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Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

So Why Do You Ride ... Why Do You Get On That Bike ... Share It With Everyone

Old 09-15-14, 04:19 PM
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So Why Do You Ride ... Why Do You Get On That Bike ... Share It With Everyone

It can be as short as you want or as long as you want ... but share with community why you get on that bike. Thank you.

For me:
I ride because it hurts - it hurts to push your body to the limit of what it's capable of doing but it's a beautiful kind of pain, a rewarding kind of pain, a fulfilling kind of pain.
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Old 09-15-14, 04:35 PM
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I cycle because I have a great time doing it. All the places and people I see while riding, all the roads and regular routes that I take, I just enjoy it.

I started cycling after quiting soccer in a club (there was some time in between, well 3 years) and I didn't feel fit anymore. So I actually started it because I missed doing physical activities and to get fit again.

that's that
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Old 09-15-14, 04:36 PM
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Don't make me come over there

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Old 09-15-14, 05:04 PM
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I ride because I am fat. I used to play sports but injured myself too frequently; I hate running and I swim like a rock. I used to be more fat, and want to become less fat, so I keep riding.

Ironically I want to get less fat now so I can ride faster up the hills.

By the end of the year I plan to build up a touring bike and look up from the asphalt while I am riding to faux enjoy the view, but I'm not sure if that's actually going to happen or if it will just become a rain bike.
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Old 09-15-14, 05:14 PM
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I don't actually enjoy riding. It's just an elaborate cover for my lycra and leg-shaving fetish.
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Old 09-15-14, 05:15 PM
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initially it was just a means to relieve stress and to get away by myself for a few hours.

Then it got serious...

Most importantly, I really enjoy it.
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At 64yo I have an Ironman in 6 weeks-6days and don't want to die during the 112 miles of biking and not be able to complete the marathon. Pretty cool getting the hat, shirt and medal when I finish besides hearing my name announced and having my family and friends see me crossing the finish line on the live feed, even if it's past their bed time.
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Old 09-15-14, 05:28 PM
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Trying to keep up with my dad, who is 77, and has ridden many multi thousand mile cross country rides. His last ride was from Maine to South Carolina, about 1600 miles in about 18 days. When I don't want to get up for my pre work 13 miler, I think "don't be a *****". Also, I'm fat and don't want to be on my company's pre diabetic hit list and have to go to friggin' weight watchers with all the portly secretaries.
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Old 09-15-14, 05:41 PM
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Makes good sense. I like to be outside, hate waiting around in traffic, am fit, love being out in "bad" weather, driving seems like a waste for most trips unless I have to carry something big, or go a long way to do something that wouldn't led itself well to biking (or walking, skiing, skateboarding, pogo sticking, or whatever). Save a lot of money, have a better quality of life (recognizing this is an arbitrary measure). Some people couldn't live without their cars... I couldn't imagine depending on one anywhere nearly as much as most do.

I spend a lot of time watching people in cars -- as any long-time bike commuter does I hope -- I mean ultimately, most of the problems we all complain about with "cars," are actually people problems brought about by their, our own, and shared stupidity, selfishness, or carelessness. Ever noticed how rushed and pissed off many people in cars look? On the rare occasions that I have to drive for a few days, I find myself with a lot less energy, acting a lot more grumpy, and sitting around a lot more. I don't want to be that person.

Of course I don't think about these things when I get on my bike... All I'm really thinking is "I'm at point A... I need to be at point B," "what's the weather going to be like?" and "Did I remember to put pants on?"

I'm joking about the pants. Usually.
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I ride because it's fun and it seems to help maintain a certain level of physical and mental health..
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Apparently most people ride for fitness.
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Old 09-15-14, 06:47 PM
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Knees wouldn't let me run anymore, not that I was ever a really dedicated or good runner. Also had some friends who biked so thought I'd give it a try.
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Same reason I run--fitness and enjoyment and pleasure of moving my body. I can ride a lot longer than I run tho.
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Old 09-15-14, 07:11 PM
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I ride because its "me" time. Its the time i'm "off the grid", no phone, no email and no texts. No thinking about work or family or anything other than the road ahead, the cars around me and the scenery.

It's a mental vacation and gives me some control over the hectic world we live in.

I live in Nassau County, next door to NYC and its not all shopping malls and traffic.





Now don't you feel better also?
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Old 09-15-14, 07:13 PM
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I like going fast. I never go fast enough, so gotta keep riding to get faster. Just found a route with some excellent hills. Lots of work going up, but if I come over the crest with more speed I know I can beat my top speed record by the bottom!

Oh, and corners. While going fast of course.
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I exercise because I believe in keeping my body healthy. I cycle because I have a degenerative posterior tibial tendon (PTTD) that ended my 8 year running "addiction". Before that I was mostly into swimming. Never been a big fan of weight lifting type of workouts, I'm more into isolation and being present with my thoughts. Right now I'm trying to balance 50/50 swimming and cycling. Looking to do an aquathalon next year because it's sounds fun.

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Old 09-15-14, 07:30 PM
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Because it makes me happy. Doesn't matter what other BS has gone down during the day, doesn't matter if I can get out for 4 miles or 40. On my bike is one of the few places on this earth where I always feel at ease and myself.
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I cycle because it is a smooth and exhilarating way of staying fit. I like the speed. I like the flow of energy. I also happen to like machines and bicycles are wonderful machines.
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I wrote this on Facebook as a response to a friend who asked if I found cycling long distances "fun".

A while ago you asked me if I found long distance bicycle riding (200k, 300k,400k, 600k,1000k,etc) fun. I believe I have an answer for you.
There are moments on these rides which are delightful and others which are dreadful. Every long distance ride is tiring and most involve varying degrees of pain. This is endurance racing and something must be endured.
I often find myself questioning my gear choice, my bike choice, and even the sport itself. But I know these feelings are fleeting and often have their roots in my nutrition choices. Feelings are not facts. The emotional ups and downs of a ride are not the reason I do this.
I do this for myself two weeks after the event. I do this for the me who will be a bit fitter, a bit stronger, and a bit better at a sport which is designed to be demoralizing. I do this to keep a promise to myself.

So, to the question, "Is it fun?",I answer, "My future self is having the time of his life."
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so I can drink more beer and eat more hamburgers......
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I started riding because I was fat. I was always involved in some type of sport until I started a family, then I got fat. When I got sick and tired of it, I went looking for a way to get reasonably fit again. I already knew I hated running, so I bought a cheap ass bike and liked riding it.

Now I get on my bike to keep my weight down, keep up a decent level of fitness and to stay healthy. Not to mention I just plain enjoy hitting the road for a couple of hours and not thinking or worrying about anything. I also enjoy watching the numbers on my magic gizmo-tron and seeing the occasional improvements in my times and speeds.
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Because I enjoy self inflicted torture, photography, exercise, clearing my head from all the crap that goes on during the week, the country side and fresh air.
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Originally Posted by caloso View Post
I don't actually enjoy riding. It's just an elaborate cover for my lycra and leg-shaving fetish.
So i'm not alone.
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1) To get in shape.
2) I'm addicted to the high after a tough ride.
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