I'm not very competitive, especially when it comes to cycling. If you want to be a competitive cyclist, you need time and money. Time to train. Money for equipment, which is pricey when it matters what type of bike you ride. So complex is the world of racing as a sport that even my understanding of it is complicated. Road biking is something that I've recently taken on and although I still crave for the simplicity of cycling in a city for convenience, I try not to treat it as a sport but as a way of life. From commuting and recreation, for the environment, health, or happiness, cycling has way of being a central role in our lives.
It may be obvious, or not, that most cyclists share similar lifestyles. It's all about the bike, the rides, the climbs, the pain, and the company that pushes you to ride harder. For the occasional bike rider, they may not understand the pride behind two-toned razor sharp tan lines, why we would rather take the scenic back roads, have enormous appetites, and an obsession with France, espresso, and light gear. These are a few characteristics that cyclists share, however, there are the important things like love of adventure and nature, self-reliance, and seeking the simple pleasures of life. The cyclist's lifestyle is about simple living, period.
Irregardless of what cycling cultural rules are, the cyclists lifestyle is about the dedication to the bicycle, the manifesto it holds as a machine for freedom. As we seek to live mindful lifestyles that leave a positive impact on the people and world around us, cycling becomes that machine of passion that is much more than a transportation alternative. The cycling lifestyle is a way to fully experience the places we love and all of its details, where we find true fulfillment in new and real experiences out on the road.
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