My most memorable experiences; the people I’ve met, places I’ve traveled, jobs, friends, etc., my favorite memories have been connected to bike riding.
I’ve met a lot of people, but it seems that there’s usually a “click” when I find out somebody is a biker.
Thanks to riding I’ve been lucky, and have had opportunities that I’m sure would never have happened in other sports. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have hung out with Gabby Reese if I was, say, going to wrestling practice every day when I was younger. I know I would never have been close enough to see the veins on Telly Savalas’s head if I joined the chess club in high school.
Even though I enjoy “non-bike” stuff, and hang out with “non-bike” people, I always like the bike world a little more than the real world. It’s like living in a bike microcosm, or, bikrocosm.