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Image for story Random Finds

Random Finds

Who would have thought you'd find a beaver in the middle of town. Definitely not something you'd notice driving to and from work.

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story It’s a Revolution

It’s a Revolution

Like a lot of families, we used to fire up our expensive, gas guzzling engines for every little thing. 2 miles to school? Get in the car and sit in traffic. Need supplies for dinner? There’s a Walm... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Today was my first trip to Huntley Gravity Park.

Today was my first trip to Huntley Gravity Park.

This is my biggest drop yet! I had TOO much fun sessioning it with my husband. Today was a good riding day. ❤

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Very very very long bike ride

Prior to moving to NWA I lived in Boulder/Longmont CO where hiking running and biking is almost a lifestyle DNA. So, naturarlly, I biked and run a lot, biking=250 miles/week, running= 25 miles/week... read more

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Why no new rides this year

Sorry I did not meet my goals so far this year I had a massive in Dec. and had to lay low, Just getting back to riding but keeping it simple for a while. Good luck everybody and enjoy your rides.

Topic: Other

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Image for story Time Change Boogie!

Time Change Boogie!

I love this time of year. We get more daylight hours after work, and for us this translates to family trips to the playground! The kids have a blast, we get to let go of the day and re center as pa... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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Image for story Local bikes only

Local bikes only

Riding home from the factory where you and your friends make bikes, on those bikes, what could be better?

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Image for story Pedal It Forward

Pedal It Forward

Our family recently had the opportunity to upgrade a bike. We replaced a Trek 830 Mountain Track (1997ish) with a new Liv Rove E+ so it was a pretty significant change. We didn’t need to keep the o... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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An E-Bike Makes Commuting a Dream!

I have always loved riding my bike to work but on a hot day, biking to the office can be a tough ask. This year I bought an e-bike and it has completely changed my commuting game. Now I can ride to... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Image for story It's not just fun it's great for your health!

It's not just fun it's great for your health!

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

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story We’ve come far

We’ve come far

The night ended with the last few moments of twilight. Those 2.59 miles felt good. It may not seem far to some, but to my son and I, grinning widely as he pulled off his helmet, these few miles... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Image for story Fast in the country

Fast in the country

I love riding the Greenway from Bentonville to Springdale, but right now the number of people do not allow me to go as fast as I would like to so I find myself riding it sometimes, and riding the c... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Don’t give up.

When I started this whole thing I maybe rode on average a mile a week. I grew up with a passion for bikes. Anything with two wheels count me in. But as I turned 30 I noticed that passion had dulled... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story B40 Goodness

B40 Goodness

The back 40 has so much to offer for a verity of riding styles… technical riding, speedy down hills, tough uphill climbs, and even more simple flat blue sections. The trailhead closest to me has... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story What I learned during Bike Month

What I learned during Bike Month

I spent the month of May intentionally riding my bike instead of using a car. It was exhausting, sometimes uncomfortable, and a ton of fun. Biking / commuting by bike has always been part of my lif... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story A riding option: Recumbent trikes

A riding option: Recumbent trikes

I became legally blind in 2012 and could no longer drive a car. I was so grateful to discover recumbent trikes. They are very stable and could be a great option for several people that cannot ride ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Skip the Car line .. Join the E-Bike Cargo Line instead

Skip the Car line .. Join the E-Bike Cargo Line instead

It's finally getting to feel more like spring!! And that means, more rides on the e-cargo bike!! There's nothing like being the center of attention at the school pickup/dropoff car line -- ALL ... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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The First Long Ride

Several years back I was living in Bishop, CA., I had a brand new Nishiki 10 speed, Root Beer brown and keep in mind it had the old style leather seat, and decided to ride it down to La Puente, CA... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story My morning commute

My morning commute

My ride to work in the morning is the only time I don’t worry about anything during the day. It is the only time when I can watch nature happen and be surprised by the ever changing seasons and so... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Getting back on the horse...or bike after a fall

Getting back on the horse...or bike after a fall

This past Saturday I went on my very first mountain bike ride. It was very hard, but very fun because of the challenges that the ozark trails present. While I did end up crashing my bike on some ve... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Image for story The PEOPLE....

The PEOPLE....

My first, and still functional, but only slightly used, email address is: [address removed] ....you may email me, if you like. I teach Physical Education and it all stands for..... Physical Ed... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Women's History Month Ladies + Ride!

Women's History Month Ladies + Ride!

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

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story OZ Trails & THE Razorback

OZ Trails & THE Razorback

#RediscoverRiding I recently moved to NWA from IL and let me tell you - riding is so much better here! This super bike friendly community makes it easy to get around by bike. I love riding the Raz... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Chase the Sun, Follow the Moon

Chase the Sun, Follow the Moon

the range of the boy's explorations vastly expanded when he acquired his first bicycle

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Stories from around the world

Image for story No more 🌧️

No more 🌧️

Summer ride after rainy week 🚴🏼‍♀️ Drowned sidewalk

Topic: My commute by bike

Image for story New old aches

New old aches

Last time I was on a bike was 18 years ago. I sold it after a scare with traffic and relocating from the South to the North Island. I have borrowed a bike to compete in this challenge. The improvem... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

Cycling to school

I go to school in Napier, which is more than ~25kms away from where I live in Havelock. Each day I bring my bike to school on the bus, before spending 40 minutes riding back home in the afternoon. ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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cutting down my commute time

On day 1 of the challenge my Boss sent me a link to his location. We raced to work, me from Edgeware and him from Parklands. He caught me at Hagley Park for a quick chat before he was off again. ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Ara Te Pūkenga Growing Interest!

