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This is my first time to joined this event and i was so Happy but doubt that i could not able to accomplish my ride but luckily i was able to finished it despite the the sore in my legs and butt fo... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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On September 20th I was 77 years old. I live in the On Top of the World community in Ocala, Florida. The people I know that ride here have a custom of ridding your age. I practiced for a while and ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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I loved commuting by bike 10 miles from Altamonte Springs to Orlando prior to Covid. Covid came and it was hard eliminating this from the routine. It was not good for me to go from the bed stra... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Courtney Reynolds Love this Bruce!

Well since March our world is kind of upside down. My job made an unexpected move - and now since we are all working remote I need a change of scenery to clear my brain. I try to ride min. 4 - 5 ti... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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I didn't start riding a bike until I was 29. My mother is from the Netherlands where kids are basically born on bikes, and I guess she thought I would have inhaled bike riding skills from the e... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Sept. 2019 began with some of what I thought was ITB and hip flexor tightness. Also in the mix was an initially misdiagnosed Medial Tibial Plateau stress fracture and that caused me to be non weig... read more

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I'm a caregiver to my mom with dementia, and taking time for myself is very difficult. As often as I can, I walk, and go to spin class. I love biking, but unfortunately do not own a bike at this ti... read more

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Years ago, I started to ride to keep a healthy spirit after a sour divorce. My bicycle helped me to make new friends, find new places, learn a lot of the cycling world (Tour de France is mandatory ... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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I have participated in 11 MS150 charity rides over the years. My favorite memories are those of the MS rides that my children rode with me. At 85 years old now I cant do 75 a day two days in a row ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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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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My wife and I lived just outside of Washington DC for years and as soon as the leaves started coming out we would make our weekly bicycle trip up and down the capitol crescent trail. Taking our bik... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Sunday, Nov. 1st, was the absolute perfect day for a bike ride in Naples! Temps in the 70s, wind ENE at 5 mph, little traffic. Lots of other soldiers nd clubs took advantage for z great Sunday ri... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Mi super coach y la que motiva este gran grupo de chamas bike

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My favorite trail (so far) is West Orange Trail in Central Florida. Usually We (My wife & I) park at Winter Garden Station and ride towards Apopka for 9-10 miles. This trail is a very good for ... read more

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As many of us have had to retool our lives due to restrictions, concerns, or changes in our employment status or position, there are a high percentage of persons that have been working from home an... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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#MobilityWeekFL I used to take my car in for service and either use leave time from work to wait until the shuttle driver could take me to work or I would have to take an Uber, ask a friend for a ... read more

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Courtney Reynolds You are so smart!

Came across some true alternative transportation on my ride home from work tonight! These folks train Paso Fino horses around Buenaventura Lakes, and when I stopped to ask if it was OK to take a... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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I have been riding with a group from Mt Dora, Fl called the Covid Cruisers. The group started riding together in March and has grown from a few to over 20 riders now. Our ages range from early 50’... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Rozann Abato So happy to ride by your side. You are a COVID Cruiser inspiration!

I've had a love-hate relationship with cycling. Being overweight and having type two Diabetes, I've known I need to exercise more, but I always found excuses not to. Ironically, as a youth and as a... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Nanci Balassone Keep riding! Good for you!

My gravel bike is an adventure on wheels. An opportunity for thrilling escapes and adventures. My ride is never ordinary: the same route can be easy one day and difficult the next. My gravel bike i... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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During the quietness of this Coronavirus time, it has been great being able to have the time to use my bicycle more and enjoying the rarity of having my spouse cycling with me. It is a great de-str... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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In 2018, in celebration of my 40th birthday, I decided to circumnavigate the Gaspé Peninsula in Canada. Nearly 500 miles in 13 days! Even though we started in early June, it was in the 30's at nigh... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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As a climate organizer in Orlando, FL my job is to get volunteers to pressure members of Congress to support bills that reduce our carbon footprint on the environment. So, I practice what I prea... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Kicked off #MobilityWeekFL with a first: first time commuting by bike to my ‘new’ office! A coworker came by to check out my bike and chat about my ride in, and told me there wasn’t a good way t... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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I started riding my bike to get the stress out, and found I was making allot of friends while riding (animal and humans). First I made my duck friends in one neighborhood and a few cats. I would r... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Patrick Hale CR 220 can be a very scary place going on a solo ride!!! Stay in the neighborhoods as much as possible!!!

