Notices
General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

Why do you ride?

Old 10-03-19, 10:31 AM
  #1  
BicycleThesis
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2019
Posts: 5
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Why do you ride?

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.
BicycleThesis is offline  
Old 10-03-19, 10:38 AM
  #2  
Fendertele
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2019
Posts: 46
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 13 Post(s)
Liked 16 Times in 8 Posts
For exercise, fun, and getting outdoors and enjoying the scenery.
Fendertele is offline  
Likes For Fendertele:
Old 10-03-19, 10:41 AM
  #3  
Metieval
Senior Member
 
Metieval's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Ohio
Posts: 2,367

Bikes: Road bike, Hybrid, Gravel, Drop bar SS, hard tail MTB

Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 975 Post(s)
Liked 103 Times in 85 Posts
For fun,
Metieval is offline  
Likes For Metieval:
Old 10-03-19, 10:46 AM
  #4  
livedarklions
Cyclesomatic
 
livedarklions's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: New England
Posts: 5,675

Bikes: Trek FX 3; 1994 Specialized Allez Pro; Motobecane Fantom CX; Giant OCR A1

Mentioned: 40 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2933 Post(s)
Liked 1,356 Times in 817 Posts
All of the above, and also because at 58, it's the one athletic activity I'm still getting better at. Zooming past young guys riding their ebikes cracks me up.
livedarklions is online now  
Likes For livedarklions:
Old 10-03-19, 10:47 AM
  #5  
Mogens
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: Green Bay, Wis.
Posts: 100

Bikes: 2019 Cannondale Synapse Alloy 105, 1981 Bianchi Limited, 1992 Wellstone Northfield

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 35 Post(s)
Liked 11 Times in 6 Posts
Oy. Because it's silly to get into a car and drive a mile, but I'm too impatient to walk. Because it's good exercise and I feel good after riding. Because it's almost the only thing that regularly makes me feel optimistic. Because I don't believe in the healthcare system and I don't want to rely on it. Because I enjoy moving across the landscape at 12-18 miles per hour. Because riding regularly keeps me in touch with the seasons. Because I hate fossil fuels. Because it's thrilling to go significant distances under my own power. Because I don't need to talk to anyone. Because nature. Because cycling along bodies of water is mesmerizing. Because speeding down steep hills is better than Great America. Because bikes are cool machines that also please me aesthetically. Bikes are probably the best mechanical invention ever, I could go on.
Mogens is offline  
Likes For Mogens:
Old 10-03-19, 10:51 AM
  #6  
indyfabz
Senior Member
 
indyfabz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 24,541
Mentioned: 188 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9920 Post(s)
Liked 1,390 Times in 833 Posts
Originally Posted by Fendertele View Post
For exercise, fun, and getting outdoors and enjoying the scenery.
Same here. Will be taking another three-day tour starting next Thursday. Will mark my 34th, 35th and 36th days travelling by bike this year.

And for general transportation.
indyfabz is offline  
Old 10-03-19, 11:11 AM
  #7  
subgrade
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2018
Location: Rīga, Latvia
Posts: 450

Bikes: Focus Crater Lake

Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 190 Post(s)
Liked 72 Times in 53 Posts
General transportation (fastest way to get around in the city during daytime, and I hate public transport)

Fun and recreation (excellent way to enjoy the scenery, spend time outdoors, explore places)

Stress management (1-2 hour solo ride after work is a great way to clear my head)

Exercise (not my top priority when riding, but I still usually enjoy going slightly faster than would be comfortable)
subgrade is offline  
Likes For subgrade:
Old 10-03-19, 11:36 AM
  #8  
Caliper
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Michigan
Posts: 941

Bikes: Many

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 354 Post(s)
Liked 31 Times in 25 Posts
To challenge myself, to go faster or further than last time.
Caliper is offline  
Old 10-03-19, 11:37 AM
  #9  
burnthesheep
Newbie racer
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Raleigh, NC
Posts: 1,424

Bikes: Propel, red is faster

Mentioned: 30 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 651 Post(s)
Liked 303 Times in 210 Posts
I don't have time and money for a ton of separate hobbies and exercise. So, racing bikes is the exercise, the hobby, the tinkering........all rolled into one.

