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RAGBRAI 2022

So this is not an Illinois story per se, but I am from IL and just completed RAGBRAI at the end of July. I had tried RAGBRAI once before in 2018, but my appendix got mad and wanted out on the seco... read more

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EV + bike

Pairing a bicycle with an EV is great in so many ways. The charger may be too far from your destination to walk so the bike handles the last leg. You can let the car charge for hours while you hand... read more

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Stories from around the world

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Riding and photography

Having an iPhone with a good camera allows me to capture events on rides, as my Nikon is a bit bulky. Early morning rides to catch the dawn, or catch the fog, or whatever catches my eye. Cruising... read more

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L'arrivée de la neige...

J'y ai pensé plusieurs fois et je conclus toujours de la même façon: je ne m'équiperai pas pour le vélo d'hiver. Mais quand la première neige arrive et que la météo nous promet en plus des nuages ... read more

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I have started a petition to encourage cycling

I used to live in a first floor flat. I couldn't have had an electric bike, because I couldn't get it up the stairs. I still don't dare go shopping on my bike for fear of theft whilst I am in the s... read more

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Bike tour in Reynoldstown

Hi everyone I am new to biking in metro Atlanta and have not ventured out much my beyond my neighborhood, the Westside Beltline & Michelle Obama Trail (South River Trail); The way folks drive h... read more

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The Start of Biketober!

Hi Everyone! This is the start of Biketober and I have logged my very first ride. I rode around Newington Armoury, Sydney Olympic Park and Sydney Olympic Park Wharf. It wa... read more

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World car free day

I started biking to and from work about 3 months ago, yes in the middle of winter, after finally deciding I should buy an electric bike to flatten out those hills on my way home after a long day a... read more

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World Car Free Day

I decided to walk to work in the morning. 5km walk and it took my about an hour (short legs). I ended up taking the bus home. Overall, I did 15K steps that day!

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Kilometers voor Kansen

In juni 2022 heb ik meegedaan voor een actie van het Rode Kruis. Nu hadden mijn km's op de weg een andere betekenis. Voor de verandering was dat goed voor mij. Het relativeert en zet je aan tot and... read more

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First ride on new bike.

14 miles today on my new bikes maiden voyage to run it in. A nice quiet route including a ride from Shildon to newton aycliffe past the locomotion museum, which is a lovely smooth wide path. If y... read more

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Cyclist offers

Cafe88, Abbey Street, Accrington, BB5 1EE (near NCN 6) are offering, Free Water Top Up or Refill Breakfast Bap with Standard Coffee for £2.95 Coffee & Cake for £4.00 with standard tea or c... read more

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Fore warned ....

I cycle a lot to work average 26 miles round trip. I lock my bike up at work in the covered bike rack. I came out of work and my bike was gone... but my bike lock still attached to the rack posts... read more

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From Broken back to pain free cycling

Hey all 🙋‍♀️ As the title says 5 years ago I broke my back, through wear and tear over the years. I couldn't walk without pain and worse I couldn't cycle. I thought I'd never ride again 😔 Started... read more

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Saving Money

I'm so happy I managed to get a second hand bike trailer from facebook market - £10 a bargain! I now can do a full weeks shop by bicycle, saving petrol, and is far more fun! I would encourage all ... read more

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My biggest achievement to date!

My biggest achievement to date has to be being 6 months pregnant with my first, and cycling to work! Granted I have an electric bike but each morning and evening I’m pretty proud I’ve kept going! ... read more

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Boulot velo dodo …

Le printemps passé, j’ai débuté le vélo pour aller travailler. Ce printemps également j’ai repris cette activité. Franchement, c’est trop génial 🤩; forme améliorée, pas prise dans le fameux trafic,... read more

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Bike Maintence

Nearly all drivetrain delivered ready for me to fit, will have half a new bike. just over 1500 miles and I have worn out the lot this will be third replacement of parts. So hopefully get another 1... read more

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Image for story Coffe and Cake Detour

Coffe and Cake Detour

On a beautiful sunny June morning I set off to meander through Calverton, Epperstone, Fiskerton and over the Trent at Newark. On the way home I took a quiet country road to find Cafe Velo Verde in ... read more

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Why I started cycling longer distances.

As a 13 year old I had an end of year week at school where I could choose an activity. Two geography teachers took a group of us cycling on 4 discrete routes. Being not used to it I couldn’t walk b... read more

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Routards Rive Sud

Pour la 10e année nous avons fais une sortie de mise a jour avec le groupe. De cette facon tout le monde va rouler de la meme facon sécuritaire. Depuis tout le monde me demande c'est quand la proch... read more

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TTT (Tubeless to tubed t[address removed])

I went to Gravellocos in Texas yesterday. This was the 2nd year it was promoted, with last year coining the slogan, “Best gravel race no one’s ever heard of” (or something like that…). ANYway, la... read more

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Vélo pour tout

Je n'ai pas de voiture. Mes moyens de transports sont la course, le vélo, la marche et les transports en commun. J'adore circuler en vélo sur les pistes cyclables de Montréal. C'est un grand b... read more

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Why no new rides this year

Sorry I did not meet my goals so far this year I had a massive in Dec. and had to lay low, Just getting back to riding but keeping it simple for a while. Good luck everybody and enjoy your rides.

