Why Do You Ride?

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Why do you ride?

Lance writes stories from his heart, aiming to inspire and motivate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he's not here, you can find him hanging out with his family, riding a bike, or just generally acting goofy.   Sign up for the Thoughts from the Treehouse newsletter and get additional inspiration in your email inbox!
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Tim May 20, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Hi Lance:

Great topic…I ride because it is absolutely the best way to clear my head.
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Lance May 21, 2011 at 6:10 am

Hi Tim!
Biking is great for that – I love getting out on the bike path near our house on early morning, and just “being” out there – so good to clear out all those thoughts that are normally bouncing around in my head.

Thanks for sharing!!

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Megan "JoyGirl!" Bord May 21, 2011 at 7:13 am

Well that’s just the most delightful little video ever! And it makes me want to (what?!!) RIDE! Actually, I’ve thought about this — and I have some fear around cycling here, there and everywhere instead of driving. Not physical fear, but something else. Why else wouldn’t I commit to at least trying to give up my car 50% of the time, or whenever feasible?
Lance, do you ride as often as you can? I’m so interested in not just talking about making changes that help the world, but DOING it. Acting on it. Being the change. Might you please keep kicking my butt in this regard by doing similar posts from time to time?
Loving you, my friend, and thankful for your energy. Happy Saturday! Happy Sunshine Day! Happy Lovebug Day! Happy Ice Cream Day! (Evita, don’t read this comment!) (smile)

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Lance May 22, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Megan,
This video sure is sweet and fun! (I’m personally loving the idea of chocolate milk tankers instead of oil tankers!)

I DO *try* to ride as much as I can. Some days that’s easier than others (I did get 18 miles in on Friday!). And the thing is – when I do bike, it’s like there’s this automatic boost in how I feel (just in general)! And I feel like it does make a difference, even if it’s small, in making our world a better place.

(ha!!!) Okay….(the butt kicking)!! (and now…I’m laughing out loud!!)

Love you, dear friend…love you way, way more than even ice cream!!

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Little Lessons Under the Big Sky May 21, 2011 at 7:25 am

What a great video, Lance!!

I ride because I CAN! In the last few years we have had bike trails being developed like crazy. I am fortunate to live in a town that advocates bike riding. To some extent, it is CRAZY that people are riding in snowstorms during the winter with their studded bike tires. They are braver than I am:) But we are very fortunate here to have a huge non-profit organization called Adventure Cycling. They are the “wheels” behind the national “rails to trails” program…converting old railways into bike paths. In the next two years I will see a new bike trail that comes around the mountain on an old trail that connects to my neighborhood 8 miles from town and be able to ride-traffic free-all the way in!! So excited.

This video got me a little teary. Loved it!
Happy Saturday, friend. Ride on!
Love,
Jen
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Lance May 22, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Jen,
I know!!! This video is just so, so fun!

I LOVE that – you ride because you can!! And bike trails are a great way to get out there and have a safer place to ride. So, how awesome that your town is creating these trails!

Now…about that “riding in any weather”….ummm, they are braver than I, too!! Me: a bit more of the “fair weather” biker!)

Okay – we SHALL meet up one of these days….and let’s add biking to the itinerary!!

Happy trails, sweet friend…
Lance

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Alex Blackwell | The BridgeMaker May 21, 2011 at 8:34 am

So many wonderful messages here Lance. Thanks for sharing this with us.

Alex

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Lance May 22, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Hi Alex,
I know! I watch this video and just smile!! It’s a feel good video in a big way!

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Melody | Deliberate Receiving May 21, 2011 at 9:56 am

What a great little video! “I’ll grow a heart so strong that hospitals will take Tuesdays off” – I LOVE that. Personally, I don’t ride much. I live in a fabulous city that I love. But bike riding isn’t on the menu here. Few bike paths and crazy, crazy drivers. But this little video has inspired me. I think the next time I’m in the country side, I’ll rent a bike for a few hours. Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂

Hugs,
Melody
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Lance May 22, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Melody,
I love the “Tuesdays off” too!! (that and the chocolate milk tankers!!)

