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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

Topic: Other

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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/

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

Topic: My commute by bike

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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

Topic: My commute by bike

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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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Stories from around the world

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!

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

Oregon Coast (Ft Stevens to Harris Beach St Park

We (My wife and I, our daughter and her fiancé, her best friend and boyfriend and my brother) rode the 365 mile well-marked Oregon Coast Bike Trail from Sept 20 - Oct 1. This was our 3rd time ridin... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

Image for story Malibu to Ojai Century w/ the Ladies & Gents

Malibu to Ojai Century w/ the Ladies & Gents

There is a great joy when I have new century riders come on our Ladies & Gents Centuries. This year I decided to start hosting a century every other month. Amazingly enough the turnout was much... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Bikepacking adventures

I have always commuted short journeys but since the pandemic I have really got into longer rides I was inspired by Mark Beaumont & Emily Chappel (google it) I spent last winter getting used to ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

Image for story Returning to the Office but by Bike (for now)

Returning to the Office but by Bike (for now)

Despite cycling a lot in the last 10 years, I've never lived close enough for the commute to work to be practicable by bike. Since joining the council in January I've been working from home but ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

Image for story Tour de Lavender and Tour de Forts

Tour de Lavender and Tour de Forts

I love riding on the Olympic Peninsula - it's my favorite place to ride! On 8/7/21, I rode my first metric century in the Tour de Lavender. Part of the route is on the Olympic Discovery Trail (O... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Biking at a bike park in the Ozarks

Biking at a bike park in the Ozarks

I sure wish we had bike parks at the Quarry Park!!

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Route 68

My favourite place to ride is on route 68 from the Sill on the military road across to Kielder. The route is offroad after a couple of miles then it's just you on the logging roads across to Kielde... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Discovering again

It's probably been over a decade since I've been on a bike, let alone ridden one regularly. I do remember how much I used to enjoy it when I was quite a bit younger though. Now that I am north of... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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4 Corners

It was the last four days of the Cycle September Challenge and I got a text from Meg. "I want to hit all four corners of the City in the last four days. Which corner would you rather ride, SE or SW... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Got the Swoop on any Magpie deterents?

Got the Swoop on any Magpie deterents?

I have found a nice 10klms loop near my place with some hills and some Strava segments to benchmark and motivate my unfit just back on the bike dad bod. First couple of times I had no trouble, but ... read more

Topic: Other

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Takes 2

I’ve always wanted to ride a tandem bicycle, and I’ve challenged myself to rebuild one. So far I’ve fixed the rear coaster brake and replaced the front tire, so it can be safely ridden around. Now ... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Pandemic Porch Parties

Good things grow from bad things. Take the virus for example. One of the downsides is it closed public restrooms, which cyclists know are a source of relief on long, and sometimes short rides. The ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Beltline is almost empty! Woohoo!

Just got back from riding PATH Parkway and the Eastside Beltline and they are both empty. Put your rain pants on a enjoy the cool stress-free breeze!

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Some surprising things can be seen riding bikes

Some surprising things can be seen riding bikes

I ride for fitness so I ride similar routes each ride. I was surprised a few weeks ago to see a wild Peacock in the front lawn of the houses. A few days latter I saw the same peacock, and then the... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Encouraged Daphne from Global Growers

We went to Global Growers and our tour guide Daphne has 2 kids and is new to the area. I let her test Tracey's bike and my Douze (bakfiet) to help her see what even with 2 kids she can ditch the c... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Saved by a Stranger

I was on the Arabian Mountain Trail a few years ago riding my bike. Trying to get back to my car before dark, I put my bike in fast gear. Suddenly I hit a rock on the trail and was airborne. I was ... read more

Topic: Other

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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!

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

Image for story 'Bike Benefits' = 16% off on your natural foods bill!

"Bike Benefits" = 16% off on your natural foods bill!

In Madison, WI, we have a great, active, assertive and successful bike advocacy community. One achievement has been the "Bike Benefits" program, which has arranged for cyclists with a ($5) Bike Ben... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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1986 Riding in China

In 1986 I joined a group of 12 people who cycled in the Foshan and Guangshou Areas of China for 3 weeks. We cycled through lots of different weather, ate some amazing dishes, & cycled approxim... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Image for story Sea Otter Classic eMTB Race

Sea Otter Classic eMTB Race

Raced in the eMTB at Sea Otter Classic. It was great to be out with other riders, talking to vendors and learning. I got to meet Calvin Jones of Park Tool - he helped me fix my buddy's bike after... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Special tour of Allied Cycles

Special tour of Allied Cycles

We got to see carbon fiber bikes being built!

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Just riding

I've been bike riding for a while now. After discovering an electric bike my biking jumped like 50%. I mostly ride in the downtown area. I also ride in the Stone Mountain area. I would love to ride... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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My Bi Ro

Every day is like the first day I met my copper crow. 🌾

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Image for story Bike are more fun when you have to wait around

Bike are more fun when you have to wait around

I went to meet my oldest daughter, Geri, at Howard at 4:15pm but then realized she had extracurricular to 5:30. So, my daughter, Jackie Blair and my dog Mac just hung out and talked about electric... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Biking in Colder Climate

Biking in Colder Climate

If you’re a year round biker, here are some tips when it comes to the weather.

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Fall in Jacksonville, Oregon

Fall in Jacksonville, Oregon

What a wonderful way to kick off the Fall season with a bicycle tour of Jacksonville, Oregon with my amazing California friends.

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Takes 2

I’ve always wanted to ride a tandem bicycle, and I’ve challenged myself to rebuild one. So far I’ve fixed the rear coaster brake and replaced the front tire, so it can be safely ridden around. Now ... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

No Traffic

When Atlanta went into lockdown March 23, 2020 traffic disappeared from city streets instantly. People went outside and walked around their neighborhoods w/o fear of speeding vehicles. It was great... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story When was your last first aid course?

When was your last first aid course?

This morning on my way to work I cycled along the Swan River in Perth as usual. I rode towards a father and his son who were standing at the side of the bike path. At first, I didn't think much of ... read more

Topic: Other

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From Fat to Fit

Bought a good, inexpensive Trek in Dec. 2013. Was 255+ lbs and rising with borderline hypertension and assorted weight problems. Kept riding, and by August 2014, was able to make the 5 miles to wor... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Riding around the Equator

My father passed on a genetic disease (CMT) which is a motor neuron disease that attacks tendons and mustcle in ankles and wrists. For the first 40 years it simply slowed my running and walking, bu... read more

Topic: Other

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Getting to Know You

Having just relocated to Santa Cruz recently, it has been exciting to get out on my bike and explore places I had only seen traveling by car. I can't wait to get to know even places farther than th... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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