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Anniversary!

Yesterday, November 14, 2021, marked my eleventh anniversary as a cyclist! My road bike's long-term mileage total squeaked past the 30K mark; and the day before, my hybrid's long-term mileage reach... read more

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Thwarted!

I hoped to ride a lot during Cycle September, only to have my plans thwarted by Hurricane Ida. I left home for the storm; and the authorities in New Orleans are saying not to come back if you've ev... read more

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First race

Kid jist did her first race and she's all in. Any nola kids out there wanna ride?

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Newest Rider.

Those who know me will tell you that I am seldom at a loss for words. But this week...these weeks, I've struggled for inspiration, and encouragement. But today I watched my car free street host... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Bikes can be fixed

A friend thought her bike was a lost cause and was asking around for bike shops and used bikes. I told her I'd take a look: her bike was nearly new and in fantastic shape! All it needed was a fro... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Back in the Saddle

I got back home the evening of Sept. 21. It's great to be on a real bicycle again; but I'm more out of condition that I thought. I've got a ways to go before I'm really back in shape, and am back t... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Never Say Never

We've all heard it: Never Say Never. In November 2009, I started my pedal pushing career on an adult trike, as I had some issues with balance/dizziness at the time. Several months after I got th... read more

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Image for story Couldn't go anywhere but we could bike!

Couldn't go anywhere but we could bike!

Last summer we took out first family bike trip. Up the east coast of Lake Michigan. Ten days total with a couple of zero days. Camped the entire way and even took the dog. Our 10 year old was a mo... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Going back to basics: Riding for fun

Going back to basics: Riding for fun

Anyone that knows me, knows I don't drive. I fully rely on my bike to do everything and to go everywhere. I buy groceries, take the pets to the Vet, meet friends, social ride, go to work, go to... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Virtual Community through the Bike Easy April Challenge

Virtual Community through the Bike Easy April Challenge

I've worked with Bike Easy to help plan the monthly challenge since we first started implementing the Love to Ride platform 4 years ago. First as a volunteer, my role at Bike Easy eventually expand... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story RIDE IT OFF

RIDE IT OFF

I drink alone, yeah With nobody else I drink alone, yeah With nobody else Yeah, you know when I drink alone I prefer to be by myself (George Thorogood - I Drink Alone, 1985) George Thorogo... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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The Pain before the Pleasure

'Change' is happening in Hamilton with major roadworks around the University area of the City so my regular commute route impassable and sometimes frustrating when following the detour route sugges... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Riding in the rain.

I love riding in the rain! The key is to be prepared and have waterproof clothing for both top and bottom halves of your body. Also, make sure your bike's lights are working. You will probably r... read more

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COP26 Challenge

My last ride of the COP26 challenge - Watching the waves come in & go out again at sunset. The night was enjoyably warm. The light exercise left me feeling invigorated. - Then the horror sank... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

Inspired by Charlie

I hadn't been on a bike for 22 years (following a nasty crash). But when a new colleague started cycling to work, he inspired me to get back on 2 wheels. At first I was terrible, as my brain rememb... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Best and worst road on my commute

Blenheim Road is both awesome and awful for commuting. Minimal parking means there's far less risk of dooring, and the traffic tends to create a nice draught regardless of the wind. So many pot... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

Image for story My Disability Does Not Prevent Me From Riding

My Disability Does Not Prevent Me From Riding

I was a state meet qualifier in cross country in high school and a marathon runner with a personal best of 3:14 at the Disney Marathon. I started having difficulty walking and eventually could not... read more

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Kudos to those who road in today (Monday morning)

Brisk day to be out! After about 5 minutes or so, my body acclimated to the chilled temperatures, beautiful day. Hope you all too can find joy in riding in this weather! Be well

Topic: My commute by bike

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Sons friend from school

Took my son (13) and a friend from his from school for a ride around a nice local route today, at their request! It is only 4.someodd miles long, and we managed 3 laps. Not to bad for his friend wh... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story LA Marathon Crash Ride (Midnight Century Edition)

LA Marathon Crash Ride (Midnight Century Edition)

Every year hundreds of LA riders get together at Tang's donuts at 4:00 am and ride the LA Marathon course. Is an awesome ride and I already have done it five times. I invited some friends and ended... read more

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Hurry up Dad

Got my son off training wheels at 3. Taught him to ride in a peloton, and tame his youthful energy to pace himself for 50 milers. He finished his first Ironman in September 2021!

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Never Thought Possible

I never thought I’d be able to ride in a race. After a lot of hard work, training and dedication I won overall female in my first ever race. You never know what you’re capable of until you try. #... read more

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Image for story ❤️ Lake Routes

❤️ Lake Routes

Love the scenic and peaceful views along one of my routes. It’s one of the reasons I ride. #MobilityWeekFL

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Bike with your kids! You’ll achieve more than you think.

Bike with your kids! You’ll achieve more than you think.

Multitasking: A mother’s best friend. There aren’t a lot of activities that my whole family can do together. Biking though allows me to get a workout for myself, pick my kids up from school, and th... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Be Cautious

When I ride I make a point of staying right as far as possible. if a bike lane exists and parking is to the right, I will dip into vacant parking spaces to buffer myself against traffic. In a way, ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Back in the saddle

After a bit of a tough year in 2020 change in job, change in house a new commute ride to work is getting the head and body heading back in a good direction.

Topic: My commute by bike

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Hemi

I have a Dalmatian, Hemi. He is a show dog but mostly he is my boy. Every day when I come home from work we go for a ride/run We love it. We are working on another challenge from the Dalmatian ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Pirate fest

A nice ride from Delray to Boynton to partake in the festivals.

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Back in the woods

Back in the woods

In the late 80’s I rediscovered biking with the purchase of my Specialized Rockhopper and weekend excursions to the Blue Hills near Boston. Now in my early 60’s, I am once again tediscovering tra... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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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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Riding for Health

I had a stroke in 2005 at age 50. My right ankle never came back so mobility is an issue. In 2011 the Doc told me I need to exercise as I was up to 265 lbs. I got a used trike and started riding... read more

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And then it rained!

A beautiful autumn morning, the sun is just out, the sky is starting to turn blue from grey. I am beginning my favourite bike ride. I haven't ridden here for a while so now I hope the autumn se... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

Cycling for my mental health

I began riding in 2012 when I was quite over weight and was suffering from quite severe depression and OCD. Cycling not only helped me lose weight and become physically healthy but it actually cont... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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100 Miles

The marquee at the elementary school says it is 46 degrees - a comfortable temperature, if I were driving my car, or walking with an umbrella. I am not, however, doing either of those activities. ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Thank you, Detroit!

Thank you, Detroit!

Hey, Detroiters! Thank you for participating in the City of Detroit’s first ever Bike Challenge! We loved every opportunity that we had to engage with you, from virtual high-fives to group ride... read more

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Recovery Ride

My first ride on Courtney Campbell for pleasure in a long time was amazing. I had trained for IRONMAN Florida so my previous rides for the last 8 months had been on my Tri Bike for pace. I was able... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Tandem ❤️ LoVe

Tandem ❤️ LoVe

My husband, Matt, and I just returned from the Hudson Valley. We had so much fun exploring + riding together on the the Mohonk Preserve + Minnewaska trails with breathtaking views, lots of lush gre... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story I Ride For Coffee ☕️

I Ride For Coffee ☕️

Rode to my favorite coffee shop for some cold brew with ground cinnamon. 😊

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Cycling = Cake

It's funny what interests people to start cycling or cycle more. Some are the cost savings they would make, the health impact, the sense of freedom... well I was sat at work having a treat of a cho... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Riding in the Everglades

Riding in the Everglades

One of my favourite places to ride a bike is at Shark Valley in Everglades National Park. You can bring your own bike or rent bikes there. It is a 15 mile paved loop through the river of grass and ... read more

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The First Long Ride

Several years back I was living in Bishop, CA., I had a brand new Nishiki 10 speed, Root Beer brown and keep in mind it had the old style leather seat, and decided to ride it down to La Puente, CA... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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First Day Flat

Of course the first day of the challenge I’d have to repair my flat. Riding along a local trail I heard the air rushing out of my rear tire after I rolled over a large stick left by a tree trimming... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Bike Enjoyment Shared by All

Bike Enjoyment Shared by All

Even my cat, Sophie, loves bikes. If only there were kitty helmets I could take her with me. ❤️ #MobilityWeekFL

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Image for story Just bought my new helmet

Just bought my new helmet

My new helmet just came in the mail. I chose this Base Camp model based on price, style, and the LED light in the back. I am very pleased and looking forward to more safe riding!

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Back on a bike after 35 years

Back on a bike after 35 years

I haven't been on a bike since my early teens, when I had a bad accident with a car and nearly killed myself, I've also never had to learn to drive, a car. but with the passing of my wife in 2020, ... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Image for story Hoping to inspire others

Hoping to inspire others

In August of 2014 I had a heart attack. After 40+ years of smoking, quit cold turkey. Was looking for a way to stay healthy. So after about 30 years of not being on a bike, I decided to buy one. Af... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story 1st Time Riding in Real Mountains

1st Time Riding in Real Mountains

While I’ve been trail riding for about 4 years, I ride in Florida. I went to NC last month on a biking trip. I was not prepared for real mountains despite all my training (LOL). The scenery was... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story It's Electric!

It's Electric!

I love my Faraday Porteur so much! We put in over 5,000 miles a year together and it replaced a car for my family!

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Halloween Ride

Went of for an evening ride on Halloween, my first time doing that (kids not into trick or treating anymore.) and it was cool to see all the kids and families out. There is a congregation point on... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Beating the storm!

My morning ride started with radar tracking, watching future storm tracking! Can I squeeze in my ride before storms move over my 20mi route. I made the decision to go and take my chances. At the ha... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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