Sunday, October 12, 2008
We Are Warriors, Great Exploriors.
Old mate Katie Lansell went and bought herself a new bike the other day. I bumped into her a week or so later. "I rode 34 kilometres today!" she exclaimed, pretty damn proud of herself. Katie's expression at this point perfectly illustrated my favourite thing about biking - that it significantly expands your radius of possible destinations (a phrase I just coined, just then, and may well copyright). Before, when she was getting around on foot, her radius was probably five kilometres, tops. Add PT into the equation and it probably pushed out to ten or fifteen - because let's face it, no one wants to spend that long on the freaking tram. But with her new bike, Katie can go wherever she wants to, and she can go further than ever before. The best factor, however, is this: the radius keeps expanding. As she keeps riding she'll get fitter and fitter, and be capable of rides way beyond her current abilities. There are about a billion good reasons to ride, but this is easily my favourite.