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Bombing the local volcanos

I'm lucky enough to live in a place where I can easily ride to all the local extinct (?) volcanoes -- particularly Mt. Tabor and Rocky Butte. It's been lovely to see all the folks out enjoying the ... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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RE:Riding

I really enjoy riding to work. Seeing the sunrise in the morning is Awesome. Tim Cowling CNA OHSU

Topic: My commute by bike

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Raining this morning

In the dark, just awake, the hiss of rain on concrete through my open window next to my bed. Semi-dreaming, in quick succession: drive/take the bus/ride? Yes, ride. Which bike? Not Speedy - no f... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Put away your phone!

Normally my commute is awesome. Last week I had a different experience. I call my parents once or twice a week on my morning bike ride as I'm 6 hours behind on them, so it is really the only time f... read more

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In Memory of Dad

On Memorial Day I took a ride in honor of my father, who let me to go on my first six-week bike tour at the age of 14 and he paid for it! Starting at the Oregon Zoo (he raised four of us), I rode u... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Overcoming school day morning madness

Today I FINALLY got to put in a good commute for my team. Between work travel and kid complexity, I've had ironclad excuses every morning this month until today. I'm so glad I knocked over the resi... read more

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Image for story Pedalpalooza - a month of free bike fun in June

Pedalpalooza - a month of free bike fun in June

Pedalpalooza is coming up this June. You can join hundreds of rides for free or host a ride yourself. It's easy! Find out more here: www.shift2bikes.org/pedalpalooza-calendar

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Riding 2 bikes at once

It was a Saturday morning in September. I had just bought the bike I ride now every day. A red 'omafiets', which is a Dutch sturdy city bike with a chain guard and coaster brakes. I love this bike,... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Spring Forward

I starting biking again last fall and was making great progress expanding my miles and elevation. Then I took the winter off because of darkness safety. Just restarted in time for the bikers chal... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Fifteen-Speed Cowboy

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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my broken heart

my poor little heart was recently smashed to bits! how to go on? one second, one minute, one hour, one day at a time. One foot in front of the other, somehow... I don't know how i would survive... read more

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Image for story What can you do with one day left in the Bike Challenge?

What can you do with one day left in the Bike Challenge?

I used one day of the Bike More Challenge (Memorial Day) to ride to all 19 Multnomah County Library locations. While I enjoy the act of biking, I find my rides more satisfying when I can focus on a... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Morning Glory Story

This morning (5/30/2019) was a glorious ride into work along the Spring Water Corridor. Saw at least eight deer, Canada geese with babies, a coyote tossing a mole around on the path, and then retr... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story The Internal Coach

The Internal Coach

I have not biked in over 20 years, but this spring I got back on a bike to do a long distance race. Over the weekend I finished 53 miles to Reach the Beach. I have been working on the mental aspe... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Good Morning

I never see people in the morning. And certainly not at 4:45 AM as I commute to teach indoor cycling (yes) at one of the National Gym Chains, but today was different. I peddled past 2 very well i... read more

Topic: Other

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May Day- 1st day of Bike Challenge 2019

Today was a lovely day, perfect for a bike ride. I love to count things as I bike. Today I saw 77 cars, 44 bicyclist, 33 birds, 29 walkers, 18 dogs, 4 buses, 3 people waiting for the bus, 2 garba... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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How to Create a Circular Bike Route on Google maps

Cool! http://roadcyclistsguide.com/create-circular-bike-route-google-maps/

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Image for story Aberdeen to Pitlochry at sunset

Aberdeen to Pitlochry at sunset

Almost a year ago I cycled from Aberdeen to Pitlochry. The Deeside is a beautiful area to ride: I followed the main road until Braemar where I had some fish and chips. Then sunset came while cyclin... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Carless life in wellington

We've been without a car in wellington for some 15 years now through choice, initially we just walked and bussed and taxid when needed everywhere then we decided to get a family cargo bike when we ... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

Image for story Prelude from 1980

Prelude from 1980

This old girl has been carrying me along the backroads of Auburn, Al since my days in class back in the late '70s. It still feels just as free as it always did. Happy for the growing bike paths.

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Image for story Encouraging myself to ride

Encouraging myself to ride

I was a commuter in terms if cycling. Not much more than that. Then, last year, I was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disorder in the bone marrow failure department, Severe Aplastic Anemia. I wen... read more

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World car free day

I started biking to and from work about 3 months ago, yes in the middle of winter, after finally deciding I should buy an electric bike to flatten out those hills on my way home after a long day a... read more

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World Car Free Day

I decided to walk to work in the morning. 5km walk and it took my about an hour (short legs). I ended up taking the bus home. Overall, I did 15K steps that day!

