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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

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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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

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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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)

Topic: My commute by bike

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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.

Topic: My commute by bike

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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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Well after a year at my new job and commuting by bike, One of my co-workers got themselves an E-bike and they are commuting to work with me at 5am. Now I am taking all sorts of different routes hom... read more

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Not sure if this is allowed. However I am selling my commuter bike. It is in very good condition. It comes with a triple on the front with a Shimano chain set. Good winter tyres new brake blocks ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

It’s Saturday and the #lovetoride scavenger hunt is still going. We got a late morning start, but we’ve accomplished to find the clues that we’re just added. We only had to double back once. But no... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

Do you remember the first time you rode a bicycle? I wonder why it can't be as fun as an adult. Actually, it should be more fun because your experience and strength should make it easier to ride. M... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Sylvie Froncek Yay! We'll pick a winner when the scavenger hunt ends!

We rode throughout the neighborhood and my grandaughter took her bunny for a ride in her basket. She had a harness on her and jumped out of it and my hubby caught it as fast as it hit the ground.

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Sylvie Froncek Yay! We'll pick a winner when the scavenger hunt ends!

It was really exciting to win a new ABUS lock and some swag from the #BikeLove drawing last month! Now I can leave my bike outside when I run into the store. Thanks to Sylvie, the San Diego County ... read more

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My dad is in my bubble. Speaking of 'bubble' - in a year of new vocabulary and small geography, on Easter Monday, I got to spend time with my dad. It was nice to focus on something different. (N... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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I had my bike stolen in December 2018. I wasn’t able to replace it until February 2021. Now that I have a toddler, bike rides look a little different. But they’re still so fun! We can’t wait to exp... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Sylvie Froncek Yay! We'll pick a winner when the scavenger hunt ends!

Today I kicked off the #LaMesa scavenger hunt with a protest ride/run/walk/skate for Breonna Taylor because justice has yet to be served. Just keep pedaling and keep saying her (their) name(s).

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Sylvie Froncek Yay! We'll pick a winner when the scavenger hunt ends!

I have been riding a bike since my first tricycle at 5 years old. I grew up in La Mesa and rode my bike to school through highschool. My bike was also my freedom to explore my neighborhood and just... read more

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Sylvie Froncek Yay! We'll pick a winner when the scavenger hunt ends!

I'm glad I got to go out and see things I've never seen during the scav (the amphitheater at market creekside was really cool) but everyone else looks like they are having so much more fun with the... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Sylvie Froncek Yay! Thanks for writing a great story! We'll pick winners after the event ends!

I did not think I was competitive, but now realise I am a bit. 3 older brothers, youngest and only girl. Completing the March challenge during lockdown, with an aging body and bike (30 years ol... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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A couple of months ago I was commuting by bike to work, about 7 miles there. I got a flat tire on my ride, and I had no idea how to fix it. I had a spare tube in my bad and I started watching a you... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Sylvie Froncek woohoo! We're about to pick a bike lock winner...
Sylvie Froncek You're a winner! Check your email.

Last spin today for the 'Ride it out'. Big thumbs up for all participants from me and thanks to NSC for the logistics and organising the good weather!

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Though an injury has kept me from riding for some time, your self-guided tours and scavenger hunts have motivated me to get back on my saddle and start riding again, striving to go a little bit far... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Sylvie Froncek Yay! You're entered to win an Abus lock, we'll contact the 4 winners tomorrow!
Sylvie Froncek CONGRATS! You're winner! Check your email.

I never set out to become a bike advocate. It was not in my plan, or even realm of thought when I decided to see if I could do a triathlon and got my first road bike (first bike ever in decades, ac... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Sylvie Froncek Yay! You're entered to win an Abus lock, we'll contact the 4 winners tomorrow!

Half way to a Proclaimers song. Lockdown 1 came, working from home and missing my hour daily walk. Out came the old bike. Quiet roads, bliss and beautiful Lincolnshire Countryside. But how fa... read more

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My first time on a Bicycle built for two was different. My husband was in the front and there were times I closed my eyes cause I just don't want to look at how he was going to avoid something. Jus... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Sylvie Froncek Yay! We'll pick a winner when the scavenger hunt ends!

So far 657 miles Brings lots of smiles Never mind the weather As long as bike and I are together On every outing picking up litter The wind and temperature bitter Going round the BMX track ... read more

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Super excited to participate in the La Mesa scavenger hunt #lamesa Chrissy017

Topic: Other

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Sylvie Froncek Yay! We'll pick a winner when the scavenger hunt ends!

Let me just say I’m not a fan of the sore butt that comes when I pedal my 2wheeler. But I solved that problem. Just recently I bought a used/new/never ridden Terratrike Rover. It’s an entry level ... read more

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Sylvie Froncek Yay! We'll pick a winner when the scavenger hunt ends!

Love that the rule of 6 allows me to see some of my favourite people. My cousin and I did the sites of London. In 35km, we rode alongside the Thames, saw St Pauls, spotted the Shard and Tate Mode... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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After 30 years I've taking up bike riding again and finding it enjoyable riding a few miles a day between 2-5 miles and hopefully do a lot more in the very near future if you want to ride after... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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roger fentem Well done Alan, like you I had a 30 year break between cycling periods. I took it up again at age 70 and am doing about 250... read more

I am the only one out of my group of friends that does not know how to write a actually bike. That doesn't stop me nor my friends from supporting me and me using alternative modes of transportatio... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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My hubby and I tried out the Old Pacific Highway trail. Most of the ride has no cars and has a beautiful view! Next time we will ride further on to San Clemente or Dana Point.

Topic: A happy riding memory

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A 27km night ride all the way to East London to see my 2 week old little nephew from a distance. Well worth it.

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Because we #lovetoride

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I got my Diamondback Outlook as a gift in 1996! We have logged many miles together, including a tour across the state of Pennsylvania (I completed about 375 miles of it over seven days.) Here's ... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Sylvie Froncek Great! You're entered to win and we're choosing names shortly!
Karen Poret Mr. Leibrant...I do not know you personally, but there is a street here in Santa Cruz, CA with your last name! ( and, it’s ... read more

Hi, having recently parted ways with my Boardman hybrid comp I acquired a Voodoo Hoodoo off my Son. Whilst I had an old 2000's 26" MTB, the Voodoo is amazing and has lifted my spirits when it come... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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I was reading about riding safety in the dark, and lots of people said that we are very good a recognising and seeing faces, so I thought I would combine this idea with reflective details. With ... read more

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Alison Smith what a great idea :)

It's hard to believe that it's been a year since the COVID pandemic "started". Like most people, I picked up cycling (again) during this time as a way to exercise since workout and fitness centers ... read more

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Sylvie Froncek Yay! You're entered to win an Abus lock, we'll contact the 4 winners tomorrow!

#BikeLove my husband and I fixed up our bikes during quarantine and started going on long bike rides on the weekends. I'm currently training for a century!

Topic: Other

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Sylvie Froncek Yay! You're entered to win an Abus lock, we'll contact the 4 winners tomorrow!