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Old 10-16-12, 12:51 PM
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the zen of commuting by bike

from http://www.oftwominds.com/RRL-intro.html

From the Status Quo perspective, the citizen who bicycles to work is either a “health nut” or some outlier who perversely refuses the obvious convenience and comfort of the auto. From the point of view of one who has experienced an inner revolution of understanding, then the simple machinery of the bicycle has freed the citizen from dependence on the oil complex and its enforcer, the State, and also from the sickcare system and its enforcer, the State.

In the consumerist mindset, riding a bicycle to work is an apolitical “personal choice” that is meaningless on the larger stage. To the citizen with a revolutionary understanding, every bicycle ride is an overtly political act of resistance against the concentrations of capital that maintain their power over the State via dependence on oil, auto-centricity, and sickcare.
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You mean revolting?
My favorite bike bumper sticker is the one that says "this machine kills fascists" ala Woody Guthrie.
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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle changed my life more than any other book I've ever read. I've had some truly Zen moments while riding my motorcycles, but can't say I've had any yet on my bicycle.
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i'm an avid cyclist and kayaker, and i think the strong affinity i have for both activities is the zen-inducing qualities of smooth-flowing repetitive motion. moving my legs or arms in continuous circular motions does something to my mind. it's hard to describe, but immensely easy to enjoy.

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Hmm, I ride to work just because I enjoy it, but I keep getting told it's for other reasons.
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When the whirring of my own back wheel sounds just like a car creeping up behind I've reached a state of Zen. At that point the world is just me and my bike - it's not an act of sedition against the established order of society.
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
Hmm, I ride to work just because I enjoy it, but I keep getting told it's for other reasons.
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
Hmm, I ride to work just because I enjoy it, but I keep getting told it's for other reasons.
Sheesh, stop enjoying it already and start helping us fight the system.
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
Hmm, I ride to work just because I enjoy it, but I keep getting told it's for other reasons.
See? You're resisting being told what to think, so you are a revolutionary.
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I do it just because babes dig the spandex.

Oh, and to stick it to the man of course.
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Originally Posted by Steely Dan View Post
..........smooth-flowing repetitive motion. moving my legs or arms in continuous circular motions does something to my mind. .....
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
Hmm, I ride to work just because I enjoy it, but I keep getting told it's for other reasons.
Isn't that hilarious? People tell me I'm saving money (which I'm not sure is true) and getting exercise and doing the environment good. Those two last points are true, but I wouldn't do it if it weren't also fun. It also saves time.
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Originally Posted by tjspiel View Post
I do it just because babes dig the spandex.

Oh, and to stick it to the man of course.
here in good ole flyover land USA one should probably refrain from talking about sticking to a man whilst wearing spandex.
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here in good ole flyover land USA one should probably refrain from talking about sticking to a man whilst wearing spandex.
By the looks of your avitar.... Um, nevermind this is a family friendly site.
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I wanted to commute since I decided that to be fit- I had to exercise, and I thought I hated exercise. But I liked riding a bike, and that counts, so I figured I'd do that. I rode around in the apartment complex parking lot for an hour every night for a few months. Moving caused an interruption in biking, and when I got another bike, I wanted to ride it in places other than parking lot circles. Another move later, and I was in Oregon, with huge wide roads and only 3 miles between the house and work- no more reasons not to go for it.

I thought I was gonna die. For some reason, I kept at it.

I like the exercise, the good feeling I get. I don't really save time, but until this afternoon I wasn't wasting any either.
I don't really care much about the environment, and I'm not saving a ton of money because we still own two cars, but I like riding my bike.
It's fun.
And today, I just had fun going double my normal distance home versus the wind and I'm just over an all-Monday sleeping spree home with a cold.
I feel fantastic!
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