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    Can you describe the "bike feeling"?

    I'd say the bike feeling is like a wizard taught you how to fly with a humble broom and you were training all night to get it in flying state and in the morning while the sun was gliding above the horizon you finally managed to took off and after a very long fly with the cold wind making your eyes wet you end up in a secret castle made of shiny steel. Right there, that feeling of enthusiasm, freshness and wonder is similar to the bike feeling.

    How would you describe it?

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    Fly...Be...Freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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    Quote Originally Posted by MightyLegnano View Post
    I'd say the bike feeling is like a wizard taught you how to fly with a humble broom and you were training all night to get it in flying state and in the morning while the sun was gliding above the horizon you finally managed to took off and after a very long fly with the cold wind making your eyes wet you end up in a secret castle made of shiny steel. Right there, that feeling of enthusiasm, freshness and wonder is similar to the bike feeling.

    How would you describe it?
    Methinks thouart waxing poetic.

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    My ass hurts after a few hours and then I take a nap.....not the greatest feeling in the world?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodimus_Prime View Post
    My ass hurts after a few hours and then I take a nap.....not the greatest feeling in the world?
    terse, earthy, and to the point. i "like" it.

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    Wait till my Book comes out and Buy a copy..

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    Adjectives:
    moving
    free
    rolling
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    ..... wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
    "Pain is weakness leaving the body"......yea, right!

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    The power at your feet, and the control at your finger tips, wow what a feeling. Also you don't have to stop for gas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alexaschwanden View Post
    The power at your feet, and the control at your finger tips, wow what a feeling. Also you don't have to stop for gas.
    Quote Originally Posted by wahoonc View Post
    Fly...Be...Freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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    There is an independence, a FREEDOM, that comes from "FLYING LOW" under your own power.

    I am SO involved in my own transportation; I'm not just a piece of baggage being carried. The chains of 'regular society' -- 'car ownership is the ultimate status symbol, THE sign of manhood', etc -- can't keep up with me! It's completely ENABLING to travel under your own power, under (just about) any and all conditions, I can't help but bust out a grin....

    You live better (enhance health), and LONGER (in many cases), with a machine unlike any other ever made by man.

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    all of the above + i feel like leaving everything behind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DX-MAN View Post
    THESE.

    There is an independence, a FREEDOM, that comes from "FLYING LOW" under your own power.

    I am SO involved in my own transportation; I'm not just a piece of baggage being carried. The chains of 'regular society' -- 'car ownership is the ultimate status symbol, THE sign of manhood', etc -- can't keep up with me! It's completely ENABLING to travel under your own power, under (just about) any and all conditions, I can't help but bust out a grin....

    You live better (enhance health), and LONGER (in many cases), with a machine unlike any other ever made by man.
    I love the independence and freedom of the bicycle. After several natural disasters I was able to move freely about, when other people were being stopped at road blocks or weren't able to pass through areas due to debris down in the roadways.

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    Which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?"
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    a windy icy soft cloth that brushes against my skin, making my eyes sparkle. giddy and giggly inside. mind wanders into vast wilderness, being taken further by leg power. leaning into turns that defy gravity powered by a simple pedal and glide. all my senses working together and appreciating the smells & sounds of nature. enjoying the journey just as much as the destination, oft more so of the journey. knowing my ride defines me.
    "If I ride, I will know the way the trees smell after the rain... My breath will fill the air instead of smoke and car exhaust... Road rage will turn into laughter and I won't be a boy or a girl, I will just be a rider...and the planet will cool down and survive and thank me for riding with flowers & glaciers & fireflies & snow days off from school... I will be strong... I will only use oil in my chains and oil tankers will haul chocolate milk" by People for Bikes http://www.peopleforbikes.org/

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    It satifies all of a mans needs non esential needs.
    1. Its shiny; but can get dirty
    2. Its Fast(potentially)
    3. It makes a cool noise
    4. It can be used as a weapon (pedestrians beware)
    5. It doesnt complain
    6. It will take you virtually wherever and whenever you want

    Now if those dont add up to complete freedom and total enjoyment I don't know what does!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MightyLegnano View Post
    ...How would you describe it?
    The animal joy of mobilizing energy and converting it into motion...moving with ease and rhythm across Earth's surface.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy Bones View Post
    The animal joy of mobilizing energy and converting it into motion...moving with ease and rhythm across Earth's surface.
    This is the best description. I enjoy the feeling of being connected my body like walking but faster and funner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MightyLegnano View Post
    I'd say the bike feeling is like a wizard taught you how to fly with a humble broom and you were training all night to get it in flying state and in the morning while the sun was gliding above the horizon you finally managed to took off and after a very long fly with the cold wind making your eyes wet you end up in a secret castle made of shiny steel. Right there, that feeling of enthusiasm, freshness and wonder is similar to the bike feeling.

    How would you describe it?
    You just got done reading Harry Potter; right?
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    Stopping and sucking in lots of air on the 13% grade of a rather short hill that beats me up.

    But I have this great feeling of accomplishment when I take one of my usual rides and it gets easier and easier.

    I think bicycling is one of the most relaxing and enjoyable forms of exercise out there.
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    Total freedom, total control. Single focused goal!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy Bones View Post
    The animal joy of mobilizing energy and converting it into motion...moving with ease and rhythm across Earth's surface.
    +1 Good basic and encompassing answer. I have this added feeling when winter riding; I call it "heroic," and it's out of this world :

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
    Winter dressing is indeed time consuming...I take such great care to layer up comfortably and seal the gaps, that I envision myself a heroic astronaut preparing for an adventure. When I arrive at work and stride through the halls all suited up, I imagine recreating this scene from “The Right Stuff” (beginning at 2:58):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuR1p7UdI2Y


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    Relaxing yet painful in a good way

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    As the Zen master would say... nothing special.
    Last edited by Artkansas; 01-25-12 at 10:44 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodimus_Prime View Post
    My ass hurts after a few hours and then I take a nap.....not the greatest feeling in the world?
    You're doing it wrong.
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