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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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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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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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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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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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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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New highway code

After todays ride. I can see there is a danger, I would prefer not be given way too and have the car behind me. Cars stopping for me to cross a road no no, again I prefer the road to be clear of ... read more

Topic: Other

Lanarkshire Guided Ride - group cycling

I have always enjoyed cycling. Took myself off on adventures never far from rail stations just in case of puncture or other mechanical problems! Then a very lovely neighbour introduced me to a loca... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

Image for story Back on the bike after injury

Back on the bike after injury

I ruptured my Achilles Tendon in September last year. It has been a long recovery but I was back on my bike yesterday for the 4 mile commute to work. I was a little concerned about how my tendon wo... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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I'm just out riding my bike!

When a serious faced road cyclist has a slow day they call it 'recovery'. A commuter just calls it Friday.

Topic: Other

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New highway code rules

Ha good luck with this one, dont trust car drivers to know these changes, stay safe and expect they wont stop ect

Topic: Other

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Hexham to Sunderland (via a "Spoon's" and a Gregg's)

In early November, Myself and dad took the bikes on the train from Sunderland up to Hexham for a day ride back home using national cycle route 72 and the C2C route.. First port of call was Wethersp... read more

Topic: Other

Ride along the seafront

I have been riding this area through lockdown and now at the weekend. This ride gives me hills flat and curved areas which is lovely, and all the time I have a sea view. I often stop to chat to oth... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Goals

2021 Biking Goals: Ride 5,000 miles. Check (5,650) Ride 1,000 miles in a month. Check. (1,002) Ride a century. Check (with my son, Dec 17) Put more miles on my road bike (5,116) than... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

Day 1

First day riding to work. Of course it had to be a day where we have a high of 30 degrees! Oh well...... I did it to improve my health. I did it to save money. I did it to help the environment... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Retail Therapy

Before Covid I got used to breaking my shopping up to 2 to 4 trips during the week often on my way home from other things and only buying what fitted in my backpack. During Covid I changed my shopp... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Taking the train to get a Devon & Cornwall Railcard

Taking the train to get a Devon & Cornwall Railcard

Today was the fourth time than I've taken my bike on the train. This time I bought a Devon & Cornwall Railcard at Barnstaple station. Chulmleigh has beauty rolling hills with views to Dartmoor ... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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I like to ride to commute, for recreation and for fitness reasons.

Cycling allows me to get out into the fresh air and the countryside and gives me a feeling of freedom to choose the path less travelled, sometimes discovering new places right on my door step! I... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Railway adventure

We crossed the railway lines using the pedestrian crossing, and had to do some super maneuvers. Great achievement, and lots of fun!!!

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

Image for story Picnic lunch with my bike

Picnic lunch with my bike

After all this time, I am still working from home. Usually I go out on my bike or for a walk every day around lunch time to make sure I see some daylight and to get my exercise. To mix it up a bit,... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Stolen

About about a year ago go I bought an electric bike that was quite expensive but it was easier ear to save money and get around and get to work on it changed my life that you made me give up smokin... read more

Topic: Other

Image for story New bike and pedestrian rules on the roads

New bike and pedestrian rules on the roads

Well, I went out today and what a difference. Because of the new road user rules and that they hit the prime time slots on the Television, it was such a pleasure to cycle today. The Cars were ... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story First day biking to work

First day biking to work

It has been something yet to be accomplish for few years. Finally, done it today and love the ride, except that in town, i am still sharing pathway with pedestrian instead of cars. Gotta get myself... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story The sun making a brief appearance

The sun making a brief appearance

Changeable weather today, but still the occasional brighter moment

Topic: Other

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Bike life

My first bike was a Christmas present after I turned 5 years old. I was so excited, that I sneaked into the garage (where I was told NOT to go) to ride it. It was red, with a large front wheel and ... read more

Topic: Other

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Paradise

Getting back on my bike has been fab, especially with the great weather we are having. I've been making the most of the time in between jobs, exploring what is right in front of me. We do live in p... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

Image for story Biking is better, even in -50C

Biking is better, even in -50C

I have ridden a bike as my primary mode of transport since 1989, doing my Master's degree. I owned a car briefly for one year in 1995-96, and had bought a house outside of the city so I could be i... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story The Peace Of Riding

The Peace Of Riding

This is not 1 memory. I have never driven, always ridden. I deal with anxiety. Some of my rides and my choice to ride the long way home are for the purpose of destressing. I find riding and listeni... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Supply Chain Finally Got Here...

Supply Chain Finally Got Here...

Setting my ridiculous goal of 1000 miles by the end of March is what got me out for a little extra today. Hey, I need to average 11.6 miles/day -- SHHH! DOn't think about snowstorms or ice!! Tod... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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ice crystals in my hair

I worked from home Thursday because I asked because it was frigid, but by end ofday HAD TO GET OUTSIDE (I took the bus Wednesday)... and it wasn't as cold as I thought, at 9 degrees. Friday mo... read more

Topic: My commute by bike