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What little things make cycling worthwhile for you?(59 posts)

What little things make cycling worthwhile for you?DougSloan
Jun 11, 2003 7:41 AM
Sometimes it's the little things that we would never otherwise experience that make it worthwhile for me. Here are some I remember:

*Once riding a solo double training ride across the central valley here, while at about 20 mph, a bird joined me, flying about 10 feet away at my head level for a good 1/2 mile or so. Bizarre, but almost made me feel connected.

*Bunny hopping snakes. Gives me the heebie-jeebies every time, but it's got to be better than running over them.

*The rush of the wind at 50 mph.

*Pulling off a really good trackstand at an intersection.

*Having the bike work flawlessly on a ride, without even thinking about it.

*Changing a flat in 60 seconds during a group ride with 5 people standing around waiting on you.

*Brushing a tire and removing something that you just know would have caused a flat.

*Out-running cars on a twisty descent.

*Doing a perfect double paceline for several miles. A thing of beauty, and very fast.

*Bumping the tire in front of you and not even getting squirrelly. (dangerous, and takes practice)

*Stringback tan lines.

Yours?

Doug
re: What little things make cycling worthwhile for you?Steve_0
Jun 11, 2003 7:54 AM
1. meeting my future wife while out riding....and being dressed appropriately for an improptu-date. OK, not little, but most important.

2. Seeing the disbelief in non-cyclists eyes when they hear I rode 60 miles RT just for a cup of coffee.

3. Navigating city streets in a fraction of the time my caged friends can.

4. I cant possibly mow the lawn while riding.
Watching thr sunrise as I ride all alone (nm)PEDDLEFOOT
Jun 11, 2003 8:08 AM
One of my favorites too..Dave Hickey
Jun 11, 2003 8:12 AM
I like nothing better than to leave the house before 6:00am on a Saturday or Sunday morning. No traffic and watching the sunrise.
Yeah, or watching the sun rise and set on the same ride...Lon Norder
Jun 11, 2003 9:38 AM
like on a double century. Or watching the sun set and rise and set again on the same ride, like on a 600k brevet.
yupDougSloan
Jun 11, 2003 9:58 AM
Saw 2 of each on the 508. The sunrise on the second day is particularly nice.

Doug
all those, yes. plus...JS Haiku Shop
Jun 11, 2003 8:15 AM
* helping new riders get hooked. it's not a "little" thing, though.

* i've really enjoyed being along with TNSquared for his longest rides.

* (related) hearing folks setting personal bests: fastest, longest, finished strong, etc.. i really enjoy hearing, "i never thought i could do that!"

* some of our regulars are dedicated, strong riders, but know little about pro racing. recently i had some of the guys over for a video & beer night, and was pleased to watch the reactions of one particulary strong rider as he enjoyed lance's ride to sestrierres in 1999, for the first time.

* the hiss of an open presta valve when a pump head is pulled off a fully-inflated tube/tire

* the feeling in a really long ride when you reach the double-digit numbers (99 miles remaining...)

* seeing my cateye computer rollover to zero ride time elapsed, and only being 3/4 into a ride

* almost brutally crashing
re: What little things make cycling worthwhile for you?No_sprint
Jun 11, 2003 8:17 AM
Riding PCH way above Malibu and the houses, watching the schools of dolphins surf and being so mesmerized that I don't care to look where I'm going.

Feeling *in the zone* during a really large, really fast, really dangerous crit practice session.

Never having to worry about how the rigs are working, I've finally gone Campy only on all.

Sometimes cruising really bad roads that are similar to the pave of PR and envisioning that I could handle it over there.

Riding well with local, national and even some international pros and having them take notice and time to talk with, not down to you.

