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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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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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