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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 Bike Maintence

Bike Maintence

All parts arrived so fitted straight away, great to be able to go uphill in higher gear.

Topic: Other

Image for story Our first ride

Our first ride

Can't believe I got him to ride with me. Same guy .. new hobbie

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

Image for story Old bike, new route

Old bike, new route

I'm going to teach a colleague to ride at lunchtime, so got my 15year old mountain bike out, cleaned and oiled it and rode to work on it. it's a heavy dependable bike but, being quite a bit slower,... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Unattainable Badges

The one "weather" course that would apply to me right now -- riding in the heat -- doesn't exist so no, I can't do it and of course I can't get the weather badge. Technology's great when ... read more

Topic: Other

Image for story Coffe and Cake Detour

Coffe and Cake Detour

On a beautiful sunny June morning I set off to meander through Calverton, Epperstone, Fiskerton and over the Trent at Newark. On the way home I took a quiet country road to find Cafe Velo Verde in ... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story What I learned during Bike Month

What I learned during Bike Month

I spent the month of May intentionally riding my bike instead of using a car. It was exhausting, sometimes uncomfortable, and a ton of fun. Biking / commuting by bike has always been part of my lif... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Very very very long bike ride

Prior to moving to NWA I lived in Boulder/Longmont CO where hiking running and biking is almost a lifestyle DNA. So, naturarlly, I biked and run a lot, biking=250 miles/week, running= 25 miles/week... read more

Why I started cycling longer distances.

As a 13 year old I had an end of year week at school where I could choose an activity. Two geography teachers took a group of us cycling on 4 discrete routes. Being not used to it I couldn’t walk b... read more

Topic: Other

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Un mois de vélo boulot... Non! Un an

Je fais du vélo boulot depuis le mois de ...avril 2021. Je me suis procurer un vélo d'hiver en Novembre 2021, parce que La pandémie, parce que le train en panne, parce que le temps fou de me rendre... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Image for story I street Bridge at night

I street Bridge at night

I like doing a loop through Old Town and across the bridges as part of my evening ride(s). The View from the I street bridge at night is amazing, even if the narrow sidewalk is a little treacherous... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Get Back on the Saddle!

My husband and I enjoy our bike rides together and we ventured out on a new route that was going to be a nice 20+ mile ride. Six miles out, my front tire clipped the curb as I crossed one curb to ... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Bike Maintence

Nearly all drivetrain delivered ready for me to fit, will have half a new bike. just over 1500 miles and I have worn out the lot this will be third replacement of parts. So hopefully get another 1... read more

Topic: Other

Image for story Old bike, new route

Old bike, new route

I'm going to teach a colleague to ride at lunchtime, so got my 15year old mountain bike out, cleaned and oiled it and rode to work on it. it's a heavy dependable bike but, being quite a bit slower,... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Riding at dusk

I've found a place to bike where the hills aren't too steep and there aren't too many people driving around. It is pure bliss. I look forward to coming home and waiting for when 8pm rolls around. I... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

Image for story Cake at the end of it

Cake at the end of it

I had been off the bike for over 18 months due to a hernia and the recovery from the opertation to repair it. Just after Easter I started off with the odd commute, after using a turbo trainer every... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Got kids that love cycling?

Got kids that love cycling?

Then get them racing! CycleStars.co.uk have qualified British Cycling coaches and run sessions in Gloucester and Cheltenham, training kids (ages 6-16) to race in road, circuit, cyclo-cross, grasst... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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Cheeky

Did a 40k ride not going to lie i loved it but my cheeks didnt 🤣

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

Image for story Queens Birthday ride

Queens Birthday ride

As much as I'm looking forward to the new cycle path to Port Chalmers being completed, I still enjoy the alternative route through St Leonards Drive and Sawyer's Bay. I always throw in a loop arou... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Défi de mobilité durable 2022

Mon défi pour favoriser la mobilité durable est d’utiliser autant que possible le vélo pour les déplacements de moins de 10 hm aller. Je vais au travail en vélo 3 fois par semaine, un aller-retour ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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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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Riding with my Grandson

I have taken my grandson Jonathan on several rides, I've watched his development from training wheels to a two wheeler and it's been a delight ! Now he's a showoff and loves to ride !

Topic: Ride with kids

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