Bikes come in all colors, sizes and origins. There are the sleek road
bikes, versatile hybrids, the mountain bikes for downhill racing, and
an array of handle bars and components to personalize the special needs
of any cyclist. To say one type of bike is better would be to ignore the
riding style of the cyclist. Then why do some cyclists preach as if their
bike is the answer to life?
Not too long ago while enroute to Piermont, NY, to view the Hudson River,
I met several cyclists resting at an outside café. There was the usual
friendly exchange of greetings that communicated to cyclists that we're
one in spirit. However, when one cyclist looked at my old ten-speed and
said, "You're riding a sled. Don't you want to be born again?" I knew
instantly knew I as among reformed cyclists.
"I was born once, thank you." I replied. "Besides, I'm a Zen cyclist."
He looked at me sort of strange and laughed. "It's tough being a Zen biker,"
I continued. "The past no longer is. The future has yet to arrive. Half
the time I don't know where I am." After puzzled glances, he and his buddies
Most born again cyclists had a period during their lives when they weren't
riding, or were reckless riders. Now, however, they have reformed to a
higher standard. Born-agains wear only the proper clothes and shoes, and
speak the proper bicycle lingo. They don't ride their bikes, they commune
with them. The Life is a Bike means that you were born on the saddle,
not born again. What does it matter whether you're riding the latest Titanium
frame? What matters is that you believe in cycling.
While riding recently, I was hit by a car. I have since immersed myself
with a brand new bike. I am now the proud owner of a shiny new dream machine
with the latest component technology; beautiful saddle, and drop-handlebars
for the best in aerodynamic speed. As I said, there is nothing more exhilarating
than the rediscovery of bicycling. Born again? Why of course. Life is
a Bike, isn't it time you started to live?
Until next time. Gianna Bellofatto is a freelance writer and cyclist.
Her writing has appeared in Modern Collage, The American Citizen, and
One Voice. Comments about the column can be emailed to JBWrites1@aol.com.