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Image for story YES IT IS ABOUT THE BIKE!!! (it couldn't be ME)

YES IT IS ABOUT THE BIKE!!! (it couldn't be ME)

Finished, done, no more, screw this…. I quit! Tired, disgusted, done. Happened this morning. Wasn’t feeling good and riding the struggle bus. SO? I decided ENOUGH! The heck with goals and disciplin... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Biking for fitness and freedom

50 years ago I had a bike accident losing brakes down a steep hill and ended up in the hospital! Biked with friends in high school then never biked again till now. February 2022 has changed my lif... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Image for story Turtles abound

Turtles abound

I saw so many gopher tortoise on today's ride through the Tri-county trail. The best part of riding is the wildlife. Get out and ride!

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story UNDER THE COLD MOON

UNDER THE COLD MOON

I'm being followed by a moonshadow Moonshadow, moonshadow Leaping and hopping on a moonshadow Moonshadow, moonshadow Moonshadow, moonshadow Moonshadow, moonshadow Songwriter: Islam Yusuf ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Recovery Ride

Recovery Ride

My first ride on Courtney Campbell for pleasure in a long time was amazing. I had trained for IRONMAN Florida so my previous rides for the last 8 months had been on my Tri Bike for pace. I was able... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story RIDE

RIDE

I’m awakened by a whisper “RIDE” Untangling from my cocoon of bedding and fumbling through my closet; I find and pull on my jersey and shorts and push my feet into my shoes. Quietly staggering t... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story GIVE A GIFT

GIVE A GIFT

Mother Teresa of Calcutta once said, “Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” How many chances do we have to give this gift or even more... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story ON YOUR LEFT!!!! MOVE OVER! COMING THOUGH!

ON YOUR LEFT!!!! MOVE OVER! COMING THOUGH!

You’re out there most days. You’re too old and your bike is too big for training wheels. You’re all over the trail because you can’t keep that bike in a straight line. Your mom and dad... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Pre-pandemic bike ride in the Keys

Pre-pandemic bike ride in the Keys

Right before the pandemic, my sister and I traveled to Key West for the weekend. Not only was it both of our first times on bikes in a long time, but it was also the first time we had biked togethe... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Image for story Just ride

Just ride

Any day - any amount of miles - is a good day in the saddle. Anytime outside is a good day in the saddle. Get out of the house - look up - saddle up, and enjoy the ride!

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story From IronMan to COVID-19

From IronMan to COVID-19

3 years ago I was a 275 pound man at a dwindling 5’8 stature. I was unmotivated and unhealthy. Which was not ideal for a firefighter. I didn’t exercise and I was exhausted all the time. But then... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story A New Hobby

A New Hobby

I’ve worked out my whole life but once the gyms were shut down I had to take my workout outdoors. I happen to know some of those crazy cyclists that ride daily and had my indoor bike so I thought... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story SOMETIMES YOU GOTTA COME HOME EMPTY

SOMETIMES YOU GOTTA COME HOME EMPTY

“Dinner’s ready!” “OK ma I’ll be right there - just finishing up real quick!” I have been using this tactic all my life. You know what? Never worked 😖 - not once. “One more game, it’ll be quick”..... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Bicycling and jewelry

Today was a cool breezy day so I rode my bike to the post office to mail a package from my jewelry business to the buyer. It was a wonderful ride and I enjoyed being out and about on this good day.

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story AGAINST THE WIND

AGAINST THE WIND

Preceding a nasty front we had high winds with gale force gusts. To ride or not to ride. Took my chances and by quitting time it was looking like a bad choice as things had started to come apart a... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Family Bike Ride

Family Bike Ride

Promised my kids a few hours on the local bike trail during their spring break. Made the easy decision to take the entire day off work for an even longer bike ride. Family first!

Topic: Ride with kids

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Image for story Spoon bill

Spoon bill

Florida spoonbills are always a treat to find, and - yes, they will make you hit the brakes.

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Biking everywhere

Biking everywhere

Came too Florida almost 3yrs ago got job very fast i lived in NJ for 57 yrs well getting place to live was a problem cost money live a hotel for 2 yrs now I have 2 jobs. Biking in the cold is ro... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story RIDE IT OFF

RIDE IT OFF

I drink alone, yeah With nobody else I drink alone, yeah With nobody else Yeah, you know when I drink alone I prefer to be by myself (George Thorogood - I Drink Alone, 1985) George Thorogo... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Back in the woods

Back in the woods

In the late 80’s I rediscovered biking with the purchase of my Specialized Rockhopper and weekend excursions to the Blue Hills near Boston. Now in my early 60’s, I am once again tediscovering tra... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story I Ride Because I Am A Survivor!

