let's have a positive thread about cycling
yesterday I rode to work and back. It was really great. There were no problems at all. I arrived at work energised yet relaxed. I saved a heap of cash over the equivalent journey by train and had a much more pleasant time than being stuffed in with loads of other people. I had a short but pleasant exchange with another cyclist.Posted 5 years agoatlazMember
I went out on Saturday morning for what is now looking like my last road ride of the year (loads of snow fell yesterday) and although I was woefully underprepared for the temperature (-5), I loved it. No road rage, no angry motorists, just a crisp, sunny morning alone with my thoughts.Posted 5 years agojekkylMember
cycling is awesome, I swear I’m addicted, always thinking about my next ride. Feeling over time my rides getting faster & being able to hold a good speed through self powered motivation is very enjoyable.Posted 5 years ago
I love being outside & riding rural roads, I feel free being able to turn off wherever I like, looking for new tracks. I also get to explore places I’ve never been before.
I get exercise to help burn off the calories.
I get to indulge my other passion of music, as I always cycle with tunes on. A new mix by favourite djs will always get me pumping harder.
It’s good to have a hobby, I’m just glad I’ve got one & it’s not a sedantry one like knitting or gaming.NobeerinthefridgeSubscriber
Whenever I sit looking out the window on another grey, wet miserable day, procrastinating as to whether to venture out or not, I always justify going out by the thought that I have never, ever regretted going riding, but have in the past regretted not going out.
As RD says above, even a bad rides a good un.Posted 5 years agocompositeSubscriber
I took a spill in the ice on the way in this morning (not so positive) but then I had 4 other cyclists stop to help me up. Reaffirmed my faith in people. I was then able to return the good deed by helping up someone else who did the same thing.
Last Friday we went to Cannock for the last ride of a specific group of mates as one of us is moving back to Canada. It was a great ride with good friends that never would have had so many shared experiences if it wasn’t for cycling. 🙂Posted 5 years agoononeorangeSubscriber
Commuting is not an option so I have to suffer the hideous train ride, but my happy story is that I went out on Saturday and had an immensely tough 21-mile ride locally – it was nothing but a continuous long hard slog up through the mud (I deliberately started low down and I live quite high up). And it was sooooo satisfying for that, I was absolutely wiped out afterwards. Lovely.Posted 5 years agoNobeerinthefridgeSubscriber
Last year I met a couple from NZ, by chance on an organised ride. They were here for 6 months, and I ended up riding with one or other of them very regularly, I now keep in touch, as they’ve gone back to Dunedin, and consider them good friends. I’ll always keep in touch with them, and hope to go over there sometime, as they’re always on about it!.
All down to a chance meeting, on bikes 😀Posted 5 years ago
I went for a road ride last Friday lunchtime and really enjoyed it. Part way round is a narrow road cars can’t use and 3 horse riders were coming down. I stopped, leaning on the verge to let them pass and they all smiled and said hello (talking horses!). The last one said “Watch out for the ice up there”. Nice.Posted 5 years ago
Going to do the loop again today 🙂buzz-lightyearMember
Sunday morning ride with Clink on the Mendips. Picked a route with well drained trails and were only troubled by two short sticky bits. Otherwise it was all fast going. Straining up the climbs, chatting on the flat bits and wheee on the descents!
It was good to catch upPosted 5 years agogonzyMember
i can’t wait to get back on my bike…Posted 5 years ago
i’ve been feeling pretty miserable for the last fortnight as i havent ridden due to a knackered seatpost (awaiting parts from Canada), a knackered pinch bolt on the fork lower (now replaced), a dying rear brake (needs replacing) and a knackered left arm that means i cant grip the bars for more than 10 minutes.
i’ve been really grumpy at work because i have to now rely on public transport and at home as i can see the bike sat in the kitchen begging me to fix it up asap…
my only comfort has been food and now i’ve gained 4lbs!!boxfishMember
Had a very pleasant, sunny 25 mile off road ride on Sunday morning. Was planning to pop out to see a mate in the evening. It was chucking it down. I didn’t even contemplate taking the car for the journey of 5 miles. Waterproofs? Check! Lights? Check! Arrived soggy but grinning.
My commute is 3 miles. Somehow this morning, that was extended to 15.Posted 5 years agoleffeboySubscriber
I was thinking of starting pretty much this thread this morning. I had woken up in a bit of a grump with a horrible day ahead that I really wasn’t looking forwards to. Weather was cold, wet and drizzly to boot.
However a couple of ‘good mornings’ from other dads on the school bike run and ‘hellos’ on the way in to work soon took the edge off the worst of it. You just don’t get that in a car
love it. Can’t imagine life without itPosted 5 years agocardoSubscriber
Through simply riding a bike , I have the following;
A Great bunch of mates and social life
interesting and varied people to ride with on a regular basis,
Freedom from the monotony of work,
A proper hobby that also keeps me fit,
The opportunity to experience the outdoors whenever I feel like it,
Something to look forward to.
We’re having our MTB Xmas do on Saturday , there’s 48 of us!!!! 😀Posted 5 years agotonydMember
I FRICKIN LOVE BIKES ME.
I have a 35 mile round trip commute on t’road bike which I do up to three times a week. Less so lately because of the weather. It always makes the day start well.
Haven’t been MTB’ing much of late but got out early doors Sunday with a mate. Lovely crisp morning, frosty/icy but sunny and bright. Nowt better.Posted 5 years agoKarinofnineMember
… it IS, my idea was to balance all those “cycling is so dangerous/ near miss” stories with hundreds of reports of cycle journeys that went well.
I mean, you hear about one fatality (which is very sad) but the news reader never says “And in today’s news, 1 million cyclists rode to work, they all had a really nice time, and no-one got knocked off their bike”.Posted 5 years ago
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