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R2B2

I recently completed riding back to back centuries on the R2B2 Cascade Bicycle Club 2 day tour. It was a ride from Redmond to Bellingham and back. We had good weather and some very scenic ridi... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story One of my better rides today

One of my better rides today

I don’t believe that I have ever reached 215 mph on a ride before.

Topic: Other

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Image for story Bucket List - Off-Road Duathlon

Bucket List - Off-Road Duathlon

I’ve done a little cyclocross races, road duathlons and triathlons but never raced off road on a mountain bike. Well at 65 years old I guess there was no better time than the present! Signed up fo... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story How to make Lemonade out of lemons?

How to make Lemonade out of lemons?

This will be the 2nd year that Cascade is not doing STP - and I really wanted to challenge myself to do it on my oldest bike (1980 Univega). So I set up a Fundraising Challenge to not only do the... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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520 trail

Checked out the 520 trail for week 3! The trail was closed through Microsoft, but the quiet campus provided a straightforward detour. Saw the construction for the new NE 40th tunnel, the Microsoft ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Cycling with Masks

It isn’t easy but it feels good to be responsible, and the views on the Redmond Connector Trail are great! #TourDeRedmond

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Stolen Bike 12/14

Stolen Bike 12/14

Hey all, if you could keep an eye out for a blue Norco bike w/orange details, my bike was stolen on 12/14 from the university district light rail station. Thanks!

Topic: Other

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Image for story Guilty Feet - Pedaling

Guilty Feet - Pedaling

It is a great idea to have a favorite tune playing in your head while you’re riding a bike. It provides rhythm, helps you set your cadence and, to some extent, distracts you from the burning in yo... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Hello, Bald Eagle!

Hello, Bald Eagle!

Hello, bald eagle, on my evening commute home. Is that a comfortable spot for a rest? Or are you looking for an early evening snack in the lake? If I had commuted in my car or by bus, instead of on... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Zen and the Art of Bicycle Maintenance

Zen and the Art of Bicycle Maintenance

I CAN SEE BY MY WATCH, WITHOUT TAKING MY HAND FROM THE left grip on my handlebar, that it is 8:30 in the morning. A light headwind is rolling off the Columbia River, tugging at my contact lenses. I... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Independent Bookstore Day

This is more a teaser than a story -- or an invitation to a discussion--is anyone else planning to bike to bookstores tomorrow (April 26th) for Independent Bookstore Day? We've biked it the last co... read more

Topic: Other

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Personal challenge

Prior STP rider, this is #5 for me. Three weeks ago, had a bad fall on some steep stairs and broke five ribs and three minor spinal fractures. First ride today, indoor on our stationary bike, but... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Virtual STP for Special Operations Warrior Foundation

Virtual STP for Special Operations Warrior Foundation

This is my third STP ride, having ridden my 1st time in 2019 with my son Stephen, and I rode virtually last year. I live far off in Southern Ohio, and it was hard for me to find a training partner.... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Seeing the changes over time

Biking during CoVid-19 has been interesting. It started out with everything empty. Few or no cars and no one outside. Then after a few months seeing an uptick in construction which seemed to pop up... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Joining Cascade’s Free Group Rides is as “Easy as Pie”

Joining Cascade’s Free Group Rides is as “Easy as Pie”

Getting motivated to pedal outside in the winter can be tough, so when the weather forecast called for sunshine; I checked out Cascade’s Free Group Rides calendar and quickly signed up for a ride t... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Short but Fun Ride

Rode on the Redmond Connector Trail for the first time and it was a great ride on a day with beautiful weather (shortly before the smoke came!) #TourDeRedmond

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story New Overlake Village Bike & Pedestrian Bridge

New Overlake Village Bike & Pedestrian Bridge

I got to ride up to Overlake to see the new Overlake Village bike and pedestrian bridge! It will connect to the new light rail station in Overlake Village to the 520 trail. I hear it will open late... read more

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Image for story sunny  I-90 floating bridge

sunny I-90 floating bridge

North wind = clean air

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story THE PEDALING PILGRIM'S PROGRESS

THE PEDALING PILGRIM'S PROGRESS

AS I ground my way through the wilderness of upper Mission Ridge trail, I lighted on a certain place where was a den. I know what lives in the wilderness of the Squilchuck drainage, so I avoided th... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Doña Quixote of Wenatchee

Doña Quixote of Wenatchee

In the village of Wenatchee, the name of which I have no desire to call to mind, there lived not long since one of those women that keeps not one, but three bikes hanging on her back porch wall, as... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Seattle-Boston-Quebec in 74 days

Seattle-Boston-Quebec in 74 days

My sweetie and I saddled up our Tandem and cycled across America (the continent) from coast-to-coast and then some. We planned and saved for this trip for 2 year, and it was one of the best advent... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Stories from around the world

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Tour of Britain

i got to ride at the finish of Tour of Britain when it came through Warrington i have since been on the new cycle paths around Warrington

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

Image for story 1970s tandem gets a new life!

1970s tandem gets a new life!

My partner does vegetable deliveries by bike trailer and last week when he was on his rounds he sent me a photo of a very old tandem bike, saying "someone threw this in a skip". It was a lovely blu... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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New Club

Teams Wheelers are a newly constituted community bike club in the Teams area of Gateshead. We have a fleet of varied serviced bikes that can be borrowed for rides till you can purchase your own. Tr... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Riding in summer

Riding in summer

I started riding in summer as an activity to spend time with my 14 year old son everyday through his summer vacation.

