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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 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

New Club

Teams Wheelers are a newly constituted community bike club in the Teams area of Gateshead. We have a fleet of varied serviced bikes that can be borrowed for rides till you can purchase your own. Tr... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

Image for story Riding in summer

Riding in summer

I started riding in summer as an activity to spend time with my 14 year old son everyday through his summer vacation.

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story My rides

My rides

I ride for fun because riding feels like stress relief

Topic: Other

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Image for story Keep pushing, get rolling y'all!

Keep pushing, get rolling y'all!

💗 Saturday morning I started out on my favorite trail (Seminole Cross Trail) to gain a few miles for another challenge. The fitness journey always ministers to me. . . the scenery and experience ... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story My bike: My everyday companion

My bike: My everyday companion

From where I come, biking is not so popular. I arrived to the Netherlands 3 and a half years ago. Since then, I realized how important biking is for the Dutch people and I couldn't resist to it. I... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

Image for story My Personal Distance Challenge…continues

My Personal Distance Challenge…continues

Challenging myself to ride the distance… On 06 July, I rode my farthest distance of 150 miles. Not long after, I thought, “Well, I rode 150 miles, maybe I can ride farther.” I challenged myself to ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Churchdown Family Cycle Ride (NCN41)

Wanted to share a traffic-free route on the National Cycle Network (NCN41) for families with young children from Churchdown Parish Council/Playground/Park/Skatepark/BMX track to Gloucestershire Air... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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City cycling

I love riding through sunsets in the city. I'm writing my thesis so making time to get outside is keeping me sane!

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story First time at Twisted Oaks

First time at Twisted Oaks

Had a great time trying out the trails at twisted oaks last week with Ells, challenging but rewarding...

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Trakatak Professional Bike

Trakatak Professional Bike

I decided to reconnect with cycling during lockdown last year. I deliberated over which type of bike I wanted for a month or two, before deciding on a mountain bike. I live close to a country park... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Return to the office

I started a new job Nov 2020, working from home. Prior to that I had commuted to work on my bike as an essential key worker. I was still riding most days, just in local countryside and not commutin... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story cycling around just for...well becuase!

cycling around just for...well becuase!

So, my story is simple. If you ever don't know what to do, just get on your bike. This is surprisingly helpful and you will start to see things like you've never seen before. For me it was things l... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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1st Day commuting by bike in 10 months

So I started a new job November 2020. Prior to that I had been commuting, even during Covid times as an essential key worker. New job I was based at home. I still managed to ride my bike everyday i... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Lesson Learned Hard Way

Lesson Learned Hard Way

If you purchase a helmet with the ANGi or something similar take the time to set it up! No one plans on crashing and 9/10 it happens due to things out of our control. Also learned since crash that ... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story The simple pleasure of a bicycle bell.

The simple pleasure of a bicycle bell.

Buy one, Ring it and make others smile, Ring it when no one’s around and make yourself smile, The cycling world would be a better place if there were more bell ringers, I love my bicycle bell, ... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Cycle For All

Cycle For All 🚲 What a great day cycling last Friday at Peak District National Park exploring the Tissington Trail. The variety of inclusive bikes Parsley Hay bike hire had was incredible. The ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Local bikes only

Riding home from the factory where you and your friends make bikes, on those bikes, what could be better?

Topic: Carbon Crushers

Image for story Amtrak trains and buses to the OBC Bike Party in Las Vegas

Amtrak trains and buses to the OBC Bike Party in Las Vegas

On September 8 and 9, 2021, I put my bike on two Amtrak buses and one Amtrak train to get to the OBC Bike Party in Las Vegas NV. On September 13, 2021, I put my bike onto one Amtrak bus, one Amtrak... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Because of him

My bike used to get me somewhere because I couldn't drive or because I was a student and couldn't afford bus fare. But my partner introduced me to riding for the fun of it. He started picking me up... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story My bike: My everyday companion

My bike: My everyday companion

From where I come, biking is not so popular. I arrived to the Netherlands 3 and a half years ago. Since then, I realized how important biking is for the Dutch people and I couldn't resist to it. I... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Just Cuz

5 minutes from home coming off of my 40 minute work commute (in my car) from Aberdeen at ~6p, my phone rings. It's Meg. "Are you home? I'm by your house and was wondering if you wanted to ride arou... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story My Personal Distance Challenge…continues

My Personal Distance Challenge…continues

Challenging myself to ride the distance… On 06 July, I rode my farthest distance of 150 miles. Not long after, I thought, “Well, I rode 150 miles, maybe I can ride farther.” I challenged myself to ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Bikeability

Bikeability

Last week I started a new job as a Bikeability Instructor! I’ve always loved cycling and travel by bicycle as much as I can (a friend once said to me that I was into cycling when it wasn’t fashion... read more

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Image for story Why I love bikes even though I don't ride one!

Why I love bikes even though I don't ride one!

Last week we went to France to see my mother and brother (who live there) for the first time since December 2019. My aunt and uncle from Brugges also joined us there. Around Marcigny, where they li... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Derailer, Sm'erailer!!

Derailer, Sm'erailer!!

After having cycled for many years now but not knowing a single thing about fixing bikes, I went to my first ever bike mechanic course - set up by Mark and Andy at Stretford mall. After going to th... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Image for story What goes around, comes around…

What goes around, comes around…

I own a 1980s Raleigh Sirocco that comes with bit of a story. My love for this bike started when I was a toddler. My Dad owned one and I have very fond early memories of trying to climb onto it... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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The IB hunt

I participated in my first hunt today and it was sooo much fun!!! I ride with an amazing group of women and will be doing this again!!

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Scavenger hunt!

The weather is so nice and perfect for fish tacos by the beach

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Loving the IB

I am enjoying the IB Scavenger Hunt. Visiting so many places and discovering so many new murals.

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

Image for story My morning commute

My morning commute

My ride to work in the morning is the only time I don’t worry about anything during the day. It is the only time when I can watch nature happen and be surprised by the ever changing seasons and so... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story The Quiet Lanes of Suffolk...

The Quiet Lanes of Suffolk...

Quiet Lanes Suffolk is a small team of enthusiastic volunteers helping parish councils across Suffolk introduce a 500km network of Quiet Lanes into the County. Quiet Lanes are small rural lanes, ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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