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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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Nathan – No more traffic jams and arrive feeling refreshed

15 mile commute and the first 10 mile are open country lanes which is brilliant to take in the sights and the sounds that we wouldn't normally get in the car (we would see it but not truly appreciate it). The last 5 miles into work as we come into the town centre are that of heavy traffic and lots of traffic calming solutions, all these are avoided when cycling. No more waiting in the endless queues, with a ...

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Alan Paterson – Fun, fitness, freedom – and free!

Always cycled in my youth, then got out of the habit, moving on to motorbikes. Gave that up when I had kids. A year or so later my monthly travelcard went up over £100, and I thought 'this is bonkers. I'm sure I could cycle if I tried.' So I got an old Dawes off ebay for about half the cost of my monthly card. Halfway to work on my first day, I pulled up at some traffic lights and realised I was smiling. 'S ...

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Will the World Hour Record bring cycling back roots cycling?

With Alex Dowsett and Sir Bradley Wiggins being the latest high profile cyclists to attempt to beat the World Hour record, what has changed to make the holy grail of cycling achievements "cool" again? It has been the most feared and gruelling test of a cyclist for over 100 years. However, during the late nineties, technology threatened to overshadow the cyclists ability, and helped create an era where recor ...

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Best mountain bike for under £500

If you’re new to mountain biking, you might be looking for a model with all the bells and whistles. The truth is that starting on a cheaper model will help you to get up to speed (literally) without breaking the bank. Even better, with the popularity of the sport rising, companies are producing affordable mountain bikes with top-notch function, design and comfort. Here are the best mountain bikes for under ...

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Best Road Bike Under £1000 in 2015

Whether you intend to take relaxing rides from Hastings to Bexhill, or power up Great Dun Fell in Cumbria like Chris Froome dominating Mont Ventoux in the Tour de France, you need a bike which is going to meet your needs without costing you a fortune. Let's review a number of machines on the market to see if we can identify the best road bike under £1000.  But before we get to the reviews, here's a quick gu ...

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Northwave Fahrenheit GTX (Gore-Tex) Winter Road Shoes review

I bought my Northwave Fahrenheit February 2013  and have worn nothing else since.  I think the purchase of these boots still constitutes the largest amount of money I've ever spend on one 'thing' for cycling, and it was worth it more than anything else I've bought, possibly more than some bikes I've owned! Prior to buying these boots I spent at least a few seasons messing about with various socks and oversh ...

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Lights, Camera and Action…….

Few subjects divide cyclists. Bike brands do, a lot people when asked what car they drive they will say something like 'oh it's just a little xxxx' or 'It's a xxxx and its shit.' But ask a cyclist what bike they ride and they will push out their chest with pride and announce the bike brand loudly... and then tell you why its better than your bike.... Few other things split us..... Whether you should wear a ...

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