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Duchess

Finally riding a big boys bike
Feb 14, 2014
475
817
Beverly, MA
#3
I strangely feel more free on a bike than in a car and I used to be a serious car guy and drive a decently fun car (modern traffic and 50k miles/yr. driving has diminished enjoyment immensely). I'd be fine with never driving again if I could realistically get everywhere by bicycle. When I drive, I hate everyone—a WW2 fighter pilot in the midst of a melee—but when I ride I am a patient, pleasant person that I have trouble recognizing.
 

Oilit

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 30, 2015
515
343
Concord NC
#4
I strangely feel more free on a bike than in a car and I used to be a serious car guy and drive a decently fun car (modern traffic and 50k miles/yr. driving has diminished enjoyment immensely). I'd be fine with never driving again if I could realistically get everywhere by bicycle. When I drive, I hate everyone—a WW2 fighter pilot in the midst of a melee—but when I ride I am a patient, pleasant person that I have trouble recognizing.
I know what you mean. It's bad enough dealing with cell phone zombies, but some people are just rude. I need a set-up like James Bond's DB5.
 

dnc1

I live for the CABE
Apr 1, 2016
1,560
3,807
52
Wallingford, Oxfordshire, UK
#7
I'm smiling on the inside!
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Wouldn't want to scare the natives any more than I already do. Lol.
Seriously though, I do feel an awful lot happier whilst cycling.
Great talk above, who can argue with the guy. I wish the U.K. had invested as the Dutch have, but sadly the tyranny of the car overarches everything else.
I'm with @cyclingday on that greatest invention thing; freedom, liberation, happiness and health, you've got to love a bike ride!
 

tripple3

Riding Miles; Collecting Smiles
Sep 25, 2012
6,344
29,111
Beach Cities, CA 92708
#9
I found this tonight and thought it was particularly interesting. What do y'all think!? Do you smile like a fool while riding like I do?

The bicycle has literally saved my life and nearly taken my life on more than a few occasions.
Greatest invention of mankind as far as I'm concerned.
I'm smiling on the inside! View attachment 694371
Wouldn't want to scare the natives any more than I already do. Lol.
Seriously though, I do feel an awful lot happier whilst cycling.
Great talk above, who can argue with the guy. I wish the U.K. had invested as the Dutch have, but sadly the tyranny of the car overarches everything else.
I'm with @cyclingday on that greatest invention thing; freedom, liberation, happiness and health, you've got to love a bike ride!
Here's another good 1 to watch:
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Enjoy the Ride.
 

bulldog1935

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 21, 2013
3,503
4,653
downtown Bulverde, Texas
#10
I'm 60, my at-rest pulse is 42, and BP the same as when I was 19.
Tough winter for riding between our weather and my daughter's senior-year HS wrestling state-championship bid.
But I managed to get out twice last week (once in the rain). On the pretty day, I chatted with a 67-y-o with two hip replacements and the same at-rest pulse.
Circulation is everything, and a bike is the best way to burn calories, improve circulation, and have fun at the same time. Won't even go through my list of injuries that act up when I can't get on the bike.

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sarmis

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 20, 2016
142
250
52
redondo beach
#11
I'm 60, my at-rest pulse is 42, and BP the same as when I was 19.
Tough winter for riding between our weather and my daughter's HS wrestling state-championship bid.
But I managed to get out twice last week (once in the rain). On the pretty day, I chatted with a 67-y-o with two hip replacements and the same at-rest pulse.
Circulation is everything, and a bike is the best way to burn calories, improve circulation, and have fun at the same time. Won't even go through my list of injuries that act up when I can't get on the bike.

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Thank you for sharing your story,
it’s a great motivator to hear !
 

GiovanniLiCalsi

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jun 29, 2012
3,006
741
Alameda, California
#13
I'm 60, my at-rest pulse is 42, and BP the same as when I was 19.
Tough winter for riding between our weather and my daughter's HS wrestling state-championship bid.
But I managed to get out twice last week (once in the rain). On the pretty day, I chatted with a 67-y-o with two hip replacements and the same at-rest pulse.
Circulation is everything, and a bike is the best way to burn calories, improve circulation, and have fun at the same time. Won't even go through my list of injuries that act up when I can't get on the bike.