Being complimented on form and technique (of course not fitness) by my team's elite squad.
re: What little things make cycling worthwhile for you?Live Steam
Jun 11, 2003 8:18 AM
Probably first and foremost, the friendships that I have developed as a result of the sport. I have gotten intimately involved in our local club as the newsletter editor. I love putting that little bit of cycling trivia together. (Hey maybe I'll post a link to a few issues :O)

Next is the way I feel after a hard ride followed by how I feel after any ride :O)

I love the competitiveness of club races. I was always active in team sports - baseball, softball, soccer, but time constraints have changed. I can cycle when ever I want and the competitive rides fill a void left from my college days of team sports.

I also love the bikes and equipment. I love gadgets and finely crafted machinery and components - like watches, trains, models, etc. - so cycling and bikes gives me that hands on experience. I love working with my hands so I build and repair/maintain all of my/our bikes.

I like cycling because it provides the opportunity for so many more social activities such as travel and event participation. It is fun riding mass start events. I have also made friends on the road - contrary to what sacheson might otherwise believe :O)

Though it does require a lot of time to get an effective workout and to ride in distant places, I know I get more out of it than I did spending a similar amount of time playing golf. I also get more health benefits from it. Walking the course was probably only enough exercise to burn off that days lunch and beer at the grill :O)

I really love the whole lifestyle of the sport so much that I wish there were some way I could make a living from my involvement in it - on second, it may be less attractive and relaxing as a job :O)
Some of the "little things" ...Live Steam
Jun 11, 2003 8:29 AM
-the silence of the group when pressure is coming from the front

-the clicking sound of all of the shilfting as a result of the pressure from the front

-the whirring and whizzing from wheels against the pavement

-the speed the group can travel together and the almost unconscious awareness of one anothers position and moves

-the solitude of a ride out in the country alone where it's just me, my bike and the scenery
re: What little things make cycling worthwhile for you?MR_GRUMPY
Jun 11, 2003 8:28 AM
Going out with the "fast guys", and being able to take pulls in a 26 mph paceline.

Pulling along a slower group, just fast enough to make them hurt a little.

Stopping to help someone with a flat, when they really need the help.

Having the wind pick up, to give you a tailwind on the way home.

Throwing your bike at the line to beat out a friend, at the line for 15th place.

Having one of those rare days when you are "on". Where you jump, way too far from the line, but for some reason, you hold off the field.
re: What little things make cycling worthwhile for you?ColnagoFE
Jun 11, 2003 8:29 AM
a flawless shift. bike functioning perfectly--no strange noises while riding. getting a new PR on your normal TT route. taking a sharp turn perfectly at 40+mph. slingshotting off another rider on a 50+ descent.
re: What little things make cycling worthwhile for you?moneyman
Jun 11, 2003 8:34 AM
Seeing wildlife - Antelope and western meadowlarks accompany almost every ride.

Hearing wildlife - the screech of a hawk flying next to me. (Only happened once, but I remember it well.)

The noise of the wind in my face, the silence of the wind at my back.

My profiled shadow on the hillside next to the road, at 6:00am, with the sun just above the horizon.

Knowing that even after laying off for a while, I am in better shape than 90% of the other 45 year old desk josckeys out there.

$$
Riding down my driveway at the start of a ride...PdxMark
Jun 11, 2003 8:39 AM
Riding to the top of a long, long climb

Cool shadey grass to lay in after a long hot ride

A long hot ride

Getting on my bike to ride home after work

Tired legs

Seeing a new muscle in my leg for the first time

A shower after a hot sweaty ride

Kindness and courtesy from drivers

A ride without a flat

Catching the ferry when I meant to after riding 60 miles

Sunrise shining on mature Ponderosa pine trees

and so on...
re: What little things make cycling worthwhile for you?TNSquared
Jun 11, 2003 8:41 AM
* Friends to ride with

* Solo rides

* Learning from experienced riders

* Helping riders newer than myself (not too many of those yet)

* Sweat

* Grease marks on my leg

* Milestones - most distance, best mph avg, first wreck

* Hard rides

* Easy rides

* Negotiating city traffic with assertive courtesy

* Owning quiet rural roads

* My son saying "dude, your arms look freaky" referring to my jersey and gloves tan lines

