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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

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Image for story Hit my first 100 miles

Hit my first 100 miles

Prior to May 2023, the last time I had gotten on a bike was probably 15 years ago. A bike share program at work motivated me to try to ride a bike to work. I started commuting to work on Wednesdays... read more

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Bike Novice

A couple years ago I rented a Bike and was so bad at riding it I thought that was that. I ride the stationary Bike at the gym and decided that does not get me as much exercise as running. So Bike r... read more

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Image for story Peachtree Creek Greenway - PART ONE - December, 2018

Peachtree Creek Greenway - PART ONE - December, 2018

After years of grassroots work by local cyclists and bicyclists, the ground-breaking ceremony for the first section of the Peachtree Creek Greenway took place on December 19, 2018. The Greenway loc... read more

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Image for story Back on a bike after 35 years

Back on a bike after 35 years

I haven't been on a bike since my early teens, when I had a bad accident with a car and nearly killed myself, I've also never had to learn to drive, a car. but with the passing of my wife in 2020, ... read more

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Image for story Cracked my helmet!

Cracked my helmet!

I was trying to get back into cycling but it’s not “like riding a bike!” I was not very balanced and had a couple of minor spills but it wasn’t the blast I remembered. Then I had a freak accident i... read more

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Riding again to be with my grandkids

hashtag #familyride - I road my bike with 5 of my 9 grandchildren at my HOA park. They did better than I did, but we had fun together

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Finally back on the road!

I had my bike stolen in December 2018. I wasn’t able to replace it until February 2021. Now that I have a toddler, bike rides look a little different. But they’re still so fun! We can’t wait to exp... read more

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Image for story 1st Ride in 15 years

1st Ride in 15 years

I used to ride my bicycle a lot when I was younger. While I was in college, my dad sold my bike. I never looked into buying another one until recently. I have a lot of friends who ride and they hav... read more

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Finally Repaired the Bike!

This challenge and participation by the Osceola Riders Team finally took our family to the bike shop. Our bikes need new tires, etc. so, I'm hoping to get them back this week. While we've waited ... read more

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Image for story Getting Back on the Saddle Again!

Getting Back on the Saddle Again!

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

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New again

I’ve bike don and off since childhood but 4 years ago I was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor. The tumor was removed but left me with balance issues. I bought and sold a comfort bike, riding it... read more

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Image for story Raising money for the MRI IMAGE appeal at Nlag nhs foundation Trust

Raising money for the MRI IMAGE appeal at Nlag nhs foundation Trust

I have recently got back ony bike and started cycling in an effort to train to complete a challenge set by myself and my manager to cycle between Scunthorpe general hospital and the Diana, Princess... read more

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#bikingdoesn'thurt!!!

2020 has been challenging but for me 2019 was terrible! Got divorced, developed an overuse injury from walking daily with my new pup and friend/her dog. Injury persists but just figured out that ... read more

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I'm so jazzed about biking again; small steps!

In the last four years I had my meniscus re-attached in both knees and never realized it would take this long to heal. Left knee is doing great after three years and is now supporting my right knee... read more

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Image for story My Biketober experience

My Biketober experience

I was told about this challenge from a friend. I was happy to know that there was a community of cyclists for I haven't been on a bike in 8 years. Everytime I rode my bike for this challenge other ... read more

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I was so scared!

I hadn't ridden a bike since the 80s, when I was a teenager! I was so scared - it wasn't "like riding a bike" at all! But I found a local Adult First Ride class and dove in. After that class, and a... read more

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Reunion with an old friend.

I grew up riding my bike. I would zip around my small town on and off road. With friends and on my own. My bike and I were inseparable. When I was on my bike, I knew joy. A joy I haven't felt in y... read more

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Enjoying the great outdoors

I just discovered Ebikes and it got me excited to ride again. I also live near a greenway that has a path connecting it to my neighborhood. We now have 3 generations riding!

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Image for story 25 years after spinal fusions I got back on a bike

25 years after spinal fusions I got back on a bike

Back on a bike after 25 years! 'Excited' to ride a bike again doesn't come close to expressing how I am feeling as tears of joy stream down my face, thrilling, freeing, and hopeful.... a life long ... read more

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Image for story Getting back on the horse...or bike after a fall

Getting back on the horse...or bike after a fall

This past Saturday I went on my very first mountain bike ride. It was very hard, but very fun because of the challenges that the ozark trails present. While I did end up crashing my bike on some ve... read more

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Image for story Working can be fun

Working can be fun

I had not ridden a bike in years; mainly because I don’t own one. I was fortunate enough to get a job working with the city of Detroit’s Safe Routes Ambassador Program, spreading information about... read more

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Remember when...

Do you remember the first time you rode a bicycle? I wonder why it can't be as fun as an adult. Actually, it should be more fun because your experience and strength should make it easier to ride. M... read more

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Pedal By Pedal

Though an injury has kept me from riding for some time, your self-guided tours and scavenger hunts have motivated me to get back on my saddle and start riding again, striving to go a little bit far... read more

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Recently got back into biking #BikeLove

After years of my bike sitting unused in my garage, covid got me back into biking. And I love it more than I did when I rode years ago! I a looking forward to biking to the office when my remote... read more

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Image for story Excited to start bicycling again!

