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Route 5

Being part of the solution by biking to work using NCN route 5 through Stafford

Topic: My commute by bike

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Cycling the Hebridean Way

We flew to the Outer Hebrides from Glasgow airport on a little plane with propellers! The bikes were waiting for us at Barra airport - the only beach airport in the world, so I'd definitely recomme... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Attack of the Canada Geese

As I continue my mission to cycle the entire Birmingham Canal Navigation system I headed out along the Grand Union towards East Birmingham. I navigated the skunk smokers in Small Heath, survived an... read more

Topic: Other

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Shropsire to Birmingham Business Park

Fed up of my 55 mile commute from Shropshire to Birmingham Business Park, I looked in to getting an e-bike on the cycle to work scheme. It took a while to choose and I eventually found the biggest... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Bike free (Dom)

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

Topic: Other

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70miles by Christmas Eve

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

Topic: Other

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Changing weather.

Had my first outdoor ride in over 50 days. Really enjoyed it, but hadn't dressed for the weather. I only had on trainers and 1 pair of socks feet felt like blocks of ice. Been out today and had on ... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Ignore the fear

Hi, I started mountain biking in September 2019 at the age of 48! I was pretty rubbish so decided to book myself on to a course, which was great fun. What I didn’t bank on happening was lockdown, 2... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Lockdown inspired

I loved how peaceful the world became during the first lockdown. Beautiful blue skies, empty roads. It was perfect for cycling and I didn't own a bike. Living in a flat it just seemed like a nightm... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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The Lunchtime ride

I had all but given up cycling , due to various issues , but then I purchased an electric bike in February , and picked it up in March. This has given me a new lease of life to my cycling enjoyment... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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The journey from purchase to home

I bit the bullet and bought a bike! Second hand from a lovely chap who didn't need it anymore. 5 miles from my house. Bus there. Bike back. I hadn't been on a bike in probably 12 years! Didn't real... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Cycle rather than drive

I needed to pick a few things up from the local shopping centre about 5 miles from home. Usually I would jump in the car but yesterday decided to donn cycling gear! Felt really good except for the ... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Gravel bike ride home from work

With the nights drawing in and the 🍁 rain debris on the road I have switched from a road bike to a Giant Revolt Gravel bike and I love it 😻 just need the mudguards fitting as I hate being dirty ...... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Wednesdays are the best

Wednesdays are now my day in the office, which means I also take my son to school - we have got into a great routine of going by bike. Then I carry on to the office on my bike. Then the same journ... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Delivering goods

I had to deliver a copy of my sons cd (The Roke), local leaflets and a wet suit around Linlithgow. Usually I wouldn't think twice about jumping into the car and whizzing round to drop them off. ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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My 4 year old has cycled to school

Today, for Clean Air Day, we (my 4 year old daughter and I) rode our bikes to school instead of driving. She came off her stabilisers in the summer and is growing in confidence every ride. Her li... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Teaching my friend to cycle

My friend hasn’t cycled in 30 years. She was given a bike but it was in need of repair. I booked her in to a local Dr Bike session and she was able to ride it home. I’ve been taking her out on litt... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Family time

Decided that rather than go somewhere to enjoy a bit of downtime we could use our bikes to make the journey a bit of a memorable family experience instead. Cycled up some very large hills (!), stop... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Biking benefits!

I loved cycle September, it gave me my cycling mojo back and now I’m hooked! I’m fitter, happier and I’m learning new skills. I fitted a new set up mudguards on my bike today (something I’d have pr... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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My trusty trike

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

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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WWMI Off Road Cycling Group

WWMI is an off road cycling group. Why not join us for a ride this September WWMI Saturday Morning Rides 1st Saturday of the month 5th Sept Clayhanger 2nd Saturday of the month 12th Sept Wal... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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My First Let Ride Leader Ride

On Wednesday I took a group of 4 riders out for a 13 mile bike ride with another Lets Ride Guided Ride Leader. It was my first as a Lets Ride Leader. We had a great ride and left the park in Covent... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Dust off that bike! #WomenWhoRide

When lockdown was announced in March 2020 my first thought was how am I going to exercise with gyms being closed? And so I dusted off my bike in the garage and started to explore the local area. Mo... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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New job, new (active) routine

So I started my new job in January, working from home initially like so many other people during covid. Easing of the restrictions in April meant I could start my job properly, by going into my ... read more

