Personal challenge, fitness, fun
- I ride for fun, relaxation, fitness and to challenge myself. It also helps me think things through or pray. When I ride with others it's a good way to get into conversations & make friends. I wish my town was more bike friendly--lack of trails, designated routes and practical destinations. My job/business requires a vehicle to haul tools & materials otherwise I'd love to ride to work. Hoping to find a warm, winter hometown that IS bike friendly (a top criteria).
- —Guest Tim B.
- I ride to school because it is faster than the bus and it's fun -- a good workout. Plus I get to sleep in longer!!!
- —Guest George Wright
There is always a good reason to ride
- I was asked to let my supervisor show why or what are the benefits for ridung with the Ranger in Griffith Park. I found your article and I liked what I read on the top five reasons why you should ride a bike. I hope I can use most of your ideas and send it off to my supervisor. What I realized is that you can't lose by riding your bike. You WIN in every aspect. I enjoy riding my bike on my days off. It's one of my stress releasers and it gives me a great workout. Hope to meet some of you riders in Griffith Park. Your frendly park ranger, Ernie Ybarra. See you on the trails!
- —Guest ernie ybarra
I Love My Bike
- I bike because I feel good when I show up at work on my bike. I don't try to structure my bicycle commute around my life - instead, I structure my life around my commute. I choose to live close to work, between work and a few good grocery stores. I choose to shop locally. I choose to consume a little bit less in exchange for a simpler life. I love my bike! I feel happy when friends honk at me and wave as we leave the post. I feel independent when I bike. I feel like a kid again if I've had a hard day at work. I just pedal on home, just like I did when I was 9. If my day was really stressful I might pop a wheelie as I scorch past the front gate! :-)
- —Guest soldiergirl
- I ride because I like to travel on a bike. Why? Don't know.But no matter how fast or slow I ride the troubles I had when I started can't catch up with me.
- —Guest Bob Lamb
to bike is to live
- i bike 100-150 miles a week at age 65 in Victoria BC. Lots of words could be used- fun, thills, health etc. I reserve to word JOY for biking.
- —Guest mike heit
It Feels Good
- Its real... not fake... its give... not take... its move... not shake... its love... not hate
- —Guest Hardworker
Riding More These Days
- First I rode for fun. Then I got strong enough to start riding for short trips when I don't have to carry a lot. So now I was riding for fun, environmental reasons and for ease of parking. Then we had a massive public transit accident that lead me to try commuting to work. This combines fun, economy, ecology and fitness. I do still have to learn better how to be and feel safe with city riding, but I'm getting there and look forward to progressing from commuting 2x/week to 3-4x. Cycle on!
New bike rider
- I got a pedal assist electric bicycle to ride to and from home to school/work because it's healthier for me and the earth than driving. I went with an electric bike because I'm just new to bicycling, and there are two tremendous hills I have to climb, and the pedal assist really helps me get to my job and classes without getting too sweaty. But I can work up a really good sweat when I want an aerobic ride!
- —Guest Emily
- I read all the other responaes and got to say that they were all great reasons to ride a bike. The only thing I could add is that I would like to pass my happiness to one of my grandkids or any kid so that they can grow up enjoying the freedom and joy that I've had.
- —Guest Roy
- i ride becouse i can!! two years ago i sat in a wheel chair waiting knee replacement surgery due to arthritis so i couldnt do any thing. now i can!
- —Guest cathy
why i ride
- I ride everywhere. I just love the feeling of it. A lot of people look at me like I'm pathetic or a low-life for always riding a bike instead of driving around but when you look back at the whole distance you have covered you can tell yourself "I did it!" and be proud. It's just a great feeling inside yourself.
- —Guest sean
To think clearly
- While I am riding my bike, I feel closer to God and He helps me think through the steps that are a problem in my life. I feel the wind on my face and everything suddenly becomes laid out for me to problem solve. It is my time to think things through.
- You ride for the only legitimate reason. You can do all the fringe benefits in another direction, but to ride a bike, you must want to ride a bike.
- —Guest Bob Lamb
Peace of Mind
- I am a born-again biker. I did much riding back in the 80's and got away from it, then last year at age 62 I decided to get back to it for various reasons. I found that I had forgotten the euphoria of coasting down a hill, that 'ahhh' moment when the wind hits your face and you feel at one with the road. I rediscovered that sense of accomplishment when you can sit at the top of the hill you just pedaled up, look back and actually see how far you have come. My reasons to start biking again are like so many--weight loss, fitness, a cheap way to get from point A to point B, but I CONTINUE to ride for the joy of a ride, for my mental health, and just to get high on life.
- —Guest Linda S