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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!

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

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Is #LightTheNight still running?! If so ... I was taking the cycle track home this evening. At one point it emerges from woodland to run alongside the railway embankment. Tonight there was a headwi... read more

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Went on a Sunday Coastal Ride from Solana to Carlsbad with my adventure partner Theo! It was a beautiful day and as always the scenery was beautiful.

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5.5 miles on a nice fresh, dry morning - best way to start the day at work, but it would have been fun to carry on past the factory!

Topic: My commute by bike

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I use my bike most days normally. I also walk. In fact I normally clock up at least 100 miles a month on the bike, 20 miles in the swimming pool and 15 or so on foot. Come the first lockdown I w... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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For the last 2 weeks, I have been in self isolation. I was desperate to get out. I had the perfect idea for #LightTheNight And so, today the 30th (i am hoping I made the deadline?) I headed ou... read more

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Riding can sometimes be a solo experience...no one there to see you flying over the handle, bars, walking home with a flat tyre, spiking your shin on the peddles, p*** wet through! cryin to yoursel... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

Prior to March 20, 2020 riding my bike was a way to get to work after going to the gym with the occasional recreational ride. However after getting hit in April 2018 and my collarbone being broken... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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I have been commuting to work and back on my bike since the spring. As the evenings and mornings are now dark I have invested in a new USB front light, amazing green wheel lights and of course a ba... read more

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Hi, I started mountain biking in September 2019 at the age of 48! I was pretty rubbish so decided to book myself on to a course, which was great fun. What I didn’t bank on happening was lockdown, 2... read more

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Zeeland, well what an adventure. It all began with a 'thinking aloud' post on Facebook. Wouldn't it be good if…. Now lots of people said it would be and there it sat. We all did nothing. Club ru... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Prior to cycling I would have gone out running with only an illuminace jacket on. However on the bike it is so important people see you and you can see them. This week I got my girls out on their b... read more

Topic: Other

It was my first day of 2 annual leave days where I opted for a random ride rather than just keep painting the fence 'Autumn Gold'. My usual riding mate could not join in due to work, so I planned r... read more

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A few years ago, I set out on a mission to do 120 km in one day, for the Strava Gran Fondo challenge. It was a grey day, a bit rainy, but at least it was warm. I stopped for lunch in Chester, and l... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Ivan Lafayette Loved your story :DDDDDDD

Every day I cycle along Newcastle / Gateshead Quayside to and from work. The views are great, including: Robert Stephenson's High Level Bridge (1849) - the world's first double decker bridge (tra... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

I always loved bikes and specifically cross-country (XC) which I trialed frequently back in Portugal where I come from, but XC is an expensive hobby, so mountain biking was my first option as a uni... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Lucy Giuliano Thank you so much for sharing your story Ivan, I'm really glad to hear you're back on your bike and loving it!

December 2007 I started riding to work at a new job with Palmerston North City Council Parks. In the 13 years since I have probably gone by car no more than 20 times - car for service etc. Its been... read more

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I've been running on the new extension of the Jones Falls Trail for a while now, and have always been curious about the full length of the trail. I had a day off of work, and the weather was really... read more

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S Bailey I have taken that ride starting from downtown to Cylburn. Sounds like you also enjoyed. Where were you rewarded with panc... read more
Louis Caplan I went to Van Gough Cafe, a nice kosher place in Fells Point.

When my bestie had her first bike ride in years, we planned it so we could do a short ride to get dinner. It was a tough ride, and she had to get off and push a few times, but we made it to the res... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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I started riding again earlier this year to get fit and it worked! So much so i signed up for my first CX race on Halloween however like the rest of this year it took a turn for the worse and i fra... read more

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I cannot stress enough how cycling has got me through the last months. I am self isolating and cycle on my own but meet up with friends when it is allowed for coffee and cake. I try to cycle five... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

Winter Wheelers 1st Dec . First outing. Cold, dark and peaceful. Sunrise / Moon set.

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It's me and my bike when l bike ride the 4 miles each way to work .sometimes early on the morning when its still dark l travel along the road side, how many people are up and say good morning .On w... read more

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My best friend, who is a mother, teacher, triathlete, runner, Ironman, baker and all around wonderful person contracted a virus in her heart in 2017 and her life changed forever. She lived with 2 V... read more

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In October 2020 I joined the love to ride florida Challenge. I was inspired by the organizations objective of promoting cycling for health and environmental considerations. During the month long ch... read more

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"Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding!" The sounds of a drawbridge will always elicit a thrill, carrying me back to the month-long cruises of my teen years, with my Dad and family on a 28 foot sloop under sail ... read more

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Molly Hoopes Oh, and I wanted to add that I am thankful to have had that experience, but I am also thankful to now have a full-time job ... read more

These two, feeling grown up riding in the dark. The rear bike light is a bit low so clip running lights on their jackets hoods

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Motivated my mates for a ride beyond their limits on an early Sunday morning. From Oldham to Bury. To local authority areas in less than 3 hours there and back.

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My first time bike camping, I was dropped off by friends at Brunswick, and met up with my new group MVD. I packed based on instinct, ready for rain. we biked to Williamsport in the pouring rain, ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Cycling my children home in the dark on busy streets- and through a pitch black park- was a bit of a worry, so we added a lot of lights to the trailer! Now I've got two flashing rear lights on the ... read more

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Grantham Hospital has fenced off its staff bike shed today so I had no choice but to chain my bike to the fence. Note to managers we still bike in the winter!!

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Yes! It is getting darker so to carry on cycling through the winter I replaced my old lights with new light weight rechargeable LED ones. I loved them ~#lightthenight

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Cycling is so good for mental health. I am a patchy lazy cyclist who suffered during lockdown as I made bugger all effort to do anything (vicious lockdown mental health circle). I have now been ... read more

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When the pandemic threatened to cancel the nearly 10-year traditional fundraising ride of the North Central Rail Trail (or the Torrey C. Brown Trail, its official name) to the end of the Heritage R... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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As we enter the back end of the year the winter riding challenge comes at just the right moment. I have set myself a challenge of getting 2,500 miles in in 2020 and have give or take 422 to go whi... read more

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When I rode on November 14th the sun was shining brightly and the temperature was a brisk 58 with some wind. My riding buddy and I did a 13 mile loop around Columbia and enjoyed the beautiful Autu... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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We had had an unexpected visitor drop by for a cup of tea so we were very late starting our ride. However it was dry and we wanted some exercise. It was getting towards dusk and I wondered how ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Having tipped past 47 years old this time I was keen to make more of an effort to get back into cycling. I joined cycling September challenge, which not entirely successful due to illness did see m... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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To celebrate my husband's 80th birthday last month, the family helped us buy two new e-bikes. We've both ridden ordinary hybrid bikes for years and managed 25 miles fairly comfortably even in hilly... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Ivan Lafayette What an inspiration! Keep doing what you're doing 'cause obviously you are doing it very well!!
Christine King Thank you!