What Propels You?


Hello cycling world, this is my first (of hopefully many regular) posts. I’m new to this community and I didn’t realize how many bike lovers there are in the world and the connection that exists between everyone. My eyes are open and I’m impressed.

Why? I never realized or thought about the passion that people have for biking. I viewed bicycles as a necessity of being a child…the first taste of freedom to get around independently and to meet with friends. I, like most everyone else, got to experience this in my youth; and then when I got older, I “moved on” to my car(s) and the need to cycle diminished. Looking back, my bike was a tool for transportation and it never materialized into something that I looked forward to or needed to do daily. Presently, my job as an educator and the relatively short cycling climate I live in (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada) dictates that motorized transportation be my main means of daily travel, further hindering a connection with my bike.

So, what motivates people to become dedicated to cycling? Why are so many people loving the bike? How do I or can I experience the bikers’ passion? These questions have been on my mind for the past couple of months. Since meeting Darryl (my neighbor and the main man behind lovingthebike.com), I’ve been thinking about how I could use my bike more often. I could use it to get in better shape, exercise the dog more, experience the world from a different perspective, go on family rides, etc. Now I look to the cycling community: what propels you to pedal everyday?


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