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1st day of my keeping active Watchtree challenge managed 18 chilly miles along the Sustrans 72 cycleway :)

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The second person I lent my ebike out to for the commute from Massey to the city has also bought an ebike. Two fewer cars on the road; two happier people.

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I got 765.6 KM in this month just shy of 800. I also picked up a new CX bike to round out my stable of bikes. I have really enjoyed riding this month cold and rain be dammed, good gear will get y... read more

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I'm a local tennis coach so wanted to do a tennis related bike ride challenge to keep my fitness up during this lockdown. I set myself a 665 mile challenge (665 relates to the longest ever tennis m... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

So as Boris says we have to 'Stay Local' for our exercise to in the spirit of 'Staying Local' I decided to cycle the streets of Harehills Leeds which is where I live, This gave me quite an insight ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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In November we went for a short break to Stewart Island. On the last day we had a few hours to fill in and hired a couple of e-bikes. We had not ridden them before, and in fact it had been some con... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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hi, I've set a goal for myself to ride 2021 miles by my birthday on the 22nd June, which means riding about 12 miles a day from the 1st January. It's tough going during lockdown, cold, wet and dark... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Well it certainly been a challenging month. Back on furlough! Dodging puddles, trying to stay upright on the ice, fixing punctures following the multitude of hedge cutters out this month. Still... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Lockdown 1 led me to evaluate my exercise regime and what I could do to get fitter "just in case". September I came across Love to ride. I started goal setting and giving and receiving high five... read more

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Claire Sharpe Wow, what an awesome story! Thanks for sharing.

I love to ride my cycle. I have rode cycles for so many years. But since moving north. I started cycling to work everyday. I have been doing the same route now for nearly 17 years. In all the weat... read more

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I’ve always loved riding a bike and came some croppers as a teen often after ‘borrowing’ my older brothers bike. But it never stopped me loving it. I bought an E bike this year and after years o... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

While my Son has been living with us, we have replaced his London commute for Quantock hills sunrise rides. Stop and watch the sunrise with a flask of coffee is a great way to start the day.

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I am now over 60 years of age and still commute to work most days and ride at weekends for the fitness, health benefits and to help out the environment. I have brought an E bike with a motor to ass... read more

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Chuck Ng Hmmm never really thought that owning an e-bike is classed as cheating, despite some people telling me so. I too own an e-... read more

There is no other way to go Over the mountains Through the snow Between the valleys And the glens. Round the lakes And back again - Scenic routes Are made by two wheels Rotating smooth... read more

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I was getting tired of the parking lot otherwise known as the northwestern motorway - and because my working day is “bookended” by school dropoff and collection times I couldn’t change my hours to ... read more

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Sally Marett Awesome go you!

My romance with my bicycle started when I was just 4 Years old and increased ever since. I just love my bike, love being outdoors, love nature, love to be fit and healthy, love to save petrol and ... read more

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Sally Marett Yes the perspective is so rewarding I agree

Mother Teresa of Calcutta once said, “Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” How many chances do we have to give this gift or even more... read more

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I was inspired to start riding in September of 2019 from a simple post of a friend and his bike. Bringing it back a few years I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in June of 2016. Things that we... read more

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Jerry James Wow, thanks for sharing your moving story. I was diagnosed with Parkinsons four years ago. I too have trouble walking and c... read more
Noemi Arroyo Amazing! Congratulations on your progress.

25 kilometer woon-werk fietsafstand vond ik altijd ‘te ver’. Ik ging altijd met de trein tot in juni 2020 de mondkapjesplicht in het OV werd ingevoerd. De mondkapjesplicht, op zich al vervelend, w... read more

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I heard from a friend this morning about - and have just signed up to - another Suffolk County Council cycling challenge - the St Elizabeth Hospice Winter Cycling Mission - to cycle the equivalent ... read more

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It's possible... it just takes longer, but you get the added benefit of a ride to take the edge off of having to drive there. I ride to the park and ride, get on a bus (6' apart with a mask,... read more

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I was lucky enough to win a £300 voucher by submitting my Carbon Crushers story about how since August I have ditched my petrol car and have been navigating life by using my bike, bus and on occasi... read more

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Claire Sharpe That's awesome! Really great that the voucher is going to get you riding even more.

This year will be simple. 1. continue my 5 mile commute at 5am to the station with my 3st rucksack. 2. Cycle 1000 miles at weekends over a year, before my wife wakes up at 9am, dressed as a knigh... read more

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Claire Sharpe Love this!

Thanks so much for the lovely early Christmas present. Was even raining for my first ride in the new proviz jacket. Fabulous.

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A keen sportsman in younger days, I was 50 yrs when I decided to get back to a fitter, healthier, Happier lifestyle. I joined a gym, tramped, and cycled. At 65 yrs I studied to the certificate leve... read more

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The past few months have been tough for everyone, but coronavirus has hit those affected by dementia the hardest and continues to disrupt lives. So that's why I'm getting on my bike and taking on C... read more

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This time of year creates its own set of special of riding conditions. However, it also gives one a new perspective on the world. Riding the snow covered trail provides a peaceful environment to ... read more

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Stephen Schnitker Wow!

