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Image for story Still Riding After All These Years

Still Riding After All These Years

Here was my trusty stead on my first bike tour from Klamath Falls to Santa Barbara back in '82. Just a 20 year old lad then, and now a mere 40 years later, I still Love To Ride. Thanks to this c... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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River Ride

I am loving seeing the wildlife on my commute to work along the San Lorenzo River levee path. There have been one or two kingfishers out there lots of mornings. One morning I saw a coyote right nex... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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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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Image for story Wednesday Ride to Check in on our housebound friends

Wednesday Ride to Check in on our housebound friends

Every Wednesday since April 2020 a group of friends rides in Watsonville to check on our housebound (due to age, immunocompromised, non-vaccinated...) friends. It's a fun ride and it brings a litt... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Lente!

Because we #lovetoride

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Saving Nature

I ride my bike to work and to play and I love to hike in nature. I was out with friends last week at the Land Of Medicine Buddha in Soquel. This is a private Buddhist Monastery. Absolutely no bik... read more

Topic: Other

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TandeMadness

All of September I am participating in the Great Cycle Challenge. It's a fund raiser to raise awareness and funds for children's cancer research. It's my 4th time doing it. I love it and I feel GR... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Anxiety and Biking During a Pandemic

Anxiety and Biking During a Pandemic

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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2000 Miles

Last year in May, I decided that I did not not want to ride to work anymore and bought an electric bike. In that time I have gone down to a one-car family. I just hit 2000 miles on my bike. That is... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Grocery Delivery by Bike

Grocery Delivery by Bike

When COVID hit and I made it through the initial shock wave, I started looking for ways to help Santa Cruz community members in need. Food access was top of mind, especially in those early days of ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Bike + Freediving in Santa Cruz

Recently made plans to do a little free-diving (wetsuit, mask, fins but no scuba) with my dive buddy. I had biked to work on this day. Was able to pack my gear in my saddle bags, fins sticking out... read more

Topic: Other

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COP26 Challenge

My last ride of the COP26 challenge - Watching the waves come in & go out again at sunset. The night was enjoyably warm. The light exercise left me feeling invigorated. - Then the horror sank... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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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 Biking Meetings

Biking Meetings

I have been known to host "walking meetings" with my team members as we go over important business items for follow up. I never thought I'd be hosting 1-1 meetings with my staff via bike, but that ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Mothers Day

My son, husband and I decided to spend Mother's Day biking the Coastal Trail from Pacific Grove just past Marina. My husband and I have new electric bikes and we rented a bike in Pacific Grove for... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Biking from 🐐 to  🚲 repair today!

Biking from 🐐 to 🚲 repair today!

Rode my 🚲, “ 🌷 “ to 🐐 exercise class this morning and only got half way before my 🚲 chain came off! Therefore I walked the rest of the way, attended class, and then transported ( by 🛻) to Current ... read more

Topic: Other

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Laughter

I ride daily around the UCSC campus. Today while riding down the bike path from the Recital Hall I decided to laugh loudly. I didn't start off feeling like I wanted to laugh but by the time I arriv... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Virtual Camino de Santiago

Virtual Camino de Santiago

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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Slow Streets

The City of Santa Cruz has launched a Slow Streets program, and we are looking for neighborhoods to nominate their streets! The Slow Streets program is designed to limit through traffic on cert... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Chef Maria Bikes to Work

Chef Maria Bikes to Work

Another Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes employee trades in her keys for a helmet and commutes to work. Our kitchen Manager, Maria is dedicated to preparing healthy lunches and feeding anyone who n... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story While I was away...

While I was away...

Sadly I missed the big company ride this past weekend, but had the incredible opportunity to travel to Ireland. This was my first time ever in Europe and I wanted to make the most of my ONE day of... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Mutually Assured Destruction

I recently did a metric century with a friend of mine. It was the longest ride (mileage wise) either of us had ever done and we were pretty burnt out. When we got home I dropped him off and immedia... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Stories from around the world

Image for story Bikepacking to Burning Man

Bikepacking to Burning Man

Bestfriend and I geared up and road to Burning Man in 2018. 85% of the riding was off pavement. Three nights of camping in beautiful spots to arriving out on the Black Rock Desert. This ride has in... read more

Topic: Other

Image for story Bought my daughter a bike

Bought my daughter a bike

We ride to and from school every Friday! We even rode in the Tour de Four in Frisco and she completed her first organized ride!

Topic: Ride with kids

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Image for story My favorite bike rack

My favorite bike rack

Our local library recently moved to a new location, and it has the best bike rack in the County - as far as I've seen. The whole thing is covered, and there are several staples. I love to stop here... read more

Topic: Other

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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 Getting out and riding a bike 🚴

Getting out and riding a bike 🚴

My brother has cerebral palsy and was told he could never ride a bike, I got him an adult tricycle. We have been riding a few times a week in the warm months. He loves it!

