Look Who’s Loving the Bike – August


I Am…..

We’ve been running the monthly “Look Who’s Loving the Bike” feature now for six months, but I have yet to give my story as to why I am Loving the Bike.  At the top of each month we feature great cycling stories and memories of why people are loving the bike.  Please take a look back at what others have been saying for the past six months…..one of my favorites so far is this video from Rhett Dopwell who has a great explanation of why he is loving the bike.

When I started this blog back in February with my very first post, I did so because cycling was my passion and I wanted to get involved with a blog to feed this love.  The past six months have helped me realize how much I really do love the bike and all the great things it does for me and my life.

As I’ve heard many of the people who have already provided me with their cycling memory or story say…it’s very difficult to select just one thing I love about the bike.  The first reason that comes to mind is that I love how it makes me feel and what it does for my body.  If it wasn’t for cycling I really don’t know how I would ever get any cardio, let alone love the way I get it.  Cycling makes me feel and look healthy and I absolutely love it.

But I am Loving the Bike for so many more reasons than just that.  I love it because of the solitude and meditative state that it brings me to every time I’m on it. As I mentioned to Bryan from Biking to Live the other day, cycling is my only means of escape these days….and I’d probably be a total mess if I didn’t have that.

I love the connection cycling gives our family when out on a ride together.  I love the craftsmanship and beauty of the design…..and the way that two wheels on a frame can provide so much to all of us who ride one.  I love the camaraderie and brotherhood among riders.  I love the speed and knowing that I am moving myself solely by my own power.  I love the fact that there is no better means of environmentally friendly transportation than the bike.  I am simply loving the bike.

So here I am…a guy, his blog, and his bike.  The combination of these three has given me more than enough reasons to be Loving the Bike, and I’m so thankful I get to share it with you through each and every post.

I still need to know why more of you are Loving the Bike.  Please submit your reason to us by going to our “Look Who’s Loving the Bike” Submit Form and we’ll feature it in an upcoming post.  Look Who’s Loving the Bike is posted at the top of each month.

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10 Responses to “ Look Who’s Loving the Bike – August ”

  1. Basin Taps  on October 20, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    i used to have 2 video blogs but i got so busy and shifted to microblogging~~:

  2. Amelia Thomas on October 6, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    i own at least 3 video blogs and i love to video blog myself and do some crazy stuffs,-*

  3. Groover on August 4, 2010 at 4:19 am

    Great blog. Love the idea of collecting and sharing all the good reasons why people ride bikes. I wrote something a while ago what I love about riding, especially competing in races. Are you ok with submitting something that has been published already on my blog? If that’s ok then I’ll dig it up.

  4. BigFlipBoy on August 3, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Great post. This puts words to something that’s hard to explain to friends. The only other people that can appreciate a nice meditative ride are the ones that enjoy their own. It’s always nice to have a partner or whatnot. I feel most at ease doing my own pace and meditating my own things. Once again putting words to something inexplainable.

  5. Bryan on August 2, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Another awesome post Darryl. You can tell that you really do love it. And thanks for the link back.

  6. Cassi on August 2, 2010 at 8:11 am

    YAY!! I’ve been waiting to see this rider featured! You put it into words beautifully – and agree with every point. I really enjoy this feature in your blog – look forward to many more.

    • Loving the Bike on August 3, 2010 at 10:14 pm

      Awww, thanks Cassi. Not only do you make me feel good when I read your blog, but definitely also when you post nice comments like this one.

  7. Clive Chapman on August 2, 2010 at 7:30 am

    It stops me being a fat git!

    Well it will eventually, I’m on my way back to my fighting weight!

    I reckon another year…

    I love my bike(s)! 🙂



    • Loving the Bike on August 3, 2010 at 10:15 pm

      The way you are moving along, it won’t take long at all. Like you once said, you have to want to make it happen in order for it to happen…..with your love, passion, and motivation there is no way you won’t achieve all your goals.

  8. tourpro on August 2, 2010 at 7:22 am

    Thanks for sharing. Bikes are good for the soul and provide those sublime moments that make unforgettable memories. I will appreciate my ride even more today.


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