Galen Maynard’s Photo Contest Entry

Why I Ride:

Riding a bike is a simple act, yet it still kindles the same exhilaration I felt as a child. Maybe you cycle for health, to reduce your impact, or simply because it is practical. Regardless, the cathartic circular rotation of the pedals generates an infectious current of joy and an exhilarating sense of freedom.

In 2007 I stumbled across a community of cyclists that contribute self portraits taken while riding a bike to the Flickr Group “pandaportraits.” The group now contains 6000+ photos and 850 Flickr contributors. Time and again submissions from this creative group surface impossibly wide smiles in images that distill the fleeting joy of cycling. I attribute the growth of this global Flickr community to the power of images which transcend our differences, and inspire individuals who treasure the simple joy of riding a bike.

You can explore submissions from this creative community at the following link.


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