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I got 765.6 KM in this month just shy of 800. I also picked up a new CX bike to round out my stable of bikes. I have really enjoyed riding this month cold and rain be dammed, good gear will get y... read more

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I live in Cupertino and Fremont Older is a great place for mountain biking with a variety of trails and terrain. It's an easy ride from home to Foothill Blvd to Stevens Creek County Park. You will ... read more

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I live in Cupertino and really enjoy biking! It's a good way for me to relax and get some exercise. I like biking to a park with my family and biking close to our houses with my neighbor. In my opi... read more

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I love biking. I love biking because I have fun peddling. I like to ride long distances. My longest ride is 7.2 miles. I once had a flat tire then I ordered slime and a tire and fixed it. - A... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Sheldon Korpet Great work Anika! 🚵🏼‍♀️
ಗೌತಮ್ ಜಯಣ್ಣ Gautham Jayanna Thank you Sheldon

After a few weeks off my bike due to the poor air quality, it was great to finally get a ride in. From my home in Cupertino, it's a quick ride down Stelling and then a right onto Prospect Road. S... read more

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Cherie Walkowiak Thanks for posting your Cupertino story!! This earns you a prize for participating in Cupertino’s Fall Bike Fest Week 1 Cha... read more
Cherie Walkowiak A Google search for Cupertino Fall Bike Fest should hep you find our web page. For some reason I can't post the link here.

There is no bad weather just bad clothing choices. When it rains, use fenders and rain gear, when it snows, wear layers. When it is smokey, wear a mask with a good filter. Everyone stay safe out th... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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When I started working from home during COVID, my weekday commute cycling went completely to zero. After getting a bit stir-crazy, I started looking for good, ~ 1-1.5 hour rides I could take from ... read more

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Rem O'Donnelley I love your cheerful puppy

I hauled a couple hundred pounds of postcards and posters to Sunnyvale Sports Basement in preparation for Bike to Wherever Days. (Take 2 - attempting to ride right side up this time)

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I love bandannas and use them as my towel, sweat band, washcloth, cooling pad on back of neck, napkin, dish towel, dish rag, handkerchief, and face mask. So many uses! Just like a bicycle :-)

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I've been bike commuting for 5+ years. A stolen Specialized, a New Schwinn Hybrid, then a trip to Amsterdam flipped my switch! How about a Cargo Bike. Months of research and another month of wai... read more

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David Borges 4000 plus miles now on my Babboe City cargo bike! The Bay Trail, San Lorenzo to San Leandro is a microcosm! I love to see... read more

Finally, some cool weather returning. This is Stevens Canyon Reservoir with some morning fog. Yes, it's fog and not smoke. This was part of a 13.5 mile loop starting from Cupertino, up Stevens C... read more

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This is a grand loop around Metro Detroit, following the western/northerly portions of Outer Drive, to Belle Isle, down to Grosse Ile, and further on down to Lake Erie Metro Park, then back through... read more

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Leon Shaner I was hoping to be able to add more photos. You can follow me here to see the photos from these many rides and more... [ad... read more
Leon Shaner Well now. It's Instagram dot com slash aetherscythe

I love to cycle for exercise and overall emotional health. I biked with my kids on a 5-day trip in Colorado, sponsored by the Adventure Cycling Association, in 2013, and we covered over 150 miles. ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Courtney Reynolds It’s amazing what exercise can do to help with emotional well-being. Thanks for sharing this!
Steven Friedman Thank you very much.

My one and only ride on a Schwinn Sting-Ray ended a promising bicycling career with a dramatic crash. Years later, my Encourager taught me to scoot, balance, and ride a Dahon Mariner folding bicycl... read more

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Cherie Walkowiak What a great story!

When I joined SVBC a year ago, it rained in September! Sure would be nice to get a good rain right now to cool things down and put out fires. If you would like to reduce future fires, get out and B... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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It may seem difficult or nearly impossible to ride for long distances but if you put the time and effort you will be rewarded with an amazing feeling of accomplishment and beautiful views/scenery y... read more

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Then I hauled about 300 pounds of canopies, water, boxes, and other supplies to Sunnyvale Sports Basement from downtown San Jose. It was hot but thankfully not too smokey from all the fires nearby.

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The most beautiful bike and pedestrian bridge in Silicon Valley spans the Junipero Serra Fwy (Interstate 280) between Sunnyvale and Cupertino. I crossed it today on my way to get to a socially dist... read more

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Jeff Rossel It's awesome at night too.

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As I got older I I decided to change bike bike from road bike to hybrid, first thing i did was replace tires 700c 25mm for low roll resistance, then I changed the cassette from the 11 -34 to 11-42 ... read more

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So many memories of biking with the kids here back when they lived with us! When we first started our youngest was on a 16" bike and the oldest on a 20". They kept graduating up sizes, (and schoo... read more

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My cousin and I are Red Riders. What this means is that we are cyclist who have diabetes. My cousin had lost his eye sight because of diabetes. He and I reconnected a few years back through cycling... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Two rides this Sunday, a morning and a afternoon ride! 10 AM ride: 𝗥𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝗟𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗿: David Felfoldi 𝐑𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐓𝐲𝐩𝐞: Intermediate Adventurer (12 miles) 𝐌𝐞𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐏𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐭: Ashford Park 𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐤𝐬 𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐥𝐮𝐝𝐞𝐝: Ashford... read more

