Started by SGOS, September 10, 2017, 09:58:01 AM
Quote from: Baruch on September 10, 2017, 10:06:57 AMBicycle stories. When I was about 12, I decided I liked the sound a stick makes when you poke it into the rear wheel spokes from your right hand while steering with your left hand. That was the second time I went over the handlebars onto the street ;-) If it hurts, don't do it again.
Quote from: Unbeliever on September 10, 2017, 11:10:52 AMFirst bike a ever had lasted about a week before it was stolen off our front porch. Didn't get another one - ever. At least not until I was grown and bought my own.
Quote from: Baruch on September 10, 2017, 01:17:59 PMYeah ... my first 2 wheel bike ... that was the first time I went over the handlebars and landed on my face, and in the hospital ;-( Later it was stolen. I got another one for Christmas a couple years later ... rode until I was 16 and started driving. I try to ride now on a mountain bike on a rough path ... it is so hard on my behind, I weigh twice as much as I used to!
Quote from: Cavebear on September 11, 2017, 02:58:50 AMHurrah! Going far on a bicycle is a great thing, I never did more than 20 miles (bst guess) around town, but I understand the idea. There is something freeing about a bike.We had a huge hill limiting our neighborhood. On a good day, I made it up. On a bad day, the chains slipped and I nearly de-balled myself. But I never stopped trying that hill.
Quote from: SGOS on September 11, 2017, 07:00:27 AMYeah there is something about it that I relate to being free. It's different than driving a car or a motorcycle, where I don't get that same feeling, not that there aren't pleasant feelings associated with cars and motorcycles, but on a bike you are totally responsible for what is going on. You are not delegating the physical energy requirements to an engine. Everything required for the activity is coming from you, and not turned over to an energy providing prosthesis. You are FREE of those things. Well not completely, you still are using a mechanical contrivance, even if it doesn't have a motor.Oddly, that experience of freedom would seem to be compounded if one ditched the bike and took up running, and I think for some people, that is true. I've done the running thing, and I can say, "Yeah, it's cool... ," but it never addicted me or called to me, and I never experienced a runner's high. I don't know how many runners have, but it is talked about. When riding a bike, I enjoy the smoothness of the rolling motion. It's like a lullaby.Hills can be daunting, and there is no way to gun the bike up a steep hill and experience added G forces. I put it in low gear and accept that I have to slow down, sometimes to an imperceptible crawl, and wait for the adrenaline rush on the other side. It works better for me, not to be in a hurry on a hill. And I try not to curse them, but approach them with a "sometimes we are forced to deal with life" frame of mind.