Old 08-16-05, 02:33 PM
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In 1970, when I was 15 years old, I read Walden by Henry David Thoreau. This book is the Bible and Das Kapital of those who wish to lead a simple life. It changed me forever. I have always tried to lead a simple life that is emotionally and spiritually rich. I have not always succeeded, but I have come close at times.

I don't know if Thoreau would have ridden a bike if they had been invented in his lifetime. He walked and canoed everywhere. I didn't ride a bike until about three years ago, but I immediately realized that it fit in well with a simpler life. Now I ride so much that sometimes I worry that I have forgotten how to use the very simplest transport of all -- walking. (Bob Marley: "My feet is my only carriage.")

So to AlanK, thanks for introducing this important topic. I'm really looking forward to reading what all you smart and simple folk have to say about bicycles.
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