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Why Do We Ride?

Old 12-01-01, 02:13 PM
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Why?

Sensory stimulation (I live better)
Mental acuity (I think better)
Physical maintenance (I feel better)
Spiritual composure (I am better)

I could go on, but why preach to Biking Fundamentalists?

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Old 12-01-01, 06:22 PM
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Gee, thank you, Ahuman, for this thread! Hmm...

One way to look at it is this: if you are hooked on cycling, try doing without it for a while. You'll be suffering!

I guess the main reason for me is this: without cycling, I start fading into a dull, ugly existance.

I begin to fear I will never return!

(Whew! That was starting to scare me!)

One last point: have you ever known anything else that was so stimulating and fantastic that not only didn't kill you, but
made you stronger and better?

I just love it when one more person says to me, "How much weight have you lost, exactly?"
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Originally posted by wabbit
The funny thing is that a lot of the 'misshapen' people are young people. There's this whole slacker aesthetic I see these days among younger people in their twenties and some older- no exercise, slack,dumpy and pasty. They aren't into sports. They don't get any sun. The girls have shlumpy dumpy butts,the guys are shaped like Opus. Their activities include role Playing games and Sega. They don't even watch sports on tv! Any kind of physical activity is too big an effort for them. I hate to imagine them at my age!

In the meantime, a few months ago, a cyclist who used to race. I thought he was maybe in his late 40s. It turns out he was 57! The guy has the physique of a teenager. And here are all these 30 year olds who get winded if they walk a block. By the time they get to be 57 they'll be dead (does that make sense?)
Nail + head = "WHAM"

A favorite person of mine (which shows you can be out of shape and still be a good person ) said, "If I'd known I was going to live so long, I'd have taken better care of myself!"
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Old 12-01-01, 07:41 PM
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One last point: have you ever known anything else that was so stimulating and fantastic that not only didn't kill you, but made you stronger and better?
Well, yes, now that you mention it, I think that if I thought real, real hard, I might be able to come up with just one thing


However, wife is not in the mood today, so I did manage a wonderful ride!!

It is really great heading down the plowed trail with snow all around, absolute silence, seeing only five riders and four joggers in 1.5 hours of riding. Leafless trees stark against the white background. The creek meandering with ice forming on the edges. My water bottle half frozen and half liquid. Bright blue sky with a blazing sun lighting up the white world. And me, going just at my own pace, really taking in the sights, going slow and then fast. Walking across the snow covered and icy bridges, but going fast where the snow has fully melted from the cement.

WOW, almost as good as the other thing!!
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Old 12-04-01, 07:28 PM
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I like riding of course but the main reason why I cycle is that I don't want to give into cars and all they represent to my eyes (waste, consumerism, pointless luxury, pollution, extreme individualism,etc.) without putting on a really good fight. So far I am still holding on and I still resist them.
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Old 12-04-01, 08:38 PM
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We ride to release frustration and hate, or atleast i do...

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