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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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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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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

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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

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Nanci Balassone Wonderful article! Great journey!

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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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

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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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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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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!

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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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Kenneth Macomber Heal up fast! And Keep looking up! Ken. Pedal, pedal, pedal. Giddy up go!
Courtney Reynolds Thank you for sharing this story. "Just keep pedaling" is great advice for all of us.

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

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David Nelms Awesome job! No doubt, cycling makes extended use of lots of muscles. Cycling is a much better workout than people realiz... read more

“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

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Nanci Balassone Buy her a bike for Xmas and let her discover the sunsets, the fresh air and the fun freedom life of biking!

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.

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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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Door het thuiswerken zullen veel van ons minder fietsen dan normaal, zo ook ik. Helaas had mijn auto wat problemen en moest hij vandaag naar de garage toe. Stond daar een mooie leenfiets voor m... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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

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

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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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

Topic: My commute by bike

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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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Courtney Reynolds Nic, you have WOW'd me this whole past month! Thank you so much for everything you did to make this challenge a success!

"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

Topic: My commute by bike

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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!!

Topic: My commute by bike

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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

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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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

Topic: My commute by bike

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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

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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

Topic: Other

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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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

Topic: Other

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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.

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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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

Topic: Other

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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

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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

Topic: Other

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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

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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

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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

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