Has anyone/anything ever inspired, motivated or caused you to revisit cycling?

What/who inspired you to get back into cycling after an absence?

Has anyone or anything ever convinced, motivated or inspired you to return to any form of cycling (commuting, leisure, mtb, race) after a long time away (years) or perhaps even a short time away (a season)? Even a story of return due to necessity (college campus travel or employment within cycling distance or whatever).

I appreciated my father teaching me to ride as a child, but I would have to give credit to my late grandfather (pic attachment below) who inspired and motivated me back to cycling.

After a low point with perhaps a negative attitude and health conditions (overweight, lethargic, out of shape) he suggested to get back on the bike in order to help me. I am forever grateful for his help and inspiration. Thank you Grandpa! Ride on!

Anyone like to share their meaningful, interesting or even basic stories of return, or any useful positive comments. If not, thanks for reading my posts.

Articles sharing some similar type stories:


While I'm here giving thanks, I would also like to thank Dr.Louis Prete (a writing teacher), and all the 'good friends' here. Hope to see you all down the road! . . .

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My only real absence from cycling was a period of few years after I had a bad ankle/foot sprain and ended up with plantar fasciitis in both feet (long story). Riding made my feet hurt so bad that it was difficult to walk.

I missed the bike a lot. As soon as my feet were stable enough to tolerate pedaling (in bike shoes, not regular shoes), I was back on the bike.

i got a bike in like '98 because i was getting Real Sick Of Driving In The City, and i rode it "only sometimes," not huge distances, just like pilsen to the loop and back 

Then in january of like 2003 or something i lived farther west, and worked second shift in the south loop, and my dad & brother got the diabetes and that made me go Bonkers bikewise and started racking up 25 miles a day in bitter cold dead of night all muscling through it like "you can't catch me, diabetes" 

I haven't been cycling long enough to have a true hiatus, but I am experiencing a renewed enthusiasm for the sport.  Specifically as it relates to group rides, I'd been more or less going through the motions. Then, I rode the Tri-States 100 with a group from the Spring City Cycling Club out of Huntsville, AL.  The group was very fun and enthusiastic.  We rode together and everyone seemed to be very welcoming.  It was obvious that this group rides together a lot and were a well-oiled machine out there on the road.  After having ridden the century with this group, I came back to Chicago and started emphasizing teamwork on group rides as opposed to riding as individuals within the confines of a group.   Now our rides are much easier on the body, and we are riding much faster average speeds.  Now, I'm looking forward to our weekend group rides.

Well, my wife leaving me was certainly helpful.  I had been riding bikes steadily from about the age of 5, and in Chicago since 1979, but I got married later in life and my wife not only didn't want to ride with me but was actively resentful when I rode myself.  So for years, cycling was a rare, furtive activity, kind of like sneaking out to shoot some heroin in an alley.  Needless to say, my physical fitness deteriorated from average to really sad.  But after she took off to be with that alleged indie music producer, I got right back in the saddle and it was like coming back home.  I remember the first time I rode to the Skylark on Halsted and Cermak from my residence at around 40th and Western.  I felt like Marco Polo trying to reach China.  The little hill just east of Ashland on Archer Ave. felt like the Himalayas.  It was bad.  But now, after six years of riding as I wish, I'm right back to being average or a little less.  Sometimes some good comes out of bad things!    


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