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alloo 10-04-19 04:39 PM

I ride to commute to work and to lose 100 lbs by next summer. I get a good workout being a lifestyle choice as opposed to a training goal.

Dr.Lou 10-04-19 05:10 PM

My love with cycling started when I was a young boy on a warm summer evening, on Wallace St. in the late 60s. Been riding, collecting and tinkering ever since. As a young boy my bike was my everything. It was more than transportation, a way to get to the pool, my friends and donut shop, it was my buddy. The benefit of exercise, sunshine and fresh air, etc, are ancillary.

Reynolds 10-04-19 09:20 PM

I always liked this one:

A Zen teacher saw five of his students returning from the market, riding their bicycles. When they arrived at the monastery and had dismounted, the teacher asked the students, “Why are you riding your bicycles?”

The first student replied, “The bicycle is carrying this sack of potatoes. I am glad that I do not have to carry them on my back!” The teacher praised the first student. “You are a smart boy! When you grow old, you will not walk hunched over like I do.”

The second student replied, “I love to watch the trees and fields pass by as I roll down the path!” The teacher commended the second student, “Your eyes are open, and you see the world.”

The third student replied, “When I ride my bicycle, I am content to chant nam myoho renge kyo.” The teacher gave his praise to the third student, “Your mind will roll with the ease of a newly trued wheel.”

The fourth student replied, “Riding my bicycle, I live in harmony with all sentient beings.” The teacher was pleased and said to the fourth student, “You are riding on the golden path of non-harming.”

The fifth student replied, “I ride my bicycle to ride my bicycle.” The teacher sat at the feet of the fifth student and said, “I am your student.”

Lenton58 10-05-19 05:14 AM

When you look at a bicycle, you see the most elegant machine ever invented. When you look at a sports / racing bicycle, the elegance and beauty is multiplied. When you ride it and your body is becoming part of the machine and the environment around you, there is no greater sense of well-being and freedom.

If I go too many days without getting out and riding on the flood-plains and levees in my area, I feel like a bag of s_ _ t!
Is it about ... I ride to live, or ah ... er ... live to ride? Hmmm ... at my age I think it's a bit of both :))))))

Wileyrat 10-05-19 12:14 PM

I just like to ride, and fortunately, cycling happens to be a very healthy activity, unless you fall off the bike.

wipekitty 10-05-19 01:07 PM

Transportation: Cheaper than driving, faster than the bus, more fun than either.

Physical fitness: I like to push my heart rate and make myself feel like puking. Helps with sleep.

Mental health and addiction: I started doing longer rides while trying to kick alcohol dependence/addiction. Alcohol has been gone a long time, but cycling stuck. I'm still an addict, but I'd rather be a cycling addict than a drunk.

The rush: Who wants to go 40+MPH on an 18 lb. piece of plastic while wearing nothing but underwear? Sign me up! The high after a long, difficult ride is a nice touch as well.

wolfchild 10-05-19 03:20 PM

I got into serious cycling in 2007. Started out as a mountain biker and then commuting to work and recreational riding. I haven't been able to stop since, it's just something that I really enjoy doing.

wolfchild 10-05-19 03:26 PM


Originally Posted by robnol (Post 21150408)
I ride so I can body shame the rest of fat America..... that is a lot of people....

Don't forget that people also get body shamed for being too skinny...As somebody who is very fit and athletic I just couldn't bring myself to body shame other people. Who am I to judge other persons appearance ??

joesch 10-05-19 03:36 PM

Agree with all and I sum it up as I ride to live, and live to ride

thepartsguy 10-05-19 06:03 PM

I ride for the Zen like meditative state I achieve
 
Now that I have your attention I do it for my health. Its always helped me keep my weight down and maintain tone.
I didn't ride for 10 years and was hitting the gym instead. My muscle weight has increased and now is the time for me to get trim again. I'm 5'9 1/2" and was up to 220 lbs with a 34 waist. Have gotten back down to 194 with 33'' waist 44" chest in past couple of years with diet and routine changes. Want to get down to 185ish range again. Not bad considering I'm in my 60s. May start doing half centuries but I don't think I will ever do century rides again due to periodic knee issues.

andcarrotrope 10-05-19 06:16 PM

Many reasons, mostly for mental health.

robnol 10-05-19 07:13 PM


Originally Posted by wolfchild (Post 21151373)
Don't forget that people also get body shamed for being too skinny...As somebody who is very fit and athletic I just couldn't bring myself to body shame other people. Who am I to judge other persons appearance ??

americans as a whole now a days are fat and getting fatter every year....look around its embarrassing

Clipped_in 10-05-19 08:34 PM

It is not who I am, but it is something I really like to do. And it is an integral part of my stress management strategy. My wife says she likes me better when I ride. And occasionally she will go with me...;)

livedarklions 10-05-19 09:09 PM


Originally Posted by robnol (Post 21151568)
americans as a whole now a days are fat and getting fatter every year....look around its embarrassing

I'm proof that a fat person can get thin. Wonder if anyone around here can demonstrate becoming a less fat head?

robnol 10-05-19 10:02 PM


Originally Posted by livedarklions (Post 21151676)
I'm proof that a fat person can get thin. Wonder if anyone around here can demonstrate becoming a less fat head?

nice.... nothing but respect for getting r done....if people would get off their buts more the world would be a fitter place

devianb 10-06-19 12:24 AM

I ride because I can go visit places for next to almost nothing.

codyB 10-06-19 12:57 AM


Originally Posted by BicycleThesis (Post 21148598)
I've been training for a triathlon, and biking is a huge part. It is one of the main reasons I have started, but I can see myself continuing after the triathalon. It is super addictive.

