Do You Love Cycling? How Often do you ride? What kind of Cyclist are you?

United Kingdom
September 21, 2008 3:56am CST
Cycling, I absolutely love it. I've had my same bike now for about ten years and I get immense enjoyment from carrying out my own repairs and keeping the bike in tip top condition. I have a river where I live and I cycle along the tow path for many miles and eventually I end up in the countryside. I relax, I take in the fresh air and I watch the wildlife. This is the off road part of cycling that I do. When I am cycling on a busy road though, this is a different story. I'm really into fitness and so I push myself to the max when I'm on the road. By the time I have finished from that day's cycling my shirt is absolutely soaked with swet! How many miles do you cycle? Do you start to feel the benefits physically? Cycling, I wouldn't change it for the world! Andrew
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• United States
22 Sep 08
I've been cycling about 7 years and choose to do so over using the car unless I absolutely have to drive. There's such a feeling of freedom, the wind in your hair, the traffic lights your not stuck at. The biggest downfall for me is getting stuck breathing in the fumes from others vehicle exhausts. Wow, sometimes I want to wear a respirator! I take back roads when I can and that's lovely and peaceful. I smile all the way past the gas stations. I keep in shape, feel healthy and strong and have no gym bills-woo hoo! I put my headphones on and take my sweet time if I so choose. I don't push myself, I go at a steady pace and give myself enough time to get to my destination. One thing I don't like is there are some ignorant people who say rude things as if they think I can't afford a car. The guys who satre and make comments as if I am on public display. That really gets under my skin. If I get too hot I stop and rest and drink plenty of water. That's the beauty of cycling you can do it leisurely or competitvely. I think the most awesome part is that it's human power at work. For all the auto users please clean up your exhaust, it's not fair to harm people and the environment with your smoke.
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• United Kingdom
22 Sep 08
That's terrific! It's nice to meet a fellow serious cyclist! I tried wearing one of those respirators in the past but found it uncomfortable, it restricted my breathing. Tell me about those comments! I've had quite a few of those in my time as a cyclist. It's sad but I guess drivers and cyclists will never get along! The countryside definitely does it for me though. Where I live there are some horses that I cycle near and I stop to have a good old chat with them. I also like the idea of listening to some relaxing music with headphones on. This way you are not concentrating too much on the traffic sounds. Anyway, thanks for your thoughts. Andrew
• United Kingdom
24 Sep 08
Hi, thanks for your positive response. That's really interesting. Can you tell me, where do you get those stop global warming t-shirts? I sure would like to start wearing them myself, I never thought of that, great idea. Andrew
• United Kingdom
24 Sep 08
That's great, thanks. I will be sure to check out the Greenpeace website and pick up some t-shirts of my own. That sounds typical regarding the police officer! A lot of cyclists are starting to get stopped over here now too. Yes, I like the idea of becoming a cycling billboard!! Well, stay fit and I will speak to you soon. Andrew
• United States
25 Sep 08
My Trusty Steed - I found this bicycle on my front yard many years ago. I left it there for quite a few days before inheriting it. It even has shock absorbers! I LOVE my bicycle!!!
I absolutely love my bicycle! I want to live somewhere that I can ride my bike everywhere!
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• United Kingdom
25 Sep 08
Yes, cycling is definitely the way to go. The countryside is the perfect place for cycling. Thanks for your thoughts. Andrew
• United States
25 Sep 08
I understand Portland Oregon is very cycle friendly and is actually encouraged being the environmental hub of the Nation.
30 Dec 08
I've loved cycling ever since I got into mountain biking at about 12 and got my first decent bike. Ever since I've really got into road cycling, which I now do more often than mountain biking. I love going on long rides (50-60 miles) at the weekends,exploring new areas and pushing my limits of endurance as far as I can and freely riding wherever I please, for hours on end. Even though I'm often alone, I never get bored cycling - I love to appreciate the scenery, breathing fresh air and challenging myself to try to become as a good as possible. There's nothing that can clear my head like going cycling. I just seem to leave any worries behind me. My only concern with cycling is breathing in too much exhaust from cars, but that can be resolved by choosing quieter roads and certainly it does not stop me cycling. Nice to hear from a fellow enthusiast!
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• United Kingdom
31 Dec 08
Hi Nick, that's terrific! It sounds like you are a serious cyclist which is good. I too love to venture on my bike for many miles in open country; for the majority of the time I have cycled solo. I would like to cycle with others as I feel that I would enjoy the experience more. I am a little anxious though, and I know that this sounds ridiculous but, joining a cycling group for the first time, I am a little nervous about that. Still, now that we are about to enter the new year I'm hopeful that I will make some major changes when it comes to cycling. Good luck with your own cycling and welcome to My Lot. Thanks for making your first post part of my discussion! Andrew
• India
22 Sep 08
Love it but only fitness point of view & i enjoying it.
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• United Kingdom
22 Sep 08
That's great that you love cycling. I too love the fitness that you get out of doing this activity. I get even more pleasure from personally maintaining my own bike rather than taking it down to a shop. Thanks for your thoughts. Andrew
@sweetie1026 (1723)
• Philippines
21 Sep 08
Good for you my friend. I am not a cyclist but i did have a bike way back when i was younger. Yes, it is so refreshing and relaxing to be riding the bike to the countryside.I do get to ride my bike then, during the early morning when there is no at all. But i have to give it up because i have got no time to do it anymore, i had to take care of my girls and i had my work. Now, i think i am too old to do that and i don't know if i could still ride on a bike.
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• United Kingdom
21 Sep 08
Hi, I just could not live without cycling these days! It's a shame that you don't cycle anymore. You are definitely never too old to start cycling. I'm hoping that I will still be cycling by the time I get to 90!! I may be going a little slower then but I will still be cycling. Yes, it's defintely difficult when you have a lot of other responsibilities! Well, you never know, you may return to it at some point. Many thanks. Andrew
@James72 (26829)
• Australia
21 Sep 08
Hi Andrew, I used to ride mountain bikes a lot actually but this was some time ago and I have not done this for a while now. I don't even own a bike anymore! But this is probably smart too. If you saw the way people drive here I think I would end up in an accident very quickly if I even TRIED! lol. I used to ride around 40 - 50 kilometres every weekend and loved it as well. It was hard going a lot of the time but I always felt fantastic afterwards.
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• United Kingdom
21 Sep 08
Hi James, That's great that you were into mountain biking. It's a shame that you're not taking part now but I understand what you're saying. There are times when I'm on the road and I thought to myself, that was an extremely close shave! I have had quite a few near accidents but thankfully I have been ok. There's just so much freedom to be had from cycling and you get to see things that you would not normally see, i.e. the wildlife and so forth. Yes, I do my own repairs now and everything, got a few books out in relation to this. I don't trust bike shops anymore as they tend to get one over on you if you don't know your stuff! Well, I hope that one day you will return to cycling. Thanks James. Andrew
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@divinchris (2449)
• India
21 Sep 08
Hi Andrew! I love cycling,and its been days I rode a cycle.The last time when I was driving was during my school days.Ever since I left my school I did not get the opportunity to ride my cycle.During my school days,Im a rash cycle driver.I miss those wonderful moments.Thanks for having this discussion.Happy mylotting
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• United Kingdom
21 Sep 08
Hi, yes cycling is a real gem! They say that if you take part in regular cycling then you enjoy the fitness level of someone ten years younger. So, I'm 33 and I guess this means I have the fitness level of someone aged 23, not bad!! Do you have an interest to return to cycling? I just love carrying some supplies in my rucksack and then setting off. A flask of tea, couple of sandwiches, real pleasure!! Many thanks. Andrew