Having a safe place to ride can really make a difference. I’m lucky that we have a nice trail not far from our house, plus we live in an area that has light traffic.

My son and I were in Sedona, AZ last fall – and rented bikes while we were out there. What a blast that was – exploring the area on two wheels! So, definitely consider the bike rental idea when you’re out in the countryside!

Hugs and love!
Lance

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Jody - Fit at 53 May 21, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Great video. I hate to say but I am not a fan of bike riding & especially in my crowded area of southern CA…. but ya never know…. 😉
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Lance May 22, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Jody,
That’s the thing – this is not for everyone. And that’s okay. I know you’re out there getting your share of exercise, anyway – so that itself is very awesome!

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Jean Burman May 21, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Hi Lance!

Bike riding seems to be a global phenomenon at the moment. Here in my hometown a brand new bike path has been built from the middle of the CBD right out to the airport. It will eventually extend right up to the northern beaches 30 kilometres away. My only argument is that it hasn’t been well thought out and the track now winds parallel to the road and in some places the road has been narrowed so much that it has become unsafe for cars [AND bikes]. Reading Jen’s comment above about how the rail tracks have been utilised… made me think how much better a solution this would have been!

It’s early morning Sunday here and I’m off on my walk. Will be watching out for out of control bikers though as one of my walking buddies got cleaned up on the walking path the other day by a rider coming around the corner on the wrong side *sigh* [That’s not to say all bike riders are out to get the pedestrians but you have to watch your back all the same] (((chuckles)))

Loved the video! So upbeat [and you know how I love upbeat!]

Hope you had a great Saturday Lance 🙂
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Lance May 22, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Hi Jean!
Here in Wisconsin, we (as a state) have also utilized old railroad tracks to develop bike paths. In fact, the path near my house is exactly that – and it just winds wherever the old railroad track used to go – and it’s such a nice ride (and is typically no where near the highway).

About the bikers that choose to not follow common etiquette and courtesy – that’s exactly what can create negativity toward biking. I’m not sure what a good solution is to that – as these paths like I use are also used by walkers, runners, roller bladers, etc, etc. And when everyone can use the space in harmony – then these paths are a real benefit to all (and that’s how it should be).

And – yes, the video really is upbeat and fun!

It has been a wonderful weekend, although no biking for me – hopefully sometime this coming week I’ll be back out there!

Hugs to YOU!
Lance

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Jean Burman May 22, 2011 at 10:01 pm

I guess biking is a lot like life then really. The same common sense and good manners… and caring about our fellow [peeples] on the path [grin] I think [too] we can make mistakes of judgement… not meaning to be unthinking.

I meant to ask after your ribs as well but forgot. Hope you are all healed after that nasty spill you had a while back? [No need to answer – I know you’ve got plenty of answering to do here – but just wanted to mention it]

Have a great day Lance 🙂
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Lance May 22, 2011 at 10:06 pm

Jean,
You are so thoughtful for remembering – thank you!!

Yes, the ribs have healed nicely from that *ahem* fall back in November. It took a good month or two and after that everything’s been good. I haven’t tried any crazy jumps with the bike, though, since then!!!

I am having a GREAT night…and it’s because you are here in this space!

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Jean Burman May 22, 2011 at 10:24 pm

Oops forgot it was night there. Middle of the day Monday here [already] So far sunny skies ahead… now just watch some random dark cloud come along and spoil it! (((chuckles))) Night Lance 🙂
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Susie / Wise At Work May 21, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Hi Lance.

Sweet video. I’ve been bicycling actively on single tracks and commuting and pleasure riding through cities for years. It’s my most favorite form of transportation and the reason I ride is the joy it brings to my entire being.
I wince when I see bicyclists not following the rules of the road as it jeopardizes relationships with pedestrians and motorists.

