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Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a holiday that has changed from the original intent. It has gone from a day of somber remembrance to one of picnics, day on the lake or at the beach and so forth. Now none of those ... read more

Topic: Other

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Lake Farm loop

My wife and I headed out to Lake Farm County Park and back. Due to squirrelly winds, we had headwinds both ways! We had to detour around Terravessa due to heavy construction activity on the new pat... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Road less traveled

Road less traveled

The classic urban escape is a ride to Paoli. On this holiday weekend, apparently everyone had the same idea. The Badger State Trail, the Purcell Rd trailhead, and the Hop Garden were all packed. To... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story The Optimal 'HABIT' Cycling

The Optimal "HABIT" Cycling

Cycling has been a “HABIT” of mine for the past 38 years. Although some of that time was spent riding with friends and relatives, I find this sport more relaxing, soloing, and enjoying the country... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Happy Women/Trans/Femme Week! #WTF2020

Happy Women/Trans/Femme Week! #WTF2020

Biking as a queer femme woman brings me so much joy! Grateful for this challenge to get me out on the streets (safely!) this week. Thanks to everybody coordinating this challenge! #WTF2020

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story another quick FAMILY RIDE

another quick FAMILY RIDE

We are enjoying riding in our neighborhood these days. I always thought it was too dangerous because of the cars not used to bikes on the road. Now, we see that the more bike there are on the road ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Diving in headfirst

Diving in headfirst

This was my view for pretty much the whole bike ride with our family: the kids in front, speeding off! The kids are loving bike month and riding as much as they can. The little one has really been ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Biking with Family

Biked Los Penesquitas Preserve with my son. Had a nice break at the waterfall talking about life in general. Then rode back to the house. He's 36 now. So different riding with him as an adult, but ... read more

Topic: Other

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#coffeeoutside

I haven't been to a coffee shop since March, and it's probably going to be a while until I'll go to one again. But there's a great alternative, now that summer is here: Coffee outside! It's as easy... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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The Stay-At-Home (SAH) Blues

I live in Idaho and our Governor had us on lock down for 2 months. We are now in phase 2 of reopening, but it has been a long time coming. One bright point was he allowed us to go on walks, runs ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Teacher Parades

Last week the teachers at our school held a parade for students. We took our bikes with us so that we could ring our bike bells and cheer them on. #FAMILYRIDEWEEK

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Visit Verona!

Visit Verona!

Today my bike takes me west to Verona, nicknamed Hometown USA, and an aspiring Bicycle Friendly Community. I had just cleaned my bike, so I turned off the Military Ridge State Trail where it turns ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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A new connection

I'm tired from yard work, but took a short ride to keep the streak going for #GreaterMadisonBikeMonth: I've ridden 22 days in a row! It was a good opportunity to check out some of Fitchburg's ne... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story I have type one diabetes but it doesn’t have me

I have type one diabetes but it doesn’t have me

Hi my name is Melissa both my brother and I have type one diabetes ! We are hooked up to insulin pumps 24 7 seven days a week and c g m glucose sensors with no vacation ! We don’t let diabetes stop... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Weens on wheels!

Weens on wheels!

I’ve got a small little family, but the wife and I took out our fur baby for a ride in honor of #familyrideweek #bikemonth2020 #weensonwheels

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Image for story Bike lean

Bike lean

Our local advocacy group, Bike New Britain, (CT) is doing a Bike Lean Photo promotion on Facebook. Pictures of our bikes next to landmarks in New Britain.

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Another Man's Trash...

Another Man's Trash...

This week is our neighborhood bulk trash week. It think that many of us have taken our shelter in place time at home as an opportunity to do some spring cleaning and as an opportunity to clear out ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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EDIM for ElliptiGo

My bike is a stand up bike. By that I mean there is no seat but I don’t miss it. There is a challenge this month. Ride every day in May. Yes my husband said I could do it. So far it’s been at least... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Looking Forward to Our Family Ride

Looking Forward to Our Family Ride

After a long day of distance learning and working from home, the one thing that our family really looks forward to the most is our ride! As we cut through the streets and whiz past houses, cars, pa... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Family trail ride

We went exploring the trails in the park today. The kids are enjoying their recent bicycle upgrades -- for my daughter, her first adult-sized bicycle! -- and we've been having a blast taking them o... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Family Biking Adventure

During the quarantine era, our family was able to spend more time together. With our busy schedules, work, school etc…we had not had time to bike together as a family. We decided to pull out our du... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Exploring Terravessa

Exploring Terravessa

After two days of rain (0.95 in), we finally got a good day, 75 deg., light east winds, and mostly sunny. Nancy and I took advantage of it by heading out to Lake Farm County Park. After a short ... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Everyday biking

Everyday biking

I’m 62 years old and I like to ride my bike it’s not hard and anyone can do it it’s low impact so easy on your knee. Today is day 2,011 days in a row that’s just a little over 5 years and in that t... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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New Bike!

This weekend I went to the hot desert of Indio, CA to visit my mom and my dad. My dad offered to buy my Oldest Daughter a bicycle for her to leard to ride without training wheels soon! She picked ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Ride like a unicorn!

Got out for lunch. Last night I tried my unicorn headband on the winter helmet... got a smile or two but... today I popped it onto the summer helmet because IT IS OVER 60 DEGREES and YES I succ... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Women/Trans/Femme Week, Day 2!

Women/Trans/Femme Week, Day 2!

Only 24% of bike rides in the US are taken by women. I’m grateful for the women who helped me get comfortable on the road: Liz, Katy + Michelle. #WTF2020

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Memorial Day ride

Memorial Day ride

Just a quick loop around the Night Riders' urban loop, Lacy and Meadowview Rds version #GreaterMadisonBikeMonth #BikesUnite #BiketheBurg #FitchburgWI

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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WTF 2020

I’m grateful to live (and ride) in an area where I feel safe as a queer womxn. My wife and I love squeezing in time for rides through the gayberhood after a long day at work! #wtf2020 #gaysian #qtpoc

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Broken Derailleur hanger, and a squeak

My last few rides (before the gap) were annoying. Each time , I pressed my right pedal down (esp on a climb), a squeak came out. I have some mechanical knowledge, but I relied on a friend to... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Friend Birthday ride

We had to celebrate his birthday in years * 100' of elevation. So, I went along for the ride. We went up to a family run donut shop in Carmel Mountain area (Sesame Donuts-- own story, made the n... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Exploring around our neighborhood

Exploring around our neighborhood

We have been riding our bikes a lot lately. Since lockdown started, we have been enjoying the reduced car traffic and exploring around the neighborhoods near where we live. On this ride, my daughte... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Family bike wagon

Family bike wagon

I have waited a long time to be able to ride with my girls. Now I can finally share my rides with them thanks to my xtracycle kit. We are still learning and exploring distances but hopefully we can... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Exploring SD

I have always enjoyed riding my bike but would never go to far. During the quarantine I decided to venture out further and see if I could bike from home down to the bay and back (which would invol... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Family Spin

Our family bikes to ice cream, and to tacos. A little motivation goes a long way when taking your kids on a spin around urban San Diego - there's just no flat routes to choose from. So we make su... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Penelope's Head

Part of our daily ride in our hometown includes passing this statue of Penelope as she waits for Odysseus to return from the sea. Today we decided to stop and take a picture for #FAMILYRIDEWEEK

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Double Hammer!

This is our first time with a tandem bike, and it's a lot harder than we ever imagined! It's going to take some practice before we'll be able to cruise the streets with this hot cruiser! #FAMILY... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Frozen custard run

Frozen custard run

When I read that my favorite dining establishment, Michael's Frozen Custard, had reopened, there was no question about where I would ride today! #GreaterMadisonBikeMonth #BikesUnite #GoByBike

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Raining ride

Raining ride

Yard work requires good weather, so riding had to wait until this evening. I guess you could call it a "training ride", but without the "t". #GreaterMadisonBikeMonth #BikesUnite #GoByBike #Bikethe... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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FAMILYRIDEWEEK

We have been riding more around the neighborhood and my son is challenging himself to go down Camino Ruiz trail and rides the full loop back home which includes a long gradual climb. So stoked for ... read more

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Family ride

#FAMILYRIDEWEEK Took my pre-teen daughter to ride at the local high school parking lot. Lot's of room and no cars or traffic so it was super safe. Loved it

Topic: Other

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Image for story Shopping at the end of the ride

Shopping at the end of the ride

To market, to market With a stay-at-home wish list Home again, home again Mission accomplished!

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Biking as a Family

Biking as a Family

We moved to San Diego from Dallas to get outside more and enjoy the outdoors together with our 2 young kids. Unfortunately, with COVID-19, dozens of places we planned to go and explore were closed ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Weather has cooperated

The weather in Austin has cooperated and I have been able to commute to work every day so far in May. I am the only one in the office, so I am able to continue to work there. I have also done som... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story We've enjoyed biking and walking with less cars on the road

We've enjoyed biking and walking with less cars on the road

Since we’ve been trapped in our homes during this pandemic, I don’t know where I’d be without my daily sanity breaks. Getting outdoors on my bike and away from the house has been a daily necessity.... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Missing Link

So I decided to give my chain a good cleaning & dry lube maintenance, and in doing so lost the teeny, tiny square nut that holds the chain together. It is an Izumi Pro track chain and has a scr... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Open Streets Biking

Open Streets Biking

Like a majority of college students, my main mode of transportation was my bike. I started off with a fold-able bike before I saved up some money to treat myself to a nicer road bike. It wasn't unt... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Family ride to the Dollar Tree

Family ride to the Dollar Tree

Took the girls on a ride to the Dollar store for pet rat supplies. They enjoyed the ride and were impressed that they could ride their bikes somewhere they usually drive to. My youngest is only 6... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Exploring the Neighborhood

Exploring the Neighborhood

My husband and I have been a little anxious about biking near home, which traverses some busy streets, including El Cajon Boulevard. The Love to Ride challenge has gotten us on our bikes way more t... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Inspiring the next generation of bikers

Inspiring the next generation of bikers

I have three kids and we get out almost everyday to bike during “these times” for some fresh air and smiles.

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Biking as a mood changer

Biking as a mood changer

These days our moods are fragile, and this morning my son had a terrible start into the day. We decided to go biking and although it's one of his favorite hobbies, he didn't feel like getting ready... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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