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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

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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

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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

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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

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There’s’ nothing like the freedom of being on two wheels and enjoying the outdoors with others

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I like cycling but wanted to be more confident on roads and able to do repairs. So I joined a couple of events and have been learning to repair donated bikes for charity which are given to people t... read more

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(Not usually one to steal the limelight but) happy to be quoted to help encourage people to ride (or walk) to for short journeys. [address removed]

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I first helped my office (Henderson Engineers- Bentonville, AR) with last years September bike challenge. I did not own a bike at the time and had to borrow a coworkers bike in order to get some mi... read more

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JD Elder Great story Mike. Glad to hear that A1C is going down too!
Samuel Lopez This is fantastic!

A year ago, a few months into the pandemic I realized that I was not moving in the right direction. In fact, I wasn't moving at all. We spent all day on Teams calls and then plopped into a chair - ... read more

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I started riding to improve my health and control my diabetes. I've come a long way and so grateful I found cycling. Happy to report 125lbs later my diabetes is gone.

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Dave Nicolai good for you to stick with it. Weight loss to a desired weight is just the beginning. Maintenance is the challenge. Bee... read more
Mike Valles You are awesome! Keep on riding!

Two rides this Sunday, a morning and a afternoon ride! 10 AM ride: 𝗥𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝗟𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗿: David Felfoldi 𝐑𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐓𝐲𝐩𝐞: Intermediate Adventurer (12 miles) 𝐌𝐞𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐏𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐭: Ashford Park 𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐤𝐬 𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐥𝐮𝐝𝐞𝐝: Ashford... read more

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Beautiful Britain By Bike - Day Three. A historic tour of Somerset & Dorset. Today's commute took us to Somerton, Ancient Royal Town of Wessex. Our adventure began under blue skies as we s... read more

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A historic tour of Somerset & Dorset. Today's commute took us to Somerton, Ancient Royal Town of Wessex. Our adventure began under blue skies as we set off towards the old Roman town of Ilch... read more

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Kid jist did her first race and she's all in. Any nola kids out there wanna ride?

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Sean from San Diego Bike Coalition promoting “Bike Anywhere Week” for Channel 8. Story airs Monday, May 10!

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I had a chance to visit the Flower Fields recently. They just opened to the public this year. If you are near I-5 in Carlsbad I would encourage you to stop by and take in the beauty of these flower... read more

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Oside 4 All Free to scope out on the road above the fields!

I puzzles me as to why anyone would not enjoy riding a bike. Being out doors and riding with the wind in your face is an exhilarating feeling. I encourage everyone to get out and ride. In the morni... read more

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David Choo Where can I get info on this challenge? #lamesa

It’s Saturday and the #lovetoride scavenger hunt is still going. We got a late morning start, but we’ve accomplished to find the clues that we’re just added. We only had to double back once. But no... read more

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Jerry Bennett-62 Tell me more about the Scavenger Hunt. Who set it up? What are ya looking for? Rules?

I was reading about riding safety in the dark, and lots of people said that we are very good a recognising and seeing faces, so I thought I would combine this idea with reflective details. With ... read more

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Alison Smith what a great idea :)

Sycamore Gap is a special place, so special that thousands of people around the world visit. But not on my cycle ride to visit this special place, the Sill was closed the military road was felt ab... read more

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12 friends on Bikes/Trikes formed a ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE 3/17/21. We decorated on another’s bikes& trikes and rode through the neighborhoods for a delightful memory, GREAT FUN and EXERCISE.

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I don't get to see my cousin Jeannie in Virginia often, but we keep in touch via Facebook. She saw my biking posts and started riding again too! We motivate each other to keep riding and I love ha... read more

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December 2020 I purchased my adult tricycle Thanksgiving Day I rode my friend #1Marty’s adult tricycle 3 days later I ordered my own #2Deborah and #3...I started riding together throughout ou... read more

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A newish friend who hasn't cycled since childhood (and is now 48) has been trying to get fit and lose weight. They had bought a brand new bike three years ago but hadn't wanted to go out on their ... read more

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A roadside fox in Harford County, pouncing on a mouse; Ducks in a Dutch canal, scrambling for twigs to protect the eggs in their floating nest; A lizard in the Bahamas, enjoying the sun like us; ... read more

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I love getting up before the rest of the family and stretching my legs on the bike, especially on mornings like today. The sun had just broken and the light was a golden colour. Not many out on the... 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.

