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ABC Quick Check-Quick Check

Quick: Check your quick release skewers on your wheels. Make sure they are tight enough to keep your wheels on. Check: Take a quick ride to check if derailleurs and brakes are working properly. In... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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ABC Quick Check-Brakes

“B” = Brakes. Have a look at your brakes, check the brakes and cables to make sure they aren’t worn down. See if you can reach the brake levers comfortably, then squeeze them for cable tightness an... read more

Topic: Other

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What are you up to this weekend?

Are you going to the Annual Bike Ride Fundraiser Saturday 9/4 by Black Leaders Detroit? It's from 7AM to 1PM at 11000 Freud St. Otherwise, do you have any cycling plans this weekend?

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Bike Detroit, Log Rides, Share the Fun!

Bike Detroit, Log Rides, Share the Fun!

· Friday 20th: Explore the City's bike lanes and greenways (see events page for the Detroit Greenways Coalition Virtual tour) · Saturday 21st: Join Detroit Cycling Championship’s bik... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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TURN RIGHT

Are you aware of the hand signal when turning right on your bicycle?

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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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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

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Carrying Packages

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

Topic: Other

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Falling in love on two wheels

Biking can be a surprisingly good date idea. During Detroit bike month I've gone on several bike-involved dates--to the river, John K King, and up through Palmer Park and the avenue of fashion. Bik... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Image for story Save some $ and bike (don't drive) downtown

Save some $ and bike (don't drive) downtown

Started out with MoGo bike membership a couple of years ago when I started working at the RenCenter. Use the MoGo bikes in the morning and to go to meetings during the day. Don't need to drive or... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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ABC Quick Check-Chain

“C” = Chain : Always check that the chain is clean and lubricated. A rusty chain drags, changes gear poorly and may even snap. While you’re down there, spin your pedals and check that the cranks do... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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ABC Quick Check-Air

“A” = Air. Check the sidewall of the tire and inflate tires to the rated pressure as indicated on the sidewall. Use a pressure gauge to ensure proper tire pressure. Check if there’s any damage to t... read more

Topic: Other

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What's Biking in The D?

Last week of August, last week of REP 313 Mini-Challenge! - Wednesday 8/25 - Westside Wednesday Ride - Saturday 8/28 - MoGo’s Fun Fitness Day at Fitzgerald Park - Saturday 8/28 & Monday ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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TURN LEFT

Are you aware of the hand signal for turning left when on a bicycle?

Topic: Other

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STOP

Did you know there is a hand signal for when you’re going to stop when riding a bike?

Topic: Other

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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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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

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Image for story Back in the Schwinn of Things

Back in the Schwinn of Things

Hey everybody, Working for the Detroit Health Dept this year has afforded me some amazing experiences. Networking within the Detroit Bike Community has been a rewarding experience. While servic... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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E-Bikes for Beginners

Electric bikes are everywhere! With Mogo, you can download the Transit App and purchase one of their pass options. Whenever your trip is complete, locate one of their numerous charging stations in ... read more

Topic: Other

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Stories from around the world

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Tour of Britain

i got to ride at the finish of Tour of Britain when it came through Warrington i have since been on the new cycle paths around Warrington

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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1970s tandem gets a new life!

My partner does vegetable deliveries by bike trailer and last week when he was on his rounds he sent me a photo of a very old tandem bike, saying "someone threw this in a skip". It was a lovely blu... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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New Club

Teams Wheelers are a newly constituted community bike club in the Teams area of Gateshead. We have a fleet of varied serviced bikes that can be borrowed for rides till you can purchase your own. Tr... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Riding in summer

I started riding in summer as an activity to spend time with my 14 year old son everyday through his summer vacation.

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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My rides

I ride for fun because riding feels like stress relief

Topic: Other

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Image for story Keep pushing, get rolling y'all!

Keep pushing, get rolling y'all!

