having fun? cos' every bike run is a holiday on the hunt to find a friend ,and good company

Topic: Other

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Image for story 10 kms

10 kms

I took my kids to the bike park yesterday, and we rode around the flat tracks for an hour and a half, we tracked it on strava, and we had (or atleast i) had done 10.37 kms. Great motivation to k... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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Image for story Rondje eigen buurt

Rondje eigen buurt

In de zomer fiets ik ook wel naar het werk, maar ik doe veel nachten. En vanuit een pikdonkere polder op de fiets, vind ik minder. Maar mijn tip: fiets gewoon eens lekker in de eigen buurt en wi... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Cycling in the dark

I'm not regular with my commutes by bike. It's 10 miles each way, and if it's raining my car is much more appealing. But one thing I always try to do is cycle to work on the winter solstice - which... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Mark Karlisle

Last Thursday Morning 7.10am I was hit by a white van in a hurray to get petrol/ I was coming down hill and he was driving up hill. He made a right turn into the petrol station without pausing/look... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Sorry, Love to Ride, I have no workplace

Sorry, Love to Ride, I have no workplace

I used to have a workplace affiliation but I retired and moved to a new, bicycle friendly community. People of my age, those over 70, are actually well represented on the trails here. We don’t qua... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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