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Pidgins

I like riding through groups of pidgins and watching fly always. It’s the best. I really hope I don’t accidentally run one over one day.

Topic: A happy riding memory

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Stories from around the world

Image for story Aberdeen to Pitlochry at sunset

Aberdeen to Pitlochry at sunset

Almost a year ago I cycled from Aberdeen to Pitlochry. The Deeside is a beautiful area to ride: I followed the main road until Braemar where I had some fish and chips. Then sunset came while cyclin... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Carless life in wellington

We've been without a car in wellington for some 15 years now through choice, initially we just walked and bussed and taxid when needed everywhere then we decided to get a family cargo bike when we ... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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Prelude from 1980

This old girl has been carrying me along the backroads of Auburn, Al since my days in class back in the late '70s. It still feels just as free as it always did. Happy for the growing bike paths.

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Encouraging myself to ride

I was a commuter in terms if cycling. Not much more than that. Then, last year, I was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disorder in the bone marrow failure department, Severe Aplastic Anemia. I wen... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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World car free day

I started biking to and from work about 3 months ago, yes in the middle of winter, after finally deciding I should buy an electric bike to flatten out those hills on my way home after a long day a... read more

Topic: Other

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World Car Free Day

I decided to walk to work in the morning. 5km walk and it took my about an hour (short legs). I ended up taking the bus home. Overall, I did 15K steps that day!

Topic: Other

Biking to work

I have a trike - its nicknamed Big Red. - its not an e bike I ride it to work with my e-legs I was riding to work on the car free day with my music playing and swaying back and forth side to sid... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Commuting with Kids

We LOVE our cycle commute. Even on rainy mornings and with the odd complaint about waterproof trousers not being the most comfortable things in the world, our five- and seven-year-old cycle just ov... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

The little things

The joy of finding a new route, it isn’t really any quicker but it’s different and I guess that is part of the joy of commuting by bike - enjoying the scenery as you go.

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Stillness

Sometimes the early morning rides are the best. Being early to work and being able to sit and watch the world go past. People's stories from walking their dog to going to work. The still atmosphe... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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$4000 bike for $500

it's 20 years old. Klein Race Pro. 2001. All Dura Ace. no one wants old, expensive bikes. shop lucky! Also have a Quantum Race, from 2001.

Topic: Other

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Kilometers voor Kansen

In juni 2022 heb ik meegedaan voor een actie van het Rode Kruis. Nu hadden mijn km's op de weg een andere betekenis. Voor de verandering was dat goed voor mij. Het relativeert en zet je aan tot and... read more

Topic: Other

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B40 Goodness

The back 40 has so much to offer for a verity of riding styles… technical riding, speedy down hills, tough uphill climbs, and even more simple flat blue sections. The trailhead closest to me has... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Fall in love with bike riding !

My story began when I first went on a Tour the Polongne to see how the cyclists ride. Then I got inspiration and said that I have to start riding too. I remember that day I got many gifts from the... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story A page from my cycling diary: Up A38 to Falfield and Stone 24-09-2022

A page from my cycling diary: Up A38 to Falfield and Stone 24-09-2022

Ever wondered how the long long never ending A38 which leads into Midlands looks like beyond Alveston / Thornbury? Me too! I had been to Itchington a couple of times before and also once to Tytheri... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

Lighten up

A journey, in black and white. It starts with an alarm, I snooze – I loose. Ten minutes gone before my feet touch the bedroom floor. Then rush, I’m usually up before the alarm, not today. Dresse... read more

Topic: Other

Story of fear and bravery

So roughly about 11 years ago i used to love to ride my bmx and my 26er like an idiot (Thought i was Emil lol) but anyway i had a nasty accident and this put the FEAR into getting back on a bike i... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Bike ride with mother

Went on a bike ride with the old dear great to be back in the saddle been out every day since

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Car free day

Every day. What's the big deal.

Topic: Other

mixed modes

I chose to ride my bike to work it was a beautiful morning and a pleasant ride - faster in fact than taking my car and finding a park. unfortunately it was pouring with rain in the afternoon ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

Image for story Buying a free folding bike for my commute

Buying a free folding bike for my commute

A new job in the central city meant having to think about commuting. I drove for a couple of weeks, while settling in, and used a Kiwi parking share app to avoid making the carpark barons richer. ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

Congratulations - You're a Cycle September 2022 winner! Say WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAT?! Oh gosh this is amazingly unexpected, i've won a aquaplay paddleboarding session. That's fandabiedosie!

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story The power of a human and importance of a helmet

The power of a human and importance of a helmet

At the start of Cycle September I never expected to be writing a story and even last week it wasn’t on my to-do list. I was enjoying my cycling and pedalling my way to and from work when I could. ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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E-Bike or bust!

Remember riding down a big hill as a kid... Wasn't that the best feeling? Well with an E-Bike, it's like riding down hill the entire time! If you decide to make the transition, I would ask tha... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Monsal Trail

Me and my Daughter completed the Monsal Trail while doing the cycle September with work , This is a place I love walking so doing it on a bike was Great fun , We started at Monsal Head went to B... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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It’s a Revolution

Like a lot of families, we used to fire up our expensive, gas guzzling engines for every little thing. 2 miles to school? Get in the car and sit in traffic. Need supplies for dinner? There’s a Walm... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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20 later

Untill.4 weeks ago I hadn't been on a bike for 20 years now I love riding my bike

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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