Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Spoked Wheels, 9 Aug 2007.
I would be interested why people cycle.
Cheaper, easier and better for me than a car, faster then walking, better for carrying a load of stuff and I enjoy it...
I started to lose a few pounds - and it worked - I lost 2.5stone in 4 months last year - significant changes to diet too!
however, i really really enjoy it so have kept it up. I did a coast-2-coast ride earlier this year and i have just bought a new 'fixed gear' bike to see what that is like.
oh also - now, a year on, I can have a curry at the weekends and perhaps a couple of beers without needing to go get a size bigger jeans the monday after - and this is a nice added benefit!
That's not really a good poll - I need to tick several boxes and 'pleasure' is one of them, but not 'pleasure only'.
started off as a good way of combining commuting with getting fit. now got the bug so go out at the weekend, often with my local club.
so i'm voting "other"
Transport - (IME) it's more reliable than a car or public transport (PT)
Enjoyment - It's fun, I love cycling!
Economics - It's potentially a lot cheaper than car/PT, though my bank balance doesn't seem to bear this out!
Mental Health - It's great for my fix of seratonin and adrenaline 'cos it's fun.
Health - Keeps me fit, allows me to eat excessive amounts of cake and pies without turning into a bloater!
Oh yeah and did I mention I quite enjoy cycling.
Then there's the usual side benefits of being a smug, environmentaly friendly, non-polluting hippie-type, tree hugger.
The look on drivers faces when you filter between them is another great reason.
The list goes on, and I haven't even started on MTBing yet!
i snapped 10 years ago on the underground i was absolutley furious that i was paying an extortionate amount to be transported worse than cattle would be so i took my hobby and turned it into my commute too. never looked back and only rarely use the underground, now i can make my £10 oystercard last a month!
Because of the almost zen-like feeling of passing painlessly through the great f**ked up machine that is the modern city.
Just about all the points that have already been mentioned above, yes. Except competitive cycling, but I can't be doing everything!
Am I allowed to say "to help save the planet"? Or is that too tree-hugging?
Melvil that is a beautiful post. Chapeau
My main reasons are enjoyment and health, followed by economics, althouth Peyote definitely has a point!
In terms of health though, I've found I've put on weight since I began commuting in earnest this year. I have lost the balloon that was my distended gut but I have leg bulges now that weren't there before, and they're clearly heavier than the gut was!!
Admittedly I do eat like I am the Pig King of Antioch though.
muscle weighs more than fat. that's why i don't do scales, what's the point?
Because I enjoy it for all the reasons mentioned above and I've made a good few friends because of it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Never mind drugs in cycling, cycling in itself is a drug to me, but I'm not complaining!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
All of the above.
It started off as a desire to lose weight after getting a bit chubby at the end of uni. Apparently having lots of toppings on your pizza and mixing your drinks doesn't constitute a balanced diet.
Now it's mainly for pleasure as unfortunately it can't be used for a sensible commute.
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