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    Why do you ride?

    I just got into the sport not too long ago and I love to ride because I'm able to get away from all the stress and problems that the world brings. I am able to be one with mother nature, and riding my bike in the middle of the woods is definitely my place of zen. I ride because there is no better feeling than finishing a trail and looking back and saying "damn!" The rush that I get while I ride is unlike no other. So what's your story?

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    Quote Originally Posted by high on life
    So what's your story?


    and trails like that

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    I just like working on my bike and need and excuse to do so.

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    ... and if we just ... I ride because....

    I ride because it makes me feel like a kid again. When I ride I'm reminded of those carefree moments that only children can have. It allows me to imagine for brief moments of time that I have nothing better to do than just have fun. This simple perception has kept me riding my mountain bikes for 20 years now. In fact, I appreciate it now more than ever the older I get.

    Also, I can honestly say that I've never regretted riding my bike... not once. How many actions in one's life allow you to say that? I can't think of one.

    Thanks for asking.

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    To get out of the house.

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    I do it to get away from the every day stuff and enjoy nature.

    Helps to bond with your kids when you take them along to ride with you and teach them about nature and enjoying the outdoors.

    Also helps me to keep my weight in check.

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    I ride in order to live longer.So that I can see our future children grow up. I ride to know that there is more then the daily grind! To escape from the repetetiveness of daily life. To ride so far out that I can once again find solice with nature & myself.To push my mind, body & soul all at the same time. To feel happy and alive for just one more day, one more ride, and one more night with my wife! thats why I ride!

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    I ride for fun, first and foremost. In addition, I ride for exercise. I ride to get out of the house and be alone. I ride to get out of the house and meet new people, and to get to know others better. I ride to escape the kids. I ride to bond with the kids. I ride to get to work (well, a couple of blocks, anyway). I ride to get away from work (literally and figuratively). I ride because of the sense of community I get from MTBR. I ride to feed my testosterone-induced need for new toys and new tools I ride to clear my head. I ride to fill my heart.

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    Time stands still when I'm riding. I don't have a care in the world. All of my focus is on the moment. No stress, no worries. It's great exercise. I love pushing myself harder and faster with every ride--and seeing the results. It gives me a rush like nothing else. Plus I get views like this. Over 12 miles of awesome singletrack out there, all just 20 seconds from my front door...
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    I hope you have a big trunk... 'cuz I'm puttin' my bike in it.

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    I hope you have a big trunk... 'cuz I'm puttin' my bike in it.

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    Let's see, I ride because:
    1. I need the exercise
    2. it relieves stress
    3. I like being outdoors
    4. I like being with friends who also enjoy riding
    5. and most of all, it makes me happy

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    HIGH ON LIFE is right about being able to get away from all the stress and problems that the world brings.
    ENDUSER is right, I also ride because it makes me feel like a kid again.
    I also ride for the down hill part of it, if it does not have a down hill section I will not ride it.
    I love to ride in the early mornings and late evenings because you get to see the wild animals. nothing beats seeing a deer, bob cat, mountain lion, snak, coyote, hair, tarantula,
    scorpion, ect...............

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    so that I can eat

    Quote Originally Posted by high on life
    I just got into the sport not too long ago and I love to ride because I'm able to get away from all the stress and problems that the world brings. I am able to be one with mother nature, and riding my bike in the middle of the woods is definitely my place of zen. I ride because there is no better feeling than finishing a trail and looking back and saying "damn!" The rush that I get while I ride is unlike no other. So what's your story?
    more carne asada burritos. If I didn't ride, I'd have to cut back!

    YR

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    Wait, we're actually supposed to ride those things? I just thought they were there to drain my wallet and make people upset because I want one to live inside the house with me, eat dinner at the dinner table and go to sleep next to me in the bedroom.

    Truly though, I think I just echo what everyone else here said. I have yet to encounter a life stress or problem that kicking my own ass on the trail for a couple hours didn't immediately put in its proper perspective.

    I ride because after some rides my face hurts from how much I've been smiling. I don't ask questions with sensations like that, I just repeat as often as necessary/possible.

    I ride because it allows me to be a tinkerer, to wrench on my bike and constantly tune/dial things to fit me, and to wax philosophically about head tube angles and bottom bracket heights, and after approaching things in a very methodical, cerebral fashion, I get to immediately put the newest revisions to the test, and if I did well I am rewarded with shot of adrenaline, a serious thrill, and the kind of laugh that "special" kids have, you know the type who can't eat oatmeal without most of it ending up in their hair.
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    I ride for the challenge.

