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Image for story Almost there.....

Almost there.....

2021 has been a tough year, work from home no reason to cycle, no commute to work.....set myself a goal, "Ride every day".... was easy to start with lots of enthusiasm much like when you join a gym... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Ride, spread joy and create art

Ride, spread joy and create art

Earley Panda cycles for a safe cycling campaign and male mental health awareness while spreading joy and creating GPS Doodles. Panda met Hooch (Captain Tom's dog) when Panda cycled to Captain To... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Keeping going

So, here we are locked down, again.... In our urban environment, there are many busy roads, some do contain traffic shared cycle lanes. However, going for it, we can via these and judicious use o... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Push Yourself - Skateboarding from Switzerland to the North Sea

Push Yourself - Skateboarding from Switzerland to the North Sea

Okay it's not a cycle story but I have a passion for long-distance skateboarding across countries and where possible, ticking a new one off the list. My two-week annual adventure typically starts j... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Riding to discover

Riding to discover

I've joined the Lendwithcare Zambia Bike Ride taking place in May 2020. Its a 10 day trip, cycling 500 kms starting in Lusaka and ending at the fantastic Victoria Falls in Livingstone. We'll be sto... read more

Topic: Other

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Sometimes the Fates conspire against you!

Okay, so I said to myself I'm going to cycle more this September when I return to my job at Reading College. Especially since lockdown, I had put on a lot of weight, plus I did want to reduce my ca... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story 0kms to 20kms to 65kms and beyond

0kms to 20kms to 65kms and beyond

I was a regular biker 10 years ago. used to do 100 mile ride once a year for charity. I couldn't get onto bike riding until this year. I found group of friends doing Saturday rides. We started ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Blood Doning by Bike

I gave blood the other day, and used my bike (it's allowed! …. as long as you don't push too hard after donating). Donor sessions are always busy and it's often difficult to park your car - cyclin... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Image for story EPIC 50 mile bike ride

EPIC 50 mile bike ride

We're a group of six nearly or already 60+ ladies who have upped our cycling distance since lockdown. Yesterday was the EPIC fifty miler from my home in Crowthorne to Woolhampton for lunch, via Son... read more

Topic: Other

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Stories from around the world

Day 1

First day riding to work. Of course it had to be a day where we have a high of 30 degrees! Oh well...... I did it to improve my health. I did it to save money. I did it to help the environment... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Retail Therapy

Before Covid I got used to breaking my shopping up to 2 to 4 trips during the week often on my way home from other things and only buying what fitted in my backpack. During Covid I changed my shopp... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

Image for story Taking the train to get a Devon & Cornwall Railcard

Taking the train to get a Devon & Cornwall Railcard

Today was the fourth time than I've taken my bike on the train. This time I bought a Devon & Cornwall Railcard at Barnstaple station. Chulmleigh has beauty rolling hills with views to Dartmoor ... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

I like to ride to commute, for recreation and for fitness reasons.

Cycling allows me to get out into the fresh air and the countryside and gives me a feeling of freedom to choose the path less travelled, sometimes discovering new places right on my door step! I... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

Image for story Night riding

Night riding

We have all missed being out cycling together and fitting it in has required some night riding. We all got the bike lights on tonight and enjoyed a couple of hours of chatting and night riding safe... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

Image for story What a way to start the day!

What a way to start the day!

I hopped on my bike for my first day at the office in 2022, and like pretty much every time I ride to work, I was surprised by how great it made me feel - and it's my job to tell people that! Fl... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Actually Recorded 1000 Km for the first time.

Actually Recorded 1000 Km for the first time.

I was not keen on the GPS recording gadgets at first, but now, having just this minute clocked up my first recorded 1000 Km on a second-hand refurbished MTB, I just have to say I wish I had purchas... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story DBC Frozen First

DBC Frozen First

A special thank you and shout out to these early birds for coming out and taking a quick little New Year's morning spin around Dearborn, Michigan. #DBCFrozenFirst aka: #FirstDozen #DearbornBikingCr... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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It didn't stop raining BUT

I have this ridiculous goal and no, 5.4 miles really isn't enough to *average* and get there, AND it's going to dive down to the teens for high temps later this week. So, "better ride now,... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story UNDER THE COLD MOON

UNDER THE COLD MOON

I'm being followed by a moonshadow Moonshadow, moonshadow Leaping and hopping on a moonshadow Moonshadow, moonshadow Moonshadow, moonshadow Moonshadow, moonshadow Songwriter: Islam Yusuf ... read more

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Image for story Miles for Doddie

Miles for Doddie

I have set a challenge a month this year including Miles for Doddie in Jan to completing 1000 miles, the King Alfreds Way, and culminating in the NC500 in August. In between all that I will be doin... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Sun rise

I was cycling to work along beautiful country lanes and saw the most amazing sun rise for this time of year breaking through the morning fog. Stunning way to start the day

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Live Life Now.

Live Life Now.

I've always loved cycling. All my life. I cycled to and from school. I've cycled for charity. I've cycled for fun and fitness. As I got older and recreational time seemed to get shorter, I cycled l... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

Image for story From zero to hero

From zero to hero

I started riding again this year after 18 years, mostly to deal with anxiety due to my Dad's illness and also challenges at work and migration stress, and this all unfortunately then turned into gr... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story First ride to nursery

First ride to nursery

Took my son to nursery by bike for the first time. Getting an ebike has given me the confidence to ride with him

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Christmas Day shift

Christmas Day shift

Getting ready for a 12 hour Christmas Day shift, hand over at 8am. Commuting on my Brompton a 7 mile trip, hoping the rain stops before I leave. Happy Christmas everyone

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Can we please get over The Auckland Harbour Bridge?

