Look Who’s Loving the Bike: June

Here’s a look at who’s loving the bike for June, 2012.  At the top of each month we like to feature the amazing stories and memories of people who are loving the bike.  Please take a look at what these lovers have to say.  Hey…..and we’d love to hear from you as well….feel free to submit your “Look Who’s Loving the Bike” story to us at any time.

Jackie Dishner - Phoenix, AZ

I’m loving the bike because it got me through a three-year divorce. When my 10-year marriage began to unravel because of a cheating husband, I turned to the dusty old bike that had been sitting in my garage for support. This was some kind of divine intervention, because, all of a sudden, I noticed that thing. That bike called out to me. So I removed the old clothes that hung across its seat. I dragged it out of the corner. And I took it for that first spin — the first one in eight years. Every day, for next three years — rain or shine — I got on that bike and rode right through the fear, the insecurities, the anxiety, the stress and the numbness. I retrieved a new life back because of that bike. It became my salvation, the place where I could cry out loud, scream into the air, and pray.

It gave me a signature story to motivate others. I now speak about the lessons I learned from the seat of my bike, I still ride, and I collect bike imagery. I’m loving the bike because it’s about moving forward. Who wouldn’t love that?”

Aris Phinicarides - Cyprus

“I used to ride a bike to school.. (about 49-16 = 33 years ago!!!) Since then I “paused” for about 29 yrs and now I m back – not to school .. to Bicycle!. 

It is fast, and if I am in stress it helps to recover. Also it is much mor economic than car.  Cars are good for out of city routes…after all.”

Gabe McKay - Toronto, ON

“I love the money I save (approx $200 per month) I love the freedom, the excitement of riding through downtown traffic and I love what it’s done for my waist line. I’ve been commuting for 3 years now and I am addicted.”

Anil Jethwa - Perth, Australia

“What better way to start and end a day with my bike commute to work; bike path along the river, no traffic, no fuss, nobody to share with except the sun, the wind, the birds, the trees, the fresh air, the humility.  I am blessed to be this fortunate daily…..”

  • Connie

    GREAT!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/bikelady Jackie Dishner

    Thank you, Darryl, for including me in this column. I appreciate it. And I love Anil’s response, too!

    • http://twitter.com/vanwaffle vanwaffle

      Way to go, Jackie! I haven’t ridden a bike since my teens, but there are plenty of incentives in the bike-friendly city where I live. It also fits my ideas about sustainable living. One of these days…

      • http://twitter.com/bikelady Jackie Dishner

        It’s a great place to find the peace and quiet that fuels creativity, Van. Get a bike!