May we all be respectful of each other.
Susie
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Lance May 22, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Hi Susie!
I can so, so relate to that “joy to your entire being”! I love getting out on my bike, and it’s like it just refreshes everything when I do (okay – except on a hot and humid day…maybe “refresh” is quite the right word!!).

When we can all follow some basic rules of safety, we can create an environment where we can all get along and enjoy whatever mode of transportation we’ve chosen – such a great point.

Thanks so, so much for your thoughts – I’m smiling (from my soul) as I read this…

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~ Bern ~ May 21, 2011 at 5:53 pm

To cruise beyond strain
Where Up and Down become One and the Same.
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Lance May 22, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Bern,
Love it – so poetic…

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David Stevens May 21, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Hi Lance,
Great little vid & a terrific message. My “ride” is via my two feet rather than wheels. I love to stride away, clear my head, dream up (sometimes) flashes of brilliance. Thanks for sharing.
Be good to yourself
David
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Lance May 22, 2011 at 8:49 pm

David,
And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that – getting out there and walking/running/hopping/skipping – it’s all great! I love to get out and run, and my wife and I often go for walks – it’s a great way for us to just “be” with each other and get some fresh air in the process.

Here’s to movement!!

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Emergefit May 21, 2011 at 7:19 pm

I gave away my car nearly a year and a half ago. I did so in part, because I live in a small town in a warm climate; Fallbrook, CA. Still, I ride in the rain. I ride in the wind. I ride in the dark, and I ride in the heat. I love Love LOVE my bikes. I love my commute and I love the feeling I get knowing I don’t buy gas, I don’t pay for insurance, and I make a difference every day of my life because I choose to live without a car. I love this video Lance,thank you.
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Lance May 22, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Hey Roy,
This is just completely awesome!!! You, my friend, are my hero!

And how cool – you do this no matter what the conditions outside – you ARE making a major difference in creating a world that’s cleaner and happier!

And…I don’t think I told you – I was in Fallbrook this winter – a quick stop to visit my aunt and uncle on a trip out to CA for a conference. Next time…I’m looking you up when I’m in town!!

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InspiringAlways May 21, 2011 at 8:58 pm

I don’t ride because I don’t know how to!! Never learn. But I love walking and I walk a lot.

I love seeing people breezing by on their bikes. They look so cool!

Thanks for sharing this video. I will learn how to ride a bike and I’ve put it down in my bucket list.
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Lance May 22, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Inspiring Always,
First off – walking is really a great thing, too – and something I also enjoy very much! So, very awesome that you’re out there doing this!

Learning to ride can be a scary thing. In a way, that reminds me of when I recently started yoga. I felt unsure as I was coming into a class where everyone else was a regular already. And…it’s all been good and okay. When I “fall”, I’m picked back up – and today I feel confident in that. So, I KNOW you can do this!!! And…I”m cheering you on!!!

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Evelyn Lim May 21, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Love your video! I haven’t been riding much. It’s not conducive from where I stay. Still, I hope to get out more to do fun activities. I’ve been busy in the recent weeks and a break would be nice.

Have an awesome weekend!!
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Lance May 22, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Evelyn,
You know, I believe that’s really a big part of what this is all about – getting out and having fun. We are blessed with this amazing natural world we live in – and when we can get out and experience it more fully – there’s a lot of good in that. With biking, throw in the benefits to our environment and to our well-being, and it’s a great way to get out! If that’s not really the best option where you are though – it’s about finding those things are are possible. So, keep getting out there, dear friend – I know you do!!

Big hugs!
Lance

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Naomi Estment May 22, 2011 at 1:33 am

Stunning!! Thanks for sharing this, Lance. After getting into mountain biking last year, I LOVE this video and its beautiful message. There’s something about cycling in the open air that takes us back to the innocence of childhood 🙂
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Lance May 22, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Hi Naomi,
This video is just so fun to watch!

