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Old 06-14-05, 10:27 AM   #1
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Cycling is a Gateway Drug?

When I bought my bike I was only looking to get out of the house for a while, ride to a couple of nearby parks and chill out. Now I ride by the parks and chill out on my bike. Soon that wasn't enough and I began to look for longer routes and then I began hunting the hills. Next thing I know, my knobby knees were being consumed by what appeared to be muscle!? I know, it's crazy.

I didn't like the idea of looking like a bird cage mounted on a pair of chicken legs, so I went out and bought some other exercise equipment (dumbbells, weight bench, etc...). Now I'm working out every other day, doing the core routine of bench presses, squats, curls, and several others that turn my narrow frame into a quivering sweat-logged mess. It's great. I'll never be a hulk but it's nice to see what muscle I have taking form.

Now, like most dope fiends, I find myself encouraging my friends to give it a try. "Come on man, everyone's doing it. You've never been high like this. You won't get hooked." I was talking to a friend of mine yesterday who owns the local bar and he expressed interest in giving it a try, but then went on to add that he might not have time to get away from the club long enough to do it. So I told him I'd drag all of my stuff to him and we could work out together.

We start Thursday. SUCKER
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Old 06-14-05, 11:33 AM   #2
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You got addicted to the adrenaline rush... You're going to become one of those health conscious junkies...

Cycling is great and I would reccommend it to anyone that wants to start excersicing also. I love it... I'm hoping it will help me become more fit, and maybe I might become more interested in lifting weights and stuff too.... but I'm not getting my hopes up.
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I've always been one to get a laugh out of those guys with the funny puffy pants coming out of the gyms. But much like green beans, once I gave it a try, I realized that I enjoyed it.
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Let your friend borrow one of your bikes and tell him, "the first one's free man."

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the feeling of growing muscles is awesome isn't it? i don't do any weight program now...just cycle a lot. but i really enjoy seeing my legs grow and the muscles becoming more defined as the summer wears on. i look for changes every day in the mirror.
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Let your friend borrow one of your bikes and tell him, "the first one's free man."

I've already tried this with three friends. I fear I may be pushing shwag as the loner bike could use some work. The first loanee peformed some pretty extreme maneuvers that aren't meant for a road bike.

and timm, I'd be lying if I said I haven't been checking out the mirrors lately. As long as I don't start subscribing to magazines and eating liver pops, I should be fine. Actually I'm sitting at the bar now drinking a beer and it wasn't too long ago, I was smoking a cigarette. So I've got plenty of room for improvement.
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I freely discuss what I do with my bike. I have yet to suggest to anyone else what they should do. Strangely enough though, there are several folks now riding regularly who credit me with their decision.
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Cycling gets boring when I'm out too long because there is no one to talk to.
Having no other humans around is a core virtue of cycling for me.
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