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Lockdown has been a strange time for all of us, some have really suffered with the restrictions however i cannot say i am one of those people, thanks to the amazing invention that is.. a bicycle! B... read more

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READY STEADY GO When March Lockdown came, it seemed to me A target should be set for all to see How about 2020 miles for 2020 Not enough? Oh yes indeed plenty! Instead of 100 miles per mo... read more

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Christian Lampe Love your Poem. Well done for achieving your goal :) I also have a goal to ride 2020 miles this year but still need to get ... read more
Chelsea Alventosa This is excellent, thanks for sharing Lindsay!!

I used to ride daily to the office and back. A journey of about 8 miles. Not a lot, but enough to keep me fit and the pounds off my waistline. Then Lockdown happened and the need to cycle was g... read more

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Getting valuable exercise and mind clearing after busy days at work. Meeting like minded individuals out on the road with a wave, who were also enjoying all the benefits of cycling. We all need ... read more

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It's rather funny really, during the last few months, which have been so strange, my physical fitness has improved greatly. I seem to find more time to run, and was inspired over the summer to dust... read more

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I started cycling between my home in Morecambe and Lancaster train station when Northern trains were on strike. I enjoyed it so much I thought I would carry on for the summer. Two years later after... read more

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As a carer, I have been caring full time for two adult sons suffering from depression and anxiety throughout lockdown. I used to work as a cycle instructor! But caring during COVID has affected tha... read more

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I work in a local school and have spent lockdown teaching down the camera online. We started back for a new academic year with the children back in school, vowing to keep the school open as much as... read more

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Shirley Foster how lovely to be able to see the sea on your ride

I started the Swap-Stop-Go challenge on the 1st of August and over the next 56 days I completed 86 rides and cycled a total of 1001.7 miles. Being in the office still, I cycled to work every we... read more

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All of September I am participating in the Great Cycle Challenge. It's a fund raiser to raise awareness and funds for children's cancer research. It's my 4th time doing it. I love it and I feel GR... read more

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Bryson Wood i got a new bike

My friend Steve and me had a nice ride for brekkie then a ferry ride to carry on cycling

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I love to cycle for exercise and overall emotional health. I biked with my kids on a 5-day trip in Colorado, sponsored by the Adventure Cycling Association, in 2013, and we covered over 150 miles. ... read more

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Courtney Reynolds It’s amazing what exercise can do to help with emotional well-being. Thanks for sharing this!
Steven Friedman Thank you very much.

Thanks to everyone who is donating to the #PedalForGood Cycle September Food Drive! We picked up the first round of donations this week at Wheel & Sprocket Middleton (pic), The Cargo Bike Shop, Nef... read more

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There is no bad weather just bad clothing choices. When it rains, use fenders and rain gear, when it snows, wear layers. When it is smokey, wear a mask with a good filter. Everyone stay safe out th... read more

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This is our second round and we love it!

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Since we've been largely trapped at home since March, biking has been a great way for my family to enjoy outdoor time while getting exercise. We've all spruced up our bikes (and gotten two new one... read more

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It isn’t easy but it feels good to be responsible, and the views on the Redmond Connector Trail are great! #TourDeRedmond

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Masks must be worn at the school gate. So I found myself cycling in my mask on the congested road home. Actually this keeps out the car fumes. Also on a slightly chilly autumnal morn it also warms ... read more

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As I live near Stony Stratford one of the things I like to do is find a nice place to stop and have a nice slice of cake, homemade of course. Recently we heard about the Belge cafe near Nash, so we... read more

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Darrel Hofland I have been told I need to check out this cafe. Will go soon :)
Alan Pheasey we are off to this cafe today

I associate riding bikes to my childhood. It’s funny to think that I never associated it to anything else. During covid and with desperation to be active and be outside, I decided to wipe off a bik... read more

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The Covid-19 virus had made me think about new ways to get keep fit and get out whilst socially distancing. My thoughts turned to my old bike which was last used when my children were younger. The ... read more

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Have really enjoyed the #betterbybike scavenger hunt as great way to spend the warm evenings while providing distractions from the upcoming distance learning. (Team Kucharskijeff)

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Sylvie Froncek Yay! Bonus points coming your way!

I realized there would be no Bike to Work day this year. I have done it the last three years. My commute is about 18miles and I have to get up early, but it feels so much better than sitting in tra... read more

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Glad to have biking it's been a sold way to get outside the house and keep my sanity. #betterbybike team Bench

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I set myself a challenge, learned to unicycle during corona (a life ambition). Bought a bigger wheel so if possible I could unicycle to work 5.5 miles :) for an absolute laugh. Today I done it! #cy... read more

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Vandaag begon mijn thuiswerkdag wel heel goed: tijdens mijn dagelijkse rondje in het duin werd ik begroet door deze mooie viervoeters. Zo is dat thuiswerken zo vervelend nog niet! En ook nog eens g... read more

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Great time of the year here in the sunshine state orlando, Florida. 🌴🌅🐊🦈🐬🐟🐞🐾🚴🚴🚴 Hope all you bikers are staying safe and Healthy! 😉😷🙏

