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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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Thomas Stokell What happened to your bike Gerry?!

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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Richard Leseney very nice !!!

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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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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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

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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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Julie Concannon Such a sweet dedication to your Dad!
Steve P Very nice. And great choice of places to ride to!

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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Steve P Good for you!

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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Ruth Schulte I hear you! I was able to get my spouse to help out in the morning so I could bike to work this week! It felt great!
Kristen Connor Go Mary! I have a hard time coordinating rides too... Thank you for the inspiration!

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

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Gerome Gacula i love your cannondale supersix team liquigas bike.
Mike Hassett Great climbing bike for sure did you get the Sram red on yours?-Mike

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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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

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Tess Stribos woah how did you keep score?

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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colie Touzel Such a great story! When I saw the "omafiets" I knew you were dutch...my mother is dutch and from the Netherlands, so I've ... read more

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

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Christina Grijalva Thanks for sharing!

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

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Jim Slater WooHoo! First time from Beaverton to work! I have now made it the whole way!
Matt Faunt Nice work Jim! Glad you're out there and it's feeling good!

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Just a short story of how I got my Tricycle and how it got its name! I everytime went on a bike ride and I just couldn't stay stable and I got really upset thinking I'd never feel somewhat safe rid... read more

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A few years ago , i had a serious back problem what, with slip discs, crumbling spine, Consequently i had metal work put in my back, meaning that i could not walk for a while. I then was to help... read more

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I set myself a challenge, learned to unicycle during corona (a life ambition). Bought a bigger wheel so if possible I could unicycle to work 5.5 miles :) for an absolute laugh. Today I done it! #cy... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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hi, I have a serious back injury with a spinal cord stimulator fitted. I have implants consisting of computers and batteries sewn inside my spine to relieve pain. Cycling and spinning my legs seems... read more

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I am very fortunate to work/support young people. Today I was able to encourage and support a young person to join me on a ‘Social Distancing’ cycle ride along the Cycle path which runs along The ... read more

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When I was younger and could do the mileage, I rode the MS150 11 years in a row. My greatest joy were the times when either my son or my daughter, or both, where able to join with me for the 150 mi... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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I started cycling during the lockdown in March 2020. One day for some reason I decided to go on a short early morning ride. After the ride I felt great, so motivated and energised. So I thought the... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Steve Clayton Fantastic! Well done you. Very inspirational story.

Took the fam to explore some of the Eastside trails (starting at Quanah Parker Park). Oldest son gave Gateway MTB trails a try- first of many, I’m sure!

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Heather Laminack #DistrictCruise

Hi! I am very proud of myself and my friends for completing the BIKE SHARING CHALLENGE!! If you ride the B-Cycle and dock at all 46 stations, you get a free shirt and get your name on their website... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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My husband Rob and I love going for a cycle 'explore' on our bikes. We use adapted bikes because I have a disability which means that I cannot use a standard bike. This never limits what we do alth... read more

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In November 2019 I had a bikeability session with Charlotte. As I was 62 at the time my 9 year old granddaughter thought it was hilarious as she had just done the same at school. I was barely abl... read more

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Perrin Fox #explorebybike
Rebecca Skinner Amazing story, Perrin. I hope you enjoy your holiday :)

We have been to Martin House Brewery numerous times, but never by bike. Today we rode out there on our bikes. On the way back, we decided to take a small trail that runs up the back side of the TCC... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Okay it's not a cycle story but I have a passion for long-distance skateboarding across countries and where possible, ticking a new one off the list. My two-week annual adventure typically starts j... read more

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My husband Rob and I love going for a cycle 'explore' on our bikes. We use adapted bikes because I have a disability which means that I cannot use a standard bike. This never limits what we do alth... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

Hi Bikers! This was our first family bike ride on 22 July 2020 from Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire to Lincoln City Centre, to meet up with our son to celebrate his 24th birthday :). It's called the W... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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In 2018, my husband and I planned to travel to Europe to complete the Camino de Santiago by bicycle. We cancelled our trip after finding that his cancer (Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma) had reared it’s hea... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Matt Miller This is cool to hear about! I've been seeing and hearing about virtual rides since COVID hit and hadn't heard any f... read more
Margie Biddick Hey Matt! It was so much fun!! I road all the miles outdoors either mtb, road, or cross bikes. I used Strava to keep track ... read more