And how cool – you out there mountain biking!! I haven’t done a lot of that, although I took my son to Sedona, AZ this past fall – and we did exactly that. And it was a blast!! I’m planning to get in some more of it this year!!

Happy riding!!

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Justin | Mazzastick May 22, 2011 at 10:51 am

Hey Lance,
I live in a bucolic setting that get’s tons of bike riders, especially on the weekends. There is a cool little BBQ joint down the street that they all go to fill up their water bottles and get some energy bars.
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Lance May 22, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Justin,
That’s one of the really fun parts of a little bike ride – finding place like this BBQ joint. For us, it’s a little custard stand – and that’s a real treat after a few miles of biking!

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suzen May 22, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Hi Lance! AWESOME, my friend! I ride at the lake house everywhere – to the grocery store with a neat basket on my bike as well as a back pack. It’s a bit harder here but I walk a lot. I think using cars less is the point but there is nothing like a good ride for exercise and to be in nature, really in it! Thanks for the reminder to get out there and pedal my butt a bit more wherever I am!
Hugs
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Lance May 22, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Hi Suzen!
Very cool – you at your lake house!! Some of those rides to the grocery store or just around the block – it’s like it takes me back to a time when I didn’t have to rush around so much (and I really love that!).

So, happy biking to you…up north AND at home!!

Big, big hugs!
Lance

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Ewa May 23, 2011 at 5:54 am

Lance, what a great clip. Thank you.
In my dream world I can ride, walk, or run to any place I need to go. I use a zip-car if I have to go farther or if the dream is really good, I rely on public transportation.
In my real world, there are only a couple of places I can bike to and practically no places I can walk to. This is the result of living the American dream without much thought before embarking on that path.
Just yearning for a change won’t make it happen, will it? So here I am driving to all those beautiful places in nature I love so much and contributing to pollution that makes them and the planet sick. So much for true love.
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Lance May 23, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Ewa,
This is a really tough one. I know you love nature (as I do, too). And still, to get to that nature can sometimes mean modes of transportation that feel less than good for our wonderful environment.

What to do? Skip out on something that brings so much meaning? Or contribute to the pollution…to be able to spend some time with our amazing Mother Nature? I know I don’t have a good answer. We don’t have public transportation (or zip cars) where I’m at. Drive cars that are more environmentally friendly, perhaps?

Ewa, thank you so much for bringing this up….and a good subject for even more discussion. (perhaps a post in the future)

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rob white May 23, 2011 at 7:43 am

Powerful message, Lance. A great way to give our selves resolutely to nature. Anything little we can do to live in harmony with the planet is benefit to the whole of humanity.
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Lance May 23, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Rob,
That’s one of the really cool things about biking – it is so humanity-friendly. I love getting out there, too, and just being in nature…

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Galen Pearl May 23, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Although I’m not much of a rider myself, I love the fact that so many people in my city bike. Portland is one of the most bike friendly cities in the country. Many people bike to work. Parents are often seen biking with kids. It is a very bike friendly culture. Great video!
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Lance May 23, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Galen,
I’ve heard such wonderful things about the biking community in Portland – so awesome!!

And I’m guessing that this bike friendly community also rolls over into other aspects of treating our environment well…

Thanks so much for visiting!

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Todd | Channelingmyself May 23, 2011 at 6:46 pm

Hi Lance,

I love mountain biking, it is such a treat to get out of the city and up into the mountains and enjoy the solitude of the trail.
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Lance May 23, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Hi Todd,
I did my first real mountain biking this past year – and it was exactly that – there was a real solitude being out and away from everything. Very awesome!!

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Andrew Walker May 24, 2011 at 1:58 am

Hi Lance. Nice video you have there. And yeah, I do ride sometimes when I need to relieve any kind of stress that’ve been piling up in me.
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Lance May 24, 2011 at 5:33 am

Andrew,
This is a great one!! Almost every time I’m out there riding, I finish and feel that way too – it’s like the stress melts away. Especially so when I get out on a trail someplace.

