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I was out on a social bike ride with friends. We had stopped at a pub to "carb" load and listen to some live music. On a whimsy, I texted a woman I had chatted with briefly on an online dating site... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

#bikefooddrive #pedalforgood How fun was that?

Topic: Other

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Zia Brucaya Awesome, thanks Jamie! We posted the results on Love to Ride Madison Facebook yesterday - 236 pounds donated!

This is a story about cheesecake. I love cheesecake. When I get cheesecake at restaurants, I am always so disappointed that it isn't my mom's cheesecake. My mom makes the best cheesecake. Brasse... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Kristin Davis You can’t just throw a word like cheesecake out there and not say where it is!
Susan Hollingsworth Oh, my. My cheesecake story appears to have made it to the "stories from around the world" page. No wonder! This restaurant... read more

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

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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!

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!

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

Topic: My commute by bike

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Zia Brucaya Thanks for donating, Luke!

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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Another place I have never used my Bike Bennies -- and another one that involves ice cream. I've been missing out! Not free this time, but a nice discount on the concessions at the zoo. Unlike a... read more

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Orange Tree Imports is where I first learned about Bike Benefits and bought my first sticker. Lots of the Monroe St shops have Bike Bennies – it's a great neighborhood for shopping on a bike. Al... read more

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I don't do social media so I don't quite know how to do these #Curmudgeon #WhatIsThisHashtagBusiness, but I see that we're being invited to enter a drawing by sharing our love of Bike Bennies, and ... read more

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Zia Brucaya Susan, your post is perfect! (Successful #hashtag use :D) Thank you for posting and supporting these awesome local business... read more

I haven't been to a coffee shop since March, and it's probably going to be a while until I'll go to one again. But there's a great alternative, now that summer is here: Coffee outside! It's as easy... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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We're cooped in more than ever right now, which makes it really important for me to embrace opportunities to get out with my 6 year old son and explore by bike. He probably hasn't realized it, but ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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I grew up in Germany, where turtles are either pets or live in a zoo. So I greatly enjoy the opportunity to see turtles in the wild. One good spot that's not too far from Madison and in a very bike... read more

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In May, 1980 I joined a half dozen other members of our newly-formed Bitterroot Bicycle Club, from Hamilton, MT, in riding the annual Tour of Swan River Valley (TOSORV). We began pedaling in Misso... read more

At Olbrich Gardens, the Bike Benefits sticker is good for free admission to the Conservatory. Right now the Conservatory is closed for the pandemic, but the outdoor gardens are open (with limited h... read more

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Harald's park story has inspired me! When I was signing up for Democracy in the Park, I was looking for a park that I could easily bike to. I didn't end up choosing this one, but it sure fits that ... 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

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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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!

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,... 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. Also... read more
Zia Brucaya This is such a great story, thank you for posting, Susan! And thanks to Edgewood College for supporting your efforts!

It turned out I needed a smarter phone to order curbside -- but Colectivo is offering curbside pickup via a smartphone app, and they also have Bike Bennies in non-pandemic times, and special treats... read more

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I have never taken advantage of my Bicycle Benefits at Wingra Boats, and it's not available right now because it's free ice cream (yes, free ice cream!) and they don't have their concessions stand ... read more

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Neuhauser Pharmacy does not have (a) a Bicycle Benefits sticker in the window, or (b) bike parking. But it /does/ have (c) friendly neighborhood pharmacists, (d) a post office inside that will s... read more

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Susan Hollingsworth Okay, we can't edit these -- but I swear that I can see a Bicycle Benefits sticker in the window in a blurry photograph tak... read more

My family has had the opportunity to hop in our bikes after finishing our work at home days. We’ve also used quarantine weekends to ride. We’ve ventured out and explored paths we’ve never ridden on... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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After two days of rain (0.95 in), we finally got a good day, 75 deg., light east winds, and mostly sunny. Nancy and I took advantage of it by heading out to Lake Farm County Park. After a short ... read more

