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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

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#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

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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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

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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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

So today i went out on my new bike. Ive always had mountain bikes and still do but i fancied a road bike to try for a change as I've never had one. I bought a Specialized and today was my first tri... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

Cool. As you may be aware, UnderArmor killed Endomondo last year. That was my app of choice for recording my rides. The new app that UnderArmor is marketing is MapMyRide. I promptly switched ove... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

When I formed our team, my thought wasn't to be competitive. I just wanted to participate, encourage some friends to ride, and be in the running for some of the cool prizes during the Challenge. On... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

In 2008 me and my husband cycled 2000 miles from Lincolnshire to Cyprus. I wasn’t what you’d call a cyclist and was very overweight when we set out. Over the course of 3 months we cycled down to Po... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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My partner and I went to Devon to visit his family this weekend. I've recently gotten into cycling so was excited to go for a ride with them, as they're veterans of the sport. After about 30 minute... read more

Topic: Other

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I have been waiting for the elderflowers to open on my local cycle path (far from the fumes of traffic) and last week the time finally arrived (almost a whole month later than last year). I put a c... read more

Topic: Other

Getting out on my bike more during the pandemic last years I discovered County Durhams Rails to Trails. These include the C2C, Deerness Valley, Bishop Auckland to Brandon and the Derwent Valley tra... read more

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Sunday morning trip out to Sledmere House, NR Driffield East Yorkshire for a take out coffee and breakfast with the chaps.

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

I rode into my training session today as it was a lovely day clear skies and 18c at 8.30 when I set off. Now at lunchtime I’m less than half a mile from site sat at the side of the River Ouse. I’m ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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I hadn't ridden since I was a kid. But since my husband & I were working on our health/weight, it seemed like an easy way to get more exercise without killing my knees. And by buying reconditio... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

I'm one of those people who would say that they never win anything and it's largely true, so it was all the more surprising when Love to Ride got in touch to let me know that I'd won a £50 voucher.... read more

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Gayle Amorowson Thanks for this great story Chris! Congratulations on your win!

Met up with 14 other friends who I normally get together with for a week's cycling holiday touring the Croatian Islands. Unfortunately, we have had to cancel again this year, so today we headed ac... read more

Topic: Other

I work in Falmouth not far from the media centre at the National Maritime Museum. It is very busy with the holiday makers, the police and all the transportation that goes with it. I find it easier ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

So I started my new job in January, working from home initially like so many other people during covid. Easing of the restrictions in April meant I could start my job properly, by going into my ... read more

Topic: Other

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Whilst out on a 40 mile cycle ride today, I happened upon a new place for my cat to stay when I am next able to go away on my cycling holiday to Croatia. Called the Willow Tree Cat Hotel, it reall... read more

Topic: Other

As I continue my mission to cycle the entire Birmingham Canal Navigation system I headed out along the Grand Union towards East Birmingham. I navigated the skunk smokers in Small Heath, survived an... read more

Topic: Other

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Great mixed ability ride in the Calderdale valley as part of the #ridedrinkpie club. All levels, all off road suitable bikes, mixed ability. This weeks ride was great, new members, people wantin... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

After my ex wife remove old fence lots of wood was to be remove so as I met some caravan traveler on my cycling ride I ask do they have enough wood for there wood burning stove no was the answer. I... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

I work for the NHS in a support role, not frontline, and have been working from home since February 2020. I used to commute to various NHS offices for my job, so all this stopped with COVID-19. Ver... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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I rode into my training session today as it was a lovely day clear skies and 18c at 8.30 when I set off. Now at lunchtime I’m less than half a mile from site sat at the side of the River Ouse. I’m ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

Riders of Shaam are humbled to be supporting Rainbows Children’s Hospice for the Third time. An organisation that is so close to our hearts. Sadly, some children don’t live long enough. Since 1... read more

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I love riding my bike to work and do so all year round and in all weathers! it wakes the mind and gets the blood pumping ready for the day...but It is oh so much better when the sun is shining :)

Topic: My commute by bike

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