This is a nice one for the season. From US Bicycling mag (which you can subscribe to electronically really cheap!)..
101 things to love about cycling.. this is just page 1. Read the full list here but add your own. Mine would be that moment of clipping in and rolling out the driveway for a pre-dawn ride.
1. Riding on New Year's Day, no matter what
2. French fries at the restaurant on the top of the Tourmalet
3. Bumping a water bottle closed on your hip
4. The inexplicable ability to feel the rider behind you ... and to sense when he's no longer there
5. The first postwinter ride in shorts and a jersey
6. Dropping the friend who always dropped you
7. Riding on the hoods
8. The flyover
9. Circling at the top of the hill, waiting for the others ...
10. ... and circling at the bottom
11. Laterally stiff, vertically compliant—when it works, it really really really really works
12. Walking your bike by the saddle
13. A paceline in which you have absolute trust
14. Setting the gripper on your shorts exactly where your tan line is
15. Hearing someone tell you "Nice pull" ...
16. ... in a voice somewhat out of breath
17. A relationship that began with a ride
18. Smelling the embrocation waft off your own legs
19. Riders who don't train, show up on unimpressive gear, and rip ass
20. Having a friend fall in love with the sport, on the bike you loaned him
21. On the rivet. Tout adroit. El gancho.
22. Knowing how to lean two bikes against each other so they can stand without other support ...
23. ... and knowing how to stand a bike by its pedal on the curb
24. LeMond at the line, 1989 world champs
25. Fresh bar tape
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The sound of bicycle tyres coming down a hill as you climb (noticed this on the summer solstice ride), a sound you hear all to rarely in todays world of sound pollution.
The beautifull smile of a gorgeous girl as she passes by in the opposite direction.
when did you see me go by Clive?
@VOD usually your returning to the bottom of the hill to see if I've made any progress.
@ Clive..........and waves and smiles as she is enjoying her day too :) :)
freewheelin' down the mountain...
the wind in your face and the bike singing like a happy cicada
The Christmas Day sense of elation as you crest the summit of your favourite climb - legs, lungs and psyche afire ...
Overhearing my neice talking to herself while she was getting changed: "It's Christmas morning and I just got a brand new bike ...this is the best day ever"
Giving people the skills and condifence to master riding a bike. That moment after they do their first independant pedals, stop and realise what they just did - on their own - it makes my heart swell no matter what the age of the rider.
Free Endorphins - natural high rewarded when worked hard & turning on the Garmin gizmo when commencing a ride