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Zen and the Art of Urban Cycling

After a rough day at work or school, you hop on your bike and something magical happens as you move through the city dodging cars and feeling the wind. By the time you arrive at home, somehow you are transformed: your mood has been uplifted, you feel energized, and your mind is clear. This is a common experience that motivates us to keep riding again and again.

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  1. TinjJanuary 3, 2011 at 12:53 am

    This article is awesome! I couldn’t have said it better myself

  2. jorgeJanuary 3, 2011 at 9:58 am

    One of the best articles I’ve read so far in UV.

  3. NYC_cyclistJanuary 3, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    “The mind cannot think about more than one thing at a time.”

    Wishful thinking.
    Riding no-hands and texting? Certainly! Looking at one’s phone instead of the road? No problem! I meet these types of riders every day on my short commute.
    “we are forced into the present moment while we are riding” – yeah, right. Multitasking, baby, multitasking.

  4. OsteoJuly 11, 2011 at 2:53 am

    Nice. I feel this way when I ride. I think it must be the pure concentration and mild adrenalin release that keeps me rooted in the NOW when I ride. So many things to monitor when riding. Traffic, how I feel, gear selction, route selection. My new mantra: The past is history, tomorrow is a mystery- right now is a gift- that’s why they call it the present!

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