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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

Topic: Other

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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

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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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

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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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 Getting out and riding a bike 🚴

Getting out and riding a bike 🚴

My brother has cerebral palsy and was told he could never ride a bike, I got him an adult tricycle. We have been riding a few times a week in the warm months. He loves it!

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Why Bike Lives Matter

Our team is part of a strong cycling/mountain biking community with world class scenery and trails. One of the unfortunate things about cycling on the road is that some motorists don't appreciate ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Quiet at the basin

Quiet at the basin

I moved to a new house during the pandemic and last year was the first time I rode in my new neighborhood for May is Bike Month. While I was getting to learn my new area, not far from where I u... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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My bike made me realize…

I went to 2 meetings and the gym by bike and realized the commute for all 3 events combined was a little over a mile from my house and a total of 10 minutes. Faster than walking, no looking for par... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story North Cascades - Care free… and car free

North Cascades - Care free… and car free

Kicked-off our 2022 Bike Everywhere Challenge for the Bikes & Brew gang with a North Cascades Highway century and 6,300 feet of vertical on Sunday. No cars, plenty of pb & j and 6-foot snow... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Starting a New Chapter

It started with an old red Peugeot that my uncle brought brand new while attending college in the 70s. I got on it and just headed out in different directions. It quickly had a rough go and I got a... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story '77 Schwinn LeTour II, part 2: Off to the races!

'77 Schwinn LeTour II, part 2: Off to the races!

So, I'd been riding in the Cheaha Challenge (on the Talladega Scenic Byway) most years since 2010. In 2019, they added a 20km time-trial the day before, to which I paid no attention. That's not h... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Image for story Big Bear ride

Big Bear ride

I went to Big Bear 2 weeks ago. I rode my bike at bike trail called Pedal Path. It was such a peaceful ride. Path is right off the lake. :) If you get a chance take your bike to Big Bear and enjoy ... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Take Me To The River  #River4All

Take Me To The River #River4All

My three wheel recumbent club rides to the river to help support efforts to keep the river clean and open to our community.

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Doing Every Street

Doing Every Street

I had a silly idea to ride every street I could in Seattle, spreading like a virus(COVID-19 pandemic) during 2021. Coincidentally, I did 2100 miles, although it should have been much more. Oops h... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Dedicated to Dad and his gift he gave me 35 yrs ago

Dedicated to Dad and his gift he gave me 35 yrs ago

Difficult to write this as my father passed away a month ago. I'm 52 now but in the mid 80s I broke my dads heart switching from a life of soccer to cycling. He thought I had a chance at a college ... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Image for story Avoiding Traffic Not Just About Safety

Avoiding Traffic Not Just About Safety

Extending the commute to avoid traffic allows for some half way decent views along the river. Spending 9 miles on a multi-use path while commuting in the morning is also great preparation for the day.

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Thoughts on Bike to Work Days

Thoughts on Bike to Work Days

During Florida Bicycle Month (March) this year, I had the opportunity to work on – and ride in – two bike to work events. I have participated in Orlando’s in years past, but helping to plan has me ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Make new friends

I enjoy riding my bike because I make new friends. One time I met someone who lived in my neighborhood. We have remained friends ever since... :)

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Riding to Work

Riding to Work

I bought a 2017 Kona Ute cargo bicycle brand new off the show room floor in 2017. I have logged 1,000s of miles on it for work, groceries, my gear for work and running errands around town. It has b... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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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

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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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

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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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

Topic: My commute by bike

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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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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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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

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Image for story Salty about paying hospital visitor parking

Salty about paying hospital visitor parking

My husband is in the hospital and since I bike there I’ve saved hundreds of dollars in visitor parking just this month. I even brought his duffle bag to him on my bike. Plus the exercise and fr... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Image for story \West Sacramento safety project complete in time for bike month

\West Sacramento safety project complete in time for bike month

[address removed] WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The $17 million West Sacramento Capitol Avenue Safety and Rehabilitation Project, unveiled Thursday morning, marks the start of a safer May Bike Mont... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story I was Born to Ride

I was Born to Ride

My dad instilled a love of bike riding in me from a very young age that has stayed with me all these years. I have so many unforgettable memories of riding bikes as a child, starting with sitting ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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What is a good ride

When I get home from a ride, my wife asks how it went. My best response, "No falls, no flats, no fixes."

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Always Something New to See

Yesterday I dropped my car off to be serviced and got to ride to work from a different direction. I found myself on a street in Redding that I had never been on, in my all of my 23 of living here.... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story '77 Schwinn LeTour II, part 1: I get a spare bike!

'77 Schwinn LeTour II, part 1: I get a spare bike!

So, by 2017 I'd broken two old steel bike frames. And considering the parts I'd removed to upgrade on my current ride at the time, I figured I had about two and a half bikes worth of components sta... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Image for story Featured in the Commute Seattle Campaign

Featured in the Commute Seattle Campaign

Meet Jessica Levine, a middle school science teacher who commutes by bike from the Central District to Ravenna. Jessica's commute story ties her love for experiencing the city to her passion for pr... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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5000km

for years I was attempting to get 3000 miles in one year, never got it. then come 2020 and not allowed to go to work. put in lots of rides and when Dec hit I will close to 3000, I hit 3000 miles an... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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What’s a “ Q - E “ ?

Traveling to Sarasota Fl. This winter, I learned that the Legacy trail had been expanded. It now runs from downtown Sarasota to past Venice Fl. 25+ miles. At the mid point, it runs through a pl... read more

Topic: Other

Image for story The Parkway Half Marathon - Plaque Says it All.

The Parkway Half Marathon - Plaque Says it All.

Thank you dearly to those responsible! (Not me!) Plaque reads: “ [quote] The Parkway Half Marathon, in collaboration with the Cordova Recreation and Parks District the City of Rancho Cordov... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Rambling with a rubbisher

Hi! I'm the Rambling Rubbisher (folks call me Rub for short), I love riding my bicycle and picking up trash with a grabber stick. I started in April 2014 and have been clearing a bicycle basket of ... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Biking most of the coasts

Biking most of the coasts

Hello folks, My boyfriend and I had the privilege to bike most of the Florida coasts during our larger trip of biking the perimeter of the continental United States. We first started on the... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story My heart attack changed my life.

My heart attack changed my life.

After having a near death experience (heart attack), I changed my eating habits and I started to ride my bike to work. Now I live my life to the fullest and encourage other with my new life style. ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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What is a “ Q - E “. ?

As most people, we all learned to ride a bike when we were young. It turned out to be OUR FREEDOM. We could go anywhere, even all the way uptown. Now as I grow older, retired, and spending some o... read more

Topic: Other

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After 10 years

I bought a 2012 Cannondale CAADX in grad school, I saved up for it for over a year. I have ridden that bike in 10 states, done commuting, CX racing, gravel, metric century, century, double century,... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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