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Image for story Rolling with the birds

Rolling with the birds

On weekends, I make the 22 mile commute from my home in Elk Rapids to the bike shop in Traverse City, MI. This past Sunday, as I rolled down the quiet farm roads in Williamsburg, a common yet uniqu... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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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

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Stories from around the world

Getting a new bike tomorrow

I have two bikes, but I'm getting another - my oldest bike is 20 this year and getting a bite rickety. Both my current bikes have done Lands End to John O'Groats with me, once in 2004 then in 2018.... read more

Topic: Other

Porirua ride of interest

My wife and i often ride the Pauatahanui Inlet loop ride and I get questioned often about the ride around the Whitby side. We do not ride SH58 (or Paremata Road) as yes, it is too narrow and too da... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Hello Old Friend

Hello Old Friend

I'm happy to say that my trusty (and slightly dusty) bike has once again seen the light of day. With work only a 30-minute walk away, I found myself putting off getting on my bike. In part, beca... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Lack of bicycle infrastructure around Eastlink Trail

Roads such as Springvale Road, Ferntree Gully Road, Jells Road, and Waverley Road lack on road cycling infrastructure, even though they go to past a popular cycling park Jells Park, and train stati... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Hayman park upgrades in motion

Hayman park upgrades in motion

Pump track in manukau in progress south side repsent

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Image for story Becoming a British Cycling Guided Ride Leader/Route Planner.

Becoming a British Cycling Guided Ride Leader/Route Planner.

Hi folks, I trust you are in good health. Bit of a remarkable story here for you all, it is a story some may be able to recognize. Way back in 2009, my health deteriorated, I actually lost sight... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story 12 months straight of at least two days riding

12 months straight of at least two days riding

For the first time in many years, I can say I commuted to work for at least two days ea month for the past 12 months. Winter is obviously tough to ride on streets clogged with storm debris, gravel ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Night moves

Night moves

Me coming in from the dark, south side represent

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Retired!

As of yesterday, I am retired! [address removed] Thus I can't contribute my miles to my former team; but I intend to keep riding. First, though, I have hand surgery (CMC arthroplasty) coming ... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story My view while riding

My view while riding

Riding can be fun and sometimes you can get a wonderful view that you can not always get while driving. Here was my view while riding this week

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Random Finds

Random Finds

Who would have thought you'd find a beaver in the middle of town. Definitely not something you'd notice driving to and from work.

Topic: My commute by bike

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Phone Saved from Life in the Bush

I was visiting Sticky Forest MTB park for the first time, and after putting in a good 18km of trails I’m stuffed but contented to be back in camp only to find my iPhone missing!!!! So I jump b... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Ouch! That hurt!

Ouch! That hurt!

I was happily riding down the shared path from NW cycleway to Henderson, and was getting reasonably near to the old motorpark... and thats when, after 50km, I let my mind drift. Unfortunately, I al... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Touring the Three Counties on my Dawes Supergalaxy

Touring the Three Counties on my Dawes Supergalaxy

I bought the Dawes last year as I had had an accident with the Boardman that I had purchased with a Cycle to Work scheme. I needed a replacement that was suitable for my commute to Wolverhampton. M... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Phoenix bike park

Phoenix bike park

Great memory of riding Phoenix bike park this summer

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Breaking the Law

My kids are fortunate enough to have access to a bi-directional, off-road cycleway. It takes us along Weymouth Road, about as well as any NZ path, but how do we get to it in the first place? What... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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my ride

if you start to ride it will bring up your heath and you will enjoy it so much definitely riding again and definitely encourage your friends to join you if you don't want to do it alown defo re... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Alternative date

Alternative date

Many people think of going on a date as dinners, movies, and a drink. My boyfriend and I ventured out for a long bike ride one fine Saturday morning and made a fun date day out of it. We packed our... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Its (not) a motorway

I was punishment passed by a lady on Roscommon Road, Wiri, yesterday. Helpfully, she then pulled into the gas station so I could ask her why. Amongst other excuses, she insisted that Roscommon Ro... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Riding and photography

Riding and photography

Having an iPhone with a good camera allows me to capture events on rides, as my Nikon is a bit bulky. Early morning rides to catch the dawn, or catch the fog, or whatever catches my eye. Cruising... read more

Topic: Other

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Time well spent

My kids don't ride their bikes very often, so I created a plan to ride with them at least once a week and they love it. We try out local parks or just ride to the closest playground. It's been a g... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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L'arrivée de la neige...

J'y ai pensé plusieurs fois et je conclus toujours de la même façon: je ne m'équiperai pas pour le vélo d'hiver. Mais quand la première neige arrive et que la météo nous promet en plus des nuages ... read more

Topic: Other

Enjoying the great outdoors

I just discovered Ebikes and it got me excited to ride again. I also live near a greenway that has a path connecting it to my neighborhood. We now have 3 generations riding!

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Image for story Yes you can haul a lot with a bike!

Yes you can haul a lot with a bike!

I'd like more people to realize you can do many more things with your bike. For instance I can haul more with my bike than most people can haul in their car -- a lot more! Recently Silicon Valley B... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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The cycle around Aucklands waterfront is Spectacular

I live in Parnell, purchased an e bike last year, and just can’t get enough of riding round the waterfront ….Mission Bay for a coffee is a great short ride …todays adventure started there then down... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story A quick appreciation to my bike.

