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Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 09-10-08, 09:25 PM   #1
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Why do you ride?

I searched and didn't find anything, and it surprises me that this thread hasn't been done already. I ride because the idea of being both the passenger and the engine fascinates me. I ride to see things and go places. I ride because it takes my mind off of everything. I ride to meet new people. I ride because climbing is fun, and that feeling you get when you crest a hill and look down at what you just did is really exhilarating. I ride because I'll never have a bad time on a bike.

Why do you ride?
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Old 09-10-08, 09:55 PM   #2
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My solo rides are what I call my "twelve speed" recovery group.
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Old 09-10-08, 10:08 PM   #3
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I ride my bike to ride my bike. [This is where you sit at my feet and say "I am your student."]
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Old 09-10-08, 10:10 PM   #4
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I ride so that I can fart every time somebody tries to draft me.

Really though, I ride because I was a huge fat arse. Now I'm only a regular sized fat arse. I also ride to meet new people. I ride because it's an incredibly fun way to pass the time. I ride because it's so fun to drop everybody on a tough hill and because it's so positively humbling when I'm the one getting dropped.

One of the biggest reasons I've been riding is because after I got laid off from my airline pilot job, riding my bike and getting in better shape was one of the only ways I could begin to feel good about myself again. Now I feel like I'm accomplishing something every day, even if I am working a part time job and living with my parents.
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Old 09-10-08, 10:14 PM   #5
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I ride my bike to ride my bike. [This is where you sit at my feet and say "I am your student."]
Ha, awesome. I love these philosophical threads.

Personally, I ride because I wanted to ride in undergrad when I saw people riding, but I never took the steps to get myself a bike (even though I purchased several musical instruments in the same amount of time). I promised myself that in grad school, I'd at least consider it. Now I'm here, and, to some extent, I'm making up for what I missed out on in undergrad, while moving on with life. That, and I'm saving about $12 a week on gas, which is nice. It's also faster by bike, as I don't have to travel to far off lots to find parking space (I park right beside the building). I also like the adrenaline rush, and getting to listen to music for fifteen minutes while making my way to class. In undergrad I had an 18-minute walk, which was great. Now, it's a little less listening time on the bike, but the thrill is still there, and amplified by the physical exertion.
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Old 09-10-08, 10:18 PM   #6
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It's been done ... some have exactly the same title:

Why do you ride?

Motivator

What motivates you to get up and ride

Why do you do it?

Why do you ride?

I'm curious ... what steps did you go through to do your search?


Anyway, you can see my replies in those threads.

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Old 09-10-08, 10:19 PM   #7
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Mental health, physical health, testing my ability to do physically and mentally difficult things, finding friends, the pleasure of feeling alive and out in the world.
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Old 09-10-08, 10:20 PM   #8
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so I can shave my legs

and it's fun too (riding)
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Old 09-10-08, 10:25 PM   #9
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i ride so i can play on bikeforums
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Old 09-10-08, 10:35 PM   #10
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I ride because I'm training for a Century to benefit MS. My good friend's mother has MS and I wanted to help her some way. I did some research online and found out about the Irvine to San Diego MS Century and how much they raise awareness and money to fight MS. I thought about my friend's mother and how she struggles every day to have some normalcy and the idea of riding 100 miles seemed to pale in comparison. I know by riding I'm not directly helping her but every time I get on my bike it makes me appreciate being able to get on my bike. Any excuse I could come up with for not riding seems ridiculous. The one thing I didn't anticipate is how much riding has helped me. I've been training for 2 months now and I've exceeded my goals and I'm a lot fitter than I was when I started. Only 30 days till the ride and I'm up to 55 miles on a single ride. I'm proud of my progress but I know I have a lot to do before the Century. I'm a life long convert now and hope to be riding well into my old age.
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Several reasons:

My mom has lung cancer and is really into the livestrong stuff, so i have some exposure from that

I am a naturally talented on two wheels

It is fun, and gets me into shape
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Old 09-10-08, 10:49 PM   #12
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I have a huge package. I ride only so I can wear spandex and get in free to local gay bars.
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Old 09-11-08, 04:54 AM   #13
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It's been done ... some have exactly the same title:

Why do you ride?

Motivator

What motivates you to get up and ride

Why do you do it?

Why do you ride?

I'm curious ... what steps did you go through to do your search?


Anyway, you can see my replies in those threads.
Wow, haha. I searched "Why do you ride?" and "reasons why you ride" and other variations of those words. The closest I got was something like "Why should I ride a fixed gear?" or something like that. I just did the same exact search terms again, and got about 10 threads like this. I wonder what happened.
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Old 09-11-08, 07:49 AM   #14
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I ride because I love the sport. So, obviously, the question is....how did I get introduced to this sport:

I had an ingrown toenail (bad) and I couldn't run, so I took up cycling on my old Giant Cypress and found out I love to ride and I love to ride fast and far, so I took up road cycling. And my parent's thought I was nutz for buying a Trek 1500 that cost a whopping $950.
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Old 09-11-08, 08:05 AM   #15
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I like any sport where I can travel, somewhat zone out, and enjoy the scenery.

I also like any sport where its not really a test of talent but a test of how far you can push yourself.

Cycling does that for me; it can take you places no other sport can. I enjoy running to for some of the same reasons.
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Why do you ride?
So that I can ride with my wife. I never thought that I would enjoy riding until we borrowed a friends bike when he bought a new one. I started riding and now I'm hooked.
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1. To keep some modicum of health.
2. To get away from Mrs. Woo.
3. To spend her money on schwag.
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1. It sure beats walking
2. Being 1.9lbs/inch, not a good swimmer and with bad knees, there's not much else I can do.
3. To gain entrance to the exclusive club known as BF
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So I can wear my white thong and pasties--and that's it. Okay, sometimes I wear a helmet. I'm a minimalist
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The real question is why wouldn't you?
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I ride because I enjoy it. The climbs, the descents, the traffic rides, the alley cats, the excuse to drink recover shakes, the break from rock climbing for my arms.

No, but really, I find a lot of reasons I ride.
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Cuz it's fun.
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1. Enjoyment, freedom
2. Fat, cholesterol, muscle, joint, and blood pressure control
3. Physical Therapy (including psychotherapy)
4. Cost effective errand running
5. I like it
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