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Image for story January Riding

January Riding

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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Image for story Love mountain biking at Fremont Older

Love mountain biking at Fremont Older

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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Why I Enjoy Biking

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

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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I love Biking

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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Image for story Air Quality Finally Improving

Air Quality Finally Improving

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

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Proper equipment keeps you safer

Proper equipment keeps you safer

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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Image for story New nearby rides

New nearby rides

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

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story I should get triple x2 credit :-)

I should get triple x2 credit :-)

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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Image for story Bandannas are the best!

Bandannas are the best!

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 :-)

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Amsterdam to the East Bay

Amsterdam to the East Bay

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

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Cool weather returning

Cool weather returning

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

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story This has become my new favorite 200K+ ride!

This has become my new favorite 200K+ ride!

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

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story It is What it is

It is What it is

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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Image for story beginners only: you can do it!

beginners only: you can do it!

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

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Do the Bike Rain Dance... Bike to Wherever :-)

Do the Bike Rain Dance... Bike to Wherever :-)

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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Image for story It may seem difficult at first...

It may seem difficult at first...

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

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story And quadruple credit for more hauling

And quadruple credit for more hauling

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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Image for story The coolest bike ped bridge in Silicon Valley

The coolest bike ped bridge in Silicon Valley

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

Topic: My commute by bike

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Stories from around the world

Bike ride

This is the first time in years that I have had my own bike and been able to get out on my bike with friends and support staff from where I live in Hatfield near Doncaster I am enjoying going out o... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

Pluie

Y a beaucoup plue

Topic: My commute by bike

baby bird

I live in Cornwall and one day a week I ride a 15 mile circuit on country roads crossing the A3072 at a busy junction. On this day I had just crossed the main road and noticed a small bird in the ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

Image for story Hidden gems to discover while cycling

Hidden gems to discover while cycling

I have been living in Milton Keynes since 2002. Busy life style and work commitments meant that the car was my main transport option. However, following a change in my work circumstances, I sudde... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

Lambing time.

I am fortunate to have a very rural route to work (for most of it anway). Narrow, single track road with passing places, trees and fields with farm animals, etc. Earlier this year as I headed along... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story My friend Ciara...

My friend Ciara...

My friend Ciara is one of a number of female riders recently joined Claydon Cycling Club in Buckinghamshire as part of the club's new Academy program. The initiative encourages would-be cyclists t... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Ride London 100

Ride London 100

Memories of my Ride London 100 mile ride back in 2018... I’m a very casual cyclist, not in a cycling club and don’t go out with any groups of cyclists, so for my first cycling sportive to be the... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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The freedom machine

I wanted to share with you a story of why the bicycle is such a great thing. I know you all know this anyway, but here goes... I work as a Bikeability Cycling Instructor. One of the things I lov... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Along the canal

I got a new job a few months ago. It means a different commute route. Every morning I now have the pleasure of part of the route being along the canal. The cygnets and ducklings are growing well an... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

Image for story Scottish Odyssey

Scottish Odyssey

My wife and I recently enjoyed a wonderful tour from Edinburgh to Oban via the Union and Forth and Clyde canals, the Paisley to Greenock railway path, some challenging climbs and fabulous views acr... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

Image for story Cycling on isle of skye

Cycling on isle of skye

Went to isle of skye for a weeks cycling holiday, stayed in a cottage in portnalong, best cycling I've done in a few months, views were brilliant, plenty off road and on road tracks to cycle on. Me... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Rejoicing in cycle lanes

I love whizzing past cars in traffic jams using cycle lanes. It always makes me feel happy to not be sitting in a hot car but instead feeling the breeze in my hair as I pass by!

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story 100 miles

100 miles

2017 overweight and told pre-diabetic so had to lose weight. I lost my weight on treadmill (stick with me lol ) I have always loved cycling be it Chipper,Grifter ,M/bike or Road Bike . 2019 my ... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Image for story Training mood

Training mood

Challenge Ride ✨🚴🏻‍♂️

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

A weekend of cycling

For the past 4 days I cycled for charity, as far as I could each day!

