Why I Ride

Ray Garza - Mission, TX

Why I Ride
Riding to me is multifaceted. I ride for health, I ride for the challenge, I ride for the solitude, and I ride for the company of friends. Helping others learn to ride for sport, pleasure or because of necessity is not only gratifying but fun! Making new friends from around the world, from Lucy in New Zealand, doing BMX rides with her kids to Jasmine cycling across the United States with her dog Fiji, motivates me to continue cycling. Even the tragedy of a fellow dalymiler, Dale, who lost his life doing what he loved to do, cycling, motivates me to keep going, be safe, be alert and pay attention. I ride because I get to ride past the cemetery where my sister lays and ask her to look over me and any of my friends that are out riding. Then I thank her when I get back home. I ride to help the newbies learn how and when to change gears, teach them how to interact with traffic and be safe. I ride to hear them say, "Wow, I just rode twenty miles and didn't even realize it!" I ride to see all the different bikes that people have. From the lowly beater to the ten thousand dollar racer, it's all the same ... two wheels and a crank, but what joy it brings to the person riding the bicycle. Lastly, I ride because I have a bike and I can.
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