The Cyclopath: Jay Versluis on Riding a Bike

After 10 years I’ve taken up cycling again. It’s changed my life!

It all started with a quick trip to Bremen, where Oliver and I decided to hang out car-less to be free from parking spaces and drinking restraints. He decided to hire me a bike for the day (only €9.99 for 24hrs at 1-2-3 Radverleih). After the first 10 minutes of doubting myself, I got back into it as if time had not passed.

I have to admit though that I used to cycle a lot when I lived in Hamburg, a very flat fairly green city. My ride to work was 18km (11 miles) and I did this 2-3 times a week. It helped me survive my 9-5 existence, mentally more than anything. It was one of the very few things I took pleasure in… and I forgot all about that!

When I moved to London I never had the space to leave a bike, plus the concrete jungle full of Big Smoke isn’t really an exciting invitation to cycle at first sight. I never even thought about taking it up again, until that very day in Bremen. Thanks, Oliver!

So I invested a fistful of cash into a very jolly super pink Saracen Pylon with 8 gear internal hub and fluid disc brakes (nice!). It’s featuring 2.5” wide impenetrable Schwalbe Big Apple tyres, and in just over 4 weeks since I bought it, my board computer reveals the following incredible statistics:

  • Total Riding Time: 25hrs
  • Total Distance: 372km (that’s 232 miles)

Last week I’ve done 116km alone, that’s two round trips to Camden and one to Chiswick. I’m absolutely loving it and can’t understand how I lived without it for so long. I’ll see how long I can keep it up without getting bored (or the weather getting too cold).

I already had a puncture, so much for “impenetrable”, but I guess it’s all part of the adventure.

About Jay Versluis

Jay is a