Thanks for sharing!

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J.D. Meier May 25, 2011 at 12:25 am

I ride for the freedom and the feel of it.

Come to think of it, I used to have that freedom and feel from running. I need to get back to that.
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Lance May 25, 2011 at 7:51 am

JD,
I did a lot of running last year, and have been a bit of a slacker at that all through the winter. It’s time for me to get back at that, too!

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Beverley May 25, 2011 at 5:59 am

A lovely video Lance…almost makes me want to go and get a bike! 🙂
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Lance May 25, 2011 at 7:53 am

Beverly,
Yes, this really IS a lovely video!!

And if you do get a bike…yahooo!!! And if not, you can always think happy thoughts as you see bikers out there cruising around!

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Delena Silverfox May 27, 2011 at 5:59 am

Ah, riding. I remember the gorgeous freedom as I sped down the highway and followed the Santa Ana River all the way down to the coast. I used to bike 20 miles a day, every day. It was a great chance to enjoy time for myself to just let my mind wander and just…feel free. Just free.

Looking back, my best meditations are all moving meditations: washing dishes, biking, driving well-known routes in the countryside, pilates exercises…something that lets my mind wander freely while my body engages in familiar habits. I’m not the sit-down and ohm type of meditator. =)

(and no, I wouldn’t zone out while driving to the point where I’d lose myself! Just enough to let my mind mull things over without interruption.)
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Lance May 27, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Delena,
I find that’s one of the very wonderful things about biking, too – the freeing feeling of being out there and the whole-body wellbeing that comes from that (very much including those meditative moments).

And…ha!! Right – zoning out completely while driving would not be a good thing!

Have a GREAT weekend!

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Bryan Thompson May 27, 2011 at 9:33 pm

Hey Lance, Love the video, bro. Very fun and takes me back to being a kid. I biked all the time then. Since I’ve grown up, I’ve owned one bike and didn’t take the best care of it. It didn’t last. This week, though, we surprised our oldest daughter with a new bike – her FIRST without training wheels. She’s six and this week we’ll be teaching her how to ride it. Makes me want a new one! Thanks for sharing! 🙂
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Lance May 27, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Bryan,
I remember when our kids learned to ride – fun times!! Now they are more about what kind of craziness they can do on those two wheels!!

And – how cool that could be, if you started biking with your daughter – what a great bonding experience. I remember many bike trips to the park (or the local custard stand!) with my kids – and those are really great memories!!

Woohoo!! Tell your daughter to have fun on her new bike!!!

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Beverley May 30, 2011 at 6:41 am

Hey Lance – I have included your blog in my list for the ‘versatile blogger award’. Hope you dont mind….you need not do anything unless you wish to. Just wanted to share your blog with some of my readers 🙂
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squawkfox (Kerry) June 1, 2011 at 9:47 pm

I ride because I love the feeling of wind whistling past my flushed cheeks.

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Lance June 2, 2011 at 7:35 am

Hey Kerry!
That sure IS a great feeling!! Especially coming down a big hill!!!

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Lynne Quintana June 1, 2011 at 10:52 pm

Such a great video. I ride because I want to conquer the fear of falling. 🙂

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Lance June 2, 2011 at 7:35 am

Lynne,
Getting out there and doing it…that’s what it takes!! Awesome!

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Andrew Walker June 3, 2011 at 9:15 am

Hi Lance,

I haven’t bike since my childhood ended but the video above created an urge to try biking again. Thanks for sharing the nice video.
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Connie @ Residential Carpet Cleaning June 17, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Nice video! I ride in order to shed some weight and, at the same time, strengthen my muscles on both legs. Biking is one form of exercise and if there is one reason I do it, it is to get slimmer. 😀
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Lance June 28, 2011 at 7:21 am

Connie,
Isn’t that great – just by getting out there and biking…we can lose a little weight and gain a little muscle! (win!!)

Thanks for the visit!

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