* My wife saying "those are the ugliest shoes I've ever seen" referring to my bright yellow shimanos

* My daughter saying "daddy, go fast and don't fall down again" referring to the areas of my riding I need to work on
I like the advice from young daughters too nmPdxMark
Jun 11, 2003 8:54 AM
Mine's 3, and in some ways much wiser than me :) nmTNSquared
Jun 11, 2003 10:39 AM
re: What little things make cycling worthwhile for you?noveread
Jun 11, 2003 8:44 AM
-The peace and quiet of a solo ride in the country.



-The speed of a fast group ride.

-Being able to contribute to a fast paceline (new for me!)

Noveread
re: What little things make cycling worthwhile for you?noveread
Jun 11, 2003 8:45 AM
-The peace and quiet of a solo ride in the country.



-The speed of a fast group ride.

-Being able to contribute to a fast paceline (new for me!)

Noveread
hands down Klondike bars nmcyclopathic
Jun 11, 2003 8:56 AM
you da man! nmbigrider
Jun 11, 2003 9:37 AM
re: What little things make cycling worthwhile for you?dave woof
Jun 11, 2003 9:01 AM
Quail and little baby quails (fuzzy golf balls with legs)running across the road. (Fountain Hills, AZ) and rabbits. Except when they run right at your front wheel.

And seeing coyotes..

:)
Man, cool question....funknuggets
Jun 11, 2003 9:04 AM
Doug... man, nice question. I appreciate the opportunity to reflect on exactly why it is that cycling is our passion.

1. Enjoying the sound of the bike, the first ride after finally finding the source of an annoying creak or click that has plagued you for weeks.

2. Seeing a fox, groundhog, or coyote peek out of the bushes as if to see you pass.

3. Motorists that don't immediately bristle when they see a cyclist. The ones that lean out of the window and say something like... "You're doing 42!!!" and actually being supportive and enthusiastic.

4. Turning around after plugging straightforward into a seemingly impossible headwind for miles and miles.

5. Returning to an old favorite route after a long time and finding that one horrible old pothole and crack-laden road has been recently paved.

6. On a remote road, seeing steam rising off of the ponds and lakes into the chill morning air.

7. The carcass of that one vicious dog that has nearly killed you and your team a thousand times laying motionless on the side of the road (just kidding, just kidding... ok maybe a little bit)

8. Seeing impossibly old riders at group rides or out on the road and slowing down to talk to them about riding, there is one guy I see on my road that is 83. Gives me hope that I may still be doing this for years and years.

9. Talking to non riders about cycling and seeing them actually start to understand what you are talking about.

10. Buying a new bike that is impossibly impractical that you didn't really need and your wife (or significant other) not pitching a fit because they finally are starting to 'get it'.

11. Working your butt off in a ride, closing gaps, leading pacelines, etc.. to have the strongest riders clap you on the back afterwards and say "strong ride", when a year ago they were waxing you.

Man... shall I go on?

So ponders the funk
Chris
re: What little things make cycling worthwhile for you?KG 361
Jun 11, 2003 9:05 AM
-Me and another rider seeing a buck (white-tailed deer) in a corn field and he starts to run with us as he crosses the field. Too cool for words.
-watching my daughers as they take those 1st wobbly pedal strokes with no training wheels
-the hum of the tires against the road
-the adrenaline rush when you KNOW you've entered a turn too fast, but somehow, you manage to keep the rubber side down
-watching a hawk over a field, soaring effortlessly as I cruise up the road
-seeing all of the bikes at the shop at 7am on a saturday, seeing everyone come awake as we start to warm up and head out for the ride.
re: What little things make cycling worthwhile for you?PseuZQ
Jun 11, 2003 9:08 AM
-The smell of other people's dinner cooking as I'm finishing up an all-day ride

-People-watching as I take a sandwich break at a 7-11

-An aerial view of a road I was just on as I climb a hill

-Shelf butt

-zooming through microclimates

-watching sheep bolt en masse as I ride by

-the smell of eucalyptus and redwoods

-being all alone on top of a hill in the middle of nowhere

-feeling completely dialed in on a descent

-Endorphins, endorphins, endorphoins!!!
Coasting down the other side of a big hill ...Humma Hah
Jun 11, 2003 9:24 AM
... so why on earth did I just build up a fixie?