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Waiting !

Waiting for a knee replacement. Hopefully in the next 2 months. Then I really hope to be back on my bike and riding with you. I can still only do 2 - 3kms. Cheers

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Image for story Bristol (UK) to Seattle (USA) - Prologue for the big adventure

Bristol (UK) to Seattle (USA) - Prologue for the big adventure

Seattle to Port Townsend – Stage 1 After 5 days of travel, acclimatisation, sightseeing & final preparation, today marked our first day of cycling on our big adventure. The plan was to get t... read more

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Thanksgiving Ride with Brother and Son

I am grateful that my family is close and close by. Thanksgiving always includes a long morning road ride. Yesterday it was 32 miles of North Florida hills with my son and brother. My brother, wh... read more

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Image for story Does bike polo count for the L2R challenge?

Does bike polo count for the L2R challenge?

Played bike polo in the equestrian capital of the world, Wellington, Florida! Had a blast and look forward to the next chukka!

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I'M BACK, Stay away Covid

YES back on my bike today after holiday and coming home with covid. 3 weeks of yearning for a bike ride. I really enjoyed my steady ride out but 12 mile felt like 22mile 😥. It may take a while t... read more

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I want to get out on my bike😷😷😷😷😭😭😭😭

We had a break to gran canaria for 7 days and I really looked forward to having a good ride out on my bike when I got home but when I got home I felt unwell did a test and guess what? Yes covid has... read more

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Lighten up

A journey, in black and white. It starts with an alarm, I snooze – I loose. Ten minutes gone before my feet touch the bedroom floor. Then rush, I’m usually up before the alarm, not today. Dresse... read more

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Car free day

Every day. What's the big deal.

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$4000 bike for $500

it's 20 years old. Klein Race Pro. 2001. All Dura Ace. no one wants old, expensive bikes. shop lucky! Also have a Quantum Race, from 2001.

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Image for story Fall in love with bike riding !

Fall in love with bike riding !

My story began when I first went on a Tour the Polongne to see how the cyclists ride. Then I got inspiration and said that I have to start riding too. I remember that day I got many gifts from the... read more

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Long but steady ride day

3 Churches a day makes the boredom go away! And a unfortunate find on A5. More pics in comments

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I saved some money today

I might be stating the obvious, but I was debating whether to cycle or get the bus to work yesterday. Cycling won, and in doing so I saved £3.50. This will obviously add up and might be a big help ... read more

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From Dundee to Aberdeen

I went to a hen party in St Andrews and decided to cycle back. No train no car just legs!

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Historical Ruins Loop Ride

Although I do commute to work on my bike most days, I try to get out at least once a month to have a little biking adventure. Helps to clear my mind and keep me fit. I tend to plan my route so not ... read more

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Weight loss journey

I’ve been commuting to work on a bicycle for 3.5 years now. When I started it was due to financial reasons. I needed to save as much money as possible and I’m still doing it today. But during this ... read more

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Can Anyone Recommend a Bike Fit Expert?

Somewhere in southeast Michigan, in or near Detroit if possible. Thanks in advance for your recommendations,

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Bike Maintence

All parts arrived so fitted straight away, great to be able to go uphill in higher gear.

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Unattainable Badges

The one "weather" course that would apply to me right now -- riding in the heat -- doesn't exist so no, I can't do it and of course I can't get the weather badge. Technology's great when ... read more

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Very very very long bike ride

Prior to moving to NWA I lived in Boulder/Longmont CO where hiking running and biking is almost a lifestyle DNA. So, naturarlly, I biked and run a lot, biking=250 miles/week, running= 25 miles/week... read more

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Happily ever After

Once upon a time a middle aged woman was riding her bike with her young peppy daughter in law. Out of nowhere a low branch appears. Daughter in law ducks and is in the clear! “Oh I can do that... read more

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Image for story Bikepacking to Burning Man

Bikepacking to Burning Man

Bestfriend and I geared up and road to Burning Man in 2018. 85% of the riding was off pavement. Three nights of camping in beautiful spots to arriving out on the Black Rock Desert. This ride has in... read more

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My favorite bike rack

Our local library recently moved to a new location, and it has the best bike rack in the County - as far as I've seen. The whole thing is covered, and there are several staples. I love to stop here... read more

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Image for story \West Sacramento safety project complete in time for bike month

\West Sacramento safety project complete in time for bike month

[address removed] WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The $17 million West Sacramento Capitol Avenue Safety and Rehabilitation Project, unveiled Thursday morning, marks the start of a safer May Bike Mont... read more

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Riding around the world..a virtual ride around the equator

GOAL reached! Today I reached my goal of riding the equivalent of around the world at the equator. Total distance = 40075 Klm (24902 miles). I started riding in January 2018, and during the period... read more

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Seattle to New York - Snow Stopped Play

Ross Dam Trailhead (milepost 134) to Silver Star (milepost 171) – road closed. The following is taken from the Department of Transport (Washington) website; “SR 20 North Cascades Highway is c... read more

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Big Bear ride

I went to Big Bear 2 weeks ago. I rode my bike at bike trail called Pedal Path. It was such a peaceful ride. Path is right off the lake. :) If you get a chance take your bike to Big Bear and enjoy ... read more

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