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Yesterday was the 2nd anniversary of a commute home that put me in hospital for 3 days with broken ribs collar bone and a broken shoulder socket. A white van driver turned across my path as I rod... read more

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#FamilyRide My best riding memories continue to be to find little areas where you can ride along and smell the flowers, literally. The smell of flowers and Spring blossoms are unparalleled with a ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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I love riding my bicycle. It's become a vessel to discover flora, fauna, birds, and mycelium. For this weeks challenge-- Biking with a friend-- I decided to hit the road with my main-squeeze, Frank... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Wales was out of bounds for English cyclists for many months. Very frustrating for Bristol cyclists, given the enticing sight of the Welsh hills from Bristol and surrounding areas. But understandab... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Frank Milum Palmer sounds a lovely few days,quite envious

Beautiful Britain By Bike - Day Three. A historic tour of Somerset & Dorset. Today's commute took us to Somerton, Ancient Royal Town of Wessex. Our adventure began under blue skies as we s... read more

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A historic tour of Somerset & Dorset. Today's commute took us to Somerton, Ancient Royal Town of Wessex. Our adventure began under blue skies as we set off towards the old Roman town of Ilch... read more

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The North Wessex Downs. I'm on annual leave so am taking the opportunity to explore a few new places. After a 75 minute commute to Pangbourne, we set off to explore the quiet country lanes of West... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

One night my wife and I were riding home from the Basement Theatre in Auckland. Coming up Grey Str going past the council flats a lone bike rider comes hurtling down the hill. He is a Polynesian ma... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

I asked my wife what she wanted to do on mother's day. Her answer was to go on one of our favorite bike ride. (after breakfast in bed, of course) So we grabbed our bikes and bike trailer (for our 6... read more

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I have loved being on the bike of late! It shows on the hills and also my pacing. It's just a satisfying feeling with the wind falling on my face after some crazy climbing, and then you let the fee... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Did you know that one of Michigan’s bicycles laws is for cyclists to ride as close to the right side of the curb/road as possible. There are a few exceptions for that: passing another bicycle/vehi... read more

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Cynthia Dowe Thank you for informing me Janine , this actually great to know!

My son, husband and I decided to spend Mother's Day biking the Coastal Trail from Pacific Grove just past Marina. My husband and I have new electric bikes and we rented a bike in Pacific Grove for... read more

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Matt Miller Love this Sabrina!

It's not particularly beautiful, a commercial/light industrial road west of Ann Arbor. I work just off Jackson Road, just about at the midpoint of a 4-mile+ stretch with a fairly generous bike lane... read more

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I am very happy that my Norcal sister rides bikes with her sons and wife. Fortunately I have enough bikes and helmets so we can ride when they come down to visit. It's a joy to watch my nephews gro... read more

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My husband and I were mt. bikers before his accident. His handcycle has made it possible for us to still enjoy our time pedaling. His old friend and one time volleyball buddy joins us on a handcycl... read more

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Took my child to the Y by bike and was honked at and insulted for not riding on the sidewalk. At least my child thought the honking was funny and did seem to notice the yelling. Another reason wh... read more

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#FamilyRide My best riding memories continue to be to find little areas where you can ride along and smell the flowers, literally. The smell of flowers and Spring blossoms are unparalleled with a ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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My mom wanted us to go for a #familyride for Mother's Day. I love my mom!

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hashtag #familyride - I road my bike with 5 of my 9 grandchildren at my HOA park. They did better than I did, but we had fun together

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My fiancé and I love riding around our bikes from our home in Hillcrest to downtown. During this ride, we caught the sunset from the Broadway Pier. #familyride

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Corinium Dobunnorum Loop of the Cotswolds- a step back in time exploring the deserted lanes of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Today's commute took us to Cirencester - the forecast was f... read more

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Beautiful Britain By Bike - Day Two. Corinium Dobunnorum Loop of the Cotswolds- a step back in time exploring the deserted lanes of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Today's commute took ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

Having not rode a bike since I was 16 years old, 20 years on during the first COVID lockdown I rediscovered the joy of Bicycle riding! I was lucky enough to be able to borrow an electric bike fr... read more

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This #familyride was a 350 mile self-supported bike tour from Washington DC to Pittsburgh with my mom, a friend, and my 2 kids, ages 5 and 8 at the time. Kids pedaled every mile under their own pow... read more

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Felipe Gomez Wow! Inspiring!
Bernie Parmer That is an awesome ride.

I ride to the beach two to three times a week after work. Regardless of the weather the site and smell of the ocean always relaxes me!

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Bernie Parmer Pine mountain forest works too.

The weather has been beautiful so we make it a point to bike around the island at least once a day. When we first moved here, we didn't own bikes because none of the kids knew how to ride. Now, #fa... read more

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On the weekend we typically ride from our Little Italy home around SD Bay and Point Loma areas. This past weekend we enjoyed a incredible aerial exhibition by a couple osprey families teaching the... read more

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Melissa Menas #familyride

I know many have had a devastating time recently, there are sad stories all the time on the news, but I have had a wonderful time through it all. My wife and I gave up alcohol on 31 Dec 19 (was ... read more

Susie Cumming Thanks for your encouraging story, David - great stuff!
Catherine Bossert Beautiful, David! I, too, find being on the bike takes me back to being a kid where times were simpler! And yes, I wish I d... read more