Topic: Other

Image for story #Womenwhoride

#Womenwhoride

My cycling story began a long way back on a large 3 wheeled tricycle, then always rode a variety of bikes, often where I wasn't supposed to! Local dirt track was for boys, not girls and mum said 'n... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story It's a mental thing

It's a mental thing

Recently separated, no money to speak of and living in a rented room. I was struggling.. My head was spinning and i had a fogged mind... The one good thing I did during this was buy my mountain bik... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Life saving bicycle

Life saving bicycle

I'll keep this short, I didn't hear a car from my left side, hmm going deaf? coincidently my bike would not balance... off to the Dr. numerous tests resulted in an MRI scan. Aha, it's NOT the bike... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story School staff love the Ebike loan scheme

School staff love the Ebike loan scheme

Through my local Sustainable Travel and Road Safety Officer I have organised some loan Ebikes for school staff. The interest has exploded now staff have seen the smiles on their colleagues faces as... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Being Present on your ride

Being Present on your ride

Yesterday I rode the well known guided busway that runs between St Ives and Cambridge in Cambridgeshire. One way it is 14 miles. Because it runs along an old trainline, it's pretty flat the whole... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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4000 Miles for 40

Lockdown has been tough on me and my family, so I'm trying to keep moving and positive, cycling and running are big outlets for that, a time to unwind and switch off, part of that has been to fundr... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Why I'm now addicted to cycling...

Why I'm now addicted to cycling...

A newbie’s insight into the wonderful world of riding… Hello, my name is Jude, and I’m addicted to cycling. It’s a new thing and I’m definitely hooked! It all started one Saturday night, gl... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Summer ride to work

Having recently moved out in the countryside my cycle commute to work this morning involved going on the Transpenine Trail, coming across a rabbit, a little mouse, cows and sheep. Followed by urban... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Banks of the river Mersey

Banks of the river Mersey

A round trip organised by Cliff and supported by his sister Nancy and experienced rider Dave we headed out of Prescott to the Mersey taking in Huyton Hale and Halton perfect weather for a run out a... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story From overtaken to overtaking!

From overtaken to overtaking!

Any day that I can leave my car at home is a good one, but with a journey of 17 miles on the motorway, it took some thought and planning to commute by bike. I began by riding to the station and I t... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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My Early Morning Ride

At 72 Years old a diabetic for 50 years only just started riding a bike again in the past 9 months. I am up at 6.30 am, have breakfast then out on my bike. The roads are reasona... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Bolehillls

I’ve not been to Bolehills for years, but recent events meant that I had a few hours to kill in that area, with my 6 year old. The big new ramps were too big for us, so we honed our handing skills ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Am I jinxed?

On 17 December 2017 as was my usual routine after finishing my morning shift, I got on my bike to cycle to the gym. However, I’d only gone about 1-200 yards, and at very slow speed as it was still ... read more

Topic: Other

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Riding everyday

I have been riding my bike every day since 1.1.15 when I decided this would be my bike challenge. I say every day but I crashed my bike that September and had to be brought home in an ambulance and... read more

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Image for story LeJog aspirant

LeJog aspirant

My new found enjoyment of cycling, started around 10 years ago. I have happy childhood memories of all the bikes I have had (was never allowed a Raleigh Chopper (there's still time I guess), but a ... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Coffee and cake

Coffee and cake

I first met my friend Chris about 40 years ago. For the last 20 of these years we have shared the occasional bike ride, typically between 10 and 20 miles. Lockdown 1 threw a spanner in the work... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Little and often on a folding bike

Little and often on a folding bike

I used to commute to work (a round trip of 12 miles) more or less every day Monday to Friday from 2014 to 2017. That year I was diagnosed with MS, and that, combined with a constant offer of a lift... read more

Topic: My commute by bike