If you're in Dunedin and looking for motivation to get on your bike during the Aotearoa Bike Challenge, Spokes Dunedin is hosting it's 7th annual Bike Breakfast for anyone who turns up on a bike! ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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At the beginning of 2020 I set myself a modest challenge of riding 100 miles a month thinking I should be able to manage that. At the beginning of Lockdown 1, I had a really scary blood pressure ... read more

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Over the past 3 years or so my ability to walk distances has slowly decreased due to spinal stenosis. On a good day I can still walk (with rests) maybe 5 miles. Other days it's a struggle to get ro... read more

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I don't remember learning to ride a bike, but it was my father who taught me, and later my children, holding onto the back of the saddle and running along beside the moving bike until he judged tha... read more

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Travel everywhere with bike work, shopping, visiting friends and family and long rides out the freedom you have when out on bike is amazing

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Well it certainly been a challenging month. Back on furlough! Dodging puddles, trying to stay upright on the ice, fixing punctures following the multitude of hedge cutters out this month. Still... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Every year I go out to camp at Port Waikato for a week in January. We went car free in 2019, so when the PW trip came around we looked at riding - train to Pukekohe and then ride from there via Tu... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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In augustus 2020 een mooie fietsvakantie gehad, door in 8 dagen de Benelux te doorkruisen met overnachtingen in hotels, op een camping en een B&B. Met een drager aan de zadelpen van de racefiet... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Fietscoach Mirjam A Dat klinkt als een heel fijn fietesavontuur!

I bought my first brompton over 2 years ago when my car broke down and before I bought my next car. I was commuting to work on bike. I rode bike to one place of work and rode the bike to take tram ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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I used to cycle ten miles and back to my workplace at Newcastle University. I have been working from home since the first lockdown, in March 2020. I didn't commute at all the first month, which (ad... read more

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I have always been interested in riding a bike. Growing up (in Malaysia), or family could hardly afford a bike and I always watched with envy our neighbours having their bikes. It was until years l... read more

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Lisa Wilde Huzzah! Ebikes are the best :)
Jayne Nock I love my e-bike. I would never be able to travel in and out the Valley, where I live, if it wasn’t for my e-bike and even... read more

Growing up, I was lost confidence in cycling. In the few times I dared to get on a bicycle I was nearly hit by cars and was car-doored in undergrad in Ōtepoti Dunedin. It was terrifying for me, and... read more

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Rob Cant Wonderful Story Anna. Inspiring words and a heap of wisdom. Thanks for Sharing.
Sally Marett Thanks Anna great story - its nice to hear its not just me that is intimated by the the traffic and lack of awareness of ot... read more

A friend was getting frustrated with his car commute from Massey to the City and the $12 per day parking costs. He was quizzing me on ebikes, so I lent him mine to see if it was a goer for him befo... read more

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Sometimes I struggle to motivate myself to ride before work. It's early and dark and cold outside and my bed is warm. BUT, when I do make the effort it feels so good. I can't help but smile whilst ... read more

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Its a pandemic , Im getting fatter and lazier ! Soooooo no more - Im getting my bike out, which I haven't ridden in over a year .... any tips for A: gradually building up my non existent stamina a... read more

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Claire Sharpe Hey Anna, this is great news. There are a lot of helpful tips if you tap Info in the top bar on the website and head to Tip... read more
Robin Burnett Don’t worry about how fast you are (or aren’t) going, Use your gears and let the bike take the strain - you can do it!

I have to be honest I prefer bikes to cars and love looking at other peoples bikes. My grandparents owned a bike shop which was famous in the Eastleigh UK area. The shop had a very distinct smell,... read more

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Rob Cant No doubt they would be proud. I know the smell you mention too and the type of bike shop. I hope they had brown overcoats... read more

I feel like drivers are more distracted this past week than usual. I’ve had many more near misses the last few days and was even hit (while I was stopped at a stop sign). Whatever the case or the c... read more

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We set out from home nine and early and arrived in Roxburgh where our friend lives who offered to help us with transport. Got to the Roxburgh Dam and loaded up my bike with all the food, drink, ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Megan Page You did it, you prepapred well and you had by all accounts a great ride. Keep peddaling, pack togs and if you are worried a... read more

Since signing up on Love To Ride I have now logged my 1000th ride. I’m a keen cyclist / commuter ( though the commute has been curtailed due to working from home )so I have been trying to get out ... read more

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Gavin Mc Carthy I’ve been logging rides since September 2017

Thank you! San Diego County Bicycle Coalition/Love to Ride for my new New Belgium Brewing Bicycle. I appreciate everything you do to advocate for better bike infrastructure, educating riders and c... read more

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Steph Schupbach I'd like to add a thanks to New Belgium and how much they help the biking community here in Fort Collins!

After a day confined to the house, well the tropical fish did need cleaning and it was wet, I went for a 24 mile ride in the misty wet of the morning, the joy of getting on my bike after a week was... read more

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Omdat ik vorig jaar dichter bij huis ging werken, kon ik nu lekker vaak op de fiets naar het werk. Via het fietsplan kon ik met wat voordeel een fiets aanschaffen. Ik had een prima en gave fiets (i... read more

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Fietscoach Mirjam A Wat een bijzondere fiets! Daar krijg je vast veel complimenten over. Ik denk dat hier op de community best veel collega's z... read more

Fabulous sunny morning and a Sunday Social Christmas ride with my club Ilkeston Cycling Club....voted Cycling Weekly's Club of the year 2020. Great company. 3 separate groups of 6 heading off at ... read more

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