Stories from Victoria

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Image for story Last day of Biketober

Last day of Biketober

I have had a wonderful month exploring on my bike during Biketober. Took this photo today in a local Melbourne park on a beautiful day which is also the last day of this wonderful event/challenge.

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Downhill and fast

Downhill and fast

Ballarat has many hills (not my favourite thing to climb) BUT - I always enjoy the downhill. Does not matter which hill as long as the trip down is enjoyable. Fisken rd Gear ave SE... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story E-biking is not cheating!

E-biking is not cheating!

I recently went car free, which I've written about elsewhere on here. However, I've recently done some analysis of my ride data that showed up some interesting information. Firstly, a few facts: ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Coming up:  Group Outdoor Ride, Plenty River Trail

Coming up: Group Outdoor Ride, Plenty River Trail

Supercharge your Saturday and join the team from Watermarc Greensborough for a free Group Outdoor Ride. Kicking off at 9am and travelling along the picturesque Plenty River Trail. All riders wel... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Retiring the Car, Embracing the E-Bike

Back in April, my car developed a fault for which I couldn't find any spare parts. In addition, there were other issues, mostly not fixed due to parts unavailability. After a few months of trying... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Image for story Riding all the Rail Trails in Victoria

Riding all the Rail Trails in Victoria

This year I set my self a challenge that I felt would stretch my riding at the same time as getting me out and about around the state. My challenge was to ride all the Rail Trails in Victoria in 12... read more

Topic: Other

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Supporting other riders

On my morning commute today I came across a cyclist who had come off his bike on a corner in the wet. There was already another cyclist with him, however as I work remotely and can make up the time... read more

Topic: Other

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Back in the 90's

One of my most joyful memories is when I lived on the Gold Coast, Australia in the 1990's, I would ride my bike along the coast road late at night during the week, no traffic, no people, just the s... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Lack of bicycle infrastructure around Eastlink Trail

Roads such as Springvale Road, Ferntree Gully Road, Jells Road, and Waverley Road lack on road cycling infrastructure, even though they go to past a popular cycling park Jells Park, and train stati... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Bunyip Gravel loop 100kms organised by Audax, what a thrill!

Bunyip Gravel loop 100kms organised by Audax, what a thrill!

What a great way to discover some pretty local township within our lush Victoria. This ride was limited to 100 bike riders and organised by Audax who do a great job. Convivial and social, we got to... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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A car crash led me to all-weather cycling!

During the deepest days of COVID lockdowns, my car was dramatically written off by another car, during the 3km drive to Karkarook Park. Second-hand car prices were very high, so I waited - using my... read more

Topic: Other

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I'm tired

I'm very tired

Topic: Other

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Getting back into it

When Covid struck I lost my need, and likely desire, to ride to work. I therefore did not ride for several years. Post Covid I found I had developed an issue with my knee and thought exercise was d... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Image for story Banyule Community Health - Ride to Work Day Breakfast

Banyule Community Health - Ride to Work Day Breakfast

Calling all staff members of Banyule Community Health! Join the ride from Darebin Parklands on Thurs 19 October and have a free breakfast at Cafe Alamein. Log your rides to support BCH on t... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

Image for story Riding for a better life

Riding for a better life

As a type 1 diabetic it always has its challenges riding helps me clear my mind and keep me active One of my best memory riding was my own son not letting me win a race

Topic: Other

Image for story Fight Kids Cancer - Great Cycle Challenge

Fight Kids Cancer - Great Cycle Challenge

This will be my tenth year riding the Great Cycle Challenge to raise money to fight kids cancer. Having seen my lifelong friends daughter die from cancer at 10 years old I like to keep her legacy ... read more

Topic: Other

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From little things, big things grow

I've always loved the freedom I feel on a bike, ever since I was young and realised I could simply just ride wherever I needed to go. As an adult, I was particularly inspired after seeing how norma... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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Image for story Bendigo to Axedale

Bendigo to Axedale

I rode from Bendigo to Axedale today and it was beautiful. Lots of wattle out along the O’Keefe Rail Trail. It's about 40km return from Bendigo and the Axedale Tavern has great food and is really ... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Back on the bike to work

Back on the bike to work

I used to be an avid bike rider - long rides every weekend, rides to the pub, rides to work. Since having a kiddo, the cycling has fallen by the wayside. And then today, I got back on the bike an... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Stories from around the world

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

Coldest day

A bit chilly this morning, hard frost on everything. Even though my face was crying with the cold, the rest of me was toasty. I have a waterproof helmet cover and that really keeps my head warm,... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

Image for story 1000 miles before end of year completed.

