10 Quotes to Inspire Cycling

June 30, 2011

10 Quotes to Inspire Cycling –

There’s lots of talk about all the benefits that come from cycling, and in the aftermath of an oil spill that’s proven just why we need to cut our dependence on oil, choosing two wheels instead of four is an even hotter topic than usual.

Now if you haven’t made cycling a part of your everyday lifestyle there’s no time to start like the present, and to get you stoked for your next ride, here are some excellent bike quotes:

01)  “Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.” – H.G. Wells

02)  “Think of bicycles as rideable art that can just about save the world.”  Grant Petersen

03)   “For instance, the bicycle is the most efficient machine ever created:  Converting calories into gas, a bicycle gets the equivalent of three thousand miles per gallon.”  – Bill Strickland, The Quotable Cyclist  

04)  “The bicycle is just as good company as most husbands and, when it gets old and shabby, a woman can dispose of it and get a new one without shocking the entire community.”  – Ann Strong

05)  “Melancholy is incompatible with bicycling.”  – James E. Starrs

06)  “Life is like riding a bicycle – in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving.”  – Albert Einstein

07)  “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.” – John F. Kennedy

08)  “When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.” – Arthur Conan Doyle

09)  “Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel…the picture of free, untrammelled womanhood.” – Susan B. Anthony

10)  “Bicycling is a big part of the future. It has to be. There’s something wrong with a society that drives a car to workout in a gym.” – Bill Nye the Science Guy


From a post in 08/2010 in ElephantJournal.com



The Invitation

June 30, 2011

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living.

I want to know what you ache for,

and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s desire.

It doesn’t interest me how old you are.

I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love,

for your dreams, for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon.

I want to know if you have touched the center of your sorrow,

if you have been opened by life’s betrayals, or have become

shriveled and closed for the fear of future pain.

I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own,

without moving to hide it, fade it, or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own,

if you can dance with wildness and let ecstasy fill you to the tips

of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful,

to be realistic, or to remember the limitations of human beings.

It doesn’t interest me if the story you’re telling me is true.

I want to know if you disappoint another to be true to yourself,

if you can bear the accusations of betrayal and not betray your own soul.

I want to know if you can be faithful and therefore be trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see beauty, even when it is not pretty

every day, and if you can source your life from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure, yours or mine, and still

stand on the edge of the lake and shout to the silver moon “Yes!”

It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or

how much money you have.

I want to know if you can get up after a night of grief and despair,

weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done for

the children.

It doesn’t interest me to know who you are now or how

you came to be here.

I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me

and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied.

I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone with yourself,

and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.

(by  Oriah Mountain Dreamer)

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Barefootedness

June 30, 2011

The following link is to an article, just in time for the 4th of July, from fellow barefooter Michael (aka – BarefootMichael).


It gives a well-reasoned discussion of some of the “why’s” for seeking acceptance as a barefooter in any environment; including responding to a comment from someone who obviously did not read the article carefully before trying to start bashing on being barefoot.

Give it a ‘read’.

~ barefoot chuck

A Video to Share – 1980 Something

June 25, 2011
My friend Mushtaq Ali Al Ansari posted this video on Facebook:

“And now for a little inspiration.  Kreem Salama’s new video from his latest album.  Guaranteed to make you feel just a little better today.


Enjoy it; I did.

~ barefoot chuck


Dance Around the Liberty Tree

June 24, 2011

Came across this video song from a Facebook friend, Skip Press – I like it.


Give it a listen; let me know what you think.

~ barefoot chuck


Geek Meditation

June 23, 2011


~ barefoot chuck

What Makes the World Go Round?

June 23, 2011

What makes the world go round?

~ barefoot chuck