Bicycles empower riders to seek freedom. Not the gun totting, “I say what I want” kind of freedom . . . rather, the sense of escape type of freedom. Whether searching for freedom from the stressors that seem to eclipse passion or freedom from boredom, cycling sanctions its following to enjoy life a touch more than if there was no “nobelist invention.” A rider can ride for their job or to their job, on the dirt or avoiding dirt, for utility or for futility, and experience the best moments of their day, week, month, or year.
Bonds are formed around bikes and even to bikes. Lasting friendships spring from city limit sprints or from root strewn trails. Conversations about gearing, tire pressure, and pro style fill never ending hours in the saddle. Here are stories of this shared experience.