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Old 01-28-04, 08:17 PM   #1
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What does cycling mean to you?

Well, I haven't been here for a while but now that I am here, I figured I'd pose a question that hit me a while ago.... what does cycling mean to you? If this post gets enough replies, I'll sticky it.
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Old 01-28-04, 08:39 PM   #2
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It gets me over the feeling of being angry about work, the world in general.. It represents freedom, seeing the smells, scenery, sights that I need to see, that otherwise would go unseen......Connecting with like minded people..Enjoying the sun and wind, and water(ocean). Saving petroleum so someone else can waste it..Preserving miles on my car, so I might not have to buy a new one soon.
( I hate commuting by car, motorists are such jerks.. and I figure, since I have been commuting to work since 1999, I probably haved saved almost 10.000 miles on my car.) Proud of that..
Cycling..It does a body and mind good. Just love the sensation of hearing the chain smoothly move through the derailleurs and move under my own energy. Visiting new locations I would not explore if not for the bike..
Hoping to some year cross a continent. Not thinking of how many states I have visited, but how many states I have cycled across. People look in amazement when I make such a claim and that makes me proud.
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Old 01-28-04, 08:45 PM   #3
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I love Cycling, always have. Even though there have been years where I did not make time for it, I have always returned to the bike.

When I am at my lowest I can ride and I feel like a happy kid. I can go fast or slow if I choose and it does not bother me if I spend more time coasting than spinning.

Cycling gives me time to think and relax, something I don't get to do very often, anymore. Cycling keeps me believing I'm going to live forever, which is important to me as I do not have any children who are going to take care on me when I'm unable to care for myself.

Cycling brought me my wife and countless friendships, it cured my cancer and fixed my heart every time it was broken. Cycling has been my friend, and my gateway to a better life.

I never shared those thoughts with anyone. It's personal and difficult to admit, but suspect many of you understand.

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Old 01-28-04, 09:46 PM   #4
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I just started biking around Jan 12 for my health. I went from 2 laps around a small pasture to 3miles on the road. Biking makes me feel better about myself and healthy. Im 5'6 205lbs pretty much out of shape. I plan to lose hopefully 30-40lbs this year. And keep increasing my distance and time. Just makes me feel Great.
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Old 01-28-04, 09:53 PM   #5
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it means Bianchi, endurance, speed, freedom, stress relief, beauty,talent,stamina,fun,achievment,success,happiness,love,blood, sweat,tears,pain,glory,joy,thrill,excitement,money,bills,wants,needs,gotta haves,
I could go on, but I dont think this is what you were looking for..
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It means that I am blessed. It gives me hope. Hope that some day I will ride with my son and daughter and develope a lasting friendship with them. Hope that I will have long deep conversations with them about life on some country road where only we exist. Of course my wife will come too.
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In a word... LIFE!

After the shock of being dianosed with TYPE II Diabetes had worn off, I was searching to find an excercise/sport to get involved in. The doctor said, "You have to start excercising to curb or reverse the disease." So, I started searching for an activity that matched my personality.

We have 5 kids. All have bikes. When I told them about the diagnosis and having to excercise they came to me a couple days later as a group to say, "Hay Dad. You can always come ride with us!" The rest is history. My relationship with my kids has never been better! I have lost over 30lbs since June 03. The disease is in check.

I have discovered many of the things others have already stated as well. Simply the perks that one is unaware of until they try it.

I now look foward to daily commute to/from work. Saturday and Sunday rides for endurance. I am also looking forward to my first century this year!
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The rush and the challenge. I have some personal fears that I am always fighting when I do these individual sports. Biking or boarding. I love the feeling of fear and try to embrace it often.

It also give me a cheap exercise. The gyms in this town seriously suck as they are not what I look for in a gym and are more fitness oriented. While I love working out, I just can't do it in a place where the way you look and act mean more than how you lift. This sport allows and offers me the ability to get most of the workout I need with one sport.

Friendship. It isn't a team sport, but you can ride like a team. Go out with friends and embrace each challenge together, forcing each other faster, further (this one doesn't mean much to me but it plays a small part) and higher.

