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Childback tandems are a perfect way to get the kids about safely and quickly, my tandem has a child seat in front of me for my youngest so he is safely between my arms, and my 7 year old sits behin... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Neil Lancaster Brilliant ! Just shows what can be done on two wheels.

The three of us love our days out and to catch up with each other........ and also a little cake with cup of coffee.

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Only managed to get out on my bike once during the week to pick up a neighbours medication. By kept up the skills with YouTube indoor cycling through Spain and NZ and no Jet lag.

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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only started this month as got a secondhand bike and want to get health and fit me and my son are trying to do at least 50 miles a week to start with but my bike not that good :( but i am trying a... read more

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As a child I rode my bike everywhere and this continued into my twenties when I decided to sell my car and cycle instead to save money, improve fitness and be environmentally friendly. However, I ... read more

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Wiltshire: Wylye Valley (Nat Cycling Network - NCN 24). Limited-stop training ride: Warminster and Wilton only. Start and finish: Wylye village, off A303. The Wylye valley in Wiltshire is one of ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

I wasn't sure where to take this photo at the Monroe Street Farmers Market, but settled on the bike parking area. The Monroe St. Market is held in a parking lot where there's not close-by parking, ... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

When truck drivers make a massive effort by losing their momentum on a hill, by dropping into a low gear and crawl up behind you to keep you safe, make a big show of how hard you are trying to get ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

I love to cycle for exercise and overall emotional health. I biked with my kids on a 5-day trip in Colorado, sponsored by the Adventure Cycling Association, in 2013, and we covered over 150 miles. ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

I'm the team captain on the Madison Bikes Love to Ride group. To keep our group motivated (not that they really need that...) we did a little prize drawing at the end of Madison Bike Week: A handma... read more

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I have ridden in all the places we have lived. Now the girls are independent riders and are very interested, so time to get the show on the road!

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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My first bike was red. I still love the colour red now and my electric car is red. My second bike was a diamond back (mans version). I love diamonds now especially the one my man gave me. My 3rd an... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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“Choose Life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a big television, choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low chole... read more

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Fleur Ammerlaan Love it!
Tom Darville I should have title it bikespotting!

Funny that on car free day as I cycled to work...the roads haven't been this busy in the last 6 months! Tail backs of cars the whole journey...think I was the fastest thing moving!

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Every 2 minutes, a child is diagnosed with cancer, the biggest killer of children from disease in Australia. Children deserve to be living life, not fighting for it. This October, I'm riding 500... read more

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We pedal a lot at night. But now even without our headlights and tail lights turned off, I feel safer. We made home made flag pole lights and they work great too They can see me now! @ibactive... read more

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Sylvie Froncek bonus points!

Team ricrice are enjoying the IB scavenger Hunt and getting exercise same time. Finding new and great places in a friendly beach community. #IBactive

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Riding with my oldest son all over Imperial Beach... javier_blackberry Scavenger hunt 2.0 #IBactive

Topic: A happy riding memory

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I spent Sunday afternoon in Imperial Beach giving out some free bike helmets and assorted safety gear as part of the #IBactive Scavenger Hunt. We had more than 150 teams sign up to play and the pho... read more

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Checked out the 520 trail for week 3! The trail was closed through Microsoft, but the quiet campus provided a straightforward detour. Saw the construction for the new NE 40th tunnel, the Microsoft ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

I haven’t been to IB in years, so this IB Scavenger Hunt 2.0 brought me back to the area. On Saturday 9/12, I met a few friends at Two Wheels and off we went to start our scavenging. The weather wa... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Sylvie Froncek bonus points again!

A big thanks to Love to Ride, BMC, and all of my supportive team members at Rossi Group!! This friendly initiative has given Rossi team members a way to encourage and be together as we continue to ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

Like all great adventures, it was a lot more fun planning the route and pedaling there, then actually being there. Even though circling the lake, on the pedestrian and bike path is pretty darn nic... read more

Topic: Other

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Discovering new city or county parks by bike is always fun. This one is a bit of a distance from Madison, but it's a great park and the riding in the area is beautiful: Magnolia Bluff County Park. ... read more

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Zia Brucaya Looks beautiful - this is a new one to me!

#IBActive scavenger hunts has been a really fun way for me to show my family around and explore IB even more. Getting out and being active❤️-AmandaPBToast

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You never know what influence you have over friends and acquaintances. An acquaintance from my yoga class excitedly told me she'd brought an e-bike during lockdown. I've now been out riding with he... read more

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The Heiskala family is loving this challenge, thank you!