Topic: Other

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Trialling a new route

I’m starting a course tomorrow. I thought I’d take my bicycle there. My usual commute is under four miles but this is between eight and ten depending on the route. I thought I’d try a road route th... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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getting carreid away on the morning commute

I had an urgent package that needed to be in Liverpool that day. I contemplated a courier service and then my inherent reluctance to spend money kicked in. I am a Black Country Mon and we don't par... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Tales from the Cut

In order to avoid the madding crowds and to give my family respite from my increasing grumpiness I have set myself the goal of exploring the Canal Network of the West Midlands. Birmingham, Solihull... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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how it all started for me

i when i was a kid my dad used to tell me about his days in the saddle also my brother would ride also learned me to ride. when i was in my teens did loads of bmx riding then discovered girls them... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Just Get Out There

During the pandemic my mental health has been improved by getting out on my bike. My favourite place has been Sandwell Valley. So many different trails for all abilities. I've been able to expl... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Riding while at risk

I’m a disabled cyclist and have to ride a recumbent hand cycle, knowing the winter months were upon us and dark mornings were also approaching fast, I needed to think fast to be bright and to be se... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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My Light the Night

My cycle commute is 12 miles each way on bridleways and country lanes and I leave home at 05:30, which means a dark cycle at this time of year and definitely a case of Light the Night! I have over ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Miles for the mind

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

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Keep on keeping on

From the 15th of September, during #CycleSeptember, I decided I would cycle every day of the month. But I wish I did start at the beginning of the month. However, I decided I would still cycle fo... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Out with like minded individuals

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

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

Commuting

Through COVID I switched to cycling to work on at least two of four days a week, this has increased and I now cycle almost every day I am working. This has reduced my car useage, improved my fitn... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Image for story Enjoying beautiful British canal routes

Enjoying beautiful British canal routes

Having not been on a bike of any kind for over 25 years over the Covid period I noticed a lot more people cycling, I started to think about my old Giant MTB from the late 80s and decided to look on... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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How I got involved with love to ride

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

Topic: Other

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Lunchtime Ten

I have been gradually increasing my lunchtime cycle ride, started out doing a 2 mile circuit around Spondon about 2 months ago. I yesterday managed a 10 mile ride, using an old Cycle Derby Map (sad... read more

Topic: Other

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A Fantastic ride with Nicola

We plan the route two days before it is an easy ride with a stop at the end for lunch. we start our ride blissfully unaware we have downloaded two different rides so we use Nics garmin to follow t... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Swapping 4 wheels for 2

I've started back at work delivering face to face rather than online for the new academic year. My place of work has changed too, and a little closer to home than before, so I have changing to cyc... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Pointless but enjoyable

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

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Me and my new cycling buddy

I was asked to look after 6 chickens and a kitten for someone whilst they went on holiday so me and my friend loaded our bikes into the back of my car and off we went to Northampton. She'd only st... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Socially distanced ride and cafe stop

5 of us rode out this Sunday and did 40 miles. We all stayed 2 meters apart from each other. Stopped at the café at Hatton World near Warwick. Used a mask to go in and order coffee and cake and the... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Cycle to work scheme

Introduced a work colleague to cycle to work scheme now he is cycling everyday saving transport money and keeping fit

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Stories from around the world

Personal challenge

Prior STP rider, this is #5 for me. Three weeks ago, had a bad fall on some steep stairs and broke five ribs and three minor spinal fractures. First ride today, indoor on our stationary bike, but... read more

Topic: Other

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Fueling my competitive spirit...

Recently, as part of a volunteer group from my work, I had the opportunity to be a road marshal for a local series of criterium races. As I volunteered on the "most dangerous" corner because of th... read more

Topic: Other

Parental Supervision

The parent or guardian of a child shall not authorize or knowingly permit a child to violate any provision of the Michigan Vehicle Code. (Michigan Bicycle Law)

Topic: Other

John O'Groats to home

I wanted to do John O'Groats to Land's End during 2 holidays. In May 2021 I cycled with my husband from home to Land's End 339 miles in 5 days -weather rubbish -hail, wind, rain, thunder. In July... read more

Topic: Other

Brakes

A bicycle must be equipped with a brake that enables the operator to make the braked wheels skid on dry, level clean pavement. (Michigan Bicycle Law)

Topic: Other

Carrying Packages

A cyclist may not carry any package that prevents them from keeping both hands on the handlebars. (Michigan Bicycle Law)

Topic: Other