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Image for story Biking Downtown is Great For Pictures!

Biking Downtown is Great For Pictures!

Cycling through the city is one of my favorite hobbies but do you know what else I love? Photography! I'm no professional photographer, just a girl with a camera and one of my favorite places to ri... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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BBI

I've only starting riding in groups this year after riding solo for the past 10+ years. I'm so glad for the change, I have met so many great folks in the detroit biking community and have fallen in... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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The Dog that almost Gnawed on my asscheeks!!

I was riding my bike from the Food Farm on Dexter grabbing some groceries. As soon as i get back home a loose Stray Pitbull is near my porch. He charges and i take off!! Oh he was fast but Reo is f... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Takes 2

I’ve always wanted to ride a tandem bicycle, and I’ve challenged myself to rebuild one. So far I’ve fixed the rear coaster brake and replaced the front tire, so it can be safely ridden around. Now ... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Pandemic Porch Parties

Good things grow from bad things. Take the virus for example. One of the downsides is it closed public restrooms, which cyclists know are a source of relief on long, and sometimes short rides. The ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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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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Image for story What's Biking in The D?

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?

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STOP

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

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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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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)

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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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Image for story E-Bikes for Beginners

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

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What's Biking in the D?

Saturday, October 23: D-TOWN RIDERS Soul Roll @ Dequindre Cut; Cider in the City @ Beacon Park Sunday, October 24: Ride to Vote @ Livernois and W Outer Drive Head over to the events page (... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

Bike Tour -

Invited a fried to join in for a bike tour. She came and we both enjoyed the ride. Health and fitness and fun a great combination.

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Image for story Biking in Colder Climate

Biking in Colder Climate

If you’re a year round biker, here are some tips when it comes to the weather.

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Takes 2

I’ve always wanted to ride a tandem bicycle, and I’ve challenged myself to rebuild one. So far I’ve fixed the rear coaster brake and replaced the front tire, so it can be safely ridden around. Now ... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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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

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Image for story What are you up to this weekend?

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)

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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)

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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

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Stories from around the world

Denim Jeans hoodie baby distance and hot day

3 months prior I had met a guy who was partner to my wife's friend who was a cyclist and suggested that we should do a ride together. Well finally 3 months later we got that ride in. He turned up o... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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My son

Some time is difficult move away my son from computer. Finally I did it . He said yes “ I will try “ . It was and amazing time he and me enjoyed. Talking during riding . He said after 6 miles ridin... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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DCC not encouraging greener transport!

For many years I parked my vehicle in one of two local car parks, a short walk from my home, so I could cycle to work. This resulted in a large amount of damage to my vehicle which, as no one ever ... read more

Topic: Other

Image for story Surprisingly Bikeable Sanford

Surprisingly Bikeable Sanford

The Sanford Bike to Work Day event will take place on Friday, October 29, 2021, and will help kick off FDOT's Mobility Week campaign (you can register and view our route at [address removed]). T... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Journey by Bike: A Route to Fun, Fellowship and Fitness

Journey by Bike: A Route to Fun, Fellowship and Fitness

My favorite city route, takes me from Palmer Park in Detroit to Belle Isle and back. I get there several different ways, but what I love is that every route allows me to see magnificent architectu... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

Image for story Being chased by a flock of scooters

Being chased by a flock of scooters

So on the way home from middle school, I turned left down Ralph McGill off Parkway and as I was going to turn North on Central Park Place I see a flock of scooters going east on Ralph McGill. As I... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Post-lockdown ride

Post-lockdown ride

Out for my first ride with friends after the lifting of the 5km radius restriction, went big and did 100km and loved chatting with loads of other cyclists at this beautiful spot in Kurnell, looking... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Bikes help people in cars!

On my way home from The Whole Dog Market, I saw a stranded driver. I stopped and helped, Ian, the ride-share driver, change his tire! Never did that when I owned a car!

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Oregon Coast (Ft Stevens to Harris Beach St Park

We (My wife and I, our daughter and her fiancé, her best friend and boyfriend and my brother) rode the 365 mile well-marked Oregon Coast Bike Trail from Sept 20 - Oct 1. This was our 3rd time ridin... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

Image for story Malibu to Ojai Century w/ the Ladies & Gents

Malibu to Ojai Century w/ the Ladies & Gents

There is a great joy when I have new century riders come on our Ladies & Gents Centuries. This year I decided to start hosting a century every other month. Amazingly enough the turnout was much... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Bikepacking adventures

Bikepacking adventures

I have always commuted short journeys but since the pandemic I have really got into longer rides I was inspired by Mark Beaumont & Emily Chappel (google it) I spent last winter getting used to ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Magpies Like to Target Lone Riders

Magpies Like to Target Lone Riders

On our way back from the Gong on Saturday morning, myself, Jim Ponton and Nigel Lamb decided that instead of riding around the Woonona Surf Club where 'NSW's angriest Magpie' lives, we would form a... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

First Big Ride

We've been cycling to school since around January, today took on the biggest challenge yet a 17km roundtrip to where I work 😁

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

Image for story First pure fitness ride!

First pure fitness ride!

Well, thanks to Biketober, Tracey Harding and I decided to rent some gravel bikes from Outback Bikes and give them a spin around Georgia Tech today before the house hold was awake. :)

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Back in the Sunshine State

Spent the past summer in NW Missouri hills above Kansas City. Was able to get in over 1700 rolling terrain miles to strengthen the legs. Many beautiful roads north of Platte City, but not entry lev... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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HamAss 150

I actually signed up reluctantly for Bike Everywhere Month in May 2021. My wife had suggested it and I was not enthused. But after a 70 mile ride in the second week from Everett through Marckworth ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

Image for story It's (almost) always ride weather!

It's (almost) always ride weather!

A couple of weekends ago the forecast was rain, rain and some more rain. I had planned to do my first ever 100-mile bike ride, what to do? I decided that all winter long the weather might have o... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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River Ride

I am loving seeing the wildlife on my commute to work along the San Lorenzo River levee path. There have been one or two kingfishers out there lots of mornings. One morning I saw a coyote right nex... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Another Douze Rescue!

Helped another lady and her dog today. Her dog had a hurt foot from the Piedmont Park dog park and I put them in the Douze and got them across the park to their house. 3 in a month!

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Image for story 'Bike Benefits' = 16% off on your natural foods bill!

"Bike Benefits" = 16% off on your natural foods bill!

In Madison, WI, we have a great, active, assertive and successful bike advocacy community. One achievement has been the "Bike Benefits" program, which has arranged for cyclists with a ($5) Bike Ben... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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1986 Riding in China

In 1986 I joined a group of 12 people who cycled in the Foshan and Guangshou Areas of China for 3 weeks. We cycled through lots of different weather, ate some amazing dishes, & cycled approxim... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Bikes connect me to my community and make it easy to take actions

So, I rode with Geri, my daughter to Howard and as I was leaving I noticed a trash bag ripped open at the South East corner of Boulevard and John Wesley Dobbs. Cars kept hitting the trash bag and ... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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