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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

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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Matt Miller Love this Linda!

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 follow up... 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

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

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Matt Miller This is awesome! Way to go City of Santa Cruz going from Slow Streets concept to roll out in such a short window. More spac... read more
Joanna Nelson Thank you! Our neighborhood is nominating itself. Hooray for Slow Streets!

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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Matt Miller This is so great, way to go Maria!

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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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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Jim Black Good friends always bring out the best in you.. and your ride!
Thomas Stokell That's classic! I once made the mistake of casually challenging a friend to 1000m race on a pair of rowing machines when we... read more

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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Robert Duran Unless someone is there to stop them it will continue. I used to mountain bike in Wilder but gave it up to actually enjoy ... read more

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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Bryson Wood i got a new bike

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. Movement... read more

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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Leah Schaperow That's awesome! I also ride a rad power bike! I love watching the miles add up!
Julie Munnerlyn YOU are AMAZING Christa. E-Bike inspiration. Power On!

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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Gina Morimoto Awesome!!! Great job!
Meggan Wenbourne Yay Matt! Thanks for being such a positive person in this community. We are all better people for knowing you.

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

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Meggan Wenbourne This is awesome! I never thought about diving and biking!!! Woo!
Azure Serafini That would be a feat!

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I Ride because 17 Years Later and I am Still Cancer Free!!! I love nature and nothing beats riding in the Tampa Bay Area. So many options for riding and paths to choose from. From Seaside/baysid... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Michael Childs Remarkable story Jarad! Each day is a gift isn't it?

When most people complained and moaned that they had to stay home during the pandemic, I took it as an opportunity to get to know my neighborhood. With less cars to contend with I felt comfortable... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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After years of my bike sitting unused in my garage, covid got me back into biking. And I love it more than I did when I rode years ago! I a looking forward to biking to the office when my remote... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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I cycle to work and it is a real joy in the morning to feel the fresh air, especially as it is all downhill on the way to work - I can coast into work in about 5 minutes time. When I arrive there a... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

Sunday morning 28/02/21 and level 3 has kicked in. I'm feeling pumped, yeah! let's do this...no destination in mind I'm just going to ride so I head over toward Mangere Bridge underpass. I decid... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

This February, I have been inspired to ride every day. I normally travel everywhere on my bike, but now there's more reasons to bike on my days off. Even a 10 minute ride does wonders for my feelin... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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When I was 18 I traded in riding my pedal power bike for a 360 Honda and swore I would never ride a bike again. Why would I got beautiful wheels will travel. Many, many years go by..... Then in Fe... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Zaczeło się tak że mój rower leżał i leżał aż w końcu mówię tak czas coś ze sobą zrobić i poszedłem na moje podwórko wziełem rower umyłem go z kurzu i pojechałem tak się w to wkręciłem aż do dziś p... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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I am registering my bikes with Bike Index, and I have previously done so with Project 529. More places is better! I had one stolen once, and because I had reported the theft and serial number to th... read more

Topic: Other

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This is my first year as the office champion for the bike challenge. Over the month we have met up for a total of three cycle breakfasts before work. They are by far the easiest way of getting me o... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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In 2015 I was wearing a T-Shirt from a charity ride at a highschool polo event. A woman I didn't know came up to me and said she did that ride. Long short, she invited me to ride with her and her... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

Dedicated bike parking in the office + shower facilities are awesome benefits of my job <3

Topic: My commute by bike

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I have not done much cycling over the last two years as my road bike is broken. I made up my mind to try doing my 7.2 miles commute on my mountain bike. I was feeling the difference not cycling was... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Here we all are, ready to make some memories on a recent family trip to Hanmer.

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Anne Heins LOVE this, what a gorgeous photo. Seeing kids getting around on bikes gives me so much hope!

So my boy just turned 3 the other day and he loves riding bikes no matter if its with me on the Mac Ride, one of his bikes (he has quite a few) rain or sun. This month I did my first 100km ride in ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Been on my ordinary and ebike since the first lockdown, when the roads emptied. Amazing how many places don’t actually need a car, especially if you have HUGE panniers for doing the shopping. Feel... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Love to Ride invites us to tell our story: My first bike was one my younger brothers and I assembled out of neighborhood scrap bike parts. I would have been about 14; just in my 2nd decade of ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Chelsea Alventosa I love this!! Thank you for sharing :)
Ronda Campbell Mary, when I think of how happy riding your bike makes you and how you've encouraged so many others to get bikes and ride, ... read more

Once apon a time I was 6 or 7 years old and my dad biked almost everyday, I didn't know how to bike at that time yet I always wanted to, I was just too scared of falling and breaking something sinc... read more

Topic: Other

I set a goal of riding 70miles by Christmas Eve on my fat tyre bike I have joint problems and weight issues so I’m hoping this goal will help me lose weight and if I can get this one done I will se... read more

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Generous daughter dropped us off at frog flat. So 2 hours out of her day... and off we went..4 ks to saddle summit and then cruising down 11 is to the oldest (well, that what the locals say) concre... read more

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Had both hips replaced in 2020, still got in short rides which helped recovery. Now ready to train and compete again in the Nebraska Senior Games at the end of summer in the age- 76 group. National... read more

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I've been "working from home" for almost a year now. There are many real benefits to it, and it's been the right thing to do, but there are times when the same 4 walls feel a bit oppressive: that's... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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I ride for those that have died. I have been riding and fundraising for fallen officers for the last 5 years. Through Law Enforcement United and the Police Unity Tour. This September, I will be ... read more

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So. 10 miles minimum every day for 365 days. Whilst writing, I have just completed day 200. I don't have a smart phone, just joined today and have a lot of data input!!! Charity fundraiser site ... read more

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https://youtu.be/yxHEiR7I-vI Almost a year now after the shutdown, and hopefully heading for a vaccination driven return to more normal times, I can think of one good thing the virus did. Wh... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

So, a while back I was in a rut. A deep rut. I'll spare the "warts and all" but essentially it was the best of times, it was the worst of times and I had lost my job, my relationship, my kids and m... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Everyday once I have either finished my work homeschooling or finished my work at school and go home I love to go out on my bike and do my favourite ride. This ride consists of me setting off fro... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Saw a person ride up to the bus stop, fold up their bike, jump on and disappear in under half a minute. I've now got a folding bike too, lovely blue colour, so I drive across the bridge, unfold th... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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I decided to treat myself to an ebike 2 years ago. My thinking was if I commuted one day a week to work it would take one car off the road. I have been commuting to work at least 4 days a week this... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Any day I get to cycle with my beautiful wife is a blessed day! She gives me inspiration and has shown me time and time again what joy it is to be outdoors enjoying nature and each other. I'm eve... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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In 2020, I achieved my target of cycling every bridleway in Brighton and Hove. This year I've set myself the glamorous target of visiting every branch of Greggs in Sussex, for a vegan sausage r... read more

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Scott Manley Living the dream!!! Sounds amazing.
Rebecca Witcombe Honestly, this is my favourite story ever!!!! I love a GVSR so much and on a bike ride even more. My nearest Greggs has bee... read more

My family have been partaking in what we call the Ham Hill lockdown challenge for fitness and fun. As we are all different abilities and ages we work at our pace and stop where needed and always ro... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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I think that my eight year old son sums it up with this quote which he put on a poster which he made for his classroom recently.

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A couple of months back, I was pedalling home from work in the dark, when my front light cut out. Fortunately, being a Scout leader means I am generally prepared. On my keys, I had a small, but ver... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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I like competing in triathlons, but I'm a weak runner, so I normally over-train on running and skip the cycling as I'm a stronger cyclist. This month I've done almost 200km on the bike, and just h... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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The Pandemic era makes it more important than ever to stay active and healthy. I try and ride through my neighborhood 4-5 times a week. It supplements my running is relaxing and works a variety of ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

In September 2020, I had my longest multiple-day trips from DC to Pittsburg. This trip was an excuse to divert my attention from coronavirus. One more reason was my son who always encouraged me for... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era