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story My rides

My rides

I ride for fun because riding feels like stress relief

Topic: Other

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Image for story Keep pushing, get rolling y'all!

Keep pushing, get rolling y'all!

💗 Saturday morning I started out on my favorite trail (Seminole Cross Trail) to gain a few miles for another challenge. The fitness journey always ministers to me. . . the scenery and experience ... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story My bike: My everyday companion

My bike: My everyday companion

From where I come, biking is not so popular. I arrived to the Netherlands 3 and a half years ago. Since then, I realized how important biking is for the Dutch people and I couldn't resist to it. I... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

Image for story My Personal Distance Challenge…continues

My Personal Distance Challenge…continues

Challenging myself to ride the distance… On 06 July, I rode my farthest distance of 150 miles. Not long after, I thought, “Well, I rode 150 miles, maybe I can ride farther.” I challenged myself to ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Churchdown Family Cycle Ride (NCN41)

Wanted to share a traffic-free route on the National Cycle Network (NCN41) for families with young children from Churchdown Parish Council/Playground/Park/Skatepark/BMX track to Gloucestershire Air... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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City cycling

I love riding through sunsets in the city. I'm writing my thesis so making time to get outside is keeping me sane!

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story First time at Twisted Oaks

First time at Twisted Oaks

Had a great time trying out the trails at twisted oaks last week with Ells, challenging but rewarding...

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Trakatak Professional Bike

Trakatak Professional Bike

I decided to reconnect with cycling during lockdown last year. I deliberated over which type of bike I wanted for a month or two, before deciding on a mountain bike. I live close to a country park... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Return to the office

I started a new job Nov 2020, working from home. Prior to that I had commuted to work on my bike as an essential key worker. I was still riding most days, just in local countryside and not commutin... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story cycling around just for...well becuase!

cycling around just for...well becuase!

So, my story is simple. If you ever don't know what to do, just get on your bike. This is surprisingly helpful and you will start to see things like you've never seen before. For me it was things l... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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1st Day commuting by bike in 10 months

So I started a new job November 2020. Prior to that I had been commuting, even during Covid times as an essential key worker. New job I was based at home. I still managed to ride my bike everyday i... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Just Love Riding

The above says it all...It gives me time to meditate, reflect and help plan ahead. Cycling is just great and that's why I love riding ✊🏿

Topic: Other

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Back in the Saddle

I got back home the evening of Sept. 21. It's great to be on a real bicycle again; but I'm more out of condition that I thought. I've got a ways to go before I'm really back in shape, and am back t... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Local bikes only

Riding home from the factory where you and your friends make bikes, on those bikes, what could be better?

Topic: Carbon Crushers

Image for story Amtrak trains and buses to the OBC Bike Party in Las Vegas

Amtrak trains and buses to the OBC Bike Party in Las Vegas

On September 8 and 9, 2021, I put my bike on two Amtrak buses and one Amtrak train to get to the OBC Bike Party in Las Vegas NV. On September 13, 2021, I put my bike onto one Amtrak bus, one Amtrak... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Because of him

My bike used to get me somewhere because I couldn't drive or because I was a student and couldn't afford bus fare. But my partner introduced me to riding for the fun of it. He started picking me up... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story My bike: My everyday companion

My bike: My everyday companion

From where I come, biking is not so popular. I arrived to the Netherlands 3 and a half years ago. Since then, I realized how important biking is for the Dutch people and I couldn't resist to it. I... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Just Cuz

5 minutes from home coming off of my 40 minute work commute (in my car) from Aberdeen at ~6p, my phone rings. It's Meg. "Are you home? I'm by your house and was wondering if you wanted to ride arou... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story My Personal Distance Challenge…continues

My Personal Distance Challenge…continues

Challenging myself to ride the distance… On 06 July, I rode my farthest distance of 150 miles. Not long after, I thought, “Well, I rode 150 miles, maybe I can ride farther.” I challenged myself to ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Bikeability

Last week I started a new job as a Bikeability Instructor! I’ve always loved cycling and travel by bicycle as much as I can (a friend once said to me that I was into cycling when it wasn’t fashion... read more

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Image for story Why I love bikes even though I don't ride one!

Why I love bikes even though I don't ride one!

Last week we went to France to see my mother and brother (who live there) for the first time since December 2019. My aunt and uncle from Brugges also joined us there. Around Marcigny, where they li... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Derailer, Sm'erailer!!

Derailer, Sm'erailer!!

After having cycled for many years now but not knowing a single thing about fixing bikes, I went to my first ever bike mechanic course - set up by Mark and Andy at Stretford mall. After going to th... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Image for story What goes around, comes around…

What goes around, comes around…

I own a 1980s Raleigh Sirocco that comes with bit of a story. My love for this bike started when I was a toddler. My Dad owned one and I have very fond early memories of trying to climb onto it... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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The IB hunt

I participated in my first hunt today and it was sooo much fun!!! I ride with an amazing group of women and will be doing this again!!

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Scavenger hunt!

The weather is so nice and perfect for fish tacos by the beach

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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