I have to ride. In grad school my bike was the only reliable way home after the busses stopped running at 2AM. I couldn’t afford to drive and didn’t have time to exercise, so I rode. I still don’t have much time to exercise but now we need the bikes (plural now) for local dinner adventures like this that combine family time and exercise in places a car can’t take us.
Since a few days they tease me… on my commute way, already smiling in the morning! I can’t wait until they are transformed into “pipas” :-)
I have countless reasons to ride, which is why I choose to every day. On this occasion, I was stopped by the beauty of the world that surrounds me while I rode. All of my senses are completely engaged when I’m on the bike. This is Why I Ride.
I ride for fun. That it’s the fastest way to go to work, that it’s good exercise, that it’s beautiful outside whatever the weather, that it saves me a lot of gas, that we only need one car between us, these are all just bonusses. When we were on holiday in Italy this summer me and my girlfriend rented a tandem to ride on the city walls of Luca, just for fun. And it was.
—Yvar van der A
In 2007, my car died. I had a choice to make: buy a new car or learn to live without one. I decided to live without one. Bussing, walking, and biking became my modes of transportation. Initially, I biked because I had to. Then I got the Pink Bike. The baskets became a necessary addition after I rode to the Farmer’s Market one Saturday. Riding home with five pounds of tomatoes, a dozen ears of corn, and a half gallon of organic milk in a jar with no baskets was NOT FUN. The Pink Bike stands out because for the most part, people don’t ride bikes around here. I ride to lose weight. I ride for fun. I ride because it’s a great way to get anywhere and doesn’t pump chemicals into the air. I ride because it’s a cheaper than a car. I ride because I love it.
Why do I Ride ?
My bike is my steed taking me places. I feel one with the landscape and all of nature around me. A bike, although man made, fits so well with nature and does not interfere with it unlike our other transportation devices. Therefore bicycling is like breathing to me; I bike to live. This is one of my favourite pictures as I reached a plateau on a climb and saw these horses grazing with the mountains as a back drop.
I commute by bicycle for many reasons. When I realized that I could recycle soda cans, plastic, bottles, etc., I wanted to keep things environmentally conscious. My wife, children and I were able to save our cash earnings, purchase and restore vintage used bicycles for our family to enjoy. This has allowed us to spend more quality time outdoors together, stay fit and keep one less vehicle off the highway. From pulling my daughter to preschool in the bike trailer, riding with my son to Cub Scouts, to a midweek date with my wife for a glass of Pinot Noir, it has truly become a lifestyle.