I'm trying to get replies on my post and I've looked at other posts from the same time and they are getting tons of replies whereas my post still has zero. Why is that?

livedarklions 10-06-19 05:33 AM


Originally Posted by robnol (Post 21151722)
nice.... nothing but respect for getting r done....if people would get off their buts more the world would be a fitter place

Wooosssshhhh!

cma379 10-06-19 06:21 AM


Originally Posted by guachi (Post 21148788)
Exercise. I'm in the Navy and we have a biannual fitness test. The cardio portion can be done with a swim, bike, or run. I'm a terrible swimmer. We could do the run on a treadmill (at 1% incline) but my current command didn't have one back in 2013 and I didn't want to run outside because it can be hot and I'd rather run on a controlled environment.

So I started biking on the exercise bikes and did well enough. Come April 2019 and I wasn't in very good shape (relatively) as I'd been slacking but I got to go to Germany for training. Wow. Not only was it gorgeous in Garmisch, Germany but the cycling was great even on a mediocre rental bike. I watched a lot of GCN and returned excited about cycling so I bought a too expensive bike (Trek Domane SL5) and eventually got a bike for my wife and a turbo trainer.

The weather has been preposterously hot since June here in Georgia so I've rarely biked outside but I did manage to do my first century up in Delaware. I've mostly biked inside on Zwift (which I really enjoy). My FTP is up to 282 Watts from 240 Watts and my weight is down from 215 to 187. I'm almost at the maximum score I can get on the biking test in the Navy and if I do I'll be the only one of about 700 people at my command who ride the bike with a maximum (the scoring for the bike is absurd and really hard to max out).

So I ride for fitness, to lose weight, fit in my old dress pants (I easily fit in my 34 inch dress pants today and I haven't fit in them in years), and for fun. I would add "ride around outside" but the weather has been awful and there really aren't too many places to go to. Though we do have a Masters Road Course here on base that's a good 15 mile circuit with rolling hills.

How do you like your Domane. Mine is being built as we speak. I like getting feedback on it. It took me 1.5 months to decide on a bike and ultimately decided on the Domane. Thanks and keep up the good work

thepartsguy 10-06-19 06:48 PM


Originally Posted by codyB (Post 21151776)
I'm trying to get replies on my post and I've looked at other posts from the same time and they are getting tons of replies whereas my post still has zero. Why is that?

I'll say hello and welcome even though I'm new here too.

thepartsguy 10-06-19 06:50 PM

LOL at the video, that sure beats energy bar chunks stuck to the top tube.

software hris 10-07-19 01:36 AM

i ride to exercise, and get rid of mind pollution. and its fun to circle the neighbourhood with bicycle.

dwsmartins 10-07-19 11:22 AM

For fun, commuting, health (I'm type 2 diabetic), weight control (about 8 years ago I was 157kg/345lb, now 115kg/255lb) and, above everything else, mental health.

blue192 10-07-19 11:33 AM

I started riding way back when the cost of parking reached 100$ a month. I decided that busing to work and biking for everything else was a good idea. Since then parking downtown is now 250$ a month and even in retirement I still love just biking.

Alzerbster 10-07-19 12:09 PM


Originally Posted by DorkDisk (Post 21149695)
I don't have to think

Ha ha, this is one of the big ones for me.
A few months ago I retired, and figured I needed a hobby to keep me active. There are quite a number of rail trails within a couple hours drive of me, so I bought a bike. Ever since the first ride, I absolutely love biking on Pa's rail trails. Being a caregiver for my wife who acquired a brain injury 13 years ago. Biking is a big escape for me.
As noted, one of the things I like about it is "I don't have to think" about any problems, and can shut the world out. Its just the trail ahead of me, the sound of the tires rolling over the crushed limestone, and dry leaves. Its the peacefulness of it. Its the scenery riding along a rail trail that follows a stream, or river. Its the thought of wondering whats around the next bend. Its riding under a canopy of trees on a hot summer day, yet never get that over heated because of the cooler air moving over you. Its the experience of riding that trail you have never ridden yet. Even though most of my riding is in the 10 to 15mph range. I still enjoy a sprint on a long straight away of a half mile or longer. I'm always encouraged to tell my friends how much I like riding, and suggest to everyone that is retired to give biking a try. I'm pretty sure after four months of riding I'm hooked until the day I can't ride anymore. I have even bought some cold weather riding attire.
I can't wait until my ride next week on the 64 miles of the Pine Creek trail which part of runs through the grand canyon of Pa. I think the leaves will be at, or close to their fall peak, so if it isn't raining, its going to be an awesome trail to ride.


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