People ask me all the time how I can devote so much time and money to cycling. The answer is real simple, the view.
Cycling is an expensive sport. Our bicycles cost $2,000 a piece. How do I justify spending that kind of money? I ride 5,000 miles a year, so my first year of riding my bike cost me forty cents a mile, the next year twenty cents a mile. In four years it’s paid for. Easy to justify.
The time I spend on a bicycle is the hardest thing for people to understand. I can typically cover 30 miles in about two hours and 60 miles in four to five hours depending on the terrain. So to ride 5,000 miles in a year will take me roughly 350 +/- hours. 350 hours, each year on a hard saddle, pedaling my big Lycra covered ass up even bigger hills. I understand why some people think I am Nuking Futs, hell sometimes I do too. But here is thing, look at the picture above, this is what I get to look at. I am not racing, I don’t get paid to do this so if I want to stop and watch the cows, or rescue a turtle, or have a cold beer, I can and I do.
I started riding a bicycle ten years ago and I will tell you with all sincerity it not only changed my life it probably saved my life as well. Physically and mentally I was not doing well and it’s funny to look back now and understand how fixing the physical part played an important role in fixing the mental part.
If you are even remotely thinking about riding a bicycle for exercise I highly recommend it (check with your Doctor first please). You don’t have to start out with a $2,000 bike, I didn’t. You don’t have to start out riding 30 miles, I couldn’t. What you can do and what you will get is a view like no other. The world looks very different when it is right in front of you and not behind a windshield going 45 miles per hour. Enjoy the view.