The sensation of smoothly gliding down the road when everything is just right.

The incomparable sense of satisfaction that comes, at the end of a very long ride, of knowing you just did something 99% of people believe is superhuman.
Being one with the bike and one with the world at the same timedzrider
Jun 11, 2003 9:24 AM
Getting dressed for the ride

Clipping in at home and not unclipping til I'm at work; then wondering all day if I'll complete the perfect round trip.

Trying to keep up with the messengers.

Racing, and tying, little kids who speed up when they see me.
red wing blackbirdstheBreeze
Jun 11, 2003 9:36 AM
On the back road where most of my rides start there is a low swampy area, VERY unusual for northern New Mexico. In the early morning red wing blackbirds are "tweedle-deeing" in the cattails. Reminds of growing up back east.
Not here, those buggars attack us here! :) nmnoveread
Jun 11, 2003 10:04 AM
Hmmm, the southwest must make them docile! :) nmtheBreeze
Jun 11, 2003 7:26 PM
Yeah, at Virginia Tech, one used to buzz me ...Humma Hah
Jun 11, 2003 10:48 AM
... I always found it amusing. At that time the cruiser was still the original Schwinn red, which is pretty darned red, and the best I could figure he took it as a challenge to his manhood.

He never made contact, just put on a good show.
There's one on the NWU campus too.Alex-in-Evanston
Jun 11, 2003 11:26 AM
Little guy built a nest right on the lake front path on the Northwestern Campus, and he's been buzzing everybody for two years. I wonder how long he'll keep using the same nesting spot.

Alex
Near the sailing center, right? (nm)PseuZQ
Jun 11, 2003 11:53 AM
Right (nm)Alex-in-Evanston
Jun 11, 2003 12:25 PM
re: What little things make cycling worthwhile for you?VaughnA
Jun 11, 2003 9:50 AM
The click click click...sound of 100 fellow century riders clicking in..

The smile on my wifes face when I give her a thumbs up while on a great ride.

Stopping to pick cherries off of a tree on the side of the road.

Hearing the little girl waiting for the bus yell 'Hi' as I ride by on my way to work.

The after ride "dither" (bs session).

Hearing my wife tell me to NEVER let the bike shop adjust her bike again, that I do it much better.

Being able to use the excuse "The ice cream is ok, I might ride tomorrow"

and #1: Just riding with my wife to forget the pressures of the day.
re: What little things make cycling worthwhile for you?tarwheel
Jun 11, 2003 9:50 AM
-- The nice mellow feeling I get after exercising.
-- Afternoon rides that make me forget all the stresses of the workday.
-- Riding down a country road with no traffic and beautiful scenery.
-- Fields of wildflowers in bloom on the roadsides.
-- Group rides with my peeps when everyone is taking a pull and cruising along at a nice pace.
-- Downhills.
-- Tailwinds.
-- Stopping in little backroad towns that I never would have visited if I didn't cycle.
-- Taking the afternoon off work on a nice day for a long solo ride.
-Hitting a new max heart rate...biknben
Jun 11, 2003 9:51 AM
-The look on people's (non-riders) faces when you are doing something they can't comprehend.

-Passing traffic during rush hour.

-Drafting trucks.

-The wooosh of Zipp wheels.

-Watching a youngster on a bike stop to watch me go by.

-Finishing a hill repeat interval and going back down for another.

-Providing a solution to a fellow rider's problem.

