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Bikexchange.com Column #1

An Invitation to the Open Road/
The Laws of Cycling

By Gianna Bellofatto

Editor note: We proudly welcome this seasoned biking writer as a new, regularly contributing columnist. --jej

The time is now. This is an invitation to everyone to tour the open road because as you may or may not know, Life is a Bike. You may ask, what exactly does this mean? How can life as we know it be compared to an inanimate two-wheeled form of transportation?

As cyclists know, biking takes balance. So does life. Cycling means forward motion. Life goes forward and onward. When out on the road, cyclists encounter hills, detours, friend and foe. Sometimes we pedal hard and other times we coast. But we're ever mindful that biking exists in the moment—and that's exactly what life should be to each of us.

I, Gianna, invite you to take a spin with me. Let us tour the open road together and embrace a gamut of experiences all linked to the metaphor of bicycling. We'll explore the many aspects of life, be it traffic, hidden vistas, song birds, libraries, whatever, wherever...the list just goes and grows. This is going to be gritty and delightful. Are you coming?

And what better opportunity than now with summer here to review the Laws of Bicycling. Dust off your helmet, pump up those tires and read this before you take to the road. But I think it is only fair to warn you that these aren’t typical road rules. Bicycle laws defy nature and reason so don’t even attempt to prove or disprove their validity. Some things must simply be accepted on face value.

First Law of Bicycling

No matter which way you ride, it’s uphill and against the wind.

This is how you may feel on your first ride of the new season. Not to worry. Though some of you will insist the start of your ride is always into the wind while your return ride is always against the wind. It’s the law.

Second Law

No matter how far you ride, the return trip is always longer.

A valid illusion which helps to explain why the last few miles of a ride feel longer.

Third Law

It's always the rear wheel that gets the flat. (forget those 50-50 odds)

This is Murphy’s Law of cycling and life in general. It is always the most difficult thing to replace or fix which breaks down. Life is a struggle, so relax and enjoy it.

Fourth Law

You can never get lost while riding a bike; your ride is merely extended.

This places a different spin on a wrong or missed turn. It is this Zen bike attitude that will help you to just enjoy the moment and not fret about how much longer your ride has become. Of course this doesn’t help if Laws 1, 2, and 3 have already surfaced.

Fifth Law

Thou shall stop at neighborhood lemonade stands.

This is a basic concept to think about the little guys in life whether whizzing on your road bike or in a town car.

Sixth Law

You always look younger on a bicycle.

Forget that anti-aging cream, your fountain of youth is on two wheels. Just ride. You’re never too old to grow young.

Seventh Law

Cyclists never die, they just re-cycle.

Is this really a law? You bet. Year after year, we see the same merry faces on the road pedaling along the roadside.

Eighth Law

Thou shall not sell your bicycle for scrap metal.

If isn’t broken you don’t fix it. If it’s fixed you don’t toss it. And if it’s your bike, you never sell it. Tempted as you may be to do this especially when Laws 1, 2, 3, and 4 are active.

8 1/2 Law

Thou shall not sleep with your neighbor’s bike.

This is a joke. Sleeping with any bike is still not recommended, and especially your neighbor’s.

Ninth Law

Always wear your helmet, your humor, and a smile.

It’s easy to see the Life is a Bike attitude is to have fun—but make it safe fun.

Tenth Law

Remember, Life is a Bike, and laws are made to be broken.

Until next time…

Gianna Bellofatto is a freelance writer and cycling. Her writing has appeared in Modern Collage, The American Citizen, and One Voice. Comments about the column can be emailed to JBWrites1@aol.com.

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