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Old 01-10-06, 11:26 PM
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So as Iíve been reading the forum today Iíve run into several threads in which Iíve become uncomfortable - typical human nature of negativity taking over threads. Now some I should have known better, and others just plain ambushed me. Now at the end of a long day of replacing rides with work, work, replacing lunch with work, work, work, family, and work (with some BFiní whenever I can) I'm a bit grumpy with myself, and wish Iíd have made better thread choices.

So in an effort to reverse this cruddy feeling Iíve got Iíll share one of my favorite aspects of riding:

I love the after ride! My body is tingling and worn, and everything is so sweet Ė sitting, eating, showering, stretching, sleeping. AHHH!!!! I love the after ride!

What are some of the moments fueling your addiction?
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Old 01-10-06, 11:43 PM
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Girls checking out my legs.
Getting yelled at or honked at by pretty women.
Having the best luck I ever had at a party, I was wearing a team cannondale kit at a Holloween party. With three team socks on....
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Old 01-10-06, 11:49 PM
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There is something about 20+ miles an hour on a smooth road on a nice day (by nice I mean anything between 45 and 100 degrees without rain) that is just intoxicating. I still love the headwinds, uphills, rough roads and red lights just for those moments.
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Old 01-10-06, 11:54 PM
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Cruising in a pack, controlling the road at high speed! Awesome
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Riding early in the morning before the cars hit the road, flying along under your own power and all you can hear is the wind and the whir of the bike. luv that
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4:15pm, 4 runs in my bag, 2 more to pick up, rush hour, passing and weaving in and out of packs of cars that are moving at about 20-25 mph on 5 lane one ways, doesnt get much better than that. The after work having done 60 miles endorphin buzz rates pretty good too, and people pay me for it !!!
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The ripped legs. The excilleration of improvement. The after ride high (dont stretch it kills the moment). The clean efficient effective movements that come with being really fit.
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The wind. The hills. The speed.

I know what you mean about after the ride. I call it the PRR, or post ride reality. Everything is just a little clearer.

I agree about the slicing and dicing of traffic. I loved that when I was young.

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The old Carly Simon song....
Anticipation.

Thinking about the ride to come....
Figuring out what gear I'll be wearing....
Wondering what I'll see this time....
Will there be a Knave encounter?
Will there be a magic moment of zen otherwise known as a rare 'no chain' day?

Just that time ramping up to when I actually start getting ready to go out on a ride can be one of the best parts for me.
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Old 01-11-06, 08:20 AM
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I love just when the climb starts to level off and go over the top. That "Hell yeah." feeling you get when you know you just cleaned an ascent and you still feel good.

I also love looking back down at the climb and remembering that it was only a short while ago that I physically could have never done it.

I love the looks on peoples' faces when I say I did a 37 mile ride on Saturday, and a 32 miler on Sunday...and all they can say is, "Wow."

I love 'bicycle tan' in January.

I love when you're struggling up a steep hill, then pass a house with a 120 lb cyclone of teeth, fur, claws, and hate...and all of a sudden you've got this reservoir of adrenalized energy and you sprint to the top.

I love taking my shoes off.

I love knowing that I earned my beer.
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I like the silence and solitude. Life just sounds different from a bike saddle. You get to hear and experience things you never can from the seat of a car. There is nothing better.
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Endorphins!
The sound of a purring freewheel.
Making it up that hill that you're sure most other recreational cyclists would have quit on.
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Getting to the top of Monte Sano and blasting back around to Fearn Rd. for the downhill to the first hairpin turn that makes me appreciate good tires and running cars off the road. I burn as much energy going down that mountain as I do going up but I'm going so much faster. The S-curve two-thirds down is really scary and exciting to blast through; I wish cars were banned from that road so I could use both lanes.
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The sound of well greased bearings singing on the decent.

Ripping the legs off my neighbor on a hill.

The downhill run into my house.

The sound the derailer makes when someone slips into the big ring letting everyone else know, "Its On".

Bridging a gap.

I could go on all day...
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The UPS truck with that new part.

The moment in every ride that reminds you of the freedom we had as kids and the pure joy that is riding a bike.

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The chatter in your head telling you to keep pushing, keep going, don't stop. All seems so clear on a bike. All your thoughts are focused on the ride and all else (work, bills, the grind of life) just melts away with every turn of the wheel.

Stopping halfway though a ride and finding yourself far away from everything, and proud knowing your legs brought you there...

It's all good....
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The sunset on the way home last Friday. It doesn't seem to look so good, or as big, through the windows of a cage.
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Sunday morning club ride. Spending the morning doing what I love with people I enjoy being with.
Pulling in the driveway and and having the neighbor ask me how far I rode. Seeing the look on his face when I tell him 50 miles or more.
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Like others have said, too many to mention! But here is a recent favorite.... being passed too closely on my left by a car full of high school kids honking and swerving all about.... and then catching up to them at a light a minute or two later. The expression on their faces is just priceless.

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The solitude while making that 40 mile trek gives you time to reflect on the scenary that passes by that you can't appreciate riding in a cage.

The friendly honk you get when someone passes with a bike rack on their car.

The look you get from the wife when you're all decked out in tights, muscles all toned and tanned.

The laughter you get from your drinking buddies (who don't ride) about the above mentioned tights when they have no idea what they're missing out on.
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I love working on my bikes. After riding in the morning, I love to spend the afternoon in the garage. My latest project is converting an old road bike into a fixie. Nothing like spending a few hours replacing or stripping parts, then stepping back to admire your work while sipping on a cold beer.
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Originally Posted by sprcoop
There is something about 20+ miles an hour on a smooth road on a nice day (by nice I mean anything between 45 and 100 degrees without rain) that is just intoxicating. I still love the headwinds, uphills, rough roads and red lights just for those moments.
...Headwinds, rough roads, and red lights!!! Man, I can learn from you. I'd have never put those on the list. I'll have to find reasons to change that.


Thanks to everyone for reviving the real spirit of this forum. GREAT STUFF! This thread is going to have infinite re-readability. Whenever I need a little push or want a new ride focus I'll be back here reading. I want to keep my addiction relentless you know.
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Originally Posted by 55/Rad
The UPS truck with that new part.

The moment in every ride that reminds you of the freedom we had as kids and the pure joy that is riding a bike.

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Ha ha, just got my fizik arione today!

I love the times when you ride in the break of daylight. It's cool and everything is quiet.
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Rosarito's looks like a good place to eat. I don't know about that place with the big golden arrow.
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