Excited to start bicycling again!

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

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Image for story We’ve come far

We’ve come far

The night ended with the last few moments of twilight. Those 2.59 miles felt good. It may not seem far to some, but to my son and I, grinning widely as he pulled off his helmet, these few miles... read more

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Time for Some New Scars

As a kid and in my teens, I rode my bike a lot, and I have scars from my not so balanced or coordinated moments to prove it. When I was old enough to get my driver’s license, I traded my bike for ... read more

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Raising money for the MRI IMAGE appeal at Nlag nhs foundation Trust

I have recently got back ony bike and started cycling in an effort to train to complete a challenge set by myself and my manager to cycle between Scunthorpe general hospital and the Diana, Princess... read more

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Just like a kid again

Havent been on a bike since my teens. Now my friends and I are in our mid 40's. All rediscovering our love of being on a bike and going on a adventure.

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Image for story Excited!

Excited!

Haven’t ridden in years and never on a new bike! Only rode as a teen around the neighborhood, now 10+ years later my husband gifted me a Trek DS2 and I can’t wait to increase my mileage

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Image for story The Internal Coach

The Internal Coach

I have not biked in over 20 years, but this spring I got back on a bike to do a long distance race. Over the weekend I finished 53 miles to Reach the Beach. I have been working on the mental aspe... read more

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Stories from around the world

Image for story My new e-bike

My new e-bike

I purchased an e-bike this summer. I’m almost 50, over weight and terrified of the roads. This September I’m challenging myself to make the 18 mile journey to and from work 4 times a week plus a ... read more

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ESSEX PEDAL POWER

would like to thanks Essex pedal power for giving me the chance to get back on a bike

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Image for story Découvrir ma nouvelle vi(ll)e autrement

Découvrir ma nouvelle vi(ll)e autrement

A Montréal depuis moins d'un an, j'avais pris l'habitude de visiter la ville à l'aide de Tiktok et à ses bons coups : les adresses les plus cultes, les vues panoramiques les plus "instagrammable", ... read more

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Getting back to it

Let's get fit again!

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Story of fear and bravery

So roughly about 11 years ago i used to love to ride my bmx and my 26er like an idiot (Thought i was Emil lol) but anyway i had a nasty accident and this put the FEAR into getting back on a bike i... read more

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20 later

Untill.4 weeks ago I hadn't been on a bike for 20 years now I love riding my bike

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Image for story 28 miles

28 miles

Hi, I just finished my first ride around Southampton (28 miles). I'm so tired but very happy.

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Image for story Keeping up with my daughter!

Keeping up with my daughter!

My oldest daughter learnt to ride her bike this Easter. I’ve not ridden for 20 years, but I finally had to get back on the saddle to keep up with her! Luckily you never forget do you! I’m super ... read more

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I biked the Otago Rail Trail

Apart from an occasional bike ride - as a family when my daughter was young, Covid lockdown rides. We decided to do the Otago rail trail in February. An event to remember next to my daughter start... read more

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I have no bicycle

I love bicycles. I used to drive one without holding onto it handsfree throughout the street when I was 12 years old. A neighbour clapped for my circus skills and that was my last day on a bicycle.... read more

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Ca fesait 2 ans

Ça fesait 2 ans que je n'avais pas fait de vélo pour aller a la job. J'ai fait une mise au point de mon vélo de ville et j'y suis aller et revenu et j'ai vraimentt bien dormi cette nuit la!

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With my dads encouragement

My dad bought me my first bike three years ago, the first I’d owned for years and at the grand old age of 48! I loved it and quickly became addicted. Then he died two years ago, and it has been my ... read more

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Image for story New old aches

New old aches

Last time I was on a bike was 18 years ago. I sold it after a scare with traffic and relocating from the South to the North Island. I have borrowed a bike to compete in this challenge. The improvem... read more

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Image for story Bike ride with mother

Bike ride with mother

Went on a bike ride with the old dear great to be back in the saddle been out every day since

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Biking to the Bill!

I got back on the bike this weekend by cycling around Portland in Dorset with my parents. Lots of greenery and cliffs along this cycle route - a bit different to a daily commute! Still not brave en... read more

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Cheeky

Did a 40k ride not going to lie i loved it but my cheeks didnt 🤣

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Biking for fitness and freedom

50 years ago I had a bike accident losing brakes down a steep hill and ended up in the hospital! Biked with friends in high school then never biked again till now. February 2022 has changed my lif... read more

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Image for story OVERCOMING FEAR OF RIDING A BIKE ON THE ROAD

OVERCOMING FEAR OF RIDING A BIKE ON THE ROAD

Late Sept 2018, I was riding my bike to work when a large came dangerously close to me on the side of the road that I had to hop onto the footpath. Didn't make it tho, I hit the curb so hard I was ... read more

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