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I feel more awake and more energised for the day

I bike 11km to work which takes about 25minutes. Where as driving would often take about 40mins depending on the town traffic of Ipswich. Therefore the saving of petrol, money on parking and also the time from walking to and from car park. I have found also that the use of bike lanes speed up the journey. One down side is the cost of a bike, but the bike to work schemes make it easier.  I bought an older ro ...

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The bus doesn’t wake me up!

I live about 8km away from work and cycling is the fastest way to get there. If I were to drive to work, I would get stopped by a great many traffic lights (I only encounter 4 when I cycle to work) and would have to walk from the car park to work (I can put the bike in the basement at work). Taking public transport would mean having to walk about 10minutes from my home to the bus stop and 10 minutes when I ...

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Fresh air and thinking time

Many years ago, as I approached 30, I tuned my life round. Was overweight, and the 2 mile walk to work was an uncomfortable sweaty. Got a bike, and life changed. Slowly. week by week I extended the distance I could cycle, enjoyed the muscle pain, and the rewards of feeling fitter. Come sun, rain, wind, snow, ice, I now commute by bike to work, extending the ride when I feel urge for some fresh air and think ...

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Taking the bike to work is a lot sweatier than the bus!

Yоu mау оr mау nоt hаvе nоtісеd іn thе lаѕt fеw уеаrѕ а mаѕѕіvе іnсrеаѕе іn thе numbеr оf реорlе сhооѕіng tо bike tо wоrk. Nоw іf уоu аrе а drіvеr уоu wіll hаvе nоtісеd уоur dаіlу соmmutе turn frоm а ѕnаrlіng thrіll rіdе tо а ѕnаrlіng thrіll rіdе рерреrеd wіth mоmеntѕ оf ѕhееr tеrrоr аѕ сусlіѕtѕ ѕееm tо lеар оut аt уоu frоm аll аnglеѕ. If уоu аrе а сусlіѕt уоu wіll еіthеr bе оnе оf thе nеwbіеѕ оr уоu wіll h ...

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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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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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