Don’t Wanna Race? That’s OK!
For many, cycling for reasons beyond the podium is a foreign concept.
Don’t get me wrong. Competitive cycling is fun, not just the pin-a-number variety, but also the racing-for-the-city-limits fun version. Fast cycling is addictive, and once you’re hooked it is very hard to let go. It is natural that many road cycling enthusiasts think of racing at one point in their development as their fitness (and speed) increases.
Fast cycling is addictive, and once you’re hooked it is very hard to let go.
But road cycling is only one area of the vast cycling world out there. Even for those that enjoy road cycling, racing isn’t (or shouldn’t be) the ultimate destination in their cycling journey. I recently wrote an article on cycling priorities that touches a bit on this topic.
Cycling For Fitness
Cycling For Fun
If you don’t feel like that child that first got on a bike many years ago, something’s wrong.
Cycling For Exploration
Another popular type of cycling is touring, whether fully-supported or self-contained. More recently bike-packing has become more and more popular. The idea is to travel to and explore places using your bicycle as the primary mode of transportation. This allows you to experience the landscape and culture in a more intimate way. You don’t even need expensive equipment to do this: any reliable bicycle in good working order, shorts, t-shirt, sandals, a helmet, and a bag or two will do. There are many organizations that can help you get started; here in the United States one of the most popular ones is Adventure Cycling.
Cycling For Utility
“Work. The time between my morning and evening commutes.”
When a significant number of daily car trips are less than just a few miles utility cycling could be the answer to eliminate many of the transportation and parking problems in many cities. Here’s an article from the WorldWatch Institute that although I bit dated I am confident that it is still very much relevant.
Cycling For Reasons Beyond The Podium: Conclusion
There are many forms of cycling that don’t involve racing or having to spend lots on expensive equipment. A healthy attitude and a well-maintained bicycle can go a long way in making cycling a wonderful experience for anyone.