It used to be gym, golf, and tinker with a drag car. Was more expensive and time consuming.

I'm a strong advocate of people making exercise a hobby. It saves time and keeps you fit. Cycling, running, basketball, soccer, etc......... something fun and active.

I can't do the "go to gym, pick up things, stare at phone, pick up things again, watch **** TV, go home".
burnthesheep is offline  
Old 10-03-19, 11:54 AM
  #10  
tagaproject6
Senior Member
 
tagaproject6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 8,455

Bikes: Wilier Izoard XP (Record);Cinelli Xperience (Force);Specialized Allez (Rival);Bianchi Via Nirone 7 (Centaur); Colnago AC-R Disc;Colnago V1r Limited Edition;De Rosa King 3 Limited(Force 22);DeRosa Merak(Red):Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Hydro(Di2)

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 518 Post(s)
Liked 194 Times in 102 Posts
My wife said she'll kill me if I dont' use them, given how much money I spent on them.
tagaproject6 is online now  
Likes For tagaproject6:
Old 10-03-19, 11:56 AM
  #11  
dagray 
Senior Member
 
dagray's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Boardman, Oregon, USA
Posts: 1,657

Bikes: Orbea Orca,Raleigh Talus 29er, Centurion Le Mans 12 speed

Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 152 Post(s)
Liked 37 Times in 20 Posts
Exercise, fun, and to challenge myself. Also riding helps me to clear my head, manage my diabetes (type 2), and maintain my weight.
__________________
If you see an old fat guy levitating through town with his legs pumping furiously... well don't worry there is a bicycle underneath me.
dagray is offline  
Likes For dagray:
Old 10-03-19, 12:09 PM
  #12  
NomarsGirl
Senior Member
 
NomarsGirl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Easton, MA
Posts: 449

Bikes: Specialized Ruby Sport

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 217 Post(s)
Liked 120 Times in 84 Posts
I like food, but I have to burn it off.

I enjoy being outside in the good weather. The pace of cycling is perfect for soaking in the scenery.
NomarsGirl is offline  
Old 10-03-19, 12:14 PM
  #13  
SpinClassSara
Senior Member
 
SpinClassSara's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2019
Location: NYC
Posts: 120
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 46 Post(s)
Liked 23 Times in 16 Posts
A lot of reasons. Most of which, I like the clothes !!!
SpinClassSara is offline  
Likes For SpinClassSara:
Old 10-03-19, 12:18 PM
  #14  
I-Like-To-Bike
Been Around Awhile
 
I-Like-To-Bike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Burlington Iowa
Posts: 28,017

Bikes: Vaterland and Ragazzi

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 11 Post(s)
Liked 249 Times in 157 Posts
All of the above.
I-Like-To-Bike is offline  
Old 10-03-19, 12:38 PM
  #15  
Sojodave
Senior Member
 
Sojodave's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Utah
Posts: 441

Bikes: Fezzari Fore CR3 Di2

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 152 Post(s)
Liked 44 Times in 20 Posts
I ride because I would be a fat lard sitting on the couch gaining weight as we speak if it wasn't for cycling. That and I'm addicted
Sojodave is offline  
Likes For Sojodave:
Old 10-03-19, 12:47 PM
  #16  
guachi
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2019
Posts: 135
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 58 Post(s)
Liked 37 Times in 30 Posts
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.
guachi is offline  
Old 10-03-19, 01:00 PM
  #17  
jshap24
Newbie
 
Join Date: Sep 2019
Location: Chicago area
Posts: 3

Bikes: Cannondale Quick 3, Cannondale Synapse 2,1982 Raleigh International MKII, full Campy Nuovo

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
All of the above. Exercise, fun, outdoor activity, and many other reasons. Used to ride with my dad when I was young, so it's been in my blood for a long time. I stopped riding on roads about 7 years ago. I just find it way too dangerous now with all the distracted driving. It's a shame because I really loved it for a long time.
jshap24 is offline  
Old 10-03-19, 01:01 PM
  #18  
caloso
Senior Member
 
caloso's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Sacramento, California, USA
Posts: 38,590

Bikes: Ridley Excalibur, Gazelle Champion Mondial, On-One Pompino, Specialized Rock Hopper

Mentioned: 61 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2069 Post(s)
Liked 521 Times in 286 Posts
All of the above.
caloso is online now  
Old 10-03-19, 01:11 PM
  #19  
SkepTeach
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2018
Posts: 30
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 11 Post(s)
Liked 7 Times in 4 Posts
Originally Posted by BicycleThesis View Post
It is super addictive.

