There are cyclists…
Many of my readers will agree with the view that there is no better way to live your life and experience the world than on a bike.
My guest blogger takes this a step further: She reckons there are only two kinds of people: Cyclists and non-cyclists. She writes: For me, there is no better feeling than bombing it down a steep hill and feeling the wind sweep through your hair. It’s like nothing else.
Us cyclists are humble folk, but a completely different breed to non-cyclists.
Using one of the Argos bike deals on offer at my local branch, I recently treated myself to a Diamondback AXS20WHG Mountain Bike. My first port of call on my new machine was Coed y Brenin in North Wales, the birthplace of modern mountain biking.
With my bag packed and my helmet on, I set off down the Beast of Brenin, a 23-mile behemoth of a route. The intense single-track has some of the steepest gradients in the UK.
Yes, it was scary, but here’s how we differ from the so-called normal members of society: We’re thrill-seeking junkies. We don’t accept the rules and restrictions that society tries to impose on us; we see a hill, we’re going to ride down it.
The thrills that us cyclists strive to achieve from cycling can never be achieved by keeping two feet on the ground.
As well as constantly running on that special drug adrenaline, we happen to be a braver breed than those walkers out there in the great outdoors. Have you tired cycling in London, for example?
In November 2013, five of our cycling fraternity were killed in London in the space of just nine days. This grim stat needs to be paid attention to. Nearly 550,000 of us navigate London on two wheels daily and it’s a daily battle against the 2.5 million car drivers who think they have some sort of hegemony on the road. We’re the braver breed.
Our only form of safety is a helmet on our heads. Non-cyclists are far safer inside their metal fortress.
From the comfort of my bike, I go out there and I see the world. I’m not confined to tarmac roads and traffic lights. If I wanted to cycle down Snowdon I could. I probably wouldn’t, but I could!
We are “doers”. Having a bike really does make the world your oyster. You can see things that car drivers wouldn’t even fathom thinking about.
Public Health England recently published a report. Their findings were horrific. 70% of the population are now classed as obese or too fat to live a healthy life. Us cyclists are exercising every day.
Most of us are in fantastic shape, possessing some of the most toned thighs and tightest of abdomens in Britain. I love cycling and feel bad for all those who don’t.