Topic: Other

Biking to work

I have a trike - its nicknamed Big Red. - its not an e bike I ride it to work with my e-legs I was riding to work on the car free day with my music playing and swaying back and forth side to sid... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Commuting with Kids

We LOVE our cycle commute. Even on rainy mornings and with the odd complaint about waterproof trousers not being the most comfortable things in the world, our five- and seven-year-old cycle just ov... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

The little things

The joy of finding a new route, it isn’t really any quicker but it’s different and I guess that is part of the joy of commuting by bike - enjoying the scenery as you go.

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Stillness

Sometimes the early morning rides are the best. Being early to work and being able to sit and watch the world go past. People's stories from walking their dog to going to work. The still atmosphe... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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$4000 bike for $500

it's 20 years old. Klein Race Pro. 2001. All Dura Ace. no one wants old, expensive bikes. shop lucky! Also have a Quantum Race, from 2001.

Topic: Other

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Image for story Kilometers voor Kansen

Kilometers voor Kansen

In juni 2022 heb ik meegedaan voor een actie van het Rode Kruis. Nu hadden mijn km's op de weg een andere betekenis. Voor de verandering was dat goed voor mij. Het relativeert en zet je aan tot and... read more

Topic: Other

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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

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Image for story Fall in love with bike riding !

Fall in love with bike riding !

My story began when I first went on a Tour the Polongne to see how the cyclists ride. Then I got inspiration and said that I have to start riding too. I remember that day I got many gifts from the... read more

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Touring

A tour round the outer Hebrides no problem with customs amazing people and beaches that are out of this world, one massive hill ( was massive to me ) and an adventure to catch a ferry almost every ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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River Ride

A quick ride by the river today 🙂

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First ride on new bike.

14 miles today on my new bikes maiden voyage to run it in. A nice quiet route including a ride from Shildon to newton aycliffe past the locomotion museum, which is a lovely smooth wide path. If y... read more

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Image for story A page from my cycling diary: Up A38 to Falfield and Stone 24-09-2022

A page from my cycling diary: Up A38 to Falfield and Stone 24-09-2022

Ever wondered how the long long never ending A38 which leads into Midlands looks like beyond Alveston / Thornbury? Me too! I had been to Itchington a couple of times before and also once to Tytheri... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

Lighten up

A journey, in black and white. It starts with an alarm, I snooze – I loose. Ten minutes gone before my feet touch the bedroom floor. Then rush, I’m usually up before the alarm, not today. Dresse... read more

Topic: Other

Story of fear and bravery

So roughly about 11 years ago i used to love to ride my bmx and my 26er like an idiot (Thought i was Emil lol) but anyway i had a nasty accident and this put the FEAR into getting back on a bike i... read more

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Image for story Bike ride with mother

Bike ride with mother

Went on a bike ride with the old dear great to be back in the saddle been out every day since

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Car free day

Every day. What's the big deal.

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mixed modes

I chose to ride my bike to work it was a beautiful morning and a pleasant ride - faster in fact than taking my car and finding a park. unfortunately it was pouring with rain in the afternoon ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

Image for story Buying a free folding bike for my commute

Buying a free folding bike for my commute

A new job in the central city meant having to think about commuting. I drove for a couple of weeks, while settling in, and used a Kiwi parking share app to avoid making the carpark barons richer. ... read more

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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

Congratulations - You're a Cycle September 2022 winner! Say WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAT?! Oh gosh this is amazingly unexpected, i've won a aquaplay paddleboarding session. That's fandabiedosie!

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story The power of a human and importance of a helmet

The power of a human and importance of a helmet

At the start of Cycle September I never expected to be writing a story and even last week it wasn’t on my to-do list. I was enjoying my cycling and pedalling my way to and from work when I could. ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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E-Bike or bust!

Remember riding down a big hill as a kid... Wasn't that the best feeling? Well with an E-Bike, it's like riding down hill the entire time! If you decide to make the transition, I would ask tha... read more

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Monsal Trail

Me and my Daughter completed the Monsal Trail while doing the cycle September with work , This is a place I love walking so doing it on a bike was Great fun , We started at Monsal Head went to B... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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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

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20 later

Untill.4 weeks ago I hadn't been on a bike for 20 years now I love riding my bike

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Image for story 1000 miles Cycle to Work

1000 miles Cycle to Work

In October 2021 I set out to raise £1000 and lose my Covid spare tyre by cycling 1000 miles to work at the University of Bolton, from my home in Blackburn, all in aid of Derian House Childrens Hosp... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Time saver

I cycled to work yesterday after dropping the kids off at school (pushing my bike) and realised that I arrived at work way earlier than if I got the bus. Happy days.

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Nothing beats Coler.

Nothing beats Coler.

The Tuesday night Tour De Coler group rides are always a blast, especially now with the lower temps.

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