Monday, March 02, 2009

be happy, don't worry

When I was riding Gelato the other day, I suddenly realized why I love one-gear bikes.

It's because I'm content and happy with a single gear. Let me explain further - riding a single speed places certain limits on you.

Based on what gearing you select, you are only going to go so fast, the hills will always be a struggle and you'll spin out on the downhills for sure.

With a multi-gear bike, there is always this need to push oneself faster by shifting up to the next cog and so forth. It's like you have this constant mental pressure on yourself.

Don't get me wrong, I love speed and I can hold my own with the best of them while riding Gelato, but once I reach my cruising speed, I tend to sit back and enjoy the ride.

It's like when you visit some tropical island, after a few days of relaxing, you're on "island time".

Riding a 1-gear bike is a lot like being on "island time", which is not a bad place to be.

1 comment:

Patrice said...

You're right, we must be happy as much as possible.