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Staying Visible in the Night

I added a set of bike lights to my bike, front and back so I can continue to ride even if it gets dark while I am out riding. #BikeLightsAtNigh

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Night biking

Night biking

Chelsea, great question. Please see the photos. #BikeLightsAtNight

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Sanibel & Ding Darling

Sanibel has bike paths! Separate 8 ft wide bike paths all over the island, parallel to the roads. I always feel safe!

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Biking at night

Bright clothes are a must! Reflectors too! And definitely lights on a bike. I always wanted lights on the tires! #BikeLightsAtNight

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Everyone Loves A Parade

Everyone Loves A Parade

12 friends on Bikes/Trikes formed a ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE 3/17/21. We decorated on another’s bikes& trikes and rode through the neighborhoods for a delightful memory, GREAT FUN and EXERCISE.

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Adult Tricycles can be contagious

My friends in the neighborhood... Encouraging fun and EXERCISE.. LAUGH A LOT!

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Back on the bike

Back on the bike

I rode a bike everywhere as a kid, but put it aside after college. I was a runner for 35+ years. I began riding again to give my feet a chance to recover from plantar fasciitis and got hooked. So m... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Bike Lights At Night

Bike Lights At Night

I've been biking around the neighborhood at night after work hours. It's a nice way to end the day. I need to double up my front white lights to help see the roadway better. #BikeLightsAtNight

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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From Commuting to Recreational Rides Rides to Racing

From Commuting to Recreational Rides Rides to Racing

I grew up using a bike for transportation in my Alva neighborhood. Later on, I spent my teens going to Caloosahatchee Regional Park to hone my single track off-road biking skills. I didn’t do much ... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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My 3 wheel bike...”THE BEST TOY I EVER HAD!”

My 3 wheel bike...”THE BEST TOY I EVER HAD!”

Love to Ride invites us to tell our story: My first bike was one my younger brothers and I assembled out of neighborhood scrap bike parts. I would have been about 14; just in my 2nd decade of ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Bike at night

I have strip lights to be seen I have been hit numerous times so I make sure they see me #BikeLightsAtNight

Topic: Other

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My doctor is happy!!

I started biking regularly during the past 14 months to get out of the house. I begin to feel so much better and I wasn’t feeling bad before 😂. Then bike riding became important for my health. Now ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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My neighborhood

I love riding my bike around the neighborhood. I get to see all my neighbor's that have been in there homes since a year ago. I try to spread happiness.

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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I'm going places!

I'm going places!

I get so bored with the same scenery, basically my subdivision scenery, that it discourages me to ride. I finally got a bike rack/gear & can now explore places you all have mentioned here!

Topic: Other

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Lights, Lights, Lights

Lights, Lights, Lights

I recently had the misfortune of being hit off my bike by a car. The bruises and scrapes healed fairly quickly and fortunately I walked (hobbled) away with nothing broken! The bike, however, was no... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Tricycles...

December 2020 I purchased my adult tricycle Thanksgiving Day I rode my friend #1Marty’s adult tricycle 3 days later I ordered my own #2Deborah and #3...I started riding together throughout ou... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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The Legacy Trail

The Legacy Trail

I have 2 bikes, a commuter/tourer and a road bike. I love to ride the trail and can hardly wait to use it to ride to work when the rest of the trail, north east of my home. Right now I ride the tra... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Transportation at 15 yo

The area where I was a teenager consisted of suburban areas all interconnected. To be able to visit with friends in the summer, we rode our bikes to one another’s homes or met at local parks. Wonde... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Why Ride

Why Ride

I ride for those that have died. I have been riding and fundraising for fallen officers for the last 5 years. Through Law Enforcement United and the Police Unity Tour. This September, I will be ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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The real love came on two wheels. #MobilityWeekFL

The real love came on two wheels. #MobilityWeekFL

Years ago, I started to ride to keep a healthy spirit after a sour divorce. My bicycle helped me to make new friends, find new places, learn a lot of the cycling world (Tour de France is mandatory ... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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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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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

Topic: Other

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

G7 in Cornwall

I work in Falmouth not far from the media centre at the National Maritime Museum. It is very busy with the holiday makers, the police and all the transportation that goes with it. I find it easier ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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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

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

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

Just for fun.....NOT! :)

When I formed our team, my thought wasn't to be competitive. I just wanted to participate, encourage some friends to ride, and be in the running for some of the cool prizes during the Challenge. On... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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