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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

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Having been building up her cycling abilities over lockdown Judy my sister-in-law has come on in leaps and bounds since this time last year. Even took on her first sportive in September, which took... read more

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First ride out probably since before the pandemic last weekend and it was lush! I got out of the habit of cycling to work a while back and forgot how glorious it can be getting out in the countrysi... read more

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We love riding our bicycles and about 5 years ago my husband found out he had melanoma on the back of his neck. We decided that a sun shade to cover our heads and neck while riding our bicycle wou... read more

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Over the last 9 months I've been training for the Three Peaks Challenge. I have fibromyalgia which it has caused me great pain for much of my life, but I made a decision a few years ago that I wo... read more

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I just don't get it. How can I get more of my coworkers involved? We have a lot of daily commuters at work and I posted flyers at the bike racks. Even tried bribes with a basket of stickers. This h... read more

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Chelsea Alventosa Hi Anna, I know the feeling. It can be really tough to get people involved. Have you tried asking them why they're not inte... read more
Kurt Alderson Next year get a head start on it. Talk to HR - they may help with incentives, too. Plus you'll get some cred.

My family explored the UC San Diego campus today. What a fun way to end SANDAG Bike Anywhere Week! #BikeAnywhereSD

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I am very happy that my Norcal sister rides bikes with her sons and wife. Fortunately I have enough bikes and helmets so we can ride when they come down to visit. It's a joy to watch my nephews gro... read more

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My mom wanted us to go for a #familyride for Mother's Day. I love my mom!

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Corinium Dobunnorum Loop of the Cotswolds- a step back in time exploring the deserted lanes of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Today's commute took us to Cirencester - the forecast was f... read more

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Having not rode a bike since I was 16 years old, 20 years on during the first COVID lockdown I rediscovered the joy of Bicycle riding! I was lucky enough to be able to borrow an electric bike fr... read more

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now i have lots of time I go riding sunday morning I put it on facebook and tell the new riders it's short easy ride and I carry tools for minor repairs. lot are interested but only a odd one turns... read more

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I joined a group of people on Saturday that LOVE TO RIDE. They aren't racing, they like to stop and smell the tulips, and take a few pictures along the way. They probably average 10 mph, and th... read more

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Got my son off training wheels at 3 years old. Now he kicks my butt on the hills and still expects me to buy lunch!

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Well after a year at my new job and commuting by bike, One of my co-workers got themselves an E-bike and they are commuting to work with me at 5am. Now I am taking all sorts of different routes hom... read more

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Karen Poret Scents AND beauty= win!

Let me just say I’m not a fan of the sore butt that comes when I pedal my 2wheeler. But I solved that problem. Just recently I bought a used/new/never ridden Terratrike Rover. It’s an entry level ... read more

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Sylvie Froncek Yay! We'll pick a winner when the scavenger hunt ends!
Karen Poret Good luck on your recumbent!!

Closed out Women's History Month with an all-about-sisterhood-solidarity ride around the Rogers' Railyard Loop! No one left behind, casual pace, all bikes were welcome. Kids and families too! Th... read more

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The concept of Love to Ride is simple, straight forward and a fun way to encourage people and children to jump on their bikes and exercise for at least 15 minutes. The team behind the scenes are al... read more

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Mark Jones I'll pack my bag!

Nearly four years ago my father was terminally ill. I discovered mountain biking through a friend's encouragement and never looked back! It's a great way to unwind, chat, forgot about stuff, get fi... read more

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Thanksgiving Day 2020 I borrowed a friend’s adult trike; I was amazed ... the wind in my hair; the freedom to travel distances I was unable to walk (diabetic neuropathy Issues in my feet) Three d... read more

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I rode a bike everywhere as a kid, but put it aside after college. I was a runner for 35+ years. I began riding again to give my feet a chance to recover from plantar fasciitis and got hooked. So m... read more

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I have almost never been a fast cycler. Even when I was going full tilt, there were always other people going faster. I no longer have any bikes with drop handlebars. I like to sit up and look at t... read more

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Lee General I give up the diesel van to spend time riding now I am retired I go slow too and now ride hybrid for same reasons as your s... read more

I have decided this year with a friend to ride John '0' Groats to Lands end. Just to add some more excitement and a challenge we will be doing it on a Tandem, of which nether of us have ever ridde... read more

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Rusty Bogg Good luck!