I love to ride on Florida's clay roads and the annual Dirty Pecan ride is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to join cyclists of all ages and abilities on some of the prettiest "roads less traveled" in no... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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I've ridden with several Central Florida bike groups as a way of staying active during the pandemic. It's a great way to keep a prudent distance from others and be outside and still be able to soci... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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I quit smoking about four and a half months ago because I was afraid I would die if I caught COVID. When I first quit, I started walking around my neighborhood when I wanted a cigarette (I walked a... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Here in Tallahassee we have many options to choose from when it comes to trails. There are some out in the local national forest that are fast, flowey, and fun. Imagine you are in the middle of t... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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I Got a new bike for my birthday (because of corona it did not arrive until fairly recently) when I put slick tires on it it’s nearly as fast as a road bike, and I enjoy writing it up and down A1A.... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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My department was furloughing the majority of my team mates so I decided to take in earlier than expected retirement. This left me with a lot of time on my hands. I sold my treasured road bike afte... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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When I was a child growing up in West Virginia, I would ride my bike all day long until the sun went down. That was long ago. In this time of "extended personal space" I have restarted my love affa... read more

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#MobilityWeekFL They call it a joyride. What it brings + what it does = magic. On two wheels. Possibly three - or maybe even four, depending on your age. 😊 Its synonyms transport... read more

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Thanks to the Love to Ride Florida Challenge I (and my coworkers) have been encouraged to start bicycling again - to/from work for those who can and also outside of work / during lunchtime. I p... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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I'm a passionate rider and love doing distance charity rides. This year they've all been cancelled or modified in a way that just isn't the same. I really missed it so I decided to do my own vers... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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A positive 2020 memory of riding together to vote with my husband on a beautiful Orlando evening!

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The pandemic has forced us to explore the outdoors more. Florida has so much to offer, and getting around on a bike is the best way to enjoy nature and appreciate Florida’s beauty. When biking, my ... read more

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The bike made me get out of bed after cancer, and now I can't live without riding a bike

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Aric Quitugua You’re inspiring and beautiful!!!

#MobilityWeekFL. Several months ago, I bought a recumbent trike and I'm pleased to say its the greatest for someone with a bad back. After about 10 minutes on the trike, I feel no back pain and i... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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At the beginning of the pandemic, it was really hard for us to be cooped up in the house all day, with all the snacks. I knew I needed to encourage my daughter to stay active, but she was seven an... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Beautiful evening to ride to the local market and get some fresh produce. Love living where that is possible and wish everyone had that choice.

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Bike rider has interesting experience combining hobby of exploring trails with genealogy research. Rides local trails and discovers a little family history. Set the date: July 29, 1920 - my gre... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

This is both a happy memory & biking during COVID-19 era. Bike Duval in Jacksonville, FL hosted a Black History Tour and Pride Ride for LGBTQ+ Pride Month. It was one of the first times since C... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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On March 17, CF Fitness in Mount Dora was required to close in response to COVID 19. My husband was a regular and this was upsetting. What would he do for exercise? Something had to be done! A ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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I didn't start riding a bike until I was 29. My mother is from the Netherlands where kids are basically born on bikes, and I guess she thought I would have inhaled bike riding skills from the e... read more

Topic: Other

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I recently finished building a Surly Disc Trucker frame up into my dream touring bike and took it out for its first overnighter. Bike was great, handled carrying my gear like a champ! Had a smooth ... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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#MobilityWeekFL. There are hidden gems everywhere in Florida, tucked away where cars can’t go. The Weekiwachee Preserve has a paved road and miles of easy gravel winding around sparkling lakes and ... read more

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I have discovered all these excellent bike trails here in Central Florida! My favorite is the Spring to Spring from Gemini Springs to Lake Monroe. The Rail Trail is also really good for a longer ri... read more

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We weren’t able to find bikes during this time, but we were lucky to get a pair of skates! We love skating outdoors on the shared used path! Stay hydrated and have fun outdoors everyone!!! #Mobilit... read more

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Libertad Acosta Anderson This is awesome! I used to rolleskate but love rollerblading! Have fun and stay active :-)

Belly laughs, beads of sweat on my forehead, soft and forceful breezes on my face, indescribable joy, inner strength - these are just some of the experiences I have been blessed to enjoy during the... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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