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Why Bike Lives Matter

Our team is part of a strong cycling/mountain biking community with world class scenery and trails. One of the unfortunate things about cycling on the road is that some motorists don't appreciate ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Vélo pour tout

Je n'ai pas de voiture. Mes moyens de transports sont la course, le vélo, la marche et les transports en commun. J'adore circuler en vélo sur les pistes cyclables de Montréal. C'est un grand b... read more

Topic: Other

Image for story My 140-Mile Commute for Unicef

My 140-Mile Commute for Unicef

At the start of March feeling appalled at Putin's invasion of Ukraine and powerless to help I decided to donate some money to one of the charities I felt was likely to do meaningful work for the af... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Ochtendrit

Mijn ochtendrit naar kantoor

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story A bike adventure for the Bike Month Challenge!

A bike adventure for the Bike Month Challenge!

The weather this weekend was so gorgeous that I couldn’t have possibly made an excuse to not get out on my bike. I spotted a nature reserve on the map only a few miles from home that I’d never been... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Palm Springs Holiday

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

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Riding around the world..a virtual ride around the equator

GOAL reached! Today I reached my goal of riding the equivalent of around the world at the equator. Total distance = 40075 Klm (24902 miles). I started riding in January 2018, and during the period... read more

Topic: Other

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My bike made me realize…

I went to 2 meetings and the gym by bike and realized the commute for all 3 events combined was a little over a mile from my house and a total of 10 minutes. Faster than walking, no looking for par... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Biking again

After not biking for years I got a work email in2019 about the bike challenge. So I participated. Been on the bike ever since. When Covid hit, Riding became my way of relieving stress, getting exer... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Mow Cop and the Cat & Fiddle

Mow Cop and the Cat & Fiddle

Recently joined my local cycling club (Brereton Wheelers) and joined in on one of the Epic Monumunt rides planned for this year. 103 miles up into the Staffordshire Moorlands and Peak District to t... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

TTT (Tubeless to tubed t[address removed])

I went to Gravellocos in Texas yesterday. This was the 2nd year it was promoted, with last year coining the slogan, “Best gravel race no one’s ever heard of” (or something like that…). ANYway, la... read more

Topic: Other

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Having fun

Just get out and enjoy

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

Image for story Le plus beau cadeau pour notre famille

Le plus beau cadeau pour notre famille

En juin 2018, notre famille a eu l'opportunité d'aller vivre un an en Suisse. Comme c'était pour une courte période, nous avons décidé de ne pas acheter ou louer de voiture et d'utiliser le train, ... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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Image for story Salty about paying hospital visitor parking

Salty about paying hospital visitor parking

My husband is in the hospital and since I bike there I’ve saved hundreds of dollars in visitor parking just this month. I even brought his duffle bag to him on my bike. Plus the exercise and fr... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Time to share a story

I love riding on cobble stones!

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

Image for story Une balade à Chambly

Une balade à Chambly

Une beau Samedi et c'est parti ! 65km sur de belles pistes cyclables pour faire l'aller retour Montréal-Chambly, quel plaisir !

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story \West Sacramento safety project complete in time for bike month

\West Sacramento safety project complete in time for bike month

[address removed] WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The $17 million West Sacramento Capitol Avenue Safety and Rehabilitation Project, unveiled Thursday morning, marks the start of a safer May Bike Mont... read more

Topic: Other

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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 1977 Pas de casque, cheveux au vent!  :)

1977 Pas de casque, cheveux au vent! :)

Que de beaux souvenirs sur ce vélo 1977 :) Pas de casque, cheveux au vent! Mes jambes étaient tout juste assez longues pour atteindre les pédales et hop! on part a l'aventure! Le centre des loisi... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Quiet at the basin

Quiet at the basin

I moved to a new house during the pandemic and last year was the first time I rode in my new neighborhood for May is Bike Month. While I was getting to learn my new area, not far from where I u... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story I was Born to Ride

I was Born to Ride

My dad instilled a love of bike riding in me from a very young age that has stayed with me all these years. I have so many unforgettable memories of riding bikes as a child, starting with sitting ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story “Making the world a better place”

“Making the world a better place”

Like a lot of solo riders (retired, not working, freelancer, self-employed) I love to ride. I enjoy the solitude of riding alone and am comfortable with this, especially as my commitments schedule ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Sous la pluie

Même quand il pleut, la ride de vélo est extraordinaire! Au printemps, le petit vert des feuilles ressort de la grisaille. Les oiseaux sont actifs, les odeurs terreuses. Il n’y a pas de mauvai... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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