1000 miles before end of year completed.

So happy to complete my goal before December. I'm not stopping though gotta keep them legs working right through winter hopefully. New year and a new goal to come.

Topic: Other

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Image for story Neigh bad

Neigh bad

My noble steed having a well-earned rest at the half-way point of a longish day ride in glorious autumn weather.

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story How do like them apples?

How do like them apples?

Anyone else have a mental map of good places to forage on their routes? I loaded up with some cute little windfall apples today :-)

Topic: My favourite place/route 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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Free facial !

"Good cycling weather" the family said. "Best day of the week" they said "Go for it" they said So I did. Got to the bottom of my steep hill and it rained.....hmmmm! Cycled along the Avenue a... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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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

Went to the gym with my h0e

Me and Ashley biked at the gym 👍🏻

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Over 40 years!

My husband and I bought ourselves some e-bikes in August after spending some time in France on e-bikes with my brother and his wife. Absolutely loving it! I am 61 and hubby turns 60 in January. T... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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60 by 60

I do not consider myself to be particularly fit, I have arthritis in one knee and allergic asthma (tough to cycle when the pollen is blowing on my face ) So if you see wobbly cyclist, wheezing a... read more

Topic: Other

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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

Riding down to the Harbour

Russell and I went down Harbour road which is a road in between the two area of a Golf Course in Motueka. We then went down a bike track beside the sea to bike past the Saltwater baths and down to... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

Image for story Riding a bike is an interruption

Riding a bike is an interruption

Start slow - every mile you ride, you are interrupting: - childhood asthma - global warming - your future medical costs - traffic - wealth of gas company CEOs Keep on keeping on. See ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Reporting the bike path being *stolen*...

Reporting the bike path being *stolen*...

Someone is stealing route 61, a brick at a time! (reported to CEC) Don’t fall into the hole as this will no doubt result in you being zapped to an alternate universe ;-)

Topic: My commute by bike

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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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Brrrrr

That was a chilly little commute this morning! Took a slightly different route to stay within the the houses rather than out on the exposed coast and found out it's all uphill!! Glad I've ordered... read more

Topic: Other

Image for story My Biketober Holiday Prize!

My Biketober Holiday Prize!

I have taken part on the Biketober Challenge for several years now in the Wollongong City Council Team. It's a great way to ditch the car, save some money on petrol, tone up the leg muscles, get... read more

Topic: Other

Image for story Dunwich Dynamo (1st July 2023) by Tandem

Dunwich Dynamo (1st July 2023) by Tandem

I think that it was at Needham Lakes that I hit my nadir. We had pulled up abruptly on the beast (a Dawes Galaxy Twin Tandem that had been a successful drunken ebay bid a few years ago) and I’d lef... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Food Delivery Riders

I find them tedious, and don't class their e-bike/small moped riders as cyclists. They ride on the pavements, firing through red lights and generally just giving all cyclists a bad name and therefo... read more

Topic: Other

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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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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 commute fro Yarra Valley

commute fro Yarra Valley

Up at 5am has its rewards. My commute to Lilydale includes about half of the Warburton Rail Trail. To get to the trail involves a climb to Killara Hill. From the Winery gates I often watch sunrise ... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Wet weather

Had always purchased expensive wet weather gear. Had an epiphany when I got a $126 hi viz from NZ safety. Have never stayed so dry! It may be ugly, but they can see me!

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Interview met winnaar Henri!

Interview met winnaar Henri!

1. Wat is jouw beste tip voor mensen om vaker naar het werk te fietsen? Maak je fietsspullen (en evt een extra setje kleding) vast de avond van tevoren klaar. Je kunt dan 's ochtends lekker vroe... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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rain and bad traffic

Today was a perfect cycle commute. It looked like rain but it didn't happen. The traffic was appalling, with new added roadworks, and extra traffic lights on St. Denys rd. I like best, the days... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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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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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 Park the Car and ride!

Park the Car and ride!

Pinedo-Cullera-Pinedo sprint

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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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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