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my "things that make cycling more enjoyable". yours?(14 posts)

my "things that make cycling more enjoyable". yours?JS Haiku Shop
Jun 3, 2002 4:52 AM
* good group to ride with
* ice
* hydration packs
* crank brothers speed lever
* co2
* eddy merckx
* fun socks
* cooperative spouse
* hills and gravity
* bob roll
An Absence of Motor-Vehicle TrafficMisJG
Jun 3, 2002 5:11 AM
Even had a motorcycle honk his horn as he passed us [riding single-file mind you!] on a Century this weekend. How much freaking room did this guy need anyway?
Fresh, New Smooth PavementMisJG
Jun 3, 2002 5:28 AM
Like riding on glass. . . ahhhh, effortless
re: my "things that make cycling more enjoyable". yours?netso
Jun 3, 2002 5:32 AM
1. Riding with my wife and son.
2. No auto traffic
3. New pavement
I forgot...JS Haiku Shop
Jun 3, 2002 5:44 AM
* fresh bar tape
* new tires
* elite bottle cages :-)
Cooperative spouse -- most important -- nmms
Jun 3, 2002 5:55 AM
Boys and girls... I have found the best roads!hayaku
Jun 3, 2002 7:19 AM
Yesterday on a ride with some team mates I took a road up into the mountains. A single lane through the forest, very few cars, all driving carefully. The destination was a Ski area, beautiful weather, birds chirping, great scenery. I got to the top and waited for my team mates, that always makes it better ;p The we go down the hill to a lake, a beautiful path with rolling hills, fresh mountain streams, more great scenery. We make our way to the big Dam that created the lake and suddenly I know where I am, 40 km from home.

The only bad thing about yesterday was that the wind was against me for the last 20km. But then on the upside, this morning my tire was flat, it waited for me to complete 170km before it deflated. What a nice thing to do.

These roads are in.... Japan. They build wonderful roads over here, not just gears!
Jun 3, 2002 8:19 AM
Smooth pavement
Flat roads with the above two conditions
Hills down and up
Switchback roads, nice curves
Hot weather/cool weather
Pretty women on great road bikes
Lots of cool refreshing water
The pure poetry of it all...AllisonHayes
Jun 3, 2002 8:19 AM
I posted this before, but it is what makes cycling enjoyable to me.

The Poetry of Cycling, May 9, 2002

I ride, down the roads and down the trails
I ride, down the arches of the years
I ride, down the labrynthine ways
Of my own mind; and in the mist of tears
I ride; and under running laughter, I ride.

Up vistaed hopes I speed
And shot, precipitated,
Across chasmed fears.

From these strong legs that carry me on unwavering
But with unhurried pace
And unperturbed pace

Deliberate speed, majestic rhythm
A cadence and a heart steady beat
More instant the speed
Do not betray me.

Bright sun, clear sky.
(Begin the morning with classical music
Claudio Arrau's Beethoven concertos.)
Music and steady cadence, something to explore
The effect on the soul.

The True Self is the goal of the journey.
Have you looked at spheres of dew on spears of grass?
It must be one thing to imagine
A plonk plonk plonked sound of a plodder
Or a tappety bam bam bam of a swift dancer.

We don't alway know where we are going
I often do not see the road ahead
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
It does not stop this plodder from riding and dancing
Journey no matter the risk, what a precious gift this is.

The poetry of cycling, a spiritual wonder
The spontaneous awe at the simple beauty of life
Of being, of a cadence, of a rhythm.

I shall become attentive to all its vestiges
To the first light, to the waking bird,
To the leaf's rustle, to the rain's drop,
To the flower's scent, to the sky's hue,
To the rise of the wind at dawn.

In youth I rode not to embrace life, but to escape it.
I ride now for different reasons; I don't want to escape,
I want to enfold life, to become one with it,
With the immediate, to live acutely.

...inspired by Thomas Merton's, "The Hounds of Heaven"
re: my "things that make cycling more enjoyable". yours?DaveL
Jun 3, 2002 8:31 AM
It's starting to get hotter here. I live in the country in Texas where the summers are hot and the wind blows up from the south hard. Yesterday morning the dogs got hungry[I have 4] at 4:30am. I got up and fed them. At the crack of dawn I hit the road. It was quiet, no cars, smooth, cool, and no wind. Fabulous ride. and I'm not a morning person...

That's a big 'amen' on Bob Roll.
re: my "things that make cycling more enjoyable". yourJBurton
Jun 3, 2002 9:14 AM
Powering over the top of a hill, hurting but strong...

Meeting another friendly cyclist on the road...

Feeling the groove after the warm up, before the blow up...

Feeling the nearness of home at the end of a hard ride...

The post ride beer...

The post ride shower...

The occasional post ride burger...

The post ride feeling: "I can't wait to do that again."
Riding with the flow of traffic....bnlkid
Jun 3, 2002 10:15 AM
..on parkways.
Strong tailwinds.
Great pair of cycling bibs.
Women in cycling shorts.
The buttery smooth ride of my steel bike.
The snappy acceleration of my aluminum bike.
Heading out on a ride while the sun is coming up.
Heading home while the sun is setting.
Riding where the only sound is my wheels humming on the pavement.
re: my "things that make cycling more enjoyable". yours?Carbon fiber fanatik
Jun 3, 2002 6:27 PM
the freedom
the speed
the control
the occasional august thunderstorm
the sound that a 3 spoke hed makes at speed
finishing a long hard ride and already longing the next before you even dismount
carbon fiber
my riding buddies
Jun 4, 2002 6:28 AM
Anytime I can even get to ride (not much lately)
Serenity, comes in all forms
Other riders that are cool, esp. the female variety
Motorists that are polite and few in number