Can we please get over The Auckland Harbour Bridge?

I have dreamt for the last 30 years that I could just leave my house in Northcote Point and take my bike over The Auckland Harbour Bridge to the CBD for my work. Now that I am retired I still canno... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Don't put off checking those brakes!

My Christmas present this year is injured ribs and bruises after coming off my bike yesterday! I knew my brakes weren't great but I'd been putting off getting them checked. I'd urge anyone to get t... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Bikes at The Brewery - Birmingham

Bikes at The Brewery - Birmingham

Birmingham - SAVE THE DATE - Sunday 9th January - Free cycling event @ Attic Brew Co. Including free bike checks, led ride, route finding and bike maintenance session 🚲😜🍻

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Linking up Community Parks through Led Rides.

Linking up Community Parks through Led Rides.

I have been helping out (Assisting) with a few community parks here in the West Midlands. I was approached to lead a project which looked after the Learn to Ride beginners (cycling). Here, I intr... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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the moon and the stars and planets

Okay, the extra ride at lunch was only okay -- cruising on the highest traffic road in the county meant having to act like a "savvy cyclist," but since it's a college town and they're on break, the... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Biking is better, even in -50C

Biking is better, even in -50C

I have ridden a bike as my primary mode of transport since 1989, doing my Master's degree. I owned a car briefly for one year in 1995-96, and had bought a house outside of the city so I could be i... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

Image for story The Peace Of Riding

The Peace Of Riding

This is not 1 memory. I have never driven, always ridden. I deal with anxiety. Some of my rides and my choice to ride the long way home are for the purpose of destressing. I find riding and listeni... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

Image for story Supply Chain Finally Got Here...

Supply Chain Finally Got Here...

Setting my ridiculous goal of 1000 miles by the end of March is what got me out for a little extra today. Hey, I need to average 11.6 miles/day -- SHHH! DOn't think about snowstorms or ice!! Tod... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

ice crystals in my hair

I worked from home Thursday because I asked because it was frigid, but by end ofday HAD TO GET OUTSIDE (I took the bus Wednesday)... and it wasn't as cold as I thought, at 9 degrees. Friday mo... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

Cycling anyway

I was a bit nervous when I signed up to a local Ladies only cycle - a 10 mile route round Cheltenham but I was determined to give it a go. When I turned up, there was another lady there so we got c... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Coral Creek

Coral Creek

Crossed this wonderful site on Coral Creek tonight!

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Cape Haze Pioneer Trail

Cape Haze Pioneer Trail

Love this trail. It’s 1/2 of my normal ride and loops around Placida back to Englewood. Makes for a 20 mile ride with some great views .

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

Emergency shirt

Rode to work on the first day of the year. Bit chilly, but worth it Forgot to bring a shirt to change into. Luckily left an emergency one in the office!

Topic: My commute by bike

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Banana Seat Bikes!

Does anyone else remember (or had) a banana-seat bike when they were a kid? Also, did anyone else put baseball cards in the spokes so the tires would make clicking noises as the wheels went 'round... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Best ride of the year

Best ride of the year

To celebrate a friend's 50th we decided to try e-mountain biking. What an amazing day we had, we hired the bikes and booked a guide which was a great move. We all had such a brilliant day and were ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Wet and windy

Wet and windy

I decided to go for a ride today the weather was mizzale to start with then the wind picked up of course it was a head wind the roads was flooded so up with the feet and splash through and hopefull... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story My New Tricycle

My New Tricycle

This is my new Trike-bike Tricycle, my old Tricycle got into a bit of a bad shape and this new one was an early Christmas gift so I can continue riding around/shopping! Really helpful as I need it ... read more

Topic: Other

Image for story Christmas Day Sunrise

Christmas Day Sunrise

Cycled up the Suie, in Aberdeenshire, to catch the sunrise on Christmas morning. (Actually caught it twice, after descending to the valley and seeing the sun crest the hills).

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Image for story it stopped raining :)

it stopped raining :)

I decided to head out to work because there's COVID testing there. A line out the door still and people just kept showing up -- open 9 to 4 and it was 2:30. Like last week, first - timers in ... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

Christmas Day downpour

I’d planned a longer bike excursion on Saturday but the weather was just horrible, with persistent rain, dark and with poor visibility. On this route, there are some effective way points which appr... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Last commute of 2021

Last commute of 2021

Last commute of 2021

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Cycling to Survive!

Cycling to Survive!

I am a Brain Cancer Survivor. I cycle after after a foot/leg injury led to diagnosis of a Brain Tumor then Cancer. After an Awake Craniotomy in 2013 i took up cycling as i cant do much impact ac... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Fietsen bevalt erg goed

Fietsen bevalt erg goed

In juli 2020 vorig jaar kocht ik een tweedehands e-bike voor woon-werkverkeer. De afstand enkele reis is 26 KM en gaat voor een deel door mooi buitengebied. Ik koos voor een tweedehands fiets omdat... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Why the whistle?

Why the whistle?

I always carry one because I ride in a lot of remote areas where mobile phone coverage isn't always the best. Can be pretty invaluable in alerting people or helping emergency services locate you in... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Cycling UK meets Colin Bird

Cycling UK meets Colin Bird

Wanting a couple of MTB bicycle frames, I ventured down to the Walsall Bike Project workshop. Once there, I shared of my Led Ride Leader Qualifications and earned a position with Cycling UK. Afte... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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