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I’ve been biking for years. Even riding the same set of routes brings me joy and a sense of freedom. But I never rode more than 50 miles in a day. Last Saturday, seven of us rode bicycles from Fort... read more

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I like to ride for the exercise and fitness benefits. Back in December I made the switch to a pedal assist e-bike which has increased my love for riding by allowing me to ride longer and farther wi... read more

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The two keys to riding in traffic. Every rider on the road help increase the likelihood that drivers will be more aware of cyclists. So ride the roads you want to be ridden!

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In 2014 my wife was diagnosed with diabetes. The next day we went into a bike shop for the first time and we saw the Tour de Cure. Never even knew about it. I was 340 plus pounds and i hadn't been ... read more

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David Nelms Congrats to you and your wife!
Nicholas Reyes Wow! That is awesome!!! Way to go!!!

We really appreciate the very helpful Zoom series on safety and the safety gear! Some of the things that we learned were really eye opening. #RediscoverRiding

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#RediscoverRiding I have always been an active person, always helping others, volunteering, etc. Several years ago I had a persistent cough so I went to my doctor, she felt a nodule on my thyroid ... read more

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I used to bike to school every day, but since school has been closed we have been biking as part of our daily exercise. It feels great to get out there. #RediscoverRiding

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Heidi Saul Great job

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

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Steve P Great story, thank you!

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

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Hey bike friends! We've got 700 people in San Diego participating in the Bike Month Challenge. Let's try to reach 1000! Invite a friend or two to take part. The more people we have on the roads... read more

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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

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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

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laura Cisneros 22 in a ROW! You're my hero!!

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

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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.

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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

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Ralph Gonzales awesome. Love your picture. where and what are you riding?

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

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Riding, tinkering, chatting, dreaming about bikes is a key component to my well being right now. I'm so fortunate to have found a community of colleagues, friends, neighbors, family and like minded... read more

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I started biking about 50 yrs ago. I was working as a Pulmonary/Critical Care Physician in a local hospital. I would wake up at 4 am and ride in my neighborhood for 2 Hrs. At that time I had multip... read more

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Paul D'Attilio This is inspirational. Biking into your 80's is nothing short of amazing! I plan to ride as long as possible.
Heidi Saul Thanks for expiring us all...you look great..smile

Quarantine life has diminished the level of activity I am accustomed to as an art teacher. I was on my feet most of the day. The transition to being home all day had my body and spirit feeling out ... read more

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In January, I replaced my left knee with one made of titanium, plastic, and glue. The very last thing I did before I left for the hospital was ride the stationary bike for 30 minutes. Post surge... read more

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Ana Simental Great for you! I had my meniscus reattached in both knees so I just started biking outdoors this past April since my gym cl... read more

I have participated in Biketober in years past, and so have others from my workplace at AECOM. But I wanted to help make this the year with the highest participation yet for AECOM. Near the beginni... read more

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We had more management support this year! Our great Production Manager paid the bike repairs as usual. The Plant Manager was very interested in our numbers considering that we won last year. We ... read more

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Rule 9 of Velominati's "The Rules" says, "If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period." Here's to all the badasses that were out riding in the rain, yesterday.

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Temps in Atlanta were in the mid 90s this week. Without the challenge of already being committed to a team for Biketober, I would *not* be out riding until later in the fall. But I went out and had... read more

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Today’s biking

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In the dark, just awake, the hiss of rain on concrete through my open window next to my bed. Semi-dreaming, in quick succession: drive/take the bus/ride? Yes, ride. Which bike? Not Speedy - no f... read more

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Richard Leseney very nice !!!

In the dark, just awake, the hiss of rain on concrete through my open window next to my bed. Semi-dreaming, in quick succession: drive/take the bus/ride? Yes, ride. Which bike? Not Speedy - n... read more

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I learned to ride as a kid. Like a lot of other American kids it was a rite of passage to lose the training wheels. Though, I recall distinctly injuring myself learning to ride without training whe... read more

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As human beings, our health is not compartmental. If we experience illness or a lack of health mentally or physically or emotionally/spiritually, it does affect our overall health. It is all interc... read more

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Non-profit organizations have jumped on the biking trend as a way to raise money. AcademyOne, Inc. employees ride in a number of charitable events throughout the year. Most recently, we participate... read more

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I pulled into a little park just off the trail, leaned my bike against a maple tree, grabbed my water bottle, and sat down in the shade. On the horizon, just beyond a little stream, was a field of ... read more

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Jon Osler excellent Jim
Chelsea Alventosa Awesome story!

