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Old 11-01-10, 07:07 AM   #1
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My main reason for riding my bike is...

WHY do we really ride our bikes? Not all the reasons, with the flowers and prose. What's the REAL reason you ride? Really.

Me, I think I do it because it simply makes me feel better. Granted, if I ride as long as I like, it makes me feel physically tired and exhausted. But the riding does something inside me - maybe it releases those brain chemicals. Maybe there's something primal inside my cells that needs the stimulation which exercise causes. But whatever is going on in my bio-chemistry, I feel good.

And why my bike? Why not jogging or swimming? I think I've become addicted to the exploration and adventure. I think I've become ADD over the years, and I can't tolerate boredom. In fact, I will load up my bike and drive several miles in search of a trail or road where I haven't been before, then ride half a day! I like the mental stimulation as well as the physical.

It makes me feel better!
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Old 11-01-10, 08:10 AM   #2
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A poll question I was saving for the winter is this: do you ride to get TO something or AWAY from something?
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Old 11-01-10, 08:30 AM   #3
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There are so many reasons I like to ride.

When I was a kid I had very vivid dreams of flying. No wings or machine. Just me pushing off the floor and making a mental effort to fly. And in my dreams, I did.

Riding my bike is as close as I can come to capturing that dream. I guess this is why I love descending a hill as fast as I can. Carving "S" turns for fun on an empty country road. Feeling the breeze on my face. I turn into a 57 year old kid. Flying.
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Old 11-01-10, 08:46 AM   #4
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The omnipresent zen koan, but for those who may have been trapped in some Chilean mine and missed it:

Five students of a Zen master returned from the market on their bicycles. As they dismounted, their master asked : "Why are you riding your bicycles ?"

Each of them came up with different answers to their master's query.

The first student said "It is the bicycle that is carrying the sack of potatoes. I am glad that my back has escaped the pain of bearing the weight"

The master was glad and said : " You are a smart boy. When you become old you will be saved of a hunch back unlike me"

The second student had a different answer. " I love to have my eyes over the trees and the sprawling fields as I go riding"

The teacher commended : "You have your eyes open and you see the world"

The third disciple came up with yet a different answer : " When I ride I am content to chant 'nam myoho renge kyo'"

The master spoke words of appreciation " Your mind will roll with ease like a newly trued wheel"

The fourth disciple said : "Riding my bicycle in live in perfect harmony of things"

The pleased master said " You are actually riding the golden path of non-harming or non violence"

The fifth student said " I ride my bicycle to ride my bicycle"

The master walked up to him and sat at his feet and said "I am your disciple!"

> What other reason is there?

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Old 11-01-10, 08:49 AM   #5
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It makes me feel better!

I sleep better.
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Old 11-01-10, 08:59 AM   #6
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Long story short, pre kids it was motorcycles during kids, bicycles, post kids now both. Why, fun and dangerous.
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Old 11-01-10, 09:27 AM   #7
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I ride for several reasons. I love riding through the countryside with rolling hills, farms and forests. I always feel better after a ride. I do 2-3 rides per week with my club. Club members have become very good friends, we're like an extended family. It's all good!
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Old 11-01-10, 10:45 AM   #8
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I just like to ride, no reason is needed, or wanted.
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Old 11-01-10, 10:52 AM   #9
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Fitness.

I love to just ride. I've really gotten into club riding and randonneuring. I've been surprised to find that I enjoy commuting to work by bike more than any of it, plus that saves me gasoline and wear and tear on my truck.

But the why of it will always be fitness.
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Old 11-01-10, 10:57 AM   #10
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. . . . I do it because it simply makes me feel better . . . And why my bike? Why not jogging or swimming? I think I've become addicted to the exploration and adventure . . .

It makes me feel better!
Me too. Your post reads as if you had direct access to my brain.
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Old 11-01-10, 11:05 AM   #11
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uh... to paraphrase George L. Mallory "Because it's there"...

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Old 11-01-10, 11:10 AM   #12
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Started out as a need for fitness. I promised my wife I would outlive her, (she buried her first husband) and I was in pretty poor shape.

I had both hips replaced in 2008 and couldn't be a runner any more. Biking, specifically MTBing has grown from a need to get in shape necessity to an I love love chugging around these trails escape. I have also met some great people. I have taken a few tumbles on the trails and have learned to ride within my abilities because i want to do this for a long time to come. I do enjoy swimming and will do more of it this winter. Maybe next spring I will try biatalon.

Biking has really broaden all of the rest of my life for me.
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Old 11-01-10, 11:20 AM   #13
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I ride because I like to ride.
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Old 11-01-10, 11:24 AM   #14
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I ride because I like it.

Fitness plays a part, being "green" plays a part.
Ridding with different groups of people, allows me to interact with many.

But mostly, I enjoy ridding, I love the quite of the sun rising.
The feeling of flying down a road, by myself.

I just like to ride my bike.
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Old 11-01-10, 12:09 PM   #15
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Like the OP I ride because the exercise makes me feel better.

I choose cycling over other forms of exercise because I enjoy riding more than walking, running, swimming, etc...
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Fun, fitness and arthritic knees.
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Old 11-01-10, 12:22 PM   #17
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1. Sanity
2. Fitness
3. Flora
4. Fauna
5. Enjoyment
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Old 11-01-10, 12:56 PM   #18
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The main reason is fun.

Everything else (fitness, challenge, identity, community, entertainment, etc.) is a by-product (sub-unit?) of fun.

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Old 11-01-10, 01:00 PM   #19
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It makes me feel happy and healthier. Improves my mental outlook
Minimizes the use of our car and the need to buy petro.
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Old 11-01-10, 01:11 PM   #20
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what everyone else said but mainly to make my heart work hard for a while and make the blood flow faster....and I like the scenery, fresh air, etc.
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Old 11-01-10, 01:14 PM   #21
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When I ride I'm free of pain in my legs letting my spirits soar! Walking for me is tough but put me on a bike and I'm very good!!
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Old 11-01-10, 01:21 PM   #22
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What Floyd said ^ plus I think the feel of finely tuned high quality machinery has something to do with it as well.
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Old 11-01-10, 01:22 PM   #23
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I'll agree with " because it makes me feel good!" But also....................

When I first got (back) into cycling in 2005, we were doing our normal 20 mile ride after work that we did a couple times per week. This time though was in the late fall and by the time we finished, it was nearly dark. As we were coming back into the main part of the town, we passed under a street light and I saw my shadow!! I was 50 at the time and the last time I saw a shadow of myself on a bike under a streetlight I was maybe 13 or 14 years old! It was a nice feeling but strange too. We stop doing things at different times in our lives and never even think about it. I used to love that streetlight shadow thing. Also, I was usually going FAST because I was suppose to be home before (or when) the streetlights came on.

So, maybe cycling also makes us feel good like we did when we were young.
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Old 11-01-10, 01:30 PM   #24
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I don't like walking. And as I drive for a living- I don't like driving either.



As I say- Don't like walking due to knee problems and driving 1200 miles a week I don't even drive my own car unless I have to. And the Cafe with pie is 10 miles away.
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Great stress relief, because I just like to ride!!!
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