Today while riding to the bike shop to get a new chain tensioner for my Brompton Folding Bike, I was thinking about what makes me happy. I mean, what truly makes me happy without the worry of what others think of me. When I’m on the road, the only thing I care about is my bicycle and the way it makes me feel. I don’t think about money, family bullshit, what I had for dinner last night, or whatever garbage that normally goes through peoples minds. When I cycle, the only think that matters is what’s happening right at that moment.
It doesn’t matter what anybody thinks about me, and definitely doesn’t matter to me what they say. You see, I actually cycle like I don’t give a damn, because I actually don’t. I don’t give a shit so much that I left my cell phone at home. Nobody was able to call or text me. My email wasn’t dinging for my constant attention. I didn’t even take photos, something that I love almost as much as cycling.
It was just me, my bicycle, and the road flooded with asshole drivers, who rode as close as possible to me. Yet still, I didn’t give two shits. As they rode past me, giving me stares that could burn through lead, I just brushed them off as if they didn’t exist.
As far as I’m concerned, I have just as much right to be on the road as them. And if they don’t like it, they can march their happy or miserable ass down to city hall and demand better bicycle infrastructure.
What does it actually mean to cycle like you don’t give a damn?
Does cycle like you don’t give a damn mean, riding recklessly? The answer to that is no. What it means is to ride like you’re free. To put all your worries about money, the company you work for or own, and every other problem completely out of your mind.
Cycling like you don’t give a damn also doesn’t mean being a jerk or not following the rules of the road. Whenever I’m on the road, I follow all the rules as if I was driving a car. I stop at every red light and stop sign. I signal before making turns. And above all, I don’t ride in front of vehicles coming from the opposite direction or making turns. Plus, I never go past a car on a side street, unless I make sure they see me first.
While on the road, I give drivers of vehicles the upmost respect, the same as I’d want from them.
What has cycling done for me?
Cycling has done so much for me that it’s hard to mention everything. But here’s the things that stand out the most. Cycling has improved my health dramatically, by helping me lose 30 lbs of blubber from my ex-bouncing gut. As a result, my blood pressure is way lower and my energy levels are shooting through the roof.
There’s never a morning that I get up tired and have to drag myself out of bed by the hair, caveman style. As soon as I wake up, I almost levitate with the energy of 10 Starbucks coffee fanatics. I’m able to start my day happy with a smile that stretches from one ear to the next.
Another added benefit of cycling is the amazing people I’ve met along the way. On my last post, “To Ride Or Not Ride A Bike”, I expressed how I’m a very social person. Because of the type of bike that I ride, many people will approach me and start a conversation. Within a few minutes, we’ll start talking to each other as if we’ve known each other for years.
Take today for example. I met a guy at the bike shop who’s from England. He was asking me questions about my Brompton folding bike because he camps a lot, and needs something that takes up very little room. The fact that the Brompton has the best fold in the world and can last for over 15 years was a selling point for him.
I’ve met a lot of great people in the cycling industry and made some amazing friends
Meeting interesting people and helping them out means a great deal to me. It allows me to be generous with the knowledge that I’ve gained over the last 7 years.
Whenever I help someone it makes me feel like I’m giving something back to an industry that I knew nothing about 7 years ago. Seven years ago when I was getting back into cycling I was coming back from a long hiatus. Growing up I rode a lot of BMX bikes, because there weren’t many options to choose from. You either rode a BMX or a heavy, steel 10-speed.
When I decided to return to the cycle world, it was very confusing. There were more choices available then there are sneakers on the market. I remember pondering over getting a road bike, cyclocross bike, a mountain bike, or a hybrid.
The choices were so overwhelming that I just couldn’t decide which bike to choose. And to make matters worse, I had to go through the same issues when I decided to get into folding bikes.
Now, whenever I get a chance to help others so they don’t make the same mistakes that I did, it feels darn good. To me, it’s the most unselfish thing I could ever do, because I don’t do it for the money. I do it because I genuinely care about others and want to see them happy like me. Plus, I absolutely love cycling.
The cycling world has recently rewarded me and I’m so honored and humbled at the same time
Over a year ago I wrote a post called, “Two Wheel Gear Pannier Backpack Convertible,” for a company that I absolutely love. Two Wheel Gear makes some of the best gear that attaches to your bicycle that I’ve ever seen. What makes their gear so special is that it attaches to your bicycle fast and easy, and then goes from being a pannier to a backpack in seconds when you remove it.
I wrote this post over a year ago because I got tired of regular panniers that are awkward to carry when removed from your bicycle. Plus, my bicycle isn’t a regular cycle so finding panniers that fit can be a huge problem. To make a long story short, as soon as I tried the Two Wheel Gear Pannier Backpack Convertible, I totally fell in love with it. It’s been my favorite piece of gear ever since.
That’s why when I was offered to become a Brand Ambassador for Two Wheel Gear over a week ago, I couldn’t refuse. This was a very exciting opportunity that made me feel honored and humbled at the same time.
It doesn’t happen very often that a great company that you completely love, gives you a chance to become a Brand Ambassador for them. Without companies like this, I wouldn’t be able to do what I love. For that I will always be grateful to Two Wheel Gear.
So, why do I cycle like I don’t give a damn?
I cycle like I don’t give a damn because I get to do what I love to do the most. Cycling makes me feel free, happy and healthy all at the same time. When I cycle it isn’t for the money. It’s not about what my family, friends or neighbors think of me.
I cycle because I truly love it. I’ve been cycling since it wasn’t cool. And when it becomes uncool again, I’ll still be cycling my ass off.
Now tell me, why do you cycle?