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Here We Go

Thanks for checking out my new blog.

In thinking about starting the blog, I figured it should have some sort of direction or theme.  Since I recently turned 50, and there didn’t seem to be too much on the web for slightly used cyclists, I thought that might be an interesting angle – hence the name Cycling 50+.

But then I realized the age thing might alienate a lot of groovy young people and I definitely don’t want to exclude anyone.  So after lots of thinking about themes and angles and directions, in the end, this blog is about cycling.  (But I can’t think of a better name, so it stays for now – suggestions?)

We all hear about having a passion for something, like an activity or interest you enjoy deeply, in which you can lose yourself, lose your sense of time – and the doing of it is unquestionable, regardless of effort.

As I get older, I wonder if I ever really had a passion for anything.  I’ve had great jobs, but I always can’t wait to get out of the office.  When I travel, as much as I enjoy seeing new places, I can’t wait to get back home.

There are two activities in which I can become immersed, body and soul.  First, I’ve always enjoyed taking photographs and manipulating images.  The problem is that I’ll spend countless hours, lost to the world and focused, but still won’t be able to straighten my nose just right.

I think I have a passion for riding my bike.  After 20 years of cycling as an adult, I’m arriving at that conclusion through a process of elimination.  For example, I definitely DO NOT have a passion for getting out of bed in the morning, but I get up earlier than normal so I can ride my bike to work.

I’m careful with money (a.k.a. cheap), but I’ve recently spent a bit on gear to make it easier for me to ride in colder weather and the rain – is that another passion indicator? That I WANT to ride in the cold and rain?

Whether I do or not, it’s nice to think that I have a passion for cycling.  I look forward to sharing whatever it is I have for cycling with you through this blog and I hope you’ll do me the favour of sharing back.

Many thanks to Joe, Duncan and everyone at BikingToronto for this opportunity.

Posted: April 15th, 2010
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5 Comments on “Here We Go”

  1. 1 Joe T. said at 12:03 am on April 16th, 2010:

    Welcome to blogging on BikingToronto Steve.

    I’m looking forward to your posts. I always see older people out biking around the city, and it’s one of the great things about cycling… that everyone from young kids to senior citizens can do it.

  2. 2 Weekly Wrap-Up: Will University Avenue Have Toronto’s Best Bikelane? | Biking Toronto said at 8:19 am on April 16th, 2010:

    [...] Here we go [...]

  3. 3 Stephen Da Cambra said at 9:41 am on April 16th, 2010:

    Thanks, Joe. I guess you could say cycling is ageless.

  4. 4 lock said at 11:57 am on April 16th, 2010:

    Better than ageless…
    On bike-friendly Toronto Islands you can see folks still biking in their 60′s and 70′s, `cause they have been biking all their lives.

    I compare this with city seniors that struggle with canes and walkers to get to a car or curbside taxi, `cause they spent most of their lives wiggling only a gas pedal to get around…

    To me the choice is pretty clear. The 20th-century motorized carriage kills in many ways.

  5. 5 Joe T. said at 12:15 pm on April 16th, 2010:

    I see many older people riding downtown. Definitely some in the 60s… a few in their 70s.

    I always like seeing seniors on those trikes with the big cargo holder on the back… I think that is in my future when I lose all sense of balance, etc.

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