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Image for story Biketober brought me back

Biketober brought me back

So as a kid I was encouraged by my cycling parents to get into cycling, racing, and the larger biking community. It ended up being a big part of my upbringing all the way through highschool. It gav... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story First pure fitness ride!

First pure fitness ride!

Well, thanks to Biketober, Tracey Harding and I decided to rent some gravel bikes from Outback Bikes and give them a spin around Georgia Tech today before the house hold was awake. :)

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Bikes help people in cars!

On my way home from The Whole Dog Market, I saw a stranded driver. I stopped and helped, Ian, the ride-share driver, change his tire! Never did that when I owned a car!

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Bikes connect me to my community and make it easy to take actions

So, I rode with Geri, my daughter to Howard and as I was leaving I noticed a trash bag ripped open at the South East corner of Boulevard and John Wesley Dobbs. Cars kept hitting the trash bag and ... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Image for story Biking at a bike park in the Ozarks

Biking at a bike park in the Ozarks

I sure wish we had bike parks at the Quarry Park!!

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Bike are more fun when you have to wait around

Bike are more fun when you have to wait around

I went to meet my oldest daughter, Geri, at Howard at 4:15pm but then realized she had extracurricular to 5:30. So, my daughter, Jackie Blair and my dog Mac just hung out and talked about electric... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Beltline is almost empty! Woohoo!

Just got back from riding PATH Parkway and the Eastside Beltline and they are both empty. Put your rain pants on a enjoy the cool stress-free breeze!

Topic: My commute by bike

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Encouraged Daphne from Global Growers

We went to Global Growers and our tour guide Daphne has 2 kids and is new to the area. I let her test Tracey's bike and my Douze (bakfiet) to help her see what even with 2 kids she can ditch the c... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story I like to cruise Downtown Atlanta as the sun is setting.

I like to cruise Downtown Atlanta as the sun is setting.

Ride with me during one my evening routes in Downtown Atlanta. [address removed]

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Naan Stop Hills

Decided to ride from Dawsonville to Buckhead for some Naan with a friend. It was brutal, but worth it

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Need to discover new trails

It has been a honeymoon with the cars off the road but now people are going back into the office which means more and more cars on the road and everybody in a rush to get nowhere. I am now go... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Less Traffic Equals More Fun

When most people complained and moaned that they had to stay home during the pandemic, I took it as an opportunity to get to know my neighborhood. With less cars to contend with I felt comfortable... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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In the beginning

In the beginning of lockdowns, back in Spring, when all the vehicles seemed to disappear from our streets, people began to view our public spaces in a different view. Many people dusted off their o... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story GRIT.  GETS.  IT.

GRIT. GETS. IT.

Last Biketober I spent over $200 on inner tubes. My goal was to be a top ten rider for mileage during the challenge and to do so required riding over a thousand miles. I finished 9th out of over ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Engaging Top Managers

Engaging Top Managers

We had more management support this year! Our great Production Manager paid the bike repairs as usual. The Plant Manager was very interested in our numbers considering that we won last year. We ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Safer Infrastructure Encourages More Riding

Witnessing the constant stream of bicycles safely crossing DeKalb Ave @ Krog St, using the new scramble.

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Ebike changed my life

Ebike changed my life

I ordered an Ebike back in February and just by chance injured my knee shortly after receiving it. I was waiting for a knee replacement and wasn't able to ride a normal bike. I was hit by a car in ... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Image for story No more beautiful ride anywhere!

No more beautiful ride anywhere!

It's a bit of a schlep to get there (5 hour drive from Atlanta), but there is no more beautiful ride than the Virginia Creeper trail -- 17 miles from White Top to Damascus, VA. Very mountainous, b... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Thanks Biketober!

Thanks Biketober!

Temps in Atlanta were in the mid 90s this week. Without the challenge of already being committed to a team for Biketober, I would *not* be out riding until later in the fall. But I went out and had... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story GTRI's endeavor to rise to the top of cycling in Atlanta.

GTRI's endeavor to rise to the top of cycling in Atlanta.

I am not a cyclist. But I got on my bike. It was one of those stupid fitness challenges for which I did not prepare, and in this particular case, one joins a group of coworkers to see how many days... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Goal met- thanks Critical Mass!

Goal met- thanks Critical Mass!

Just met my goal of 50 miles for the month of October! I may not have met the goal if I didn't tough out the rain to ride in Critical Mass's October ride. If you haven't met your goal yet, don't gi... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Being chased by a flock of scooters

Being chased by a flock of scooters

So on the way home from middle school, I turned left down Ralph McGill off Parkway and as I was going to turn North on Central Park Place I see a flock of scooters going east on Ralph McGill. As I... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Another Douze Rescue!

Helped another lady and her dog today. Her dog had a hurt foot from the Piedmont Park dog park and I put them in the Douze and got them across the park to their house. 3 in a month!

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Image for story Special tour of Allied Cycles

Special tour of Allied Cycles

We got to see carbon fiber bikes being built!

