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I’m fitter, happier and richer!

I started cycle-commuting as bus fares had gone up again, and it was becoming an issue for me to afford the bus. On a low income at the time the C2W scheme was a godsend for those of us who need a bike but might struggle to (a) afford it outright and (b) cannot get credit. My first bike was a Carerra Subway from Halfords for £250.  Halfords had a deal with my employer whereby I received 15% of the bike valu ...

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Cyclocross commuter bikes

What makes Cyclocross bikes great commuter bikes? Cyclocross commuter bikes might be a new concept to many of our readers, but they're a niche bicycle that is just as well suited to cycling to work as they are for their originally intended purpose.  Cyclocross as a sport sits somewhere between mountain-biking and road-racing, from afar the bikes might look like traditional road bikes (racers) but up close y ...

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Giro d’Italia 2015 – the story so far

Week one of the Giro d’Italia ended with three of the four main GC hopes racing for the line in touching distance of each other. The time difference between them was no more than a handful of seconds. An exciting prospect then, but all this had come at the end of an eventful and highly entertaining nine days of racing for the famous Maglia Rosa – the pink jersey in the corporate colour of the La Gazetta del ...

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Cheap bikes for cycling to work

Cheap bikes could be the way forward if you're considering cycling to work. When building the Bike to Work challenge website we made a conscious decision to provide information on Cycle to Work Schemes, but spending up to £1000 on a bike isn't the only option when it comes to choosing your commuting steed.  If you don't have somewhere secure to leave your bike it could well be worth considering buying a ver ...

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Alan Hood – It beats the morning traffic and I arrive at work awake and alert – even after a couple of cheeky beers the night before.

Cycling to work, I get an extra 10 minutes in bed. I don't have to rush to beat the traffic jams. I only commute 5 miles each way so it's not the longest ride but it is enough to wake me up properly, so I start work feeling alive and alert. Going home, similarly I often beat driving colleagues - and luckily working on the edge of Sheffield, if the weather is fine, anything from a 15 to a 35 mile route home ...

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Simon H – Cycling to work makes the whole day feel better

I am not one of those so very lucky people who does a job that they love with a passion. I'm not even fortunate enough to have a job I like! My job is a necessary evil to pay the bills and that is all. The nine mile cycle to work makes the experience so much more bearable. That half-hour workout is just enough to get some sweat going, get the endorphins pumping around my body, and a big helping of fresh air ...

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Sam Page – It brings me back to being a kid, made me healthy & saved my knee.

I started cycling into work around almost two years ago now, after a friend found me a cheap but good quality bike online. I was looking, having flirted with the city cycle scheme for the previous few months. Owning my own bike converted me completely into a bit of an obsessive. I have a relatively short commute, but I found myself just feeling great in the morning, and great when I got home. I had loads of ...

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Anil – Fun, fresh, fitness and better than driving.

I started cycling to work after joining the C2W scheme and purchased a hybrid bike to take me on road and gravel tracks. The main route I chose to commute on was approx 20 mile round trip along riverside dedicated cycle track, and countryside roads. So why did I decide to cycle and why did I continue to do so? When I first started to cycle to work it was admittedly tough going. Bum hurt, legs hurt and quite ...

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Welcome to the Bike to Work Challenge!

We launched this part of the Veloballs website primarily to encourage people who are on the verge of deciding to bike to work to take that first little step.  We believe there are many folk out there who are fed up with sitting in traffic jams, or who just want to get a little bit fitter, but need a gentle nudge in the right direction.  This is why a big part of our site is the 'Testimonials' section; we wa ...

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Andrew Culture – Cycling for speed and lard reduction!

About three years ago I had just started a new job and found out pretty quickly that driving to an from work was a frustrating mess.  Even although my place of work was only three miles away it was taking up to fifty minutes to get home after a long day of slog.  I've always loved cycling but hadn't been out on my bike regularly since I was a kid, so deciding to try cycling to work wasn't a tough decision a ...

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