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I still get questioned "why do you risk your life riding a bicycle?" even though I've been doing this most my life. My answers have run gamut of fittness, stress release, seeing the country up close, appreciation of the bicycle design and I'm still a kid.

Lately my older brother (a Harley guy) and I have been discussing a book we read way way back in high school, "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" by Robert Pirsig. This got me thinking about Zen and the bicycle, searching the internet I found this and I believe it explins why I ride

A Zen teacher saw five of his students returning from the market, riding their bicycles. When they arrived at the monastery and had dismounted, the teacher asked the students, "Why are you riding your bicycles?"

The first student replied, "The bicycle is carrying the sack of potatoes. I am glad that I do not have to carry them on my back!" The teacher praised the first student, "You are a smart boy! When you grow old, you will not walk hunched over like I do."

The second student replied, "I love to watch the trees and fields pass by as I roll down the path!" The teacher commended the second student, "Your eyes are open, and you see the world."

The third student replied, "When I ride my bicycle, I am content to chant nam myoho renge kyo." The teacher gave praise to the third student, "Your mind will roll with the ease of a newly trued wheel."

The fourth student replied, "Riding my bicycle, I live in harmony with all sentient beings." The teacher was pleased, and said to the fourth student, "You are riding on the golden path of non-harming."

The fifth student replied, "I ride my bicycle to ride my bicycle." The teacher sat at the feet of the fifth student and said, "Ahh.... I am your student!"
 

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I keep coming back and reading this, and I to would also like to borrow it.
 

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I like your story about the ZEN teacher, I think it explanes why when I ride to Tuckahoe bike shop, 17 mile each way seams to go by so fast when I ride my bike, but takes a long time to get there when in my truck.
 

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"Because i can" is the only reason u will EVER need!
 
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