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Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Sharing the Love

My wife and I LOVE riding our vintage bikes from a bygone era, they hark from a time when every month was "Bike Month"... Indeed, we love it so much, back in 2016 we organised our first Tweed and... read more

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Encouraging hubby to ride

Hubby has a Hip injury I'm supporting him to get out n ride with me in Teanau he did 6.5 along the lake we stopped n got pics and enjoyed the scenery

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Build and ride

I am passionate about tinkering and have been working on building a hackbike from spares and old bikes. A colleague (Alec R.) who is very good with bikes has been assisting me and we have a basic f... read more

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Image for story My romance with cycling thanks to my ebike...

My romance with cycling thanks to my ebike...

I have always been interested in riding a bike. Growing up (in Malaysia), or family could hardly afford a bike and I always watched with envy our neighbours having their bikes. It was until years l... read more

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In love with my bicycle

My romance with my bicycle started when I was just 4 Years old and increased ever since. I just love my bike, love being outdoors, love nature, love to be fit and healthy, love to save petrol and ... read more

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I want my bicycle

Fell in love with biking since 8 years old. With well used tricycle, nothing like riding and cornering till one back wheel comes up. Since then had few bikes, Dad's old Morrison and Raleighs bi... read more

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Riding into the sunset

When I first met my now husband I knew that he loved mountain bike riding, yet I had not been on a bike since I out grew my childhood bike. Yet (with my permission) he purchased me a cross countr... read more

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Three Crashes & Love

Hubby and I met June 2015 and he was aware I loved to exercise alot, so we naturally went on a ride for one of our first dates. I over estimated his biking fitness and he got cramp and was very ... read more

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Bikes are freedom

I love the ability to get on my freedom machine (I'm recently an electric convert). where I would often avoid a trip because it was too far to walk and too much hassle to get in a car, I now get ou... read more

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How I met my wife and later proposed

I was riding with my sister in Riverhead Forrest Auckland in 1995 and met some friends and a group of their friends, one of whom caught my eye. After a number of fun filled years including regular ... read more

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Biking with the ONE I LOVE

My husband is so romantic and came for 3 evening bike ride dates in a row. It was so special and I appreciate my husband biking with me. When I have been out biking and he sees me through the win... read more

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Looking for love (nay a bicycle)

A month had passed since my move to NZ and then another. I'd walked through a bike store and stared longingly as we spotted the pink path and bikers on the streets. I picked up a few Auckland Trans... read more

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Baby on board

My husband and I met on a Friday night at after-work drinks - which we’d both quite naturally biked to. Many of our subsequent dates, leisure and general life together involved biking. I wasn’t z... read more

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Big Red

Taking a minute to express my love for my Surly. Bridgeclub. One of those really solid, reliable mates. Me and big red came together as a result of some more unfortunate circumstances. Having b... read more

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Encouraging hubby to ride

Hubby has a Hip injury I'm supporting him to get out n ride with me in Teanau he did 6.5 along the lake we stopped n got pics and enjoyed the scenery

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The Real Bike Story

The Real Bike Story Man with bike arrived at 9.00 am. Man with beard, tattooed all over with skull rings and similar on all his fingers. Thin frame with long scraggy beard and blac... read more

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Downhill biking

Tried downhill mountain biking for the first time last week. Made it all the way to the bottom in one piece, hurrah!

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Image for story From 0 cycling, to travelling for months by bicycle

From 0 cycling, to travelling for months by bicycle

Growing up, I was lost confidence in cycling. In the few times I dared to get on a bicycle I was nearly hit by cars and was car-doored in undergrad in Ōtepoti Dunedin. It was terrifying for me, and... read more

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Proud to be carrying on with a family tradition.

I have to be honest I prefer bikes to cars and love looking at other peoples bikes. My grandparents owned a bike shop which was famous in the Eastleigh UK area. The shop had a very distinct smell,... read more

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The bike proposal

My partner and I love to bike, and when camping at my favourite family spot, he took me on a bike ride to Mystery Lake - about a three hour climb! Half way the the wind was howling and I was pretty... read more

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Took my husband for a bike ride

Well, took my husband for a bike ride and he tells me I’m biking with no power as I have the middle of my foot over the pedal. Now I’m biking (when I remember) with the ball of my foot on the pedal... read more

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Image for story Cycling is my Hobby, my Passion, it's my way of life

Cycling is my Hobby, my Passion, it's my way of life

Cycling is really quite remarkable, It caters for people from all different walks of life & has so much to offer: - Achieving your first commute to work - Building your first bike - Pinning ... read more

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Image for story Reunited with the shear joy of cycling.

Reunited with the shear joy of cycling.