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Just riding

I've been bike riding for a while now. After discovering an electric bike my biking jumped like 50%. I mostly ride in the downtown area. I also ride in the Stone Mountain area. I would love to ride... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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No Traffic

When Atlanta went into lockdown March 23, 2020 traffic disappeared from city streets instantly. People went outside and walked around their neighborhoods w/o fear of speeding vehicles. It was great... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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From Fat to Fit

Bought a good, inexpensive Trek in Dec. 2013. Was 255+ lbs and rising with borderline hypertension and assorted weight problems. Kept riding, and by August 2014, was able to make the 5 miles to wor... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Saved by a Stranger

I was on the Arabian Mountain Trail a few years ago riding my bike. Trying to get back to my car before dark, I put my bike in fast gear. Suddenly I hit a rock on the trail and was airborne. I was ... read more

Topic: Other

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Another Douze Rescue!

Riding on the Beltline last night and a lady had a Bulldog that couldn't go any farther. We tried to just put the bulldog in the Douze but she jumped out so the owner and the dog got in and I rode... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Commuting to Touring

Commuting to Touring

Frequently, while driving through the west and Midwest my family would pass cyclists going and coming across the mountains and the plains. I always wanted to take a shot at Colorado and Kansas... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Lake Russell Wildlife Management Area (North Georgia)

Lake Russell Wildlife Management Area (North Georgia)

All the miles of dirt and gravel roads to ride to your heart's content through shady pine and oak forest, mostly to yourself on weekdays. No need to gravel grind here. Slow down a bit, smell the ... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Festive Biking November/December 2020

Am grateful to have been able to do my holiday shopping on my bike! It was a festive way to check the items off my list. Quick bike ride with my back pack to the PATH then on to Avondale or Decat... read more

Topic: Other

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Grateful!

Belly laughs, beads of sweat on my forehead, soft and forceful breezes on my face, indescribable joy, inner strength - these are just some of the experiences I have been blessed to enjoy during the... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Growing Participation Among Colleagues

Growing Participation Among Colleagues

I have participated in Biketober in years past, and so have others from my workplace at AECOM. But I wanted to help make this the year with the highest participation yet for AECOM. Near the beginni... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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A different route

I have been taking the same route to work for the last 2 years. At first I HATED biking to work. I had to pump myself up every morning and I just hated it. Now it's my favorite time of the day. It'... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story My Biketober experience

My Biketober experience

I was told about this challenge from a friend. I was happy to know that there was a community of cyclists for I haven't been on a bike in 8 years. Everytime I rode my bike for this challenge other ... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Rule 9

Rule 9 of Velominati's "The Rules" says, "If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period." Here's to all the badasses that were out riding in the rain, yesterday.

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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It really wasn't that hard

When I lived in DC, I frequently biked to work. Few hills, lots of dedicated bike lanes. Great and convenient bike share program. But in Atlanta? Never! I have worked in downtown Atlanta for... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Oct2

Oct2

Today’s biking

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Stories from around the world

Hexham to Sunderland (via a "Spoon's" and a Gregg's)

In early November, Myself and dad took the bikes on the train from Sunderland up to Hexham for a day ride back home using national cycle route 72 and the C2C route.. First port of call was Wethersp... read more

Topic: Other

Ride along the seafront

I have been riding this area through lockdown and now at the weekend. This ride gives me hills flat and curved areas which is lovely, and all the time I have a sea view. I often stop to chat to oth... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

Goals

2021 Biking Goals: Ride 5,000 miles. Check (5,650) Ride 1,000 miles in a month. Check. (1,002) Ride a century. Check (with my son, Dec 17) Put more miles on my road bike (5,116) than... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

Day 1

First day riding to work. Of course it had to be a day where we have a high of 30 degrees! Oh well...... I did it to improve my health. I did it to save money. I did it to help the environment... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Retail Therapy

Retail Therapy

Before Covid I got used to breaking my shopping up to 2 to 4 trips during the week often on my way home from other things and only buying what fitted in my backpack. During Covid I changed my shopp... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Taking the train to get a Devon & Cornwall Railcard

Taking the train to get a Devon & Cornwall Railcard

Today was the fourth time than I've taken my bike on the train. This time I bought a Devon & Cornwall Railcard at Barnstaple station. Chulmleigh has beauty rolling hills with views to Dartmoor ... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Image for story The sun making a brief appearance

The sun making a brief appearance

Changeable weather today, but still the occasional brighter moment

Topic: Other

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Bike life

My first bike was a Christmas present after I turned 5 years old. I was so excited, that I sneaked into the garage (where I was told NOT to go) to ride it. It was red, with a large front wheel and ... read more

Topic: Other

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Paradise

Getting back on my bike has been fab, especially with the great weather we are having. I've been making the most of the time in between jobs, exploring what is right in front of me. We do live in p... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

Image for story Biking is better, even in -50C

Biking is better, even in -50C

I have ridden a bike as my primary mode of transport since 1989, doing my Master's degree. I owned a car briefly for one year in 1995-96, and had bought a house outside of the city so I could be i... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story The Peace Of Riding

The Peace Of Riding

This is not 1 memory. I have never driven, always ridden. I deal with anxiety. Some of my rides and my choice to ride the long way home are for the purpose of destressing. I find riding and listeni... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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