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The Third Commandment for the Cycling Enthusiast:  Thou Shalt Remember Why We Ride in the First Place!

April 2017

Thou Shalt Remember Why We Ride in the First Place

Many of us rode bicycles as children.  The bicycle is often a kid’s first taste of freedom.  While a bicycle can be used to get from point A to point B quickly and inexpensively, the cycling enthusiast uses their bicycle to get from point A back to point A in as many miles as time allows.

As I age and grow in cycling I’ve come to embrace the idea that seeing the world as I did when I was a child makes life as an adult enjoyable.  As I’ve surrounded myself with fit, active friends I’ve come to realize that fit, active people are happy people.

While I ride to get from point A to point B, or simply point A back to point A, I ride because it puts a smile on my face and a spring in my step.  I ride because it helps me to feel like a kid again, when the most important thing in the world was having some fun with my friends… if only for an hour or a few.




  1. Dino says:

    These photos are like the definition of happiness 🙂

  2. So... says:

    Love those smiles!

  3. every morning when i wake up i count 3 things i am grateful for the first 2 are always 1. I can ride a bike 2. I can read a book. The comedian/actor Michael Smiley said that if you are depressed when you start a cycle ride you won’t be when you’re finished. He is right, many times i have forced myself to go out on a bike ride, but as soon as my bum hits the saddle and i start pedaling i know i have done the right thing. MY bike ride today was over to the giants causeway (guess where I live) we did not have to pay the ridiculously high car park fee AND on return journey we (2 of us) stopped at a little ice-cream shop for a double scoop in a tub and we sat at harbour and enjoyed the view as we slurped the ice cream-not a bad day i thought

  4. As I go through the change in my life, I see the need to take that old hybrid that survived the move and convert it to a utility bike. The grocery store is a short ride away, as is the library and a forest preserve with riding paths. Ummmm… why was I saying this? Oh yeah, well, why I ride needs to be redefined a little bit, the utility of the bike needs to be rediscovered. I like it!

  5. gracieonmars says:

    Crazy coincidence: My boyfriend is a bicycle enthusiast (geek) and last week I asked him, “Why do you like bicycles so much”. He replied that when he got his first bike as a kid, it was his first taste of freedom. He could go anywhere as long as he was back by dark. I don’t share his passion but I admire his fitness. I want to be able to take long bike rides with him. I am trying to build endurance in the gym, so I will be ready when the time comes.

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