-Hearing a spectator say "Holly Sh!t!!!" as I clear a rock garden in a MTB race.

-Having friends come to me for bike maintenance because they think I'm better than their LBS. (their LBS is really bad)

Could go on and on...
re: What little things make cycling worthwhile for you?My Dog Wally
Jun 11, 2003 9:56 AM
* Hearing a first-time rider screech with glee after I tell her she just did 22 miles

* Arriving at the top of a long hill and watching the look of satisfied fatigue on the faces of beginning riders after they realize their accomplishment

* Seeing bald eagles watching me as I ride by their tree perches

* Hearing my wife say, "Don't scrimp on your new bike...get the one you really want...you deserve it!"

* Swinging my leg over that bike -- the most perfect bike I could ever imagine riding

* A ride with my bike club that provides just enough competition

* Riding through France, England, Ireland, and Vermont with complete strangers -- and loving every second of it

* Any time my wife actually gets on her bike
riding an empty downtown on a sunday afternoon...colker
Jun 11, 2003 10:03 AM
commuting and riding faster than cars.
riding at night after a long stressfull day.
being "in the groove": no pain and no clicks from the bike.
arriving home from a long ride: you went places so far you'd never thought you could get there on a bike.
re: What little things make cycling worthwhile for you?c722061
Jun 11, 2003 10:10 AM
1. Touching the bike and feeling like the first time you are in love all over again.
2. Dreamming of after-work ride while at work (I know, I have been ignoring work lately but not because of riding.)
3. Being on the bike and forget the world.
4. Feeling completely relaxed after a ride.
That point you reach on a long ride...Frith
Jun 11, 2003 10:21 AM
Where you enter 'machine mode'. Your legs feel no pain in fact they feel nothing. They just pump like pistons underneath you leaving your conscious free to take in the surroundings undistracted. You feel like you could hold that pace for years. This seems to only happens when you've eaten and drank properly and is often followed only a couple hours later by 'I want my mommy mode'.
That point you reach on a long ride...kjr39
Jun 11, 2003 8:12 PM
I believe that I am becoming addicted to that feeling. Every time it happens I love it and I just smile when my legs are still twitching an hour after being off of the bike.

But, then again. My wife thinks I'm messed because of that...
Good question, Doug!Mike P
Jun 11, 2003 10:24 AM
A good double paceline for me too. Even when it is going a bit faster than I should be riding. It's like being part of a machine.

Getting into my own little groove on a ride.

Making it up a hill faster than last time.

Breaking my best time for a particular ride.

Finding a new route.

Showing someone a nice route.

Sitting down on the front porch, barely able to take the riding shoes off, sweating like a madman, completely worn out, and thinking, "Damn that felt good!"

Looking at new frames.

Mike
re: What little things make cycling worthwhile for you?mapei boy
Jun 11, 2003 10:38 AM
Marveling at the sheer efficiency of it all. How did my legs take me that far, that fast?
Great stuff - I'm printing the entire thread to put on my cube wall nmTNSquared
Jun 11, 2003 10:52 AM
re: What little things make cycling worthwhile for you?aliensporebomb
Jun 11, 2003 11:24 AM
-the metallic thrumming noise of my tires on the road at speed.

-routinely breaking 30 miles an hour.

-freaking out co-workers with "Yeah, I did a quick 40 mile ride" as if it sounds like a thousand miles to them.

-wife's appreciative comments on my legs.

-wife's riding regularly.

-being the first to congratulate her at breaking 500 miles on her new bike.

-riding with friends at speed over long distances and not bonking.

-kids waving at you as you go by.

-passing motor vehicle traffic because they're stuck in a jam.

-passing motor vehicle traffic because you're going faster than they are.

-motorists giving thumbs ups.

-harley rider giving a thumbs up!

-hot podium girls in a convertible yelling appreciative comments and I'm probably old enough to be their dad!
Family outing...mugg
Jun 11, 2003 11:25 AM
There's nothing like hitting the local trails with our trail dog, Toby. He's a champ and can run all day.

