Many cyclists are into the sport for different reasons but there are some cycling moments that everyone experiences at least once in their cycling lives. Here’s the top 10 best cycling moments that everyone experiences.
1. The Moment You Fell In Love With Jello Legs
The feeling of Jello legs is something all cyclists will have experienced at some point after a good hard ride. However, there was a moment when you stood up on your Jello legs and you realized you love the feeling not because you like feeling like some jiggly snack food but because you love that it meant accomplishment. Good Jello legs equals an accomplished bike ride.
2. The Moment When You Started To Crave The Rush
No matter what brings on that sense of rush, you know that you can’t get enough. Whether its the uphill climb, the downhill wind, or all the tricks you’re itching to perfect on the mountain, the rush of excitement and thrill is why we continue to get back on the bike.
3. The Moment You Discovered The Joy Of Downhill Riding
If you enjoy big hills or even just small ones you’ll know that there’s always some joy to be found in riding downhill. Riding downhill is one of those simple pleasures that you can’t help but feel awesome about. I mean…. isn’t that why we ride up? To go down.
4. The Moment You Learned What Endorphins Felt Like
Endorphins are likely one of the greatest chemicals your body can make. They make you feel calm, relaxed, and happy. A great moment is when you cycled hard enough to feel that rush of endorphins for the first time and realized this was what people meant when they said exercise feels good!
5. The Inevitable Moment You Embraced Spandex
Many of us worry about what we look like in Spandex because it’s just so tight. While you may have worried about it at first and maybe even swore never to wear it, nothing compares to the moment you embrace your spandex and wear it loud and proud.
6. The Moment You Realized You Care About Bike Tires
And then there was the moment you caught yourself standing in the bike shop completely engrossed with the process of picking out bike tires. It wasn’t boring to you and you may have even enjoyed it. You found yourself wanting to talk about tire treads and soft rubber versus hard rubber with glee which may have surprised you. So you just shook your head at yourself and told yourself you were a full fledged cyclist.
7. The Moment You Caught Yourself Treating Your Bike Like It’s A Person
Don’t deny it… we have all been there. While some people name their cars and worry about the small dent in the door, you’re worrying about your bike’s chain, tire pressure, and whether or not you’ve cleaned the bike enough. You may have even brought your bike into the shower to clean the frame. You worry about your bike like it’s a person and you may have even caught yourself talking to it once or twice. So we gotta ask: does your bike have a name?
8. The Moment You Celebrated Your First Cycling Accomplishment
Back at the very beginning there was a wonderful moment when you met your first goal. Whether that goal was getting up a monster hill, hitting your first two mile mark, or just finally being able to bike five days in a row, there is nothing quite like celebrating your first accomplishment. You’ve likely celebrated bigger accomplishments later on but that first will always be the first.
9. The Moment You Found Someone Else Who Wants To Hear Your Biking Opinions
You’re online looking through cycling blogs and you come across a conversation that you can weigh in on. You’re at a race and you strike up a conversation with someone about bike tire brands and chains. You’re with a friend and they casually mention they want to take up bike riding. No matter what the situation you just know that the moment someone lets you talk on and on about cycling is always a great moment.
10. The Moment You Realized How Healthy You Were
While some start cycling specifically for their health there are those who start for other reasons. Eventually we all come to the conclusion that we are healthier for it and it feels great. Cyclists have great metabolisms, strong legs, and typically have more energy. Isn’t it a great feeling to know that all the work you’ve put into being a cyclist will still pay off when you’re 90 years old?
While these may be the top 10 best cycling moments that everyone experiences there are many more moments to love. What’s your top cycling moment?