Have you ever feared that all the people with eyes that matter in the cycling world look upon your bike with disdain? It’s a fact that the bike crew can be harsh judges of a person’s ride, but it’s about time they graduated from the critical halls of high school into the celebration and acceptance of adult life. You know it, and it’s high time they knew it too, your bike is the bomb. In this post The Beatles are going to help me explain exactly why.
If it weren’t for my bike I would live in a different place, do different things, know different people. My bike changed my world, I’m sure I’m not the only one.
I SAW HER STANDING THERE (1963)
Every time I come back to where I parked my bike, and see her waiting for me patiently, it gets me right in the feels. Not only am I happy she hasn’t run off with some gad-about-town-bike-thief while I was gone, I get a warm feeling that spreads through my chest and tingles up and down my spine – basically my heart goes boom. Everyone deserves to feel a little love, and the way people feel about their very own bike is a special kind of love.
HERE COMES THE SUN (1969)
Bike owners simply feel more joy when the sun comes out. The ups and downs of the weather are more extreme for cyclists than other people (even those old-fashioned ambulators can seek refuge under an umbrella), bike riders have to commit to taking the full force of whatever nature throws at them. So that feeling of bliss that spreads through you at the sight of the world lit up by brilliant sunlight, you can thank your bike for that.
TICKET TO RIDE (1965)
Your bike is your very own ticket to ride. Other people’s bikes are nice and everything, but seeing as you can’t just jump on and get moving, what good is it to you really? The Beatles’ song is all about a girl being (in the singer’s opinion) a bit nasty and leaving him, but if you wanna be on your way, then having a bike to do it on is awesome. Having your own bike to do it on is even better!
COME TOGETHER (1969)
Your two-wheeled-freedom-machine let’s you catch up with friends at the drop of a hat. No waiting for a lift, or a train, or a bus. Then, if your lucky friend happens to have a bike too, you can go riding together, which is always fun. Perhaps you even met that friend when you were buying your awesome bike, going on an organised ride, or playing one of the many excellent bike sports. One thing I can tell you is you got to be free…
DON’T LET ME DOWN (1988)
The longer you have had your bike the more you get to know about how she works. Every time you repair or replace something you learn a little more about her quirks. It might be about the way she shifts, or the exact speed you need to hit to get up a hill, or how far you can push her before you pedal strike. There’s no denying it, a bike you know well will serve you better than a bike you don’t. Can you dig it? She won’t let you down.
Think of all the times you have pushed your pedals, in turn sending your chain spinning and your rear wheel driving the front. Your bike is simply a series of revolutions leading to more and more revolutions. Not only that, my bike revolutionised the way I live, day-to-day. If it weren’t for my bike I would live in a different place, do different things, know different people. My bike changed my world, I’m sure I’m not the only one.
DEAR PRUDENCE (1968)
The lyrics of this song read like an ode to why your bike is awesome. On your bike you come out to play, greet the day, see the beautiful blue sky, hear the birds and feel a part of everything. Also, riding your bike is a very prudent lifestyle choice. The very best times in life happen when you get to experience extreme joy while doing something wholesome and good. If riding your bike isn’t an example of that then I don’t know what is.
SHE LOVES YOU (1963)
If your bike could sing you a song, my bet is that it would be this one. Your bike is faithful, much like a dog, and, no matter what abuse you throw at it, with just a little bit of care she’ll always be there to explore the world with you again tomorrow.
So, don’t let the thought that haters might be hating get you down. No matter what you ride, no matter how you ride it, your bike is the best.
“Something in the way she moves
Attracts me like no other lover
Something in the way she woos me
I don’t want to leave her now
You know I believe and how”
– Something, The Beatles, 1969