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4 Corners

It was the last four days of the Cycle September Challenge and I got a text from Meg. "I want to hit all four corners of the City in the last four days. Which corner would you rather ride, SE or SW... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story My Personal Distance Challenge…continues

My Personal Distance Challenge…continues

Challenging myself to ride the distance… On 06 July, I rode my farthest distance of 150 miles. Not long after, I thought, “Well, I rode 150 miles, maybe I can ride farther.” I challenged myself to ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Closed to cars but not to bikes!

Closed to cars but not to bikes!

My work commute started with a perfect weather morning, cruising down Falls Road while it’s closed off to cars, but bikes can get through. I stopped to admire the wildflowers along the Jones Falls.... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Riverwalk Detroit

After not riding since December 17 2020 I was anxious to get back on my schedule (4-6 days per week). I had an incidence of basal cell carcinoma on my forehead in February and couldn't ride till it... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Conquering a big hill!

I've had my eye on a steep hill route since last year. I dreaded and anticipated it with eagerness and fear. I didn't expect to make it on the first attempt, but I did it! I'm in shock and awe!

Topic: Other

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ironman

I came out of the swim and hopped into the saddle of my bike and rode the ironman distance. Over the course of 112 miles of hills, muscle cramps, dry sweat and peanut butter sandwiches. There were... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Keeping Active

The Pandemic era makes it more important than ever to stay active and healthy. I try and ride through my neighborhood 4-5 times a week. It supplements my running is relaxing and works a variety of ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Biking in February? I never dreamed it!

I took a short ride yesterday when it was 37 degrees and sunny! I rode to pickup dinner at a local restaurant. I never dreamed I would hop on my bike and go in this kind of weather! It felt so g... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Helmet on Backwards

Many years ago shortly after I met the woman who a few years later would become my wife, she invited me to join her for a ride with a group that was meeting at Candy Cane City in the Chevy Chase, M... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Image for story Hart-Miller Island: Commuting to Work as a Seasonal Park Ranger

Hart-Miller Island: Commuting to Work as a Seasonal Park Ranger

"Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding!" The sounds of a drawbridge will always elicit a thrill, carrying me back to the month-long cruises of my teen years, with my Dad and family on a 28 foot sloop under sail ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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C&O canal bike camping

My first time bike camping, I was dropped off by friends at Brunswick, and met up with my new group MVD. I packed based on instinct, ready for rain. we biked to Williamsport in the pouring rain, ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Autumn Leaves

When I rode on November 14th the sun was shining brightly and the temperature was a brisk 58 with some wind. My riding buddy and I did a 13 mile loop around Columbia and enjoyed the beautiful Autu... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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That's how they getcha...

When my bestie had her first bike ride in years, we planned it so we could do a short ride to get dinner. It was a tough ride, and she had to get off and push a few times, but we made it to the res... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Prettyboy Reservoir Ride

Prettyboy Reservoir Ride

It's so great to have access to a magnificent place to ride a bike. This reservoir is a treasure. Traffic is minimal and the hills are awesome (if you like hills and I do).

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Just Cuz

5 minutes from home coming off of my 40 minute work commute (in my car) from Aberdeen at ~6p, my phone rings. It's Meg. "Are you home? I'm by your house and was wondering if you wanted to ride arou... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story My Personal Distance Challenge…continues

My Personal Distance Challenge…continues

Challenging myself to ride the distance… On 06 July, I rode my farthest distance of 150 miles. Not long after, I thought, “Well, I rode 150 miles, maybe I can ride farther.” I challenged myself to ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story GAPC&O Ride -345 miles

GAPC&O Ride -345 miles

In June 2021, I rode my bike (345 miles) from Pittsburgh to DC in 4.5 days with camping all along the trail. It's a beautiful trail with no motor vehicles. Every mile of this trail is full of natur... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Because I Can

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Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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I'm Lucky by Virtue of Selflessness

I have always been an Athlete. What I say blows my mind even as I write it. I fell sick to heart failure in 2017. I thought my luck in life ran out. My heart was dying. I was sick, very sick. M... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story The little things we notice

The little things we notice

A roadside fox in Harford County, pouncing on a mouse; Ducks in a Dutch canal, scrambling for twigs to protect the eggs in their floating nest; A lizard in the Bahamas, enjoying the sun like us; ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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When I learned to ride my bike

Once apon a time I was 6 or 7 years old and my dad biked almost everyday, I didn't know how to bike at that time yet I always wanted to, I was just too scared of falling and breaking something sinc... read more

Topic: Other

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A 70 Year Old's Tradition

In our family when you hit age 70, you do something athletic that you've never done. My grandfather went horseback riding for the first time in his life. My father caught a 65 pound fish-by far the... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Ride after a Heart Transplant

Ride after a Heart Transplant

My best friend, who is a mother, teacher, triathlete, runner, Ironman, baker and all around wonderful person contracted a virus in her heart in 2017 and her life changed forever. She lived with 2 V... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story How can we adapt and improve?

How can we adapt and improve?

