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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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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

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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Stories from around the world

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The total riding experiance

My wife Jo and I have been riders for many years and a lot of them have been "CAR FREE"! Weither by choice or situation doesn't matter, it gives us a chance to show that yes, you can live without a... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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140miler...

No Matter What, Let Nothing Get In Ur Way...Ride Ur Way To D Top 😉 If Other's Don't Turn Up, Don't Cancel, Just Go With Whoever Is Available. Nothing Is Impossible, Especially If You Put Ur ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Winter riding….

I’d forgotten just how much fun it is getting wet and blown around out there… what a great day to go out - and an even better day to appreciate getting home!!

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

Image for story 13.32 Kilometre Led ride Tour, WMPCCC

13.32 Kilometre Led ride Tour, WMPCCC

Using the old canal and railway sidings here in Willenhall. Please follow link to see our journey(s) [address removed]

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Ride ur bike

In 2021 yk its gd to ride ur bike

Topic: Other

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Crisp snow

Another great ride in, nothing like fresh snow. Plenty birds to see and hear. Going home could be a different matter. Have a nice day everyone.

Topic: My commute by bike

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First Dec 2021

My day out today, with the mad weather we are having. Very cold to start, then the rain came down( but I had the right gear on so it didn’t matter) then the snow, that was a little harsh on the fa... read more

Topic: Other

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Bikkelen

Hoera! Mijn speedpedelec is weer terug van weggeweest! Hij stond twee maanden lang te wachten op een nieuwe riem. Iets met stomme pech, levertijden, China en Riesse-Müller. In die twee maanden mist... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Lanarkshire Guided Rides

Lanarkshire Guided Rides

I am a British cycling trained ride leader and through a website called- let’s ride.co.uk offer guided rides in Glasgow. Ride in the safety of a friendly group and enjoy a cycle from easy going to ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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ICE, ICE and more ice

Beware very slippy out there today, lots of storm debris too on the cycle track, may go home via the roads YIKES. But a very refreshing ride to work today, good sunshine so could see the best way t... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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My son and daughter

My daughter and son are 9 years diferentes the best way I found to spare healthy time with them is biking 🚴‍♀️. Good conversation, different interests for each one but a common bike

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Find a Cycling Group in Birmingham

Find a Cycling Group in Birmingham

At the weekend I had a fab time riding with Joyful Bellas & Fellas 🚲😀 Weather you are new to cycling or just struggling to get out on those colder days riding with a group can help! We’re so lu... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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nice ride in

5am start so bike out & work inside 30 mins. Nice shower then ready for the day

Topic: My commute by bike

Image for story A Bicycle Towing Hack to Remember.

A Bicycle Towing Hack to Remember.

Hi folks, Recovering from a head injury, unable to drive, I was challenged with a 'very' different task to enable me to get my child there and back to school. So, I made a bicycle hitch which ena... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Biking is liberating!

Biking is liberating!

You ride your bike and basically forget about everything else. It is an opportunity to be present and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you. Riding my bike at the Hugh Taylor Birch State Park just op... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Out and about

Lovely afternoon ride today. Weather chilly 🥶 but glorious sunshine 🌞 the whole way on the route. No snow or rain also a bonus. Trying out different routes in local area.

Topic: Other

That thing you hate to be reminded of

Ride in the Rain 2021 is over. I broke two spokes, one rear derailleur and the bolt that held my seat to the post shear in half on one ride. There was a lot of rain and wind to ride in and several ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Winter Wheelers is off on day 1!

17 miles to start!

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Cycling and chemo

Cancer came back to visit me this year. I decided that Cancer Research needed more money to find ways to get rid of that unwanted visitor. So I gave myself the challenge of 1000 miles in 100 days... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Everglades Levee, a nice challenge for the weekend

Everglades Levee, a nice challenge for the weekend

Hello there, this is a little story after i rode this long gravel ride around the levee, everything started with a broken leg after a long motorcycle ride from key west to lakeland, fl... the re... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Keeping on the move

Slow puncture last week. Managed to get to and from work Thurs Fri by reinflating. Repaired today. If I don't have a flat in the morning I'll count that as a victory. ✌🚲

Topic: Other

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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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