- Friends and the lack of. Depression, suicide and a friendly offer of a brew.
I’m in Bolton so a bit far way but I just want to say stick with STW.
This place is fantastic when people need cheering up or any help.
I ride alone all the time since my mates kids came along. I’ve missed loads of riding time thus year as I just CBA but I now set myself a goal to ride as much as possible.
Set myself a desination then head there with the option of train ride back. Did that last week and got talking to a young couple who where cycling who were mad as a bag of frogs 😆Posted 5 months agoburchillMember
What are you doing tomorrow? I’m in Cambridge, have the day off, and have my bike with me. Was planning to cycle to Saffron Walden (or wherever!) if you fancy it?
I have plenty of experience in what you’re going through, too, so we can go for a decent pedal and good chat.
Email in profile, let me know!
Just to add – I have my mountain bike here too if you prefer to get muddy!Posted 5 months agolazlowoodbineMember
I’m a miserable git, and seriously unfit and slow on the bike.
Me too. I like to think it would make someone else feel better by default.
Sorry I’m way down in Cornwall OP otherwise the offer would be there, well it still is but you know what I mean. You’ll find plenty of local support over the next day or so as people see the thread, I sincerely hope you find what you need. All the best.Posted 5 months agolank45Member
Anyone in West Yorkshire wanting a ride let me know, happy to chat or not if it helps someone. Mountain biker but don’t mind a slow canal bimble or an enduro session…
BTW props to the OP for seeing something that can help and having the balls to come on here and seek a friend, can’t be easy but very admirablePosted 5 months ago
So , seems a bit weird posting this. But here goes.
I could use a friend(s)
I am in a really bad place depression wise right now. I have struggled for years and have had all sorts of therapy and take daily medication:
I have gained a lot of weight recently. I started off a few years ago at 26 stone and got down to 15 stone. But the depression and anxiety never disappeared with it. I’m have crept back up to 19 stone and I need to turn it back around.
What I would love is to have a friend or two that I could regularly get out for a ride with, maybe stop for a coffee and just shoot the breeze.
Im very conscious that suicide is the biggest killer of guys my age. And without a doubt had it not been for my 2 amazing kids I wouldn’t be here today.
So I’m offering this, anyone out there ( I live in Cambridge but will happily travel) who is also struggling who needs a mate to go for a spin on the bike, have a brew and a cake and a decent laugh or just a friendly ear to listen. Let me know.
I could use one too, so anyone local fancy a spin, get in touch.Posted 5 months agoMoreCashThanDashSubscriber
Another Derbyshire sufferer/listener here.
Earlier this year I got involved in organising informal social rides supported by Fat Lad at the Back. It’s got me out riding, doing something I love, and meeting lots of other people who just need someone to organise a get together to ride. It’s been great for me and the feedback has been really positive.
Even today I had 9 out in shitty windy weather for a cafe ride.Posted 5 months agowrightysonMember
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BITD people were organising rides on here all of the time. Hopefully this thread will kick that off again.
So on the basis of that very post, I’m in de56 area if anyone wants a pedal out for any reason then I will gladly lead a march to the nearest hills and cafe.Posted 5 months ago
I don’t think I have an email in my profile but will add one.BigJohnSubscriber
I’m near Cannock Chase. I scan the front page of the forum a couple of times most days.
If anybody at all wants to go mountain biking, road biking or windsurfing near here for a day, for the sake of their health or somesuch, either start a thread saying so (and keep bumping it) or email me.
I’m usually able to free myself up given a bit of notice, I’m a good listener (and better talker!) and if you post on here there’ll be a whole posse coming out.
If you don’t have kit, I can probably sort something suitable. If you don’t have transport, I’ll pick up from Stafford Station.Posted 5 months ago
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