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This is an inspiring thread! Live strong!
I still own my 1971 Raleigh International, with Fiamme rims and all Campi parts, even Cinelli fork and handlebars. I love this Bicycle!
 

bikemonkey

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jun 25, 2016
743
896
66
North Carolina , Albemarle, NC, United States
#14
I'm smiling on the inside! View attachment 694371
Wouldn't want to scare the natives any more than I already do. Lol.
Seriously though, I do feel an awful lot happier whilst cycling.
Great talk above, who can argue with the guy. I wish the U.K. had invested as the Dutch have, but sadly the tyranny of the car overarches everything else.
I'm with @cyclingday on that greatest invention thing; freedom, liberation, happiness and health, you've got to love a bike ride!
Great shirt!
 

bulldog1935

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 21, 2013
3,503
4,653
downtown Bulverde, Texas
#16
Just looking at your modded International makes me feel good...
All those parts were amalgamated in the 3rd rebuild of my '77 Grand Prix from college. Since the parts I had assembled were a silk purse, I had long toyed with the idea of upgrading the frame (was thinking Specialized Sequoia or Univega Specialissima). When a wreck last October killed the Grand Prix frame, I found the '74 International frame and wholesale moved it over - had to buy two parts, seatpost and BB cable guide. Plus, I was able to sell my Nitto rear rack and Carsick Panniers for the cost of the International frame. The International main triangle is too flexy for a rear load, but it's a joy to climb. Some of my riding buddies get mad at me for occasionally calling out - I love this climb.
They always ask if you could only have one bike - this one would be it for me. 40-years of tweaking fit and function.
 
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bikemonkey

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jun 25, 2016
743
896
66
North Carolina , Albemarle, NC, United States
#17
All those parts were amalgamated in the 3rd rebuild of my '77 Grand Prix from college. Since the parts I had assembled were a silk purse, I had long toyed with the idea of upgrading the frame (was thinking Specialized Sequoia or Univega Specialissima). When a wreck last October killed the Grand Prix frame, I found the '74 International frame and wholesale moved it over - had to buy two parts, seatpost and BB cable guide. Plus, I was able to sell my Nitto rear rack and Carsick Panniers for the cost of the International frame. The International main triangle is too flexy for a rear load, but it's a joy to climb. Some of my riding buddies get mad at me for occasionally calling out - I love this climb.
They always ask if you could only have one bike - this one would be it for me. 40-years of tweaking fit and function.
Here is my '77 Grand Prix - if both of us are still around, I may ride it at the next (and last) Classic Rendezvous Weekend in Greensboro, NC.
 

ricobike

Finally riding a big boys bike
Apr 8, 2014
391
494
Evanston, United States
#18
I'm 60, my at-rest pulse is 42, and BP the same as when I was 19.
Tough winter for riding between our weather and my daughter's senior-year HS wrestling state-championship bid.
But I managed to get out twice last week (once in the rain). On the pretty day, I chatted with a 67-y-o with two hip replacements and the same at-rest pulse.
Circulation is everything, and a bike is the best way to burn calories, improve circulation, and have fun at the same time. Won't even go through my list of injuries that act up when I can't get on the bike.
I've had more than my share of close calls riding my bikes, but I always say that I'm more likely to die if I don't ride than if I do. Other than chores it's the only exercise I get. I was out yesterday in the 5 degree weather. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, but I didn't go too far. Ride on!
 

2jakes

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Sep 1, 2010
6,807
4,944
Elysium Fields
#20
I found this tonight and thought it was particularly interesting. What do y'all think!? Do you smile like a fool while riding like I do?
Every time I ride my 1920s Iver Johnson wearing my newsboy cap around the King Williams neighborhood which comprises of homes built from that era while listening to music takes me back in time with a :)
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Google map photo does not fully illustrate how beautiful the area is.
 
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