I noticed when I ride around town there has been litter thrown on native plants so I have stopped along the way to help keep the path I ride litter free!

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Our story in the Bellevue Bicycle Club, Bellevue, NE is multi-faceted. We have casual rides to favorite cafes, local events, exploring trails and new destinations, and encouraging others to be conf... read more

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Carrie Mc Gill Nice article Lisa!

Pedalpalooza is coming up this June. You can join hundreds of rides for free or host a ride yourself. It's easy! Find out more here: www.shift2bikes.org/pedalpalooza-calendar

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Today was a lovely day, perfect for a bike ride. I love to count things as I bike. Today I saw 77 cars, 44 bicyclist, 33 birds, 29 walkers, 18 dogs, 4 buses, 3 people waiting for the bus, 2 garba... read more

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Tess Stribos woah how did you keep score?

My name is Dan Whaley and I am a 49 year-old high school science teacher. My first real bike was a Trek 870 mountain bike that I bought in college. It was the first bike I had owned since my childh... read more

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Lisa Pietsch Great to hear your story, Dan!
Carrie Mc Gill You ROCK Dan!

I starting biking again last fall and was making great progress expanding my miles and elevation. Then I took the winter off because of darkness safety. Just restarted in time for the bikers chal... read more

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Jim Slater WooHoo! First time from Beaverton to work! I have now made it the whole way!
Matt Faunt Nice work Jim! Glad you're out there and it's feeling good!

Last summer after retiring, I made a coast-to-coast journey along the Northern Tier from Washington State to Maine. This was a self-contained ride that covered 4300 miles and took us just 52 days o... read more

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Dan Whaley Impressive!
Pamela Strunk Wow! That averaged over 82 miles a day! That is great!!!

I recently did a metric century with a friend of mine. It was the longest ride (mileage wise) either of us had ever done and we were pretty burnt out. When we got home I dropped him off and immedia... read more

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Jim Black Good friends always bring out the best in you.. and your ride!
Thomas Stokell That's classic! I once made the mistake of casually challenging a friend to 1000m race on a pair of rowing machines when we... read more

the range of the boy's explorations vastly expanded when he acquired his first bicycle

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I am very fortunate to work/support young people. Today I was able to encourage and support a young person to join me on a ‘Social Distancing’ cycle ride along the Cycle path which runs along The ... read more

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My husband Rob and I love going for a cycle 'explore' on our bikes. We use adapted bikes because I have a disability which means that I cannot use a standard bike. This never limits what we do alth... read more

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In November 2019 I had a bikeability session with Charlotte. As I was 62 at the time my 9 year old granddaughter thought it was hilarious as she had just done the same at school. I was barely abl... read more

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Perrin Fox #explorebybike
Rebecca Skinner Amazing story, Perrin. I hope you enjoy your holiday :)

My husband Rob and I love going for a cycle 'explore' on our bikes. We use adapted bikes because I have a disability which means that I cannot use a standard bike. This never limits what we do alth... read more

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On Wednesday I took a group of 4 riders out for a 13 mile bike ride with another Lets Ride Guided Ride Leader. It was my first as a Lets Ride Leader. We had a great ride and left the park in Covent... read more

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Nicola Jones Hi Stephanie it was great to reayour two accounts of cycling. I work for West Midlands Combined Authority and we would lov... read more
Nicola Jones Hi Stephanie it was great to read your two accounts of cycling. I work for West Midlands Combined Authority and we would l... read more

I am sharing my back in the saddle journey to encourage and tempt others to give it a go. The Covid-19 virus had made me think about new ways to get keep fit and get out whilst socially distancin... read more

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Today we walked around Hassop and the Monsal Trail. It would be the perfect place for my friend to bring her two young sons to practise riding. Also I want to try an e-bike! I've texted her to ask ... read more

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Really enjoyable ride along the canal. We started out from just west of Bristol and took the cycle path to Bath and joined the canal tow path and just kept going... The path is poor in places (espe... read more

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During lockdown I decided I wanted to get fitter on my bike. So initially I got out my bike, set myself a challenge then I set off at full pelt everywhere......until I remembered why I love cycling... read more

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My husband sadley passed away 3weeks ago . I belong to breeze riding group on let's ride Bury .Cycling and the support of the group is helping me with my grief and wellbeing. Bury clarion group p... read more

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