just let it all out.
Wonderfully put, thank you!kneedrachen said:Maybe so, but I'm not telling
In all seriousness, I think cycling is so much fun because it removes you from the stale/static environment of a car/office/house.
Think about it. Most people spend all of their day in a climate-controlled office. The go outside for a few minutes to get in their climate controlled car. They arrive home to their climate controlled house. Within those environments, you have background noise that you start to ignore. TV, radio, coworkers, etc.
Cycling, there's no artificial boundary between you and your surroudings. Birds, insects, animals, you can't tune it out (ear plugs notwithstanding). You longer fall in to the semi-conscious state most people seem to operate within when operating a car or computer. You're forced to take notice. Turning the pedals, shifting gears, more exertion up hills, relax on the descents. The sun tingling your skin, the wind burning your lips, the cold air stinging your ears.
Cycling (to me) is not about adding years to your life. It's about adding life to your years. I'd rather lay on my death bed with fond memories of the sweet smell of sunny mornings and birds chirping than memories of a car that smells like coffee or waiting at the gas pump and emptying my wallet.
I am by no means an eco-people-powered zealot. I just appreciate simpler, less expensive pleasures in life!