Never before in the history of doing something awesome have we had so much readily available opportunity to reverse so much damage in our world.
When you ride your bicycle, what you’re doing is deferring toxicity.
Plus, think about it — the more bikes you see “choking” the roads, the more of a pain in the ass it is to drive around.
Enough bikes makes a critical mass of ridership that says we don’t have to keep living an automobile-fueled mistake.
More bikes means more local commerce.
More bikes means less diabetes.
More bikes means better use of technology.
What’s your legacy?
I’d like you to think about what happens when you’re gone.
If you have kids, what are they going to brag about?
I’ve read several of Joel Salatin’s books. You know what he’s proud of with his dad?
He loves that his dad used to ride the 13 miles to work way before it made much sense. He saw early on that digging up fossil fuel only to burn it was a no-win situation.
But, forget about the global economics of burning oil for a minute and focus on what YOU get out of it. The personal benefits of rocking the bike overshadow the total positive impact of bike ridership because you get about a dozen ancillary benefits for prolonged and regular usage.
What this does is it leaves a legacy.
Why? Because in the United States it’s difficult. Utility cycling is for pioneers and freaks.
That’s right – it’s hard. I’ve lived in dozens of places throughout the US, and anybody who tells you that utility biking is easy is lying.
I’ll admit that it gets easier, but making that leap from driver’s seat to cycling saddle is not nearly as simple as a lot of bloggers make it seem.
There’s far more to think about now, and we’re living in an era of hundred of “easy things” to accomplish.
With all these decision points thrown at us every day, what tends to happen is… nothing. Nothing gets decided. Nothing tends to rule something when it floats on top of an ocean of options.
It’s much easier to jump on a treadmill than hit the road. On the road, you’ve got uncertainty, but on the treadmill you know exactly where you’re going – nowhere.
Here’s the Challenge: go grocery shopping on your bike!
This will make you think a bit more about a lot of things.
When you’re hauling your groceries over a distance, your buying habits will change over time.
For example, you will likely buy less liquids.
You’ll think about quantity of food that you actually need vs. just throwing in “stuff.”
You’ll be much more concerned with the nutritional content of what you’re eating. You’ll think of it more like an investment. You’ll think about the quality of the fuel that you’re putting in your body.
Of course, this is easiest with a bike trailer, but if you’re not quite there yet then I recommend a good, cheap pair of panniers.
This is the fastest, most efficient way to start hauling unless you’re cool with a backpack and nothing else (not as easy as it sounds).
Here’s a good pair:
Banjo Brothers Saddlebag Panniers – $59.99
from: Bike Shop Hub
Your stuff isn’t supposed to own you.
It’s not supposed to restrict your freedom.
While I admit that you have a lot of options when you’re in your car, the overall net effect of driving everywhere is not particularly freeing when you add up the total cost of ownership + the longterm negative impacts on your health and our collective environment.
When you insert meaning and purpose into your daily life, you’re creating a legacy.
You’re stating volumes without uttering a single word.