Topic: Other

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Living several hours from friends, family, and the place you called home most of your life is though in normal times. The social distancing and cancelled trips of the Coronavirus Era makes it even ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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The Capitol City Trail (CCT) is an enjoyable result of conservation and recreation foresight, featuring a tour of the Nine Springs E-Way. This trail connects with the Southwest Path and other Madis... read more

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Stories from around the world

Exploring new trails can be both exciting and nerve wracking. To support exploration and growth, we are challenging everyone to try new trails and win prizes! Here's how 1. Go ride the trails on t... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

Any day I get to cycle with my beautiful wife is a blessed day! She gives me inspiration and has shown me time and time again what joy it is to be outdoors enjoying nature and each other. I'm eve... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

In 2020, I achieved my target of cycling every bridleway in Brighton and Hove. This year I've set myself the glamorous target of visiting every branch of Greggs in Sussex, for a vegan sausage r... read more

Topic: Other

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Scott Manley Living the dream!!! Sounds amazing.

My family have been partaking in what we call the Ham Hill lockdown challenge for fitness and fun. As we are all different abilities and ages we work at our pace and stop where needed and always ro... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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I think that my eight year old son sums it up with this quote which he put on a poster which he made for his classroom recently.

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A couple of months back, I was pedalling home from work in the dark, when my front light cut out. Fortunately, being a Scout leader means I am generally prepared. On my keys, I had a small, but ver... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

I like competing in triathlons, but I'm a weak runner, so I normally over-train on running and skip the cycling as I'm a stronger cyclist. This month I've done almost 200km on the bike, and just h... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

The Pandemic era makes it more important than ever to stay active and healthy. I try and ride through my neighborhood 4-5 times a week. It supplements my running is relaxing and works a variety of ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

In September 2020, I had my longest multiple-day trips from DC to Pittsburg. This trip was an excuse to divert my attention from coronavirus. One more reason was my son who always encouraged me for... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

There is nothing like feeling healthy. On a mission!!

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

When my first wife and I divorced, we agreed that each of us should take a 6-month holiday. Mine began in February, 1977; I had decided to ride to the Atlantic Coast from San Jose, California. Sin... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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In 2015 I was wearing a T-Shirt from a charity ride at a highschool polo event. A woman I didn't know came up to me and said she did that ride. Long short, she invited me to ride with her and her... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

Dedicated bike parking in the office + shower facilities are awesome benefits of my job <3

Topic: My commute by bike

I have not done much cycling over the last two years as my road bike is broken. I made up my mind to try doing my 7.2 miles commute on my mountain bike. I was feeling the difference not cycling was... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

Here we all are, ready to make some memories on a recent family trip to Hanmer.

Topic: A happy riding memory

So my boy just turned 3 the other day and he loves riding bikes no matter if its with me on the Mac Ride, one of his bikes (he has quite a few) rain or sun. This month I did my first 100km ride in ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

Been on my ordinary and ebike since the first lockdown, when the roads emptied. Amazing how many places don’t actually need a car, especially if you have HUGE panniers for doing the shopping. Feel... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Love to Ride invites us to tell our story: My first bike was one my younger brothers and I assembled out of neighborhood scrap bike parts. I would have been about 14; just in my 2nd decade of ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Once apon a time I was 6 or 7 years old and my dad biked almost everyday, I didn't know how to bike at that time yet I always wanted to, I was just too scared of falling and breaking something sinc... read more

Topic: Other

I set a goal of riding 70miles by Christmas Eve on my fat tyre bike I have joint problems and weight issues so I’m hoping this goal will help me lose weight and if I can get this one done I will se... read more

Topic: Other

Getting motivated to pedal outside in the winter can be tough, so when the weather forecast called for sunshine; I checked out Cascade’s Free Group Rides calendar and quickly signed up for a ride t... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

i when i was a kid my dad used to tell me about his days in the saddle also my brother would ride also learned me to ride. when i was in my teens did loads of bmx riding then discovered girls them... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory