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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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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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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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Image for story Cracked my helmet!

Cracked my helmet!

I was trying to get back into cycling but it’s not “like riding a bike!” I was not very balanced and had a couple of minor spills but it wasn’t the blast I remembered. Then I had a freak accident i... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

Image for story Riding the C&O and GAP Trail

Riding the C&O and GAP Trail

Spent a week riding bikes and camping with this crew in the middle of a pandemic. Started in DC, finished in Pittsburgh. A much needed recharge. Please do!

Topic: A happy riding memory

Riding down Woodward

Hello fellow Detroiter, commuters, and tourists!!! Do you wanna know I great route to ride your bike? For sure, my favorite route would be down Woodward in the midtown area! There's so may cool pla... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story How to save a fortune

How to save a fortune

Before I got my Scooter 🛴 me and my partner was spending a fortune in bus fare 🚌, since I made the jump from Buses to Scootering we have saved a absolute fortune which can go on nice things and tr... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Anglesey to Lowestoft.

Anglesey to Lowestoft.

On September 26th I will head out to ride across country again. In 2010 I rode my 1930s delivery bike from Holyhead to Lowestoft over the course of a week. The worse day was on the flat of the fens... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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John O'Groats to home

I wanted to do John O'Groats to Land's End during 2 holidays. In May 2021 I cycled with my husband from home to Land's End 339 miles in 5 days -weather rubbish -hail, wind, rain, thunder. In July... read more

Topic: Other

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Brakes

A bicycle must be equipped with a brake that enables the operator to make the braked wheels skid on dry, level clean pavement. (Michigan Bicycle Law)

Topic: Other

Carrying Packages

A cyclist may not carry any package that prevents them from keeping both hands on the handlebars. (Michigan Bicycle Law)

Topic: Other

Image for story Back on the Saddle

Back on the Saddle

It’s been awhile since I’ve taken my beach cruiser out on the trail…and damn did it feel good. I miss the calm adrenaline I feel on the open road, the quiet joy that comes from peddling hard then s... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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King Alfreds Way

King Alfreds Way Between lockdowns last year my youngest son rode KAW (King Alfreds Way) with a friend, they did it rough camping and in three days. Being inspired and needing to plan some th... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Virtual STP for Special Operations Warrior Foundation

Virtual STP for Special Operations Warrior Foundation

This is my third STP ride, having ridden my 1st time in 2019 with my son Stephen, and I rode virtually last year. I live far off in Southern Ohio, and it was hard for me to find a training partner.... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Bucket List - Off-Road Duathlon

Bucket List - Off-Road Duathlon

I’ve done a little cyclocross races, road duathlons and triathlons but never raced off road on a mountain bike. Well at 65 years old I guess there was no better time than the present! Signed up fo... read more

Topic: Other

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Just ride

It's a Public Holiday Eve eventhough have been lock down for more than 2 months in my country. Just ride and explore around. A lot of changes in my resident rea

Topic: Other

Image for story I'm riding to fight cancer and better my self

I'm riding to fight cancer and better my self

Well this year I am riding for the fifth year in the Great Cycle Challenge. It is a great way to challenge my self to be a better cyclist and raise money to fight kids cancer. Some years have be... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story The PEOPLE....

The PEOPLE....

My first, and still functional, but only slightly used, email address is: [address removed] ....you may email me, if you like. I teach Physical Education and it all stands for..... Physical Ed... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

Image for story Detroit Bike Challenge Team

Detroit Bike Challenge Team

Prepping for August's REP 313 mini-challenge. Do any of the following to join the fun: - Share a phote/ story showing your favorite spot on the Detroit Greenways Coalition virtual tour, your favo... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Riding the waves🌀

Cycling is alot like surfing,... Going with the flow of traffic, riding side to side like if you own the road. You see the big one coming so you go for it, cutting the wind with the energy of a Typ... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

Personal challenge

Prior STP rider, this is #5 for me. Three weeks ago, had a bad fall on some steep stairs and broke five ribs and three minor spinal fractures. First ride today, indoor on our stationary bike, but... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Fueling my competitive spirit...

Fueling my competitive spirit...

Recently, as part of a volunteer group from my work, I had the opportunity to be a road marshal for a local series of criterium races. As I volunteered on the "most dangerous" corner because of th... read more

Topic: Other

Parental Supervision

The parent or guardian of a child shall not authorize or knowingly permit a child to violate any provision of the Michigan Vehicle Code. (Michigan Bicycle Law)

Topic: Other

Image for story Riding to School.

Riding to School.

I ride to school every day with my dad and brother. We have to be careful, watching out for cars, as we ride through our village. Cycling really helps with my fitness and my teachers are very h... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story One of my better rides today

One of my better rides today

I don’t believe that I have ever reached 215 mph on a ride before.

Topic: Other

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Image for story Getting back on the bike

Getting back on the bike

I've been a cyclist for many years and commuted regularly for a decade. I've ridden many of the great French climbs as well as Mount Diablo in California, have enjoyed cycle touring in several coun... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story To the unexplore cycling route

To the unexplore cycling route

With my hubby going along the Pari River Bank. The bushes made me feel uncomfortable while pedalling. The unseen path made me worried will be trapped into any hidden hole or drain. But it's fun an... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

Image for story Just ride

Just ride

It's a Public Holiday Eve eventhough have been lock down for more than 2 months in my country. Just ride and explore around. A lot of changes in my resident rea

Topic: Other

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Image for story RIDE

RIDE

I’m awakened by a whisper “RIDE” Untangling from my cocoon of bedding and fumbling through my closet; I find and pull on my jersey and shorts and push my feet into my shoes. Quietly staggering t... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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