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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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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

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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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).

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Stories from around the world

Just explore.

Until lockdown I did most of my cycling commuting to work. After lockdown I was working from home and used my bike more for exercise. I have found loads of local, and not so local, routes from my f... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

The art of the working lunch!

The art of the working lunch!

I ride because bicycles give me freedom. I’m Ben, and I work for Trafford Council. I came into the Town Hall today, and for lunch I fancied a bit of a change. I grabbed my sandwiches, hopped on t... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

1000 this month

This month I am trying for the 1000 miles but looks like I may not make it last month was easy 600 miles so I thought an extra 400 would be easy, It's not easy I have the time as I am retired I am ... read more

Topic: Other

Riding for work

Riding for work

I love my job. I get to train colleagues and volunteers on our new e-cargo bike from Iceni Cycles. We got funding last year to trial an electric bike and electric van to see if they could add to ou... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Riding in the rain

I'm a relatively novice bike-rider, having picked it up because of a bad knee which is making running and walking difficult on some days. Having logged a few rides before work I thought I'd set off... read more

Topic: Other

A lock of air.

I left my cherished love (a raleigh pursuit) combination locked to a cycle parking rail in George street Oxford, as I went to an afternoon showing at the cinema opposite. When I emerged into the af... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Breath of freash air

Breath of freash air

I have been riding my bike to work for nearly 20 years and every day it feels so refreshing and gives you a buzz. The winter months can be challenging but with the right clothing and attitude yo... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

I’ve just sold my car!

I’ve just sold my car!

After cycling to work for a year and using only one family car we decided it was time to part with my micra! It had been sat unused for over a year due to the pandemic, and it made me realise didn’... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

The Outlaw

Most of 1st lockdown I must of cycled and average of 5 hours a day for fun and exercise. The fun was being out the house, the Mother-in -law was isolating with us for 12 whole long weeks, the exerc... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Vietnam

Vietnam

I'm not your sleek, fast athlete but I have done a fair bit of cycling so when an opportunity came along to go on a cycling holiday up the Mekong Delta I jumped at it. We were a group of 10 women... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

Riding the French Riviera (1975)

Riding the French Riviera (1975)

One of our first ports-of-call in the spring of 1975 was Toulon on the French Riviera between Marseilles and Cannes. USS William H. Standley (CG-32), a guided missile cruiser homeported in Charlest... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

Bike packing the South Downs Way

Bike packing the South Downs Way

Having been a keen cyclist for years for commuting, in a work based road club, and mtb trail riding with friends. With the lock down easing I decided to try a new challenge with my mtb friends. We ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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New bike new journeys

New bike new journeys

So today i went out on my new bike. Ive always had mountain bikes and still do but i fancied a road bike to try for a change as I've never had one. I bought a Specialized and today was my first tri... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Endomondo and Map My Ride experience

Cool. As you may be aware, UnderArmor killed Endomondo last year. That was my app of choice for recording my rides. The new app that UnderArmor is marketing is MapMyRide. I promptly switched ove... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

Cycling to work is the best!

Cycling to work is the best!

For the past year, I have cycled to work in all weather - sun, rain, sleet and hail. Not only is it a great form of physical exercise, but it is also a fantastic way to clear your head and blow awa... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

Get on Your Bike!

I severe lack of cash resulted in missing insurance payments on my car and the policy cancelled! Luckily I had three bicycles in the shed all in various states of disrepair. Selecting the best of... read more

Topic: Other

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Wild spaces in the city!

Wild spaces in the city!

I love living in Manchester, and I'm happy to have rediscovered cycling as it's a great new way to explore the city. There's so much freedom in heading out for a ride with no intention but to find ... read more

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16 years and going strong!

16 years and going strong!

My bike celebrated its 16 birthday! I got this bike when I was 16-I was a little disappointed to get a bike for my birthday but I have soon come to appreciate it as one of my best presents to date!... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

Summer ride

Summer ride

Lovely ride to Emberton Park with my daughter and brother in law

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

Harriet

My bike romance is with my new and first ever bike, Harriet the chariot! I've gone from not being able to ride a bike at all, to daydreaming about her all day. I get up early to spend time with her... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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My first century

Trying to cycle more this month and on Saturday I cycled over 100 miles for charity. Didn't think I would ever get to this point but can't believe how much the enjoyment of a day in the sun and the... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Magnificent 7 go to Blackpool!

Magnificent 7 go to Blackpool!

Magnificent 7 go to Blackpool! We literally had a blast with high winds and high spirits! Love to Ride is all about removing barriers to get people cycling. I managed to convince 4 relatively n... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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The Road is Safer

I'm biking form home (Monton) to Tameside hospital. I've gone various routes across Manchester....I've got to say the safest fastest route has been into MC town centre and up Hyde Road...however do... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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The view on my route to work

The view on my route to work

I started riding to work when corona hits the UK. Its around 6 miles away and a bit shall i call it Hilly on my way to work (Harrow on the hill) but I love it when its home time because its shall I... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Cry for help!

I cycle to work on the quietest route possible. One frosty morning I heard a feeble cry of “Help!” , coming from a garden. I stopped my bike and found a lady in her 90s and dressed in her night at... read more

Topic: Other

Cats' eyes

I had biked out a few miles to Writtle from Chelmsford to my first in-person-post-lockdown Book club this week but was a bit concerned to notice on the way that there was no.street lighting on the ... read more

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Not Croatia but a great day out in North Wales

Not Croatia but a great day out in North Wales

Met up with 14 other friends who I normally get together with for a week's cycling holiday touring the Croatian Islands. Unfortunately, we have had to cancel again this year, so today we headed ac... read more

Topic: Other