This site is a dedication to arguably one of man's greatest inventions. The bicycle. Its function and design hasn’t really changed in the past hundred years, and the impact it has had on our society over this time is not be underrated.
For many people, the bike is an occasional acquaintance, used rarely but looked at frequently, while for others, it’s a lifeline. Whereas some may be willing to invest thousands of dollars to hit the road or trail, (if lucky), a couple of times a week, there are those who ride the most modest of steeds everyday to bring their goods to market or to fetch the days water.
While there aren’t that many “things” in this world that are truly needed, this is one of the few exceptions. In areas throughout the world the bicycle is often the mode of personal transportation. Every major metropolis has a sizable cycling community that’s learned that in a place where streets are more like parking lots the bike is the more efficient way of going somewhere. Throw in the psychological and health benefits, it’s a two-for-one deal; there simply isn’t one bad thing to be said about it.
Whenever I see an adult on a bicycle, I have hope for the human race.
- H.G. Wells
Yet for everything that is good and righteous about the bicycle, the credit it’s due is often shunned. Battles are constantly being fought over sharing the road, opening up trails or finding urban areas to ride without hassle. The Jekyll-Hyde attitude towards cycling is odd, a true love/hate relationship. But something is in the air, and perceptions can change. It can be as simple as convincing someone who has strayed, to throw a leg over the saddle and cruise their neighborhood. They too may find out that given due time and dedication, they’ve gained a different perspective of themselves and of the world around them.
For those who don't remember, at one time, you've ridden a bike. Chances are, you liked it, if you didn’t, you’re lying. Know that a bike enables you to interact with your surroundings in a way not feasible by foot or auto. It allows you to cover a decent amount of ground in a short amount of time, and can provide engaging, and at times profound, personal experiences. Exploration leads to discovery and the reawakened freedom a bike can offer may just lead you to a new way of thinking, lifestyle, and state of being. If everybody rode, even occasionally, there is no doubt that this would be a brighter world indeed.
It is important to recognize that this marvelous invention has been a companion to us throughout our modern history, and those that ride in any manner are all kindred spirits. We all have stories to tell, experiences to share, and though we fall into different niches and subcultures, understand that in the end, we are all one.
We are, chainnation.