Progression. If I didn't get better I would get off and retire. At this point everything I do in life requires me to progress in some way measureable. This sport offers me that as well.
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cycling is my life style, enjoy health, freedom and nature.
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Bicycling is art. Each ride is a landscape painting filled with vibrant colors. Every pedal stroke is a choreographed dance step. Each finished mile is a journal entry in the book that tells the story of who I really am. Every hill is a struggle to reach new expressive heights and the downhill to muse for what's ahead. A fast moving wheel is a potter's delight and a high cadence is the fiddler’s meter to bow through the many notes of an Irish jig. The pain felt after a long ride is the writer’s critique that expresses that the ride was truly a labor of love. Bicycling is my relationship with the deepest parts of my psyche that are otherwise hidden from the life duties that I must perform to survive.
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Old 01-29-04, 08:21 AM   #12
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Cycling is time for myself... time that can be spent freely without guilt. Time for myself spent at home ususally inspires guilt... TV is a waste of time, and so are computer games. Eating out of boredom is also another guilty pleasure.

That cycling is a healthful activity is just another added bonus!
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freedom...stress relief....the challenge to ride farther...the opportunity to become a healthier person....to absorb nature.
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Sanity. Life makes more sense and seems less trying after a nice long ride.
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Living long enough to collect more retirement then i have payed into it,starting in 9 years.
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I just started biking around Jan 12 for my health. I went from 2 laps around a small pasture to 3miles on the road. Biking makes me feel better about myself and healthy. Im 5'6 205lbs pretty much out of shape. I plan to lose hopefully 30-40lbs this year. And keep increasing my distance and time. Just makes me feel Great.
You can definitely do it! I am also 5'6 and have dropped from 238 pounds to 166. Cycling did it for me!
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pletcgm, that's outstanding! What a difference a few million pedal revolutions make!

For me, cycling means the profound satisfaction of knowing that, whatever distance you've gone, you've done it under your own power.
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pletcgm: WOW.... you're like unrecognizably different... congrats!
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pletcgm, that is awesome!! great job and keep on turning the pedals and enjoying the great sport that we love sooo dearly!!..

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Thanks everyone!!! I am now sooo addicted to cycling, I now commute to work...and yes, I plan on continuing my riding. This year, in fact, I am going to do a triathlon.

Thanks again!
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Bianchi_rider is to Bianchi as Anikuma is to Cannondale.
Both bitten by the fanboy bug.

Pletcgm, Rock on man! Train hard for the triatholon. I'm doing the same, already have a few comps planned for spring/summer.
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Freedom, getting your body to do what you want it to do without complaint. An inner peaceful feeling. The smell of the landscape, the sounds of the birds, the feel of the air as it goes by you quickly or slowly. Being one with nature. Letting your mind wander withour having to solve a problem.
Then, back home just chuckling to yourself when your acquaintances say they wish they could figure out how to relieve stress and get into shape. And when you answer them, they say that's to much like work.
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When I was a kid growing up in London, my parents saved up and bought me a 5 speed raleigh bicycle. I was the king of the road. It was cool, I was cool. The bike was freedom. I rode it to school every day rain or shine. I loved the speed, the rush, the independence it gave me. I can still remember the blue paint scheme and the dents I put in the rims by riding over the kerbs!!

Then I grew up. Went to University, got a job, got a car and forgot about bicycles. They were childish, they weren't cool.

Fast forward over a couple of decades, and after watching Lance battle against Jan in the tour last year I found myself in a bike shop (Helens in Westwood). I was always deeply suspicious of the lycra clad cyclists that seem to be on all my favourite roads during the weekends here in SoCal, but after test riding a couple of bicycles, and overcoming some serious reservations, I put my money down and bought a bike.

The simple joy of peddaling along and transporting myself was rediscovered in an instant. I met some really cool people while out riding, who encouraged me and helped me. I joined a club (Velo La Grange) and am consiedering racing this year. I treasure the time I spend on the bike, my week is defined by how soon I will be able to go on my big saturday morning ride. I am addicted, and as with many things I find it is the simple things in life - riding in a good group, feeling tired after a long ride, satisfaction in breaking a PB - that give life its real and enduring quality.

If only I could have those three "bike-less" decades back!!!

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pletcgm, that is awesome!! great job and keep on turning the pedals and enjoying the great sport that we love sooo dearly!!..

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I have to say that "it's in my blood!" I can't get enough of it!!!

I even commute to work!
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Bianchi_rider is to Bianchi as Anikuma is to Cannondale.
Both bitten by the fanboy bug.
But nowhere near CANE and his Fondriest (thankfully).

BTW, for me, it means I'm alive.
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