It took me a while to want to leave my house at all during the pandemic. I did not show up well for myself in the beginning and my mind got the best of me for longer than I would like to admit. I h... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Matt Miller Well said Meggan! I'm right there with you. Funky days can be eclipsed by even a short pedal in the neighborhood. Move... read more

5 of us rode out this Sunday and did 40 miles. We all stayed 2 meters apart from each other. Stopped at the café at Hatton World near Warwick. Used a mask to go in and order coffee and cake and the... read more

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On Wednesday I took a group of 4 riders out for a 13 mile bike ride with another Lets Ride Guided Ride Leader. It was my first as a Lets Ride Leader. We had a great ride and left the park in Covent... read more

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Nicola Jones Hi Stephanie it was great to reayour two accounts of cycling. I work for West Midlands Combined Authority and we would lov... read more
Nicola Jones Hi Stephanie it was great to read your two accounts of cycling. I work for West Midlands Combined Authority and we would l... read more

This month I went off-road through the jungles and mud pits of Pelican Island. Luckily I didn’t encounter any rattlesnakes! #DistrictCruise

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COVID threw off a lot of our plans this summer, but we decided to go through with our trip to Colorado. It's easy to socially isolate in the mountains...just don't forget to bring your bike! #Distr... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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I have a story about a new route that will be open to everyone in just about 2 months. If you love the Rock Island Trail, but long for it to continue to the Jamaica North Trail or into Wilderness ... read more

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Bristol to Bath cycle path. As far as you want to cycle without the car traffic. A must in Bristol.

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Managed a first socially distanced meet up with my family and took the youngest two grandaughters 3 and 5 for a ride along Tiverton canal. Can't post video on here so if you want to see it head ac... read more

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This isn't a correction about my performance on the ride I completed the other day, as recorded under the substantive title above; and all the stats shown therein are accurate. But, although no o... read more

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Riding has opened the door to better fitness and health, for me. I’m a Type 2 Diabetic. It’s genetic (look, in a poet). So, it’s important to try to keep it under control as much as possible. ... read more

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I started cycling again about 3 years as I was training for a sprint triathlon which included 10km ride. At 55 I hadn't cycled much since I was 18! Found I enjoyed being out and about again even on... read more

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Great to be save distance riding with my club members, didn’t realise how much I’d missed them

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Mamhead Hill, a 1.5 mile climb, approached from the 'C' road from Starcross, is located 6 miles from my home in Dawlish, and I use these six miles to gently 'warm up' for The Climb. Mamhead Hi... read more

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For me, this was the perfect bike ride; relatively flat, no cars and views of forests, reservoirs and hills. If you love cycling and have never been there, this group of reservoirs off the A57 n... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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I am sharing my back in the saddle journey to encourage and tempt others to give it a go. The Covid-19 virus had made me think about new ways to get keep fit and get out whilst socially distancin... read more

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Usually cycle to work a couple of times per week but working from home has stopped that. Needing some sort of inspiration and along came a post from RAF Museum about the #hurricane80kchallenge (#2 ... read more

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We're a group of six nearly or already 60+ ladies who have upped our cycling distance since lockdown. Yesterday was the EPIC fifty miler from my home in Crowthorne to Woolhampton for lunch, via Son... read more

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We recently took delivery of Jeremy Hilary Boob, as we have called him. A big yellow cargo bike, or "sports utility bike" (SUB). I've wanted one for many years. During the Coronavirus lockdown I ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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During the early weeks of Covid, a 9 hilly mile round trip for me was to Middle Farm at Manston in north Dorset where I cycle into the farmyard and buy milk bottled and chilled that morning with c... read more

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So, I haven't ridden a bicycle in roughly 10 years. The love to ride guys helped me pick and choose the bike and my boyfriend is an experienced cyclist. I took the plunge, he has terrible sense of... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years