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Old 07-18-08, 09:32 AM   #1
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Why do you love biking

Okay, from the last line of my recent post - why do you love biking?

Is it because it is:

economical?
Fun?
Lets you see stuff you would otherwise miss?

Let's hear it!

For me, there are quite a few reasons - I find my mood is proportionate to the amount I bike - the less I bike, the grumpier I get. I also like winter biking and being able to stop on the ride home and watch the northern lights.

There is a wonderful social / anti-social element to it - I do group rides with a wonderful group of people, but I can also bike 5 min from my house and be in the middle of nowhere, with nothing but fields in sight, quite the feeling!
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BTW: A gazillion posts like this have been started already, but I'll bite [again].

I love riding my bike because there's really no other activity that makes me feel like riding does. Not even the sex (though that's close).

I used to ride because I had girl problems, school problems, etc. However, even though all of that has been solved (I became a man and now I meet lots of women, and my grades are up), it still feels amazingly relaxing and awesome to fly down the flats at 27 mph, pretending to be pro racer talent, while avoiding traffic and suffering immensely.

Plus, cycling keeps me lean and strong, and enforces a healthy and reasonable dieting pattern.

I'm just hoping that this isn't one of those activities that fade away like lots of others that I've partaken in; men looking good and fit at 20 is somewhat common, but men looking the same at 40 is not as much.
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Yeah, I was too lazy to do the search thing first!
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I'm just hoping that this isn't one of those activities that fade away like lots of others that I've partaken in; men looking good and fit at 20 is somewhat common, but men looking the same at 40 is not as much.
Getting it back after 40 is much mo' difficult. Better not to lose it in the first place
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Why? For the ladies with the nice athletic legs of course.
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Getting it back after 40 is much mo' difficult. Better not to lose it in the first place
That's why you start early and keep going strong (so far as I've seen).

From what I've read, most of the people that get into cycling to lose weight when they're older usually did it when they were young, dropped it when they got a car, and took it easy between then and that point. (Confirm?)

I look to my Dad for inspiration, since he's 47 and still looks and feels 25 - 30 and has women chasing him like crazy for it. Though it's tough to break a 21-year marriage... He fell off a bit too a few years back, but then he hit the gym hard and got it back. He almost made it look easy.
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Why? Because now i have a legit reason to shave my legs and buy women's shaving cream.
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Getting it back after 40 is much mo' difficult. Better not to lose it in the first place
agreed. I rode into my 30's then stopped to get a life, wife, kids, house. Hills are much harder to climb now, but it can't be the 50 lbs I added in 10 years off the bike.

I love to ride for the solitude, esp. night riding. I tend to just try and find a rhythm and get lost in it as the miles go by.
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Why? Because my legs look dead secksy when i'm wearing heels.
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Why? Because my legs look dead secksy when i'm wearing heels.
No, you don't. Just saying.

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I love to ride for the solitude, esp. night riding. I tend to just try and find a rhythm and get lost in it as the miles go by.
Yup, gotta agree with that.

I also lost 30 lbs in 3 mos. the first year I was commuting.

Now my commute is longer, and the lbs aren't coming off as fast!
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Hay, i said heels. I never said anything about the rest of my outfit.
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From what I've read, most of the people that get into cycling to lose weight when they're older usually did it when they were young, dropped it when they got a car, and took it easy between then and that point. (Confirm?)
I was never really that 'into' cycling. Always had bikes, tho. I had (have) an early '80's vintage peugeot, that I have started to refurbish after letting it fall into disrepair. I got a new Trek Hybrid last year, and have been riding quite a bit since. Actually did a triathlon last fall.

But, yeah, family, house and everything takes it's toll. I basically took my 30's off for an eating and drinking binge.
Those 25lbs are hard to take back off.
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AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I ride to cross train as I'm a runner and swimmer, hell all 3 baby!

I took it up after I had broken up with my gf of 7 years. It allowed me to invest my money in something for myself so buying an expensive bike was my reward to myself. Riding helps my boring running/swimming routine and lets me really disconnect myself from the every day stress of work and life. Over the course of the past 2 years, I've found solace in individual sports and fitness, it's very much soothing, more so then yoga I'd say.

And I drive less and save more money
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Solitude. I love being alone; for some reason just sitting around the house isn't the same. It's not too far removed from hiking, which I enjoy also. The workout aspect is good; maybe some day I'll drive less and bike more, and be able to claim "car-lite": but really, it's all about leaving my troubles behind.
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helps me fight my depression . Anything athletic i do does, actually, but that's one reason i bike.

it's a cheap and easy sport to get into. you don't have to rely on others (as you would for... say... softball), which gives you freedom. if you need to get out and go NOW, you can get out and go NOW. The road bike i ride has given me hours of fun even though it's a POS vintage bike.

I enjoy both mountain biking and road cycling. I'm somewhat of a nature-freak (think Tarzan) and mountain biking allows me to get outside into the forest where i feel very comfortable. I find it really satisfying to be able to ride a section i wasn't able to before, or to do the entire loop at a higher speed.

I find neither Mountain Biking nor Road Cycling competitive at all (since i'm pretty much the only rider in the city that i ever see). Any other riders I've seen I've easily passed; even the adults who are decked out in Lycra and riding in pairs. I ride solo on the roads all the time. My buddies aren't even close to keeping up. This sorta prevents me from competing and forces me to relax (good...).

keeps you in good health + lookin' good (which is important when you're young ).

and...

oh man, the showers afterwards...
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i get to be by myself, but out of the house. the best of both worlds.
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i like this part of cycling:







but it sucks that you have to deal with this part too:

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1) Introvert. Bike time = alone time.

2) ADHD, anxiety & depression. I like the side effects of biking (weird tan lines & lots of funny bruises) better than the ones from antidepressants - although I do take ADHD meds because otherwise I will crash my bike. It's a case of finding what worked best for me.

3) General psychological health, over and above (2). In cognitive psychology, both play and mastery are important to a person's sense of self-worth and their sense of being able to make changes in their circumstances (self-efficacy). Cycling gives me this.

4) Physical health - tied in with my anxiety, I have often had trouble eating enough and maintaining a healthy weight. Cycling has boosted my appetite and allowed me to build up reserves of body mass that really evened out my metabolism. And I'm stronger than I have ever been!
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