I Ride Because I Am A Survivor!

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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Image for story Why I ride

Why I ride

I was inspired to start riding in September of 2019 from a simple post of a friend and his bike. Bringing it back a few years I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in June of 2016. Things that we... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Turning a difficult situation to something positive.

Turning a difficult situation to something positive.

For many years, I have been biking, averaging around 100-120 miles a month. With the arrival of COVID restriction, which limited many of my usual activities, I decided to shift my time toward mo... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Just ride

Just ride

Any day - any amount of miles - is a good day in the saddle. Anytime outside is a good day in the saddle. Get out of the house - look up - saddle up, and enjoy the ride!

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Disabled Veteran finds new passion

Disabled Veteran finds new passion

After retiring from Army I lost my purpose in life. It was hard to function let alone get off the couch. I reached 300lbs and little to no motivation. I started to ride around the neighborhood and ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Doctor:  You're having a heart attack!  Me:  But I feel fine.

Doctor: You're having a heart attack! Me: But I feel fine.

Growing up I always stayed active. I was either playing baseball or football with friends. Then as I got older I began playing organized sports. After high school I joined the Army and was still... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story BALANCE - PEDAL - BREATHE

BALANCE - PEDAL - BREATHE

Balance, pedal, breathe Overrun by tribulation, affliction, and disorder Caught up in in overreacting and overthinking Suffocating in stress, anxiety, and pain Desperate to get back... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story I SEE YOU

I SEE YOU

I see you. Out there uncomfortably wobbling along on a bike that’s been tucked away in the place where good intentions get stored for “when we get a chance”. I see you. Out there walking –... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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A good ride around the terrace

Today was a great day for a ride around the terrace where I live. I got air in my tires to make sure they were pumped for this ride. Got my safety vest and I was off. Originally I was just going to... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Stories from around the world

Image for story Active transportation advocacy ... and self-discovery

Active transportation advocacy ... and self-discovery

I was shocked to discover, when COVID led to curtailing most of my travel in the last couple of years, that I don't ride a bike for pleasure. Apparently, I ride only to get to places, and I enjoy t... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

Returning to the saddle

I was a cyclist for years but slowly got away from it. The current gas situation definitely opened my eyes to the opportunity I have to ride again as part of commuting to work. I have been riding a... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Levis, le paradis de la belle piste en bonne compagnie

L’an dernier , nous avons échangé avec mon fils nos résidences pour quelques jours. Sur le bord d’une piste cyclable à Levis ! Nous en avons profité pour inviter mes deux frères et conjointe . Un b... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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My Granddaughter is my inspiration

While I am not an avid bike rider, I invested in an Ebike to help me rider better. I am 60 with Fibro and do not have the leg strength for incline riding . The Ebike has changed all that, I can bet... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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Cycling in France

Wherever I go on holiday I try to cycle as the infrastructure in many places is so much more conducive, than in the UK. I've just added some new memories with plenty of bike rides on the quiet road... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

health and cycling

Richard Hurst started cycling to get to work easier in the centre of town, where a car was not essential. Him and his family never looked back, and don’t need two cars anymore. Richard’s senior rol... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Mom hasn't rode a bike in years!

My mom had a stroke in 2018 and lost feeling in her right side, she has regained it and can now hold on to the handle bars :) We went on a short bike cruise to see how she does and she loves it! No... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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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

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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

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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Biking

I rode my bike to school to pick up a chrome book

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

Image for story Best job ever!

Best job ever!

When I was young I hated biking and preferred walking/running/hiking. Biking gave me only but-ache. 15 years ago they were looking for a spinning instructor at my working place. Despite my dislik... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

Crushed

I'm probably going to have to drop out. I'm recovering from COVID (pretty sure it was omicron) and I just read over the recommendation for returning to cycling. The consensus seems to be two weeks.... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Routards Rive Sud

Pour la 10e année nous avons fais une sortie de mise a jour avec le groupe. De cette facon tout le monde va rouler de la meme facon sécuritaire. Depuis tout le monde me demande c'est quand la proch... read more

Topic: Other

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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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Image for story Tiny Human Time!!

Tiny Human Time!!

So as we all know… covid seems to be a constant and with that my tiny human with a heart condition can’t risk catching it. She’s a toddler and at two isn’t able to get vaccinated or do very much. A... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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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

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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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