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Old 03-19-2015, 02:14 PM   #1
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Bicycling vs. Motorcycling

Is anyone more drawn to bicycling vs. motorcycling lately? I enjoy both, but lately have had more of a pedaling bug. It's doing some positive things for my health and creating some "zen" moments for my mind.

How about you?
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Old 03-19-2015, 04:33 PM   #2
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For me, the main advantage of a motorcycle is being able to cover bigger distances in less time. Otherwise, I've known for several years now that I prefer bicycling to motorcycling, and if I had to choose, bicycling would get the nod. I pretty much only use my motorcycle for commuting now and running errands that are simply too impractical to do with my bicycle. I do love commuting with it though, and generally prefer commuting with the M/C as opposed to using a car.
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Old 03-19-2015, 04:52 PM   #3
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I have a mutual addiction. Right now, I'm training for a century in June, but after the event, I'll be back on my motorcycles more regularly.

I love them both equally for completely different reasons.
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Old 03-19-2015, 05:06 PM   #4
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Back and forth

I love both motorcycling (dirt and pavement) and mountain biking (no road biking). I go in spurts, lots of one then flip the other way around. Now I also throw E biking in the mix.
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Old 03-19-2015, 05:08 PM   #5
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I rode lots of both. I aspire to ride more of both.
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Old 03-19-2015, 05:17 PM   #6
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I like to bicycle but I can't force myself to ride among motor vehicles on the public roads. Fortunately there are good trail systems. I only do about 2k miles/year on the bicycle.
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Old 03-19-2015, 05:24 PM   #7
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I rode lots of both. I aspire to ride more of both.
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Old 03-19-2015, 07:16 PM   #8
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I race both. I'm old and plan on continuing to race both, until they run out of age groups for me.
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Old 03-19-2015, 07:42 PM   #9
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Love em both, but riding motos doesn't do nearly as much for the roll round my middle

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Old 03-19-2015, 08:35 PM   #10
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love em both, but riding motos doesn't do nearly as much for the roll round my middle

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Old 03-19-2015, 09:20 PM   #11
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Love 'em both. Grew up with bicycles and dirt motos. Still have both.

Rode bikes all through high school and college, discovering midwestern "mountain biking" in the mid-1980s, then in 1990 moved to Seattle where I got heavily into bicycle racing. Was fortunate to meet some good racers in a good environment and ended up racing road and cyclocross for many years, had a few cups of coffee with some heavy hitters in pro races around the US, Canada and a little in Europe. Honestly, all I ever got out of it was fitness, a high pain threshold, and a lot of travel, but I thought that was pretty good. Retired from racing about 6 years ago, stopped road riding, sold a bunch of my bicycles and started walking to work (1.5 miles each way) and an occasional cross bike ride on trails or gravel. Still do an occasional cross race and have kept in touch with teammates and cycling pals, but not really in the scene anymore.

What to do with the 15-20 hrs/week I was training and racing? Well, I started doing track days on the Ducati, traveling more by moto, wrenching in the garage instead of the basement. Bought some more motos and found myself constantly thinking about n + 1 motos the way I used to about bicycles. Prettied up the garage, slowly accumulating moto-specific tools, ATGATT for SchnickelBabe, taking more and longer trips, etc.

Then, last October, after 3 years without, I bought a new mountain bike (Stumpjumper) and BAM! I've ridden more in the last 4 months than in the previous 4 years combined.

Love 'em both and I'll always come back to both.
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Old 03-20-2015, 12:09 PM   #12
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I've had one or the other or both since I was 6. I did some bicycle racing in my 20s and early 30s, burned out on cycling and went back to motorcycles. I tried road racing but got into observed trials. I did that for six or seven years, then cut back due to work. When I did do a trials competition I was losing points from being out of shape. So at age 41 I got back into cycling. I was just going to ride to get into shape but after a couple years I decided I wanted to do the Markeeville Death Ride. I finished it saying I'd never do that again and two weeks later was planning for next year. A couple more of those and I started looking for something more challeneging. Heard about this race called the Everest Challenge, a two day stage race that climbs 29,035'. Basically two Death Rides in a row, but longer climbs at higher altitude.

I was going to do the citizen's race but the real racers I'd started training with conviced me to get a license and race again. That was eight years ago and I'm still racing. Not a lot- I only do the fun races now, not everything on the calendar. EC was so much harder than the Death Ride that I could not finish it on the first try. The next year was devoted to training for it. The feeling of accomplishment when I finished it the next year was intense. I've since finished in the top 10. I'm not that good a racer, I will probably not get to cat 3. But I am enjoying it.

My trials motos have been sitting for an embarassingly long time. Pretty much the only riding I do now is commuting. But I'm really fit.
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Old 03-20-2015, 02:56 PM   #13
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There's a certain kind of peace I get with bicycles that I don't get with motorcycles. However, there are certain kinds of sensual and visceral thrills that come from motorcycles, but not bicycles, especially when I'm thrashing the 916 pretty hard.
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Old 03-20-2015, 03:51 PM   #14
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I get a rush riding both, but the sense of accomplishment I get after a long, difficult bicycle ride, can't be beat.
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Old 03-20-2015, 03:55 PM   #15
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I get a rush riding both, but the sense of accomplishment I get after a long, difficult bicycle ride, can't be beat.
Good point. I think that's what I get from cycling that I don't get from motorcycling as often.
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