A quick appreciation to my bike.

I bought a brand new bike in July 2022, which is extremely rare for me to buy anything brand new. This bike has been an absolute dream. This bike has encouraged me to lose weight and get fit. Since... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Bicycling helped me with knee replacement surgery

I started being impacted by arthritis in one of my knees, and eventually the other one as well, in my 50s. The orthopedic surgeon said I was too young for knee replacement surgery, but he also sai... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Lighting hacks

Lighting hacks

Seen this on Pinterest gotta haVe it🔥👊😎

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Image for story Pump track in manukau

Pump track in manukau

Was testing the pump track in progress

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bike gone

the bike in my profile pick, was stolen last year trek series 5 Voltron green from manukau mall, last year?I was bummed cussing but in the end gotta keep wheels spin and love life ..so put bought ... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story L'UOMO CHE VISSE DUE VOLTE (a cura di Fabio Coppi)

L'UOMO CHE VISSE DUE VOLTE (a cura di Fabio Coppi)

L'UOMO CHE VISSE DUE VOLTE (a cura di Fabio Coppi) PEDALANDO CON CUORE MATTO UN GIRO IN BICI CON UN CARO AMICO… Prima eravamo vicini di casa ora non più e a Milano, abitare in un altro quartiere... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

bike romance,

havent ,done much kms , looking for a good , thang not about the prize ,just having fun? cos' every bike run is a holiday on the hunt to find a friend ,and good company

Topic: Other

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Image for story 10 kms

10 kms

I took my kids to the bike park yesterday, and we rode around the flat tracks for an hour and a half, we tracked it on strava, and we had (or atleast i) had done 10.37 kms. Great motivation to k... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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Image for story Rondje eigen buurt

Rondje eigen buurt

In de zomer fiets ik ook wel naar het werk, maar ik doe veel nachten. En vanuit een pikdonkere polder op de fiets, vind ik minder. Maar mijn tip: fiets gewoon eens lekker in de eigen buurt en wi... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Cycling in the dark

I'm not regular with my commutes by bike. It's 10 miles each way, and if it's raining my car is much more appealing. But one thing I always try to do is cycle to work on the winter solstice - which... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Mark Karlisle

Last Thursday Morning 7.10am I was hit by a white van in a hurray to get petrol/ I was coming down hill and he was driving up hill. He made a right turn into the petrol station without pausing/look... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Sorry, Love to Ride, I have no workplace

Sorry, Love to Ride, I have no workplace

I used to have a workplace affiliation but I retired and moved to a new, bicycle friendly community. People of my age, those over 70, are actually well represented on the trails here. We don’t qua... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story South Lanarkshire College - E Cargo Trike Launch

South Lanarkshire College - E Cargo Trike Launch

Hi all, Had a great bit of craic today launching SLC's E Cargo Trike, as part of our sustainability initiative. Special thanks for South Lanarkshire Council, and Phil Jones from Recyke-a-bi... read more

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LOL commute? LOTS of commutes

It's SUnday. Sometimes that's just 2.3 miles to church, then 2.7 miles for the bagels to my friend's house trip back. Today.... it was "oops!!! Where is my purse? Let's go back to my friend's ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Sunday ride up A38 to Alveston church 04-12-2022

Sunday ride up A38 to Alveston church 04-12-2022

It was a serene cold Sunday afternoon and after a hot meal of my favourite soya curry and chapattis, I thought I should shake off my laziness and venture into the cold on my bicycle. Once you are o... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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The Bike Life Set Up

I recently had the opportunity to change departments at work. The new role is just 9 miles from home, and the office has heated employee parking, and a shower. These perks all added value for me to... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Another december morning

Another december morning

Zip ties are amazing! That's what got the "tree" suspended there -- not sure what the other ones have been for, but they're everywhere. Look close on the cart for the "Sheldon Brown has a Poss... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Biking with my Daughter

Biking with my Daughter

I got my daughter on 2 wheels as soon as humanily possible at 10 months old she had her first bike ride with me thanks to the weeride 2 years later and she is too big to travel on daddy's bike ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Thanksgiving Ride with Brother and Son

Thanksgiving Ride with Brother and Son

I am grateful that my family is close and close by. Thanksgiving always includes a long morning road ride. Yesterday it was 32 miles of North Florida hills with my son and brother. My brother, wh... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story My life on wheels - by Roger Jones

My life on wheels - by Roger Jones

MY EARLIEST memory of riding a bike - a tricycle with a metal roll-top storage box (a bit like an oversize bread bin, between the back wheels) – was in 1953 when, just before my fifth birthday, I j... read more

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Image for story Does bike polo count for the L2R challenge?

Does bike polo count for the L2R challenge?

Played bike polo in the equestrian capital of the world, Wellington, Florida! Had a blast and look forward to the next chukka!

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Image for story Free and friendly local rides, led by knowledgeable Ride Leaders.

Free and friendly local rides, led by knowledgeable Ride Leaders.

Guided Rides offer fun, friendly, supportive bike rides for individual and family cyclists. The programme has been growing in Scotland over the past few years, helping more people to build their cy... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Racing at the Bill Bone Tropical Triathlon

Racing at the Bill Bone Tropical Triathlon

One of my favorite pastimes is to ride the bike in RACES. Training for races and racing keeps me healthy, and encourages me to commute to work by bike!

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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