Whenever I plan a new route, I look up google maps for interesting places. Like: Oh, there’s a castle, maybe I ride along there and back.” Or I can go on a challenge and ride up big mountains to admire the view. Or I just ride and visit my family for a coffee. There are a lot of possibilities – even a 500Km route across the alps. You can create this “simply get out of your life”-feeling when you are far away from home. I can’t do that in a lot of other sports without a motor.
Riding my bike is a thing, which integrated perfectly into my life. Because I can ride 25km to and from work in rush hour at the same time it takes with the car. When I’m back home then, I already did two hours of cycling that day and can relax. Additionally it creates this “Yeahhh I tricked you all in your superfast cars”-feeling. I can’t do that with running. Although I heard of people who did that 🙂 (www.theruncommuter.com)
I know, I can ride a bike so hard, that it hurt’s. But I also know, that I can do a relaxed two hour ride, where I only hear the sound of my rolling tires on the tarmac and ocassionally the click of a gear change. (Must say, I hate freewheeling sounds 🙂 ) Sometimes I can even feel the cooling breeze on the way down a hill. It’s like meditation. There are no stomping footsteps or shaking bodyparts.
Let me be clear: I also like other sports like running, swimming and hiking. But I love cycling 🙂
What is your favourite part about riding a bike?