Cycling is a social sport, yet like music, it attracts some fairly anti-social characters. I love people, but my borderline social anxiety (or misanthropy according to some) has made my cycling life rather lonely: I do like the monastic solitude of cycling on my own, but I wonder whether this is entirely healthy. Answers on a postcard, or do comment if you will…
Who are these people calling you a misanthrope? I’ll come after them with a rusty rake.
Thank you my white knight:-*
Isn’t that just the thing though – getting away from a bustling life and having some time alone with your thoughts?
You are very right, but why do I still fight myself like this?
Exactly. The bike is a great instrument for switching off the brain and withdrawing into a place of great inner serenity. Which is spoiled if you’re with someone who’s chasing their next Strava KOM. B*stards.
Thanks, I suppose there is that. The last time I rode with someone was actually very pleasant, but I do seem to gravitate towards solitude.
To be honest I much prefer cycling on my own. Go when, where and how I want. Answerable to no one. Freedom of the road.
I seem to have tapped into something here: ‘freedom of the road’ sounds good.
Having been a Clubman a good few years, I have recently done quite a few rides solo and despite initial trepidation went on to enjoy them. Think it will be a mix in the future.
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