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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In January 2015, I weighed almost 300 lbs, was on oxygen, unable to walk more than 10 steps without collapsing and developed a heart murmur. My cardiologist told me I could decide either to live or... read more

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David Nelms Awesome job, Susan! Thanks for sharing your story. Congratulations on making each day better than the day before during y... read more

Back in May we decided to do a 60 miler, but ended up been a 9 & half hours in the saddle for fun!

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#PedalForGood #BikeFoodDrive I dropped off food donation at Cargo Bike Shop for food drive.

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Zia Brucaya Thank you for donating!
D K My pleasure!

Today, was another great day to ride. I was tracing a set route today, which put me on Harbor drive part of the time. For those who ride it routinely, in combination with the Silver Strand. Th... read more

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Having been visiting family in London I decided why not follow the bike route into the city.

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Bought canned goods at Festival Foods by bike, dropped at the Cargo Bike Shop. #PedalForGood #BikeFoodDrive

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Zia Brucaya Thank you for donating, Annette!

TeamStuud can’t wait to get out on our bikes today to finish the #IBactive scavenger hunt. Such a great way to have some fun.

Topic: My commute by bike

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Sylvie Froncek bonus points!

After a few weeks off my bike due to the poor air quality, it was great to finally get a ride in. From my home in Cupertino, it's a quick ride down Stelling and then a right onto Prospect Road. S... read more

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Cherie Walkowiak Thanks for posting your Cupertino story!! This earns you a prize for participating in Cupertino’s Fall Bike Fest Week 1 Cha... read more
Cherie Walkowiak A Google search for Cupertino Fall Bike Fest should hep you find our web page. For some reason I can't post the link here.

Thanks to everyone who is donating to the #PedalForGood Cycle September Food Drive! We picked up the first round of donations this week at Wheel & Sprocket Middleton (pic), The Cargo Bike Shop, Nef... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Leuk dat we vanuit de organisatie actief het 'Fietsen' gaan oppakken en dat we met ze allen als doel hebben om meer te gaan fietsen. Door te zien dat collega's ook fietsen, foto's met elkaar te del... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Having not rode a bike in years I bought a bike and cycled to and from work. Found it in Invigorating, fresh, although a little tiring. Will continue to ride, ride, ride.

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Come out and do the scavenger hunt this weekend! #IBACTIVE

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Sylvie Froncek bonus points!

Having fun with family and friends riding around town doing the scavenger hunt. We love IB! #IBactive

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We love our town! And taking part in the #IBActive scavenger hunts have been such fun way for us to get out and get active as a family. Bonus is finding cool new places in our laid back beach town.... read more

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Karen Bland Whoohoo! Thanks!

My one and only ride on a Schwinn Sting-Ray ended a promising bicycling career with a dramatic crash. Years later, my Encourager taught me to scoot, balance, and ride a Dahon Mariner folding bicycl... read more

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Cherie Walkowiak What a great story!

Loving the scavenger hunt challenges as well as the different points of interest that I’m just finding out about. life6ybike #IBactive

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Stopped at Black Saddle Bike shop on my ride home from work and dropped off some donations for the #bikefooddrive. Grabbed a new tire while I was there, great shop and people! #pedalforgood

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Zia Brucaya Thanks for donating, Luke!

Whether, they're quaint, quirky or trendy I love discovering an independent coffee shop along the way. A few week back, I discovered a great coffee spot in Quainton. Today, I came across Surfi... read more

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(I wrote a little poem, maybe cheesy, maybe not) You go round and round below me Upon this seat, I take in the view beside me For as far, as the eye can see My heart is happy, on my bike, I f... read more

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Since I was 16 I have cycled everywhere and taken my bike with me to all the cities I have lived in: Liverpool, Leeds and London. Its helped me stay in shape and save on all my commutes to univers... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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And now for something completely different! In addition to supporting local businesses, Bike Month is a fine time to support our local food banks. Check out this map of bike shops that are acceptin... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Susan Hollingsworth ... well, I can't include a link apparently! Thbbbbbt. To check out the map, search for BikeFoodDrive or PedalForGood. ... read more
Zia Brucaya This is such a great story, thank you for posting, Susan! And thanks to Edgewood College for supporting your efforts!

Second time participating in #ibactive scavenger hunt. Lots of fun for family to get out in the fresh air. Great way to learn history of our city!! gaby1219 family loves this outdoor activity!!

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Sylvie Froncek bonus points!

Bloom has an amazing biscuit sandwich with roasted sweet potatoes, caramelized onions, and greens -- alas, they have a limited menu for the pandemic, and I cannot get my favorite sandwich. Instead,... read more

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