Why we ride?
A zine by Allysse Riordan
Why would anyone travel by bicycle when we have planes, trains, and cars? It’s a question to which I’ve never had a fully articulated answer. It just makes sense. But this is not satisfactory to baffled friends, family, and co-workers. I’ve tried many times to explain in more details. How can I bottle up all of what it means in one coherent sentence? I can’t. Instead, I chose to ask other cycle tourists why they do it. The Cycle Touring Festival was the evident place for it. The zine is a compilation of their answers and memories.
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Here’s a taste of what to expect:
The reason I went touring was just ‘cause it was exciting, and it was an adventure. And I couldn’t think of any other way I wanted to go. Because every, every trip I do is human powered. Whether it’s walking, or kayak, or the cycling. And that’s the way I wanna go. It was just so much fun. It’s always been a lot of fun. Big laughs going with friends. So that was, that was my reason. It’s just obvious.
I went down the California coast. I went on a mountain bike. And I just remember one day when… we just cycled stoned all day (laugh) and we just had the giggles, and we felt everything, and we really were in touch with nature. That was incredible, just the, the breeze flowing over your body. And the feeling every little pebbles in the road, and feeling exactly how much air was in your tyres. And yeah, we were about 10% slower, and sometimes we just had to pull to the side of the road and giggle. But it was so funny and so carefree.
More can be found in the complete zine. Link in profile.
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