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I haven't been out Mountain Biking proper for 20 years since I was a student. Three of us decided to go out this weekend to Clapham and ride an old favourite route. A little nervous to begin with... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Gradually working my way through the various "100 Cycling Climbs " challenges on Strava/Veloviewer. I'm not that fast but I am quite stubborn (!) and often end up wheeling my bike up the steeper gr... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Early one morning whilst out for an early morning pootle along Morecambe Prom (deservedly popular with all types of cyclists), I spotted that even our Eric Morecambe statue was sporting some PPE. W... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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The Covid-19 situation has been the only reason I have ended up finding a new and picturesque route between Helmshore in Rossendale and Stubbins near Ramsbottom. I have since found out that it is ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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100 for Guide Dogs is a challenge where the participant can choose to Run100, Cycle100 or Swim100 between 1 July and 30 November. For the cycling event the individual can choose how they want to co... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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I ride fairly regularly-3 or 4 times a week. I thought l knew my local area.l used to set out on a known route looking to improve my time. Coronovirus lockdown meant events were cancelled. I start... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Whilst on furlough during lockdown, I joined an amazing Facebook group called "Sloth Cycling Team". As the group name suggests, speed and distance are irrelevant and the main ethos of the group is ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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I bumped into so peeps I had not seen for years at a Birthday party who told me they were mountain bikers and I started to ride with them, at this point I was super unfit. After riding with them fo... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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#NoCarbon I found a route that keeps me away from the traffic with a short off road section too! And so far my bike is 7lb lighter than when i started riding it...! Happy cycling!

Topic: My commute by bike

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Just a thought for those who are safety conscious about burglary and stalking. If you use Strava go to your privacy settings and create a privacy zone around your home location- this will keep yo... read more

Topic: Other

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Tom Darville I agree and always horrified when people show events on Strava when on holiday basically telling everyone your house is emp... read more
Carvel Lonsdale Excellent point Tom!

This has made a lot of car drivers/passengers smile 👌❤️ Attach colourful pipe cleaners and feathers to the rear of your helmet.

Topic: My commute by bike

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Silvia Lopez What a wonderful idea!! I will do that! Thanks for sharing ☺
Carvel Lonsdale No problem ❤️ Enjoy! Post your picture too 😃

Having a lot of positives from acknowledging drivers at junctions/roundabouts and give way chicanes with this hand signal combined with a big smile. Fist tap your heart three times- point directly... read more

Topic: Other

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Love riding both my mtb and road bike. Rivington and Darwen for most of my local mtb rides. Gisburn and Lakes if going further afield. Enjoy rides to Southport , Blackpool and Garstang on the roa... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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I now feel more confident back on my bike I have stopped using the cycle route to work and now use the roads. This saves me just under three miles. It a dam shame that the car free route is so much... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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I've been in a car and been waved through by cyclists and I have to say it can seem a bit passive aggressive or, at its worst, downright rude. As a cyclist I've developed a non threatening offer w... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Alan Garner I like the underarm scoop and use a similar over exaggerated thumbs up technique. Each to their own. As you were.....
Carvel Lonsdale Thumbs are great 👍 especially opposable ones- because we’re not monkeys 🐵❤️

I wave a lot at cars on my commute. Just started trying the thumbs up, reverse wave- works a treat for cars that are hanging back and being patient. Simply take your arm behind your back, as if re... read more

Topic: Other

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First a CONFESSION! I've never liked bells on bikes. In fact I'd go as far as saying I hated them- you know, the aesthetic bike fascist kind of hate. BUT, my wife bought me a bell this Saturday th... read more

Topic: Other

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Christian Lampe Hi Carvel, you got me converted! The Knog bells look fantastic in their understated elegance - would be great to have one f... read more
Carvel Lonsdale Awsome! Hope its ringing : )

Wave at every car that gives you any room. When you get angry about poor driving just remove your approval wave. See? You got angry but didn't enter into a negative dialogue : ) Happy commuting ... read more

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Tarun Shome Great advice, and something I have been doing for the last year. My theory is that when you're commuting, it's pretty much ... read more
Carvel Lonsdale Brilliant Tarun!

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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

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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

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

“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

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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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

Topic: Other

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

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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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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Sylvie Froncek bonus points!

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

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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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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Sylvie Froncek bonus points!

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

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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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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Sylvie Froncek bonus points!

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

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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The Heiskala family is loving this challenge, thank you!

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Sylvie Froncek bonus points!

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!

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

#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

Topic: Other

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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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D K Yo.
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

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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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.

Topic: My commute by bike

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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

Topic: Other

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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

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Sylvie Froncek Bonus points!
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!