Borrowed from Bike Snob NYC:

"...I find myself wondering stuff like: What is the big deal about LeBron James riding a bike to work?

This story has been all over the news, and it's a perfect example of what's wrong with America. Where else would the sports media marvel over the fact that a professional athlete in peak physical condition was able to survive a bicycle ride of just over half an hour?

The ride took 40 minutes and he safely arrived at the arena with plenty of time to spare.

I'm not sure if they're amazed he was able to do something a typical Dutch grandmother does on a daily basis, or that he didn't get run over by a car, or both, but in any case it's a sad reminder of just how developmentally challenged our relationship with cycling is..."

It's true, isn't it?  I constantly have people saying to me "You didn't ride your bike all the way here, did you?" or "Surely you didn't ride today". 

Why not?  It takes me just under an hour to commute to work by bike, and yet if I take the train, it takes me 1.25-1.5 hours.  At the same time, I am burning calories as well as saving on fuel and upkeep for a car.

Yes, there are times/days where I don't feel like riding, so you know what... I don't.  Simple as that. 

I ride my bike because I enjoy it. Yes, it saves money and helps with decreasing pollution and dependence on petrolium products, but for the most part... I enjoy doing it. It's fun.  Maybe if more people are seen out on their bikes enjoying themselves, it will become less of a shocker when someone famous does it. Then again... maybe not.

-Papa Bear
 


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