Salty Dog Cycling

a healthy lust for cycling…

the drive less & ride more diet

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This morning proved to be an interesting cycling experience… First of all, it was freaking 31 degrees outside, fall has swiftly kicked in and felt like a ham-shank at 7:30 am.  Good news was my Northface semi-hard shell performed great.  But, here’s a tip: if you forget your damn gloves up in the apt. don’t be too lazy to go back and get them!

my bike taking a breather on a tree

my bike taking a breather on a tree


So at a stop light, I pulled up next to this massive dude chowing down on some fast food supersized breakfast hamburger beast of a thing.  Honestly, I felt bad for the guy (even though I had skipped breakfast).  Here I am having the commute of my life, feeling alive from the brisk air and stunning vistas, and there he is, trapped in the mobile box.  I’m lean and strong (relative I know) and he’s overweight and slow.  This little moment with the massive man made me think of a little personal motto:


“I’m on the drive less & ride more diet.”

The great thing about this diet is that I don’t have force my self to be on it and I’m freaking loving every pedal stroke.  I love riding; it makes my life more exhilarating, while at the same time bringing me a great inner peace (I’m less of punk at work, with the girlfriend, etc.) 

Just think of all the healthcare savings and the extended lifespans there would be if more people would do the drive less & bike more diet.  People on average would be much sexier too, and no one thinks that’s a bad deal!

Finally, one other awesome thing happened.  A couple of college ladies took the time to roll down the window and give a little holla!  Although, many all guys welcome this kind gesture, it’s important to remember that women cyclists are rarely a fan of the cat call… With that said, it made my day.  The sweet little affermation would have never occured if instead of power pedaling up a hill on a cold morning, I was tucked away in my car.  The best part, it was the bike or the riding of the bike that got me the attention, not the rider.  I’ve included a post ride pic which clearly demostrates just how far from Calvin Klien status I am.  Although, maybe CK should have a cycling team…

hello coldness

hello coldness

Get out there!


Written by yellow fork

October 1, 2009 at 3:21 pm

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