💗 Saturday morning I started out on my favorite trail (Seminole Cross Trail) to gain a few miles for another challenge. The fitness journey always ministers to me. . . the scenery and experience ... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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My bike: My everyday companion

From where I come, biking is not so popular. I arrived to the Netherlands 3 and a half years ago. Since then, I realized how important biking is for the Dutch people and I couldn't resist to it. I... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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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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Churchdown Family Cycle Ride (NCN41)

Wanted to share a traffic-free route on the National Cycle Network (NCN41) for families with young children from Churchdown Parish Council/Playground/Park/Skatepark/BMX track to Gloucestershire Air... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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City cycling

I love riding through sunsets in the city. I'm writing my thesis so making time to get outside is keeping me sane!

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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First time at Twisted Oaks

Had a great time trying out the trails at twisted oaks last week with Ells, challenging but rewarding...

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Trakatak Professional Bike

Trakatak Professional Bike

I decided to reconnect with cycling during lockdown last year. I deliberated over which type of bike I wanted for a month or two, before deciding on a mountain bike. I live close to a country park... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Return to the office

I started a new job Nov 2020, working from home. Prior to that I had commuted to work on my bike as an essential key worker. I was still riding most days, just in local countryside and not commutin... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story cycling around just for...well becuase!

cycling around just for...well becuase!

So, my story is simple. If you ever don't know what to do, just get on your bike. This is surprisingly helpful and you will start to see things like you've never seen before. For me it was things l... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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1st Day commuting by bike in 10 months

So I started a new job November 2020. Prior to that I had been commuting, even during Covid times as an essential key worker. New job I was based at home. I still managed to ride my bike everyday i... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Lesson Learned Hard Way

If you purchase a helmet with the ANGi or something similar take the time to set it up! No one plans on crashing and 9/10 it happens due to things out of our control. Also learned since crash that ... read more

Topic: Other

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Just Love Riding

The above says it all...It gives me time to meditate, reflect and help plan ahead. Cycling is just great and that's why I love riding ✊🏿

Topic: Other

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Back in the Saddle

I got back home the evening of Sept. 21. It's great to be on a real bicycle again; but I'm more out of condition that I thought. I've got a ways to go before I'm really back in shape, and am back t... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Local bikes only

Riding home from the factory where you and your friends make bikes, on those bikes, what could be better?

Topic: Carbon Crushers

Image for story Amtrak trains and buses to the OBC Bike Party in Las Vegas

Amtrak trains and buses to the OBC Bike Party in Las Vegas

On September 8 and 9, 2021, I put my bike on two Amtrak buses and one Amtrak train to get to the OBC Bike Party in Las Vegas NV. On September 13, 2021, I put my bike onto one Amtrak bus, one Amtrak... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Because of him

My bike used to get me somewhere because I couldn't drive or because I was a student and couldn't afford bus fare. But my partner introduced me to riding for the fun of it. He started picking me up... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story My bike: My everyday companion

My bike: My everyday companion

From where I come, biking is not so popular. I arrived to the Netherlands 3 and a half years ago. Since then, I realized how important biking is for the Dutch people and I couldn't resist to it. I... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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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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Bikeability

Last week I started a new job as a Bikeability Instructor! I’ve always loved cycling and travel by bicycle as much as I can (a friend once said to me that I was into cycling when it wasn’t fashion... read more

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Image for story Why I love bikes even though I don't ride one!

Why I love bikes even though I don't ride one!

Last week we went to France to see my mother and brother (who live there) for the first time since December 2019. My aunt and uncle from Brugges also joined us there. Around Marcigny, where they li... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Derailer, Sm'erailer!!

Derailer, Sm'erailer!!

After having cycled for many years now but not knowing a single thing about fixing bikes, I went to my first ever bike mechanic course - set up by Mark and Andy at Stretford mall. After going to th... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Image for story What goes around, comes around…

What goes around, comes around…

I own a 1980s Raleigh Sirocco that comes with bit of a story. My love for this bike started when I was a toddler. My Dad owned one and I have very fond early memories of trying to climb onto it... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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The IB hunt

I participated in my first hunt today and it was sooo much fun!!! I ride with an amazing group of women and will be doing this again!!

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Scavenger hunt!

The weather is so nice and perfect for fish tacos by the beach

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Loving the IB

I am enjoying the IB Scavenger Hunt. Visiting so many places and discovering so many new murals.

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge