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Cheaper, less stressful and more fun!

I decided to start cycle commuting in London after the worry about how to get in during the Olympics. I bought a hybrid and very quickly found it a great way to commute. I started off once a week, then twice and since then I commute by bike, on average 2-3 times a week. More in the summer and less in the winter. I don't beat myself up if I don't for a week or two as the weather is bad or I'm not feeling gre ...

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Freedom, exercise, fresh air, speed

Since taking up cycle commuting over eight years ago I have increased my riding to 4-5 days per week and from 8 miles a day to more than 16. It helps to be on mainly rural roads, but they can still suffer from a lot of traffic at busy times. My car use has dropped to less than 3,000 miles a year and as a father of 3 this is the only time I can find to get some decent exercise in. It's great fun, refreshing, ...

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Brompton bikes on the cycle to work scheme

In most big cities in the UK the Brompton is a very common sight indeed.  For many people these plucky little bikes perfectly personify the ultimate achievement in cycle to work technology.  We've never owned a Brompton, or perhaps 'not yet' have we owned a Brompton, so we've drafted in someone who really knows what they're talking about.  The photos and words on this bike to work recommendation were kindly ...

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Let the ship take the strain – cycle touring the (very) easy way.

Cycle-cruising the Danube. Words and photos by Chris Bish. When I first set off for the 'continent' on two self-propelled wheels, it was on a single-speed bike laden with camping gear and with a minimal amount of money. Nearly 50 years on, I, like many have discovered the joys of load-free cycling as companies take your gear from place to place ahead of you and leave the rider unencumbered. The ultimate has ...

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It’s great fun, keeps me fit and saves money!

I've started cycling to work three years ago and haven't stopped ever since! I remember the very first day, when it took 50mins to get to work (only 8 miles!!), it was a real pain, loads of sweat and was exhausted by the time I've reached the office! My backside was hurting for days, but I was reluctant to quit and needed to save on Oyster fare, so kept on cycling. Pain had gone after 2 weeks and after 3-4 ...

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Bike to work challenge

Cycling to work? Considering bike commuting? Confused by the Cycle to Work Scheme? Taking your bike to work is cheaper than taking your car, more convenient than public transport and faster than walking. Cycling is extremely good for your health; cycling just a few miles to work every day (or even once a week) will improve your well-being, reduce your risk of serious illness and will likely help you lose we ...

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