My wife and I are doing more road riding this year. We road ride as much as possible during the weekdays and mountain bike on weekends with our trail dog. In the process we are spending quality time to the max.

Thanks for asking Doug!





A lot of what everyone else said, but most important...JL
Jun 11, 2003 11:29 AM
just being able to get out and ride. That's special in its own way.

Happy riding.

John
A few from over the yearsStraightblock
Jun 11, 2003 11:31 AM
The rush of wind & the hiss of 200 tires on the road when a pack goes by.

My younger son's first solo ride around the block.

Hanging out at the LBS.

An owl following me for about a half mile on an early morning ride.

Bridging the gap.

Hitting a pedal on a fast downhill switchback, feeling the rear of the bike lift & move out, then riding it out.

When the guy at the convenience store in the middle of the ride says, "I don't see many bikes out here with just one gear."

The feel of clean sheets on freshly shaved legs.

Nipping a guy at the line as he raises his arms.

The first ride on a bike I just built up.

After my buddy calls my office to cancel the evening ride, having one of the gals in the office ask if I'll still be wearing my bike shorts.

The sado-masochistic pleasure of a long, hard turn at the front, knowing others are suffering more than me.

Seeing Brown Santa pull up with a box for me.

Eating multiple desserts and not gaining weight.

Looking back down a switchback you climbed & seeing the elevation gained.

Nailing a trackstand at a busy light, then beating the cars when the light changes.

The one-beer buzz after a hard ride.

The family ride to McDonald's or Taco Bell on Sunday afternoon.
Great thread!sctri
Jun 11, 2003 11:36 AM
A quiet bike, devoid of clicks and creaks, just the sound of rubber on the road

Group rides with people who have been riding and racing fast for more years than I have been walking slowly.

Starting to catch those people.

But still being beat out on the first big hill only to scream "you ba*stard!" and have the group laugh at your immature charge.

Riding with a group that is fast enough, smart enough, and caring enough that when your looking really bad, someone orders you to take the gel. (nah, im fine.. TAKE IT!)

Sunny days, with warm winds, before noon.

Rainy rides that are so miserable that your group just starts laughing, at how soaked and terrible we all look.

Finding people with the same twisted concept of "fun" as me and recognizing/appreciating the distinct community that we have as riders and our oppertunity to be fit, have fun, hoard gear, make friends, see the country, laugh, cry, bleed, sweat and smile on a bike.

-Ryan
Having your wife, a non-cyclist, tell you..Dave Hickey
Jun 11, 2003 11:56 AM
1. Having your wife, a non-cyclist, tell you "honey, there's a strong south wind. You better ride south first so you can return with a tailwind."

2. Leaving at 5:15pm yesterday for a short 15 mile ride and returning 3 hours and 40 minutes later having just completed a solo 100K.
seeing my shaven quads in the mirror (nm)weiwentg
Jun 11, 2003 12:06 PM
Tailwinds (nm)irregardless
Jun 11, 2003 12:10 PM
Let's see...MVN
Jun 11, 2003 12:19 PM
In no particular order:
1. One of the best has to be picking up a new bike! (just got mine last week!)
2. A LOT of what everyone else said.
3. Long rides (don't hafta hurry to get back home or go anywhere).
4. Seeing new friends while out and joining their ride.
5. Walking into the lbs and seeing new stuff on the wall.
6. Walking into the lbs and enjoying the mixture of wonderful smells in there.
7. Hanging out at the lbs.
8. Making new friends.
9. The fact that the shop owner and employees put up with ALL my questions and indecision before I got my new bike, lol.
10.Outsprinting a really fast dog on my favorite route.
11.Knowing that even though I'm still overweight, I'm in MUCH better shape than all my friends.
12.When my wife gets on her new bike and says, "let's go ride!
13.That downhill I finally hit 30 mph on yesterday!
14.Being able to change a flat really quickly now.
15.Helping the kid who asked to use my cell phone yesterday while I was changing above-mentioned flat, lol.
16.Having people say, "your legs look really strong"!
17.Being able to be a kid again while on the bike and go anywhere I want.
18.The satisfying feeling I get after setting a new PR.
19.The feeling I get after a long, hard ride.
20.When my wife asks, "how far did you go today"?, and she's amazed at the distance. Makes me think I can go even further next time.
...and many more I can't think of right now.
Let's see...gray8110
Jun 11, 2003 11:35 PM
When I find a new road that goes somewhere with a great view or is challenging and steep or flat and fast or sheltered from the wind or is just fun... I say to myself, I'll be riding here a lot from now on. I also love showing this route off to other cyclists a few days later.. but only a few.