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I've not been biking so much in recent years. But it is a useful tool in the arsenal now, in keep some social distance. Rather than weaving around on foot, you can quite easily keep plenty of dista... read more

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Having had numerous holidays cancelled, social distancing heightened we began to consider our options. Stay safe and keep fit. When sister and husband offered to drive our camper van for an adventu... read more

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3 years ago I was a 275 pound man at a dwindling 5’8 stature. I was unmotivated and unhealthy. Which was not ideal for a firefighter. I didn’t exercise and I was exhausted all the time. But then... read more

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Kenneth Macomber Heal up fast! And Keep looking up! Ken. Pedal, pedal, pedal. Giddy up go!
Courtney Reynolds Thank you for sharing this story. "Just keep pedaling" is great advice for all of us.

Normally it is a big challenge to ride to work i.e. 17 miles up 12% climbs so now I’m having work from home I get up early and ride 6 miles out then back to work at home - feel so invigorated when ... read more

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Having not seen my daughter since lockdown started I thought I would enjoy the relaxation of the rules, or what sense I could make out them, and cycle to see her. She lives in Liverpool, I live in ... read more

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Shirley Foster oh dear, that did make me laugh

I’m a disabled 61 year old man, I’ve always enjoyed cycling, I purchased a semi recumbent hand trike so that I could get out of my wheel chair and go cycling, I found it quite difficult at first an... read more

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Hersha Mistry Inspirational!

Sorry not talking about the beer in bottles! Normally a cycle commuter (11 mile round trip) along Canal Tow paths and river trails with a small skirmish with busy roads. I am fortunate that I love... read more

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Harald's park story has inspired me! When I was signing up for Democracy in the Park, I was looking for a park that I could easily bike to. I didn't end up choosing this one, but it sure fits that ... read more

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Wiltshire: Wylye Valley (Nat Cycling Network - NCN 24). Limited-stop training ride: Warminster and Wilton only. Start and finish: Wylye village, off A303. The Wylye valley in Wiltshire is one of ... read more

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“Choose Life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a big television, choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low chole... read more

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Fleur Ammerlaan Love it!
Tom Darville I should have title it bikespotting!

Since I was 16 I have cycled everywhere and taken my bike with me to all the cities I have lived in: Liverpool, Leeds and London. Its helped me stay in shape and save on all my commutes to univers... read more

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Mad Gibbo keep it up!!

Loving the #ibactive scavenger hunt!

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Sylvie Froncek bonus points!

For some time I had wanted to ride the 'old' A30 between Whiddon Down and Okehampton, via the village of Sticklepath, a distance of 14.2 miles return. Over the summer I had been visiting the are... read more

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Rode on the Redmond Connector Trail for the first time and it was a great ride on a day with beautiful weather (shortly before the smoke came!) #TourDeRedmond

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Early on during the pandemic, biking to the end of Seacoast Drive was my little slice of heaven. Although I was masked up, the freedom of leaving the house and feeling the wind on my face was amazi... read more

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When I started working from home during COVID, my weekday commute cycling went completely to zero. After getting a bit stir-crazy, I started looking for good, ~ 1-1.5 hour rides I could take from ... read more

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Rem O'Donnelley I love your cheerful puppy

Hi, My name is Steve, a dad of three, happily married, approaching 50yrs! Thanks for stopping by to read my story...……….. Ok well for all my adult life I have been overweight, and at times have ... read more

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Anthony Preston Brill story that Steve. PS. Anymore players to pass on? Tony (LFC Fan) :-)
Lyndsey Henderson Great read and best tip. Cycle until you can go no further then you have to cycle home! I use that for running. I also cycl... read more

I associate riding bikes to my childhood. It’s funny to think that I never associated it to anything else. During covid and with desperation to be active and be outside, I decided to wipe off a bik... read more

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We had a great time on our Free Cycle Session. We now know the best route to get to my children’s school. We can also navigate the busy junctions which had previously put me off cycling in the town... read more

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David Daw It was great to deliver some of these sessions.

My 8-year old son went on his longest ride ever—11.1 miles. It was in the forest and he says you had to go up a bunch of hills. It was tiring but he says he kept getting energy whenever he went dow... read more

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Michele Bigley Scavenger hunt team name: mishmell
Sylvie Froncek Bonus points!!

Today should have been Bike the Bay. Missing that a lot. I usually ride with about a dozen friends under the Uptown Bicycles team name. We do the ride and then have a wonderful lunch and drink wine... read more

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Sylvie Froncek Bonus points!

The coronavirus has led to one good thing. An almost consistent training schedule. I’m not riding 100 miles a week and am the fastest I’ve ever been. I look forward to starting to race once the wor... read more

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hi, I have a serious back injury with a spinal cord stimulator fitted. I have implants consisting of computers and batteries sewn inside my spine to relieve pain. Cycling and spinning my legs seems... read more

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Jayson Taylor So pleased you were able to find an exercise that not only helps with your injury, but also your mental health! 👍🏻🚴‍♂️