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I needed to get some things from the shop. It would have been easy to opt for taking my car: - easier to carry groceries in the car - it's 2 degrees, quite cold! BUT no, I chose the better an... read more

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It was another beautiful San Diego morning to kick off #Winter Wonderland Week and get my first Ride in on my favorite route.

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Sylvie Froncek Thanks for posting a story! We'll select a random winner on Dec 10th to receive 10 free raffle tickets....your chances are ... read more

I knew the ride today would be a little muddy but it was a whole lot worse than I expected. As soon as I set off I felt the first splashed on my legs and I do have mudguards on my bike but on this ... read more

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Janet Hutchinson That was us yesterday, but our bikes are a lot cleaner now too after I hosed them down and dried them!
John Young Yeah its a good idea to keep them clean especially the chain... clean and re-oil after a few rides

Door het thuiswerken zullen veel van ons minder fietsen dan normaal, zo ook ik. Helaas had mijn auto wat problemen en moest hij vandaag naar de garage toe. Stond daar een mooie leenfiets voor m... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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I cannot stress enough how cycling has got me through the last months. I am self isolating and cycle on my own but meet up with friends when it is allowed for coffee and cake. I try to cycle five... read more

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Winter Wheelers 1st Dec . First outing. Cold, dark and peaceful. Sunrise / Moon set.

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Janet Hutchinson We went there just before the lockdown in March, we were at a festival at Nottingham University that weekend. It was a lov... read more
Mark Jones Lucky to have it on my doorstep

It's me and my bike when l bike ride the 4 miles each way to work .sometimes early on the morning when its still dark l travel along the road side, how many people are up and say good morning .On w... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Janet Hutchinson That sounds a nice trip by the beach, my commute is 11 miles each way along quite busy roads. It was so peaceful during t... read more

My best friend, who is a mother, teacher, triathlete, runner, Ironman, baker and all around wonderful person contracted a virus in her heart in 2017 and her life changed forever. She lived with 2 V... read more

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In October 2020 I joined the love to ride florida Challenge. I was inspired by the organizations objective of promoting cycling for health and environmental considerations. During the month long ch... read more

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Courtney Reynolds Nic, you have WOW'd me this whole past month! Thank you so much for everything you did to make this challenge a success!

"Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding!" The sounds of a drawbridge will always elicit a thrill, carrying me back to the month-long cruises of my teen years, with my Dad and family on a 28 foot sloop under sail ... read more

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Molly Hoopes Oh, and I wanted to add that I am thankful to have had that experience, but I am also thankful to now have a full-time job ... read more

These two, feeling grown up riding in the dark. The rear bike light is a bit low so clip running lights on their jackets hoods

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Motivated my mates for a ride beyond their limits on an early Sunday morning. From Oldham to Bury. To local authority areas in less than 3 hours there and back.

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My first time bike camping, I was dropped off by friends at Brunswick, and met up with my new group MVD. I packed based on instinct, ready for rain. we biked to Williamsport in the pouring rain, ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Cycling my children home in the dark on busy streets- and through a pitch black park- was a bit of a worry, so we added a lot of lights to the trailer! Now I've got two flashing rear lights on the ... read more

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Grantham Hospital has fenced off its staff bike shed today so I had no choice but to chain my bike to the fence. Note to managers we still bike in the winter!!

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Yes! It is getting darker so to carry on cycling through the winter I replaced my old lights with new light weight rechargeable LED ones. I loved them ~#lightthenight

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Cycling is so good for mental health. I am a patchy lazy cyclist who suffered during lockdown as I made bugger all effort to do anything (vicious lockdown mental health circle). I have now been ... read more

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When the pandemic threatened to cancel the nearly 10-year traditional fundraising ride of the North Central Rail Trail (or the Torrey C. Brown Trail, its official name) to the end of the Heritage R... read more

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As we enter the back end of the year the winter riding challenge comes at just the right moment. I have set myself a challenge of getting 2,500 miles in in 2020 and have give or take 422 to go whi... read more

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When I rode on November 14th the sun was shining brightly and the temperature was a brisk 58 with some wind. My riding buddy and I did a 13 mile loop around Columbia and enjoyed the beautiful Autu... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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We had had an unexpected visitor drop by for a cup of tea so we were very late starting our ride. However it was dry and we wanted some exercise. It was getting towards dusk and I wondered how ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Having tipped past 47 years old this time I was keen to make more of an effort to get back into cycling. I joined cycling September challenge, which not entirely successful due to illness did see m... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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To celebrate my husband's 80th birthday last month, the family helped us buy two new e-bikes. We've both ridden ordinary hybrid bikes for years and managed 25 miles fairly comfortably even in hilly... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Ivan Lafayette What an inspiration! Keep doing what you're doing 'cause obviously you are doing it very well!!
Christine King Thank you!

I almost miss a suprise downpour on the way to work. Almost.

