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Image for story My favorite bike rack

My favorite bike rack

Our local library recently moved to a new location, and it has the best bike rack in the County - as far as I've seen. The whole thing is covered, and there are several staples. I love to stop here... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Doing Every Street

Doing Every Street

I had a silly idea to ride every street I could in Seattle, spreading like a virus(COVID-19 pandemic) during 2021. Coincidentally, I did 2100 miles, although it should have been much more. Oops h... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story How I Became a Cycling Junky

How I Became a Cycling Junky

When I was a young girl, I used to ride my bike all around town. It was one of those banana seat bikes with the tall handlebars. Being a country girl and having a father who hunted for a majority o... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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That thing you hate to be reminded of

Ride in the Rain 2021 is over. I broke two spokes, one rear derailleur and the bolt that held my seat to the post shear in half on one ride. There was a lot of rain and wind to ride in and several ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Be Cautious

When I ride I make a point of staying right as far as possible. if a bike lane exists and parking is to the right, I will dip into vacant parking spaces to buffer myself against traffic. In a way, ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Tour de Lavender and Tour de Forts

Tour de Lavender and Tour de Forts

I love riding on the Olympic Peninsula - it's my favorite place to ride! On 8/7/21, I rode my first metric century in the Tour de Lavender. Part of the route is on the Olympic Discovery Trail (O... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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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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Image for story Short but Fun Ride

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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Image for story Featured in the Commute Seattle Campaign

Featured in the Commute Seattle Campaign

Meet Jessica Levine, a middle school science teacher who commutes by bike from the Central District to Ravenna. Jessica's commute story ties her love for experiencing the city to her passion for pr... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Avoiding Traffic Not Just About Safety

Avoiding Traffic Not Just About Safety

Extending the commute to avoid traffic allows for some half way decent views along the river. Spending 9 miles on a multi-use path while commuting in the morning is also great preparation for the day.

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story A Hail of a Ride!

A Hail of a Ride!

Last weekend I rode with Cascade Bicycle Club on a free group ride. The first 20 miles were great with no more than a few drops of rain. We rode from the east Foothills Trail to Bonney Lake where w... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story 100 Miles

100 Miles

The marquee at the elementary school says it is 46 degrees - a comfortable temperature, if I were driving my car, or walking with an umbrella. I am not, however, doing either of those activities. ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story HamAss 150

HamAss 150

I actually signed up reluctantly for Bike Everywhere Month in May 2021. My wife had suggested it and I was not enthused. But after a 70 mile ride in the second week from Everett through Marckworth ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story R2B2

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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Image for story 520 trail

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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Image for story Cycling with Masks

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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Image for story Independent Bookstore Day

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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Stories from around the world

Routards Rive Sud

Pour la 10e année nous avons fais une sortie de mise a jour avec le groupe. De cette facon tout le monde va rouler de la meme facon sécuritaire. Depuis tout le monde me demande c'est quand la proch... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Rolling with the birds

Rolling with the birds

On weekends, I make the 22 mile commute from my home in Elk Rapids to the bike shop in Traverse City, MI. This past Sunday, as I rolled down the quiet farm roads in Williamsburg, a common yet uniqu... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

Image for story Tiny Human Time!!

Tiny Human Time!!

So as we all know… covid seems to be a constant and with that my tiny human with a heart condition can’t risk catching it. She’s a toddler and at two isn’t able to get vaccinated or do very much. A... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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Image for story Bikepacking to Burning Man

Bikepacking to Burning Man

Bestfriend and I geared up and road to Burning Man in 2018. 85% of the riding was off pavement. Three nights of camping in beautiful spots to arriving out on the Black Rock Desert. This ride has in... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Bought my daughter a bike

Bought my daughter a bike

We ride to and from school every Friday! We even rode in the Tour de Four in Frisco and she completed her first organized ride!

Topic: Ride with kids

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Having fun

Just get out and enjoy

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

Image for story Le plus beau cadeau pour notre famille

Le plus beau cadeau pour notre famille

En juin 2018, notre famille a eu l'opportunité d'aller vivre un an en Suisse. Comme c'était pour une courte période, nous avons décidé de ne pas acheter ou louer de voiture et d'utiliser le train, ... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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Image for story Salty about paying hospital visitor parking

Salty about paying hospital visitor parking

My husband is in the hospital and since I bike there I’ve saved hundreds of dollars in visitor parking just this month. I even brought his duffle bag to him on my bike. Plus the exercise and fr... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Time to share a story

I love riding on cobble stones!

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

Cycling in France

Wherever I go on holiday I try to cycle as the infrastructure in many places is so much more conducive, than in the UK. I've just added some new memories with plenty of bike rides on the quiet road... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

health and cycling

Richard Hurst started cycling to get to work easier in the centre of town, where a car was not essential. Him and his family never looked back, and don’t need two cars anymore. Richard’s senior rol... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

Mom hasn't rode a bike in years!

My mom had a stroke in 2018 and lost feeling in her right side, she has regained it and can now hold on to the handle bars :) We went on a short bike cruise to see how she does and she loves it! No... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Mow Cop and the Cat & Fiddle

Mow Cop and the Cat & Fiddle

Recently joined my local cycling club (Brereton Wheelers) and joined in on one of the Epic Monumunt rides planned for this year. 103 miles up into the Staffordshire Moorlands and Peak District to t... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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TTT (Tubeless to tubed t[address removed])

I went to Gravellocos in Texas yesterday. This was the 2nd year it was promoted, with last year coining the slogan, “Best gravel race no one’s ever heard of” (or something like that…). ANYway, la... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story A riding option: Recumbent trikes

A riding option: Recumbent trikes

I became legally blind in 2012 and could no longer drive a car. I was so grateful to discover recumbent trikes. They are very stable and could be a great option for several people that cannot ride ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Getting out and riding a bike 🚴

Getting out and riding a bike 🚴

My brother has cerebral palsy and was told he could never ride a bike, I got him an adult tricycle. We have been riding a few times a week in the warm months. He loves it!

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Why Bike Lives Matter

Our team is part of a strong cycling/mountain biking community with world class scenery and trails. One of the unfortunate things about cycling on the road is that some motorists don't appreciate ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Vélo pour tout

Je n'ai pas de voiture. Mes moyens de transports sont la course, le vélo, la marche et les transports en commun. J'adore circuler en vélo sur les pistes cyclables de Montréal. C'est un grand b... read more

Topic: Other