It certainly is, but you didn't mention it's also contagious.


A little over a year ago, my partner decided to get his first carbon roadie. We had ridden metal dual sports occasionally for a few years. That first serious bike purchase of over $2k was something I never thought we would allow ourselves to do. Prior to last summer, we had only ever splurged and allowed ourselves as much as $700 for a bike. Then, spending a few weeks in Bozeman, MT and getting a taste of a serious cycling culture must have flipped a switch.


He bought a Domane SL5 and developed a serious compulsion to ride. It didn't take long and I felt the itch, one which my local bike shop was *only too happy* to scratch by offering me a hell of a deal on the outgoing 2018 Domane SL8, at merely twice the price of his SL5! Yeah, that went over well.


It has been history since. We have gotten a couple of our colleagues hooked and they've bought their own nice roadies, and our local community has started hosting a weekly Saturday morning ride sponsored by the bike shop. My area isn't huge for cycling, but it's getting better and I'm glad to be part of helping people make healthy decisions.


Just last weekend I rode in my first huge event, completing the metric 100km in the Big Dam Bridge 100 and I loved it! I am also finding myself watching more and more GCN videos when I'm not riding and fantasizing about my first actual competitive event.
SkepTeach is offline  
Likes For SkepTeach:
Old 10-03-19, 01:12 PM
  #20  
Kovkov
Senior Member
 
Kovkov's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Switzerland
Posts: 324

Bikes: 1957 Alpa Special, 1963 Condor Delta, 1967 Tigra Sprint, 1977 Oltenia, 1987 Mondia, 1965 Staco de luxe, 1969 Amberg

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 95 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 46 Times in 21 Posts
To get from place A to place B and then back to A. Sometimes with a detour via C and D. And because i like chocolate .
Kovkov is offline  
Likes For Kovkov:
Old 10-03-19, 01:20 PM
  #21  
eja_ bottecchia
Senior Member
 
eja_ bottecchia's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 5,609
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 910 Post(s)
Liked 275 Times in 189 Posts
I could echo many of the reasons listed above, and they all would mostly apply to me.

But let's face it, I am vain and I ride because at 63, riding makes my shaved legs look incredibly sexy.
eja_ bottecchia is offline  
Likes For eja_ bottecchia:
Old 10-03-19, 01:47 PM
  #22  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 23,909

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint, GT Timberline 29r

Mentioned: 99 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3387 Post(s)
Liked 384 Times in 282 Posts
I like how my legs feel afterwards
rumrunn6 is offline  
Likes For rumrunn6:
Old 10-03-19, 01:55 PM
  #23  
CAT7RDR
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2017
Location: Hacienda Hgts
Posts: 353

Bikes: Kestrel RT-1000 Ultegra, Trek Marlin 6 Deore 29'er

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 114 Post(s)
Liked 84 Times in 63 Posts
A bike is a relatively inexpensive way to experience life that rewards sweat equity.

The more I climb, the better the scenery, the better I feel.
CAT7RDR is offline  
Old 10-03-19, 02:16 PM
  #24  
Rides4Beer
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: SC
Posts: 684

Bikes: Revolt | Tarmac

Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 348 Post(s)
Liked 157 Times in 100 Posts
What they said. Plus, I like beer and I don't like being fat, so gotta keep moving (used to be 270+lbs, never going back).
Rides4Beer is online now  
Likes For Rides4Beer:
Old 10-03-19, 02:24 PM
  #25  
Nachoman
well hello there
 
Nachoman's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Point Loma, CA
Posts: 15,050

Bikes: Bill Holland (Road-Ti), Fuji Roubaix Pro (back-up), Bike Friday (folder), Co-Motion (tandem) & Trek 750 (hybrid)

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 380 Post(s)
Liked 66 Times in 46 Posts
I do it for the exercise, comrodery and for the fun of it.
__________________
.
.

Two wheels good. Four wheels bad.
Nachoman is offline  
Likes For Nachoman:

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.