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I live in WSM. Not commuting right now as I'm WFH, but I head out for a 'virtual commute' ride or walk at the start/ end of work to break up the day. This is Brean Down, seen from Weston's wide, tr... read more

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Fell in love with biking since 8 years old. With well used tricycle, nothing like riding and cornering till one back wheel comes up. Since then had few bikes, Dad's old Morrison and Raleighs bi... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

You’re out there most days. You’re too old and your bike is too big for training wheels. You’re all over the trail because you can’t keep that bike in a straight line. Your mom and dad... read more

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Courtney Reynolds Just beautiful. So much open-hearted gratitude and respect in this post ... thank you!
David Borges I feel the same, react similar and my destination will always be there whenever I get there. When I see 'strava' stats for... read more

I commute from Colden Common to Bishops Waltham 2-3 times a week. Good lights are essential as the Winchester Road between the two places is unlit, although, now some of the farm houses and buildin... read more

Is #LightTheNight still running?! If so ... I was taking the cycle track home this evening. At one point it emerges from woodland to run alongside the railway embankment. Tonight there was a headwi... read more

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Adrian Lewis I had an encounter with a Barn owl today and a few days ago whilst cycling before sunrise. It’s certainly an amazing sight
RB BB It's great when a bird appears to fly beside us as we ride,barn owls,rooks and occasionally buzzard's seem to follow you fo... read more

Went on a Sunday Coastal Ride from Solana to Carlsbad with my adventure partner Theo! It was a beautiful day and as always the scenery was beautiful.

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5.5 miles on a nice fresh, dry morning - best way to start the day at work, but it would have been fun to carry on past the factory!

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RB BB We all wish we could carry on past work!! 🙂

I use my bike most days normally. I also walk. In fact I normally clock up at least 100 miles a month on the bike, 20 miles in the swimming pool and 15 or so on foot. Come the first lockdown I w... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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For the last 2 weeks, I have been in self isolation. I was desperate to get out. I had the perfect idea for #LightTheNight And so, today the 30th (i am hoping I made the deadline?) I headed ou... read more

Topic: Other

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Riding can sometimes be a solo experience...no one there to see you flying over the handle, bars, walking home with a flat tyre, spiking your shin on the peddles, p*** wet through! cryin to yoursel... read more

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John Kershaw well done.

Prior to March 20, 2020 riding my bike was a way to get to work after going to the gym with the occasional recreational ride. However after getting hit in April 2018 and my collarbone being broken... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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I have been commuting to work and back on my bike since the spring. As the evenings and mornings are now dark I have invested in a new USB front light, amazing green wheel lights and of course a ba... read more

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Hi, I started mountain biking in September 2019 at the age of 48! I was pretty rubbish so decided to book myself on to a course, which was great fun. What I didn’t bank on happening was lockdown, 2... read more

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Zeeland, well what an adventure. It all began with a 'thinking aloud' post on Facebook. Wouldn't it be good if…. Now lots of people said it would be and there it sat. We all did nothing. Club ru... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Prior to cycling I would have gone out running with only an illuminace jacket on. However on the bike it is so important people see you and you can see them. This week I got my girls out on their b... read more

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It was my first day of 2 annual leave days where I opted for a random ride rather than just keep painting the fence 'Autumn Gold'. My usual riding mate could not join in due to work, so I planned r... read more

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A few years ago, I set out on a mission to do 120 km in one day, for the Strava Gran Fondo challenge. It was a grey day, a bit rainy, but at least it was warm. I stopped for lunch in Chester, and l... read more

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Ivan Lafayette Loved your story :DDDDDDD
RB BB The best rides are ones where we get lost...I mean explore!! 🚴🧭

Every day I cycle along Newcastle / Gateshead Quayside to and from work. The views are great, including: Robert Stephenson's High Level Bridge (1849) - the world's first double decker bridge (tra... read more

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I always loved bikes and specifically cross-country (XC) which I trialed frequently back in Portugal where I come from, but XC is an expensive hobby, so mountain biking was my first option as a uni... read more

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Lucy Giuliano Thank you so much for sharing your story Ivan, I'm really glad to hear you're back on your bike and loving it!

December 2007 I started riding to work at a new job with Palmerston North City Council Parks. In the 13 years since I have probably gone by car no more than 20 times - car for service etc. Its been... read more

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I've been running on the new extension of the Jones Falls Trail for a while now, and have always been curious about the full length of the trail. I had a day off of work, and the weather was really... read more

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S Bailey I have taken that ride starting from downtown to Cylburn. Sounds like you also enjoyed. Where were you rewarded with panc... read more
Louis Caplan I went to Van Gough Cafe, a nice kosher place in Fells Point.

When my bestie had her first bike ride in years, we planned it so we could do a short ride to get dinner. It was a tough ride, and she had to get off and push a few times, but we made it to the res... read more

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I started riding again earlier this year to get fit and it worked! So much so i signed up for my first CX race on Halloween however like the rest of this year it took a turn for the worse and i fra... read more

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Makes you appreciate the warmth of your heating when you get back home a huge amount!

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“The Bicycle is Man’s Most Perfect Invention. The bicycle offers an unsurpassed combination of benefits including recreation, mental and physical health, stress relief, reduced traffic congestion, ... read more

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It’s been rare to cycle after dark recently, especially under lockdown. When things were open I was able to swim each evening; a perfect way to complement my cycling exercise. That’s not possible j... read more

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Graham Matthews Hello I like your ideas of being seen which I also use but all cyclists should a hi viz jacket of some kind in day light wi... read more