Transportation as a Form of Self-Therapy


I’ve been fighting a virus this week, off the bike and house-ridden for the past few days. Today was the first day I felt like getting back on the bike, and fortunately, we had a beautifully mild day with highs around 60F and no wind. We took the opportunity to ride across town to see a friend’s paintings in an art show that opened today at a local gallery.


Wow, it felt good to be back on the bike, out in the fresh air and enjoying the natural world. My body feels better, I feel refreshed, and most importantly, I feel much more clear-headed. It really is amazing what a nice, long, slow bike ride can do to speed along recovery and brighten your mood. This time of year when we’re all so sun starved and short on fresh air, a bike ride on a sunny day can really work wonders. The fact that all of this is an added benefit to a simple, economical, and environmentally-friendly mode of transportation is quite remarkable!


10 Responses to “Transportation as a Form of Self-Therapy”

  • eddie f says:

    all the money I used to spend on psychotherapy I now much morehappily spend on bikes so as to do just what you described in this posting; ride to feel alive…and good. Now I need addiction therapy.

  • Alan says:

    I can’t think of a better thing to be addicted to than riding a bicycle, Eddie!


  • Tamia Nelson says:

    Sun? :D It’s amazing how much cleaner and more refreshing outdoor air can be especially when we’re fighting illness. Glad to learn you’re feeling better. Bikes cure what ail’s ya!

  • Mel Hughes says:

    Just rub it in, Alan! I was out with similar physical complaints all last week. Of course it snowed midway through that. But now that I am beginning to feel half-human, it’s back to 12 hour day shifts on the helicopter… No light, warmth, or decent dry areas to ride in. YUCK! And the forcast for next Thursday, when I finally get off is for more snow and below freezing weather. Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to help my wife muck the horse stalls and dream of March. I hope you are feeling much better.

  • Alan says:

    Thanks, Tamia! :-)

  • Alan says:

    Hi Mel,


    I hope you get a break in the weather that coincides with a day off sooner rather than later!

    Hang in there…

  • Amoeba says:

    There is little doubt that cycling makes one feel good. There’s science to back that view too.
    I find that my bad back benefits from cycling, but walking will do. But cycling is so much more enjoyable, even in the bicycle unfriendly UK.
    If my back is really painful, I take some pain-killers and once they kick-in, I go for a bike ride, which soon sorts my back out. Much cheaper than a visit to the osteopath and more fun too.

    Luckily, back pain is infrequent. But any excuse will do to go for a bike-ride.

  • Bernie says:

    I think this is one of the bicycling secrets you don’t learn until you’re in the saddle. It wasn’t until I didn’t have a car to fall back on that I realized the times I feel tired or a bit under the weather are the perfect times to do my errands by bike: I may not feel great afterward, but I always feel *better* !! More than anything else, this is what motivates me to ride.

  • Adam says:

    I love how the way we dress for a 60 degree day is determined by what we’re acclimated to.

    You guys are wearing sweaters, gloves, etc. In contrast, if we had a 60 degree day there’d be people sunbathing and riding bikes half naked…

  • SM says:

    Bike riding always lifts my spirits. When I come home I’m ready to conquer anything.

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