I treated myself to a commuting “smart city” cycle (Reminds me of my old Raleigh 20) for my 60th birthday near the end of 2019. I planned to cycle to work once a week. I have picked up some shoppi... read more

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Image for story First date on a bicycle

First date on a bicycle

I met my wife in the summer of 2001 in New Plymouth. Through mutual friends we met and the four of us went to a party together. I brought a spare bike along for her to ride, and when her eyes lit u... read more

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Bicycle built for two

My husband and I first tried a tandem bicycle around the Hawkes Bay Wineries in the early 1980's. We got married in 1984 and our first purchase as a married couple was a tandem bicycle. We have don... read more

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Image for story Ode to my Bicycle

Ode to my Bicycle

Before you were mine, you carried my mother while she tried to keep up with my youthful energy. Upon graduating to intermediate school at the age of 11 I adopted you; seat low and feet barely able ... read more

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Image for story From Heart Attack to Heart Transplant to come back

From Heart Attack to Heart Transplant to come back

In 2015 I had a heart after a 6km swim, fortunately I survive the attack, they don't know how. A year later I had a defibrillator put in, in February 2017 I won a gold medal in an open water swim ... read more

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No worry biking!

I love going out on my bike. I don't have to worry about saving energy to be able to ride it back home. I simply pick up my bike and voila! without any significant effort am able to go places and c... read more

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Image for story Our first ride

Our first ride

Can't believe I got him to ride with me. Same guy .. new hobbie

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Un pas a la fois

Depuis des années que je me bat contre la diabète. Il y a plusieurs années je me suis achete un vélo stationnaire pour éviter de prendre de la médication. Malheureusement depuis 5 ans le sport en ... read more

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Palm Springs Holiday

So I've racked up over 8K (8000 miles) on my Nederlands, Babboe City: Special Edition, White; Cargo Bike but it does not 'fly' well on Southwest Airlines to Palm Springs! So... I rented a hybrid ... read more

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Image for story '77 Schwinn LeTour II, part 2: Off to the races!

'77 Schwinn LeTour II, part 2: Off to the races!

So, I'd been riding in the Cheaha Challenge (on the Talladega Scenic Byway) most years since 2010. In 2019, they added a 20km time-trial the day before, to which I paid no attention. That's not h... read more

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Image for story Dedicated to Dad and his gift he gave me 35 yrs ago

Dedicated to Dad and his gift he gave me 35 yrs ago

Difficult to write this as my father passed away a month ago. I'm 52 now but in the mid 80s I broke my dads heart switching from a life of soccer to cycling. He thought I had a chance at a college ... read more

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After 10 years

I bought a 2012 Cannondale CAADX in grad school, I saved up for it for over a year. I have ridden that bike in 10 states, done commuting, CX racing, gravel, metric century, century, double century,... read more

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Goals

2021 Biking Goals: Ride 5,000 miles. Check (5,650) Ride 1,000 miles in a month. Check. (1,002) Ride a century. Check (with my son, Dec 17) Put more miles on my road bike (5,116) than... read more

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It's Electric!

I love my Faraday Porteur so much! We put in over 5,000 miles a year together and it replaced a car for my family!

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Back in the Sunshine State

Spent the past summer in NW Missouri hills above Kansas City. Was able to get in over 1700 rolling terrain miles to strengthen the legs. Many beautiful roads north of Platte City, but not entry lev... read more

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Another Douze Rescue!

Helped another lady and her dog today. Her dog had a hurt foot from the Piedmont Park dog park and I put them in the Douze and got them across the park to their house. 3 in a month!

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Image for story TEAM 🚴🚴‍♀️ Sue & Pat

TEAM 🚴🚴‍♀️ Sue & Pat

Suzanne et moi avons fait connaissance au Tour de l'île 2012 .. Suis arrivé au parc Jeanne Mance tôt le matin .. Il y avait tellement de cyclistes qui attendait le départ .. Donc .. J'ai aperçu une... read more

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I LOVE BIKES

I love bikes!

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health and cycling

Richard Hurst started cycling to get to work easier in the centre of town, where a car was not essential. Him and his family never looked back, and don’t need two cars anymore. Richard’s senior rol... read more

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Image for story '77 Schwinn LeTour II, part 1: I get a spare bike!

'77 Schwinn LeTour II, part 1: I get a spare bike!

So, by 2017 I'd broken two old steel bike frames. And considering the parts I'd removed to upgrade on my current ride at the time, I figured I had about two and a half bikes worth of components sta... read more

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New bike day

New eBike day. Oooh the hills are so easy now

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Image for story A tale about love lost and finding romance....

A tale about love lost and finding romance....

Test test test

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Image for story How I Became a Cycling Junky

How I Became a Cycling Junky

When I was a young girl, I used to ride my bike all around town. It was one of those banana seat bikes with the tall handlebars. Being a country girl and having a father who hunted for a majority o... read more

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Winter riding….

I’d forgotten just how much fun it is getting wet and blown around out there… what a great day to go out - and an even better day to appreciate getting home!!

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Image for story First pure fitness ride!

First pure fitness ride!

Well, thanks to Biketober, Tracey Harding and I decided to rent some gravel bikes from Outback Bikes and give them a spin around Georgia Tech today before the house hold was awake. :)

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Bikes help people in cars!

On my way home from The Whole Dog Market, I saw a stranded driver. I stopped and helped, Ian, the ride-share driver, change his tire! Never did that when I owned a car!

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Bikes connect me to my community and make it easy to take actions

So, I rode with Geri, my daughter to Howard and as I was leaving I noticed a trash bag ripped open at the South East corner of Boulevard and John Wesley Dobbs. Cars kept hitting the trash bag and ... read more

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