    I work 5 days a week at a job that i don't really care about but it readily supports my biking habit by giving me money, 5 weeks vacation a year, and lots of freetime to surf the web to read about bike stuff.

    I love the feeling of total exhaustion after an epic ride all day. When does food or beer ever taste better?

    Mountain biking is a drug.

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    As the Taoist master once said, "I ride my bicycle to ride my bicycle."

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    Repost from long ago...

    [size=2]I think this sums it up pretty well

    Body Building With The Bicycle - by Knute Rockne, Physical Director, University of Notre Dame
    For general, all-around, health-making, invigorating, stimulating, muscle-building, lung-expanding, leg-developing, tissue-strengthening exercise, commend me to the sturdy instrument of self-locomotion of our fathers, the bicycle.

    All forms of body and brain exercises, I believe, are found in that ancient and still noble steed, the bicycle. You need no special, long-continued preliminaries before you become proficient in the art of pedaling. You need only a few dollars, a local bike store, and an out-door urge. Given these, you straddle the saddle and ride into the healthland by whatever stages you feel fit for. You ride to work in the fresh, open spaces. Back home the same way. No cost, no set rules for conquering girth control. Just a daily hardening of the muscles, broadening of the chest, and an ever-growing appreciation that life's really worth the candle, after all."

    [/size]

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    many reasons

    I ride because I love to ride. When I am riding I am not thinking about anything else, other then enjoying my day on the trail. Its a great way to rid stress, have fun, stay fit, meet people, and socialize with friends. Whether its a group ride or solo, its always fun. Plus I enjoy being in the outdoors, so its the perfect sport to be in.
    Cheers!

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    enough already

    [size=2].....[/size]
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    nothing to see here

    [size=2].....
    [/size]
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    Repost from long ago...

    [size=2]what the hell was that all about?[/size]
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    Because I still haven't found what I'm looking for

    I have climbed highest mountain
    I have run through the fields
    Only to be with you
    Only to be with you

    I have run
    I have crawled
    I have scaled these city walls
    These city walls
    Only to be with you

    But I still haven't found what I'm looking for
    But I still haven't found what I'm looking for

    I have kissed honey lips
    Felt the healing in her fingertips
    It burned like fire
    This burning desire

    I have spoke with the tongue of angels
    I have held the hand of a devil
    It was warm in the night
    I was cold as a stone

    But I still haven't found what I'm looking for
    But I still haven't found what I'm looking for

    I believe in the kingdom come
    Then all the colors will bleed into one
    Bleed into one
    Well yes I'm still running

    You broke the bonds and you
    Loosed the chains
    Carried the cross
    Of my shame
    Of my shame
    You know I believed it

    But I still haven't found what I'm looking for
    But I still haven't found what I'm looking for
    But I still haven't found what I'm looking for
    But I still haven't found what I'm looking for...


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    Quote Originally Posted by flowmaster
    I have climbed highest mountain
    I have run through the fields
    Only to be with you
    Only to be with you

    I have run
    I have crawled
    I have scaled these city walls
    These city walls
    Only to be with you

    But I still haven't found what I'm looking for
    But I still haven't found what I'm looking for

    I have kissed honey lips
    Felt the healing in her fingertips
    It burned like fire
    This burning desire

    I have spoke with the tongue of angels
    I have held the hand of a devil
    It was warm in the night
    I was cold as a stone

    But I still haven't found what I'm looking for
    But I still haven't found what I'm looking for

    I believe in the kingdom come
    Then all the colors will bleed into one
    Bleed into one
    Well yes I'm still running

    You broke the bonds and you
    Loosed the chains
    Carried the cross
    Of my shame
    Of my shame
    You know I believed it

    But I still haven't found what I'm looking for
    But I still haven't found what I'm looking for
    But I still haven't found what I'm looking for
    But I still haven't found what I'm looking for...


    -U2

    What is the name of that song?

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    Quote Originally Posted by high on life
    What is the name of that song?
    Basically it's the chorus: "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For", U2, circa 1997
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    Ride?

    I started riding for fitness. Now wife and kids have multiple bikes each and we all ride together. road, trail, etc.
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