When I'm on a long ride, 15 miles from anywhere you'd ever expect to see another person and a cyclist goes by in the other directions and waves and calls you by your name and you return the favor.. just had this happen Sunday - very cool.

Your first race - You are scared to death, don't want to embarrass yourself.. get on the course.. can't believe your doing this for about 20 seconds and then all your focus is on riding as hard as possible.

Calling in sick because the jerks at work wouldn't give you the day before the big ride/race off so you could drive 500 miles to get there.

Having a song stuck in your head for the whole of a ride.. When I'm listening to music @ home and in my car, hearing one of hundreds of songs the bring back the memory of a ride where that song was embedded in your brain.
re: What little things make cycling worthwhile for me?Juanmoretime
Jun 11, 2003 1:43 PM
Riding my old bike and not being able to ride my new bike because I fall back in love with the old one every time I ride it.

Getting dressed to ride, the anticipation is like my honey moon night was.

Working on my bike, keeping clean and well lubed, it usually rewards me with flawless performance.

Being one with my bike and enjoying the world together.

Sharing a passionate moment with others who have the same passion.

An ice cream cone 50 miles into a 75 mile ride on a 90 degree plus day.

Going on a group ride and riding behind a very fit woman!
re: What little things make cycling worthwhile for you?Kvonnah
Jun 11, 2003 4:12 PM
Doing 38 in a 25 zone and seeing the cop just shake his head when he gets you on his radar.

The look on slower riders faces as I pass.

Trying to keep up with faster riders as they pass.

Explaining to non-cyclists that my 20 mile round trip commute is just a warm up.

Knowing that I am making up for the wasteful polluting ways of the SUV that just passed me.

Being in my mid thirties and dating women in their early to mid twenties because I'm in better shape then the game cube playing boys in there age group.

Knowing that I am more healthy now then I've been since I was a teenager.
Those once-in-a-lifetime moments (even if they happen twice)BergMann
Jun 11, 2003 9:06 PM
Things that still send a chill down my spine:

- a pocket of honeysuckle-tinged air on a hot, close evening...

- diving down into ribbons of morning fog rising serpentine from a Jersey stream

- blasting through a barn full of quizzical cows, 1500 Italians hot on your tail, high in the Dolomites

- sunset over the Pacific as you roll towards that dinner burrito

- the Zen-like moment when you hit the crest of that absolutely _unrideable_ climb that you just cleared without a dab because you didn't recognize it under 6" of snow

- The view from Camino Cielo, atop the Santa Ynez, where you can see your post-ride ocean-swim waiting for you 4000 ft. below

- That superhuman surge of adrenaline as you ride for your life, minutes ahead of a brush fire fueled by hot winds and resinous, Austrialian gums

A damn fine idea Doug.
finally being able to share my riding with my momlanterne rouge
Jun 11, 2003 10:58 PM
Going on a long solo ride the day after losing my mom to cancer and knowing she was there with me finally understanding why I enjoy spending so many miles on the bike. It was one of the best rides I have ever had, sun shining, spring flowers in full bloom and I was riding with the strength of two people and a peace that was indescribable.