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Image for story Creeper Trail, Damascus, VA

Creeper Trail, Damascus, VA

This is my favorite trail; I have revisited it multiple times with co-workers and family on this trip.

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

Image for story Encouraging myself to ride

Encouraging myself to ride

I was a commuter in terms if cycling. Not much more than that. Then, last year, I was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disorder in the bone marrow failure department, Severe Aplastic Anemia. I wen... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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$4000 bike for $500

it's 20 years old. Klein Race Pro. 2001. All Dura Ace. no one wants old, expensive bikes. shop lucky! Also have a Quantum Race, from 2001.

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Image for story B40 Goodness

B40 Goodness

The back 40 has so much to offer for a verity of riding styles… technical riding, speedy down hills, tough uphill climbs, and even more simple flat blue sections. The trailhead closest to me has... read more

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Image for story Nothing beats Coler.

Nothing beats Coler.

The Tuesday night Tour De Coler group rides are always a blast, especially now with the lower temps.

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Image for story Great Cycling Challenge

Great Cycling Challenge

My 2nd year fundraising for this great cause. In UTAH this week clocking miles. Riding early to beat the heat. Staying hydrated, enjoying the scenery. If you can, help . . . . . [address remov... read more

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Image for story RAGBRAI 2022

RAGBRAI 2022

So this is not an Illinois story per se, but I am from IL and just completed RAGBRAI at the end of July. I had tried RAGBRAI once before in 2018, but my appendix got mad and wanted out on the seco... read more

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Oh the cool things you see

Oh the cool things you see when out on your bike one day I did see some very interesting thigs on my commute to work things that I may not have seen had I not ridden my bike to work let alone you d... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Centennial trail bike ride

Centennial trail bike ride

It was honestly so beautiful to see everything especially next to the canal and going over bridges and being able to see everything

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Can Anyone Recommend a Bike Fit Expert?

Somewhere in southeast Michigan, in or near Detroit if possible. Thanks in advance for your recommendations,

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Image for story It may slow me down, but it can’t stop me

It may slow me down, but it can’t stop me

I worked in a hospital through the bulk of the pandemic (which is not over, by the way). I did multiple tours of duty in the COVID units. I received 4 doses of the vaccine (being old and a health c... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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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

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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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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.

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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 !

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Image for story 6/5 #TrailblazingSundays

6/5 #TrailblazingSundays

IG: MTBZ_BC We are hosting a ride from Gordon Park June 5, meet up at 3 roll out at 4. Supporting IMA

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Image for story Happily ever After

Happily ever After

Once upon a time a middle aged woman was riding her bike with her young peppy daughter in law. Out of nowhere a low branch appears. Daughter in law ducks and is in the clear! “Oh I can do that... read more

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Image for story I LOVE BIKES

I LOVE BIKES

I love bikes!

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Image for story recovered from Covid, first ride after!

recovered from Covid, first ride after!

I had a week off during bike month, I tested positive for Covid and self quarantined for 6 days until I tested negative. Yesterday was my first ride since testing negative and man it felt good to b... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Exploring Sacramento Murals by Bike

Exploring Sacramento Murals by Bike

Today we took our bikes on the Capital Corridor train to Sacramento and biked around looking at murals. It was a fun adventure, with beautiful, thoughtful, and silly art throughout. The perfect Sun... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Biking

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

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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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

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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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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

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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!

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Image for story Prelude from 1980

Prelude from 1980

This old girl has been carrying me along the backroads of Auburn, Al since my days in class back in the late '70s. It still feels just as free as it always did. Happy for the growing bike paths.

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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E-Bike or bust!

Remember riding down a big hill as a kid... Wasn't that the best feeling? Well with an E-Bike, it's like riding down hill the entire time! If you decide to make the transition, I would ask tha... read more

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Image for story It’s a Revolution

It’s a Revolution

Like a lot of families, we used to fire up our expensive, gas guzzling engines for every little thing. 2 miles to school? Get in the car and sit in traffic. Need supplies for dinner? There’s a Walm... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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River Ride

A quick ride by the river today 🙂

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

Image for story Today was my first trip to Huntley Gravity Park.

Today was my first trip to Huntley Gravity Park.

This is my biggest drop yet! I had TOO much fun sessioning it with my husband. Today was a good riding day. ❤

Topic: A happy riding memory

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520 Trail

I finally did a whole trip through Bellevue and across the 520 Trail and it was wonderful! I encourage everyone to try it and then hop on the Burke Gilman at the UW campus for an extra treat. Such ... read more

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Keeping track of Peter Rabbit

I recently changed jobs and had to figure out a new bike commute route. For the first time in decades, I was not riding North/South, instead heading directly into the sun East/West every day. Headi... read more

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Image for story A Reason to Roll Out

A Reason to Roll Out

Last month I made it a goal to get our sons out and about on the bike. I am much better with riding when I know I have a destination or a purpose. goDCgo sponsored by DC Department of Transportat... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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It's a community

So I'm cruisin' down main street and ... oh, that guy is trying to turn some weird plastic that looks like the fake spider web stuff for hallowe'en into something that will secure that huge toi... read more

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Image for story EV + bike

EV + bike

Pairing a bicycle with an EV is great in so many ways. The charger may be too far from your destination to walk so the bike handles the last leg. You can let the car charge for hours while you hand... read more

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Peloton

I love riding my Peloton, it allows be to ride through the streets of countries I can only dream of visiting.

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Image for story Great view on my ride home!

Great view on my ride home!

Commuting to work on my bike lets me stop and enjoy this great view twice a day!

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Cycle Folsom Vintage Bike Ride

Cycle Folsom Vintage Bike Ride

Had a great outing with a group of Cycle Folsom cyclists. The theme of the day was vintage bikes. Rode 36 miles through the El Dorado foothills with our classic bikes. I’m the rider to the far righ... read more

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Getting kids up and out

My kids are fairly attached to their electronics and like to hide in their rooms. I’ve tried a number of ways to get them up and out; some things work better than others. Yesterday it was dragging ... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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