Ara Te Pūkenga Growing Interest!

Ara Te Pūkenga are growing the interest of all who visit. Ken the Groundsman is a big supporter and has etched out a daily reminder for the month of this Challenge on our Madras Campus north green.... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Hard yards

Hard yards

I don’t particularly like biking - it’s always too hard ! as I seem to always push myself too hard! And I’ve made many excuses in the past. But this is a great challenge for me - I am trying no... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Getting back

Steady ride after my Heart Attack + Inguinal hernia repair operation last year (2022). Could have gone a bit further but following the wife's instructions to take it steady. Cold wind into my face ... read more

Topic: Other

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The cycle around Aucklands waterfront is Spectacular

I live in Parnell, purchased an e bike last year, and just can’t get enough of riding round the waterfront ….Mission Bay for a coffee is a great short ride …todays adventure started there then down... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story A quick appreciation to my bike.

A quick appreciation to my bike.

I bought a brand new bike in July 2022, which is extremely rare for me to buy anything brand new. This bike has been an absolute dream. This bike has encouraged me to lose weight and get fit. Since... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Bicycling helped me with knee replacement surgery

I started being impacted by arthritis in one of my knees, and eventually the other one as well, in my 50s. The orthopedic surgeon said I was too young for knee replacement surgery, but he also sai... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Lighting hacks

Lighting hacks

Seen this on Pinterest gotta haVe it🔥👊😎

Topic: Other

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Image for story Pump track in manukau

Pump track in manukau

Was testing the pump track in progress

Topic: Other

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bike gone

the bike in my profile pick, was stolen last year trek series 5 Voltron green from manukau mall, last year?I was bummed cussing but in the end gotta keep wheels spin and love life ..so put bought ... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Kāpiti Cafe Tour

Kāpiti Cafe Tour

Need some extra motivation to get you on your bike this February? We've partnered with 12 cafes from Paekākāriki to Ōtaki to create the first Kāpiti District Cycle Tour. Simply collect a coffee... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

Riding to work +

My work is only 4.5 km from home so it's an easy bike ride. Are there days when I drive instead of bike? Of course! Most of them are valid, like the kids need dropping off somewhere that's conven... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

Trying to get on my hog more

Have started riding my bike not only to work but to the gym. This means getting up grabbing one bag biking to the gym. Head home and grab anther before heading to work lol

Topic: My commute by bike

Encouragement from the street

One day a couple of years ago, I happened to be riding in the rain. A car was stopped next to me at a traffic light, rolled down his window, and said that he respected me for braving the conditions... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Whanganui Shared Cycle Way

We've been cycling along the river bank every day for the past six months. It's delightful. We ride past the estuary along to the harbor, then back up river to the railway bridge. Twenty km's all u... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story A family ride from Cape Reinga to Hamilton

A family ride from Cape Reinga to Hamilton

Kids can do anything! Our family just completed a summer tour riding from Cape Reinga to Hamilton along the Tour Aotearoa route. 756 km over 17 days with 2 adults and 4 kids (ages 7 to 12). The ki... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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Getting a new bike tomorrow

I have two bikes, but I'm getting another - my oldest bike is 20 this year and getting a bite rickety. Both my current bikes have done Lands End to John O'Groats with me, once in 2004 then in 2018.... read more

Topic: Other

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Porirua ride of interest

My wife and i often ride the Pauatahanui Inlet loop ride and I get questioned often about the ride around the Whitby side. We do not ride SH58 (or Paremata Road) as yes, it is too narrow and too da... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Hello Old Friend

Hello Old Friend

I'm happy to say that my trusty (and slightly dusty) bike has once again seen the light of day. With work only a 30-minute walk away, I found myself putting off getting on my bike. In part, beca... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Lack of bicycle infrastructure around Eastlink Trail

Roads such as Springvale Road, Ferntree Gully Road, Jells Road, and Waverley Road lack on road cycling infrastructure, even though they go to past a popular cycling park Jells Park, and train stati... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Hayman park upgrades in motion

Hayman park upgrades in motion

Pump track in manukau in progress south side repsent

Topic: Other

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Image for story Becoming a British Cycling Guided Ride Leader/Route Planner.

Becoming a British Cycling Guided Ride Leader/Route Planner.

Hi folks, I trust you are in good health. Bit of a remarkable story here for you all, it is a story some may be able to recognize. Way back in 2009, my health deteriorated, I actually lost sight... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story 12 months straight of at least two days riding

12 months straight of at least two days riding

For the first time in many years, I can say I commuted to work for at least two days ea month for the past 12 months. Winter is obviously tough to ride on streets clogged with storm debris, gravel ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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