Prior to March 20, 2020 riding my bike was a way to get to work after going to the gym with the occasional recreational ride. However after getting hit in April 2018 and my collarbone being broken... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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The Ride Goes On

When the pandemic threatened to cancel the nearly 10-year traditional fundraising ride of the North Central Rail Trail (or the Torrey C. Brown Trail, its official name) to the end of the Heritage R... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Taking the Jones Falls Trail for pancakes

I've been running on the new extension of the Jones Falls Trail for a while now, and have always been curious about the full length of the trail. I had a day off of work, and the weather was really... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Scenic Ride to and from Work

Scenic Ride to and from Work

There are lots of scenic routes around Baltimore. I chose one from Patterson Park to Towson that a former colleague recommended. A beautiful ride on a beautiful day!

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story A 47-Year Love Affair

A 47-Year Love Affair

In the spring of 1973, I was in my second year of college but struggling financially, as my student loan funds hadn't come through. Spring term was well underway when the money at last arrived, and... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Biking

I rode my bike to school to pick up a chrome book

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Best job ever!

When I was young I hated biking and preferred walking/running/hiking. Biking gave me only but-ache. 15 years ago they were looking for a spinning instructor at my working place. Despite my dislik... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

Crushed

I'm probably going to have to drop out. I'm recovering from COVID (pretty sure it was omicron) and I just read over the recommendation for returning to cycling. The consensus seems to be two weeks.... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Routards Rive Sud

Pour la 10e année nous avons fais une sortie de mise a jour avec le groupe. De cette facon tout le monde va rouler de la meme facon sécuritaire. Depuis tout le monde me demande c'est quand la proch... read more

Topic: Other

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Rolling with the birds

On weekends, I make the 22 mile commute from my home in Elk Rapids to the bike shop in Traverse City, MI. This past Sunday, as I rolled down the quiet farm roads in Williamsburg, a common yet uniqu... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Tiny Human Time!!

So as we all know… covid seems to be a constant and with that my tiny human with a heart condition can’t risk catching it. She’s a toddler and at two isn’t able to get vaccinated or do very much. A... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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Image for story Bikepacking to Burning Man

Bikepacking to Burning Man

Bestfriend and I geared up and road to Burning Man in 2018. 85% of the riding was off pavement. Three nights of camping in beautiful spots to arriving out on the Black Rock Desert. This ride has in... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Bought my daughter a bike

Bought my daughter a bike

We ride to and from school every Friday! We even rode in the Tour de Four in Frisco and she completed her first organized ride!

Topic: Ride with kids

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Image for story My favorite bike rack

My favorite bike rack

Our local library recently moved to a new location, and it has the best bike rack in the County - as far as I've seen. The whole thing is covered, and there are several staples. I love to stop here... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story A riding option: Recumbent trikes

A riding option: Recumbent trikes

I became legally blind in 2012 and could no longer drive a car. I was so grateful to discover recumbent trikes. They are very stable and could be a great option for several people that cannot ride ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Getting out and riding a bike 🚴

Getting out and riding a bike 🚴

My brother has cerebral palsy and was told he could never ride a bike, I got him an adult tricycle. We have been riding a few times a week in the warm months. He loves it!

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Returning to the saddle

I was a cyclist for years but slowly got away from it. The current gas situation definitely opened my eyes to the opportunity I have to ride again as part of commuting to work. I have been riding a... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Levis, le paradis de la belle piste en bonne compagnie

L’an dernier , nous avons échangé avec mon fils nos résidences pour quelques jours. Sur le bord d’une piste cyclable à Levis ! Nous en avons profité pour inviter mes deux frères et conjointe . Un b... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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My Granddaughter is my inspiration

While I am not an avid bike rider, I invested in an Ebike to help me rider better. I am 60 with Fibro and do not have the leg strength for incline riding . The Ebike has changed all that, I can bet... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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Cycling in France

Wherever I go on holiday I try to cycle as the infrastructure in many places is so much more conducive, than in the UK. I've just added some new memories with plenty of bike rides on the quiet road... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

health and cycling

Richard Hurst started cycling to get to work easier in the centre of town, where a car was not essential. Him and his family never looked back, and don’t need two cars anymore. Richard’s senior rol... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Mom hasn't rode a bike in years!

My mom had a stroke in 2018 and lost feeling in her right side, she has regained it and can now hold on to the handle bars :) We went on a short bike cruise to see how she does and she loves it! No... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Mow Cop and the Cat & Fiddle

Mow Cop and the Cat & Fiddle

Recently joined my local cycling club (Brereton Wheelers) and joined in on one of the Epic Monumunt rides planned for this year. 103 miles up into the Staffordshire Moorlands and Peak District to t... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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TTT (Tubeless to tubed t[address removed])

I went to Gravellocos in Texas yesterday. This was the 2nd year it was promoted, with last year coining the slogan, “Best gravel race no one’s ever heard of” (or something like that…). ANYway, la... read more

Topic: Other

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Having fun

Just get out and enjoy

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

Image for story Le plus beau cadeau pour notre famille

Le plus beau cadeau pour notre famille

En juin 2018, notre famille a eu l'opportunité d'aller vivre un an en Suisse. Comme c'était pour une courte période, nous avons décidé de ne pas acheter ou louer de voiture et d'utiliser le train, ... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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Image for story Salty about paying hospital visitor parking

Salty about paying hospital visitor parking

My husband is in the hospital and since I bike there I’ve saved hundreds of dollars in visitor parking just this month. I even brought his duffle bag to him on my bike. Plus the exercise and fr... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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