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Loving the countryside

I've always loved riding bikes, but after retiring in 2020 I took bike riding to another level. I live out in the country away from city traffic so getting on my bike each morning and taking a rid... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Confidence

We're working on building self-confidence and I think bike riding is a great addition to our parenting tool bag!!

Topic: Ride with kids

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More to Experience

My commute by bike lets me see the different, the unusual, the overlooked, the bypassed. This morning the USGS was measuring stream flow on Langham Creek. I was able to stop and watch for a few... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Activism

I live in Philly, where most bicyclists commute by bike, and many of the drivers park in or drive down bike lanes. I was tired of seeing cars drive down the bidirectional lanes on Market Street, so... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Older, Greener, and (Bike-Only!) Better

Older, Greener, and (Bike-Only!) Better

I have always had a passion for biking and parks. Growing up in Beaumont, I had the privilege of biking to school until ninth grade. Back in the 70s, there was just one bike shop, one bike option (... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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I'm back!

Since I received a promotion eight months ago, I have been hesitant to bicycle to work. It is four miles longer and the commute is along some treacherous streets in Sacramento... but, I have accomp... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story In the early morning is my favorite time to ride into work

In the early morning is my favorite time to ride into work

Life better in the morning rides because I get to take in the Freemont bridge view of the water and the rowers. Early morning calm waters and depending on the time of year I get to see the sun rise... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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How to Reduce Number of Flats... BIG TIME!

I finally found a way to reduce flats significantly. I commute in an area of heavy industry. Poorly maintained roads fully of glass, nails, and screws were leading to multiple flats per month. ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Life Changer

I’m approaching 60 and I have been missing a sustainable workout routine that provided good health both from a physical and mental standpoint. About three years ago I started riding and have rece... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Island

Hi all always wanted to visit Iceland and see there interesting places, maybe someone has already traveled there, and know - in what interesting places can be reached by bike.

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story The rainbow at the end of the storm

The rainbow at the end of the storm

The last 2 years I have been riding for the young man pictured in the attachment below. He has fought the fight with everything he had to offer. Through his courage and a community committed to hi... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Washington DC Bike Ride

Washington DC Bike Ride

I got to go to a national conference in Washington DC. Where I had one day to see the sites. I rented bikes through Capital Bikeshare's day pass. Mapped my ride out on Google maps to exchange m... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Ride your bike while your car gets serviced!

I live in sacramento. We like the Davis dealer where we bought our car, so we take it there for servicing. When I take the car in, I always bring my bike. I drop the car off mid- to late morning, ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Car-free in Houston

Car-free in Houston

I remember plotting my move to Houston, from Detroit, and wondering if I could live there sans automobile. After researching, including looking at walkable neighborhoods, bike & bus routes, and... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Happy Cycling

Imagine the open road ahead of you, the wind in your hair, and the gentle whir of your bicycle's wheels. There's a certain freedom that comes with passonly riding a bicycle. It's just you, your bik... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Image for story Willow Watering Hole

Willow Watering Hole

Willow Watering Hole is an amazing outdoor public space that encompasses wildlife and hiking and biking trails in Southwest Houston in Westbury.

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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WOW Gals 10 yr. History

We started our all womens cycling club because, quite frankly, it's a lot of fun! We've riden all around Northern CA an are based out of Elk Grove, CA. We've met amazing people along our rides, s... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Steep stairs no longer a barrier to riding.

Steep stairs no longer a barrier to riding.

At around 74, I got back on my bike and found my office-sitting career that I started in my 50's meant I could no longer safely balance on a bike or my old 2-wheel recumbent. On & off I spe... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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It's been over 30 years

At 62, I just bought a bike and I'm wondering WHY it took me so long. Honestly, it's been since high school when I rode daily so I'm still getting used to the feeling but I love it! Aside from a co... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Atlanta Streets Alive

First ride with my Grandson on my father's day gift "The Rocket" is the Blast Peachtree street closed to car but open to bike and walking. Daughter and youngest grandson walked along. Perfect Sund... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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Trailer

I love putting little ones in the trailer cart, they love it and its an extra workout with the extra weight

Topic: Ride with kids

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Sunday Sky

Sunday sky and a bike ride

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Really, I am not a climber

Really, I am not a climber

I am not a climber, but last year, my son, 23, challenged me to ride the Death Ride with him. 104 miles, 13,500 feet of climb in the middle of July. ([address removed]) He and I are competiti... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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Image for story 18 Years of Commuting in Houston

18 Years of Commuting in Houston

Commuting in Houston I’ve been commuting to work primarily by bicycle since 2005. Currently I drive my daughter to school and park the car, using my bike to get from there to work. I often run er... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Fun Neighborhood Ride with Kids

It's been a fun challenge this May which has helped me engage in the fun neighborhood rides with my kids. They are excited about it, so that's a huge win. I'm hoping that it will continue once the ... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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Image for story I love underpasses BUT….

I love underpasses BUT….

Our bayou trails have lots of underpasses to cross big roads. And they’re great .. no stopping .. no cars .. and a quick ride downhill. But after heavy rains low spots can have mud or dirt that ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Any Recommendation for Affordable Repair in North Sac?

Here's my story: I just tore my derailleur to shreds. I know, it's not much of a story. But it leads to an important question... Does anybody have a recommendation for repair work in North Sacra... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Stop and Enjoy and Be Happy :-)

Enjoying the little things you find when you let the ride pause and look around. Bikes rule! Davis to Sacramento, a nice found note when I paused to enjoy the sunset from the riverfront.

Topic: My commute by bike

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Overcoming weather

I used to live in Cambodia and rode a simple acoustic bike everywhere. The weather there had two seasons, wet and dry. Wet season was very wet. Monsoons. I commuted by bike through monsoons and roa... read more

Topic: Other

Image for story Going to work by bike is the best part of the day (and so is leaving)!

Going to work by bike is the best part of the day (and so is leaving)!

I've been so into eCargo biking lately. I bought a couple bikes from Virtue Cycles recently and they have totally improved the quality of life in our home. I take my dog to the dog park in them dai... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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River Trail Today

I just love the comfort of the River Trail and on a day like today, it is so beautiful. So grateful for good paths that highlight the natural beauty of our community!

Topic: Other

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Image for story Chico Wildflower Ride

Chico Wildflower Ride

My friends and family rode with me in the Chico Wildflower ride on April 28, 2024! What a blast and what a well supported event! We rode the Valleyflower route which was 30 miles. The ride had lots... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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Riding for weight loss.

I have ridden bike for a very long time. Over the years since I turned 25 I gained weight. At the age of 49 I weighed 430 pounds. My mobility was affected by my obesity and it hurt to do most thing... read more

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Image for story Life Changer

Life Changer

I’m approaching 60 and I have been missing a sustainable workout routine that provided good health both from a physical and mental standpoint. About three years ago I started riding and have rece... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Image for story Bike to Work/School Day plans

Bike to Work/School Day plans

At my last job I helped organize Bike to Work day for a county of 3.2 million people. Since moving to Ithaca NY, a town of 32,000 people, I've been adapting to a less massive bike scene. It's easy ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Not taking a break

I have been cycling for the past couple of days now. I usually ride my bike around my neighborhood, but I get so tired that I have to take a break halfway, for about 5 minutes, then continue with t... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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I won it!

I love to ride. Hope on my bike and it is me and the rode with pedestrians, cyclists, and cars. My goal was always ride every day of the Bike Challenge Month, whether it be a short ride for errand... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story I never expected to be a 'cyclist'

I never expected to be a "cyclist"

I live in a two person, one cat, zero car household. While I have long had the goal that I want to live my life without relying on a car to move in a city, I always expected that goal would be sati... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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What It Takes to Get Those Day Miles

I’m trying to bicycle every day in October, as part of the BikeTober competition. On Saturday, I was not near mystreet bike. Stepped into a bike shop and asked about their rental policy, which was... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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My story that might inspire bicycle enthusiasts:

In the small town of Pedalville, I lived as young boy. I was not like the other kids. I had a deep passion for bicycles. I loved everything about them - the way they moved, the freedom they offered... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Need a Bike

We used to have 3 Bike for our family, but during hurricane Harvey, we lost everything due to flooding. I am still looking for a used one. If someone like to sell a used bike with affordable price,... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Twende Butiama Social Ride

Twende Butiama Social Ride

I am challenging myself to do something really hard. I am cycling for about 1,500 KM with a group of other cyclists in Tanzania and neighbouring countries; today we rode 190 km. Yesterday, 187 km... read more

Topic: Other

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I bike for transportation

I often talk with other bike riders and we've all decided that folks fall into one of two categories: those who bike for leisure (ie Saturday mornings on the Silver Comet Trail) and those who bike ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Be the Change & Inspiration

Today was a highlight of my rides though an instructor(ride to university)said that they were also planning on purchasing an ebike because of my riding everyday & cause I say it's so much fun! ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Relearning But Gaining Confidence!

I bought my first bike as an adult in October 2021! My last childhood bike was 20 some years ago but I barely used it. I had bad biking experiences in the past so I was obviously very nervous relea... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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FLAT!

I decided to ride to work one morning. Usually I take the train with my bike (3 miles total) but decided to ride the entire way (12 miles). About 8 miles in, I hit a curb wrong with my back wheel a... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Not really a story

I have a friend with a bike retrofitted for someone with their left arm only, he’s getting a new bike and wants to donate this one to someone who can use it. Sorry, I don't have a picture. Tom ... read more

Topic: Other

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You just need a bike

I have ridden a bike to work for over 10 years (not every day), covering 1000s of miles and I am more convinced now than ever that you don't need to spend a lot on a bike and equipment to commute y... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Sunday ride

Thought we'd give our bikes a ride out into the countryside but needed a destination - we decided upon the Hot Numbers Roastery near Shepreth. The ride was lovely with respectful car drivers and fr... read more

Topic: Other

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Challenging the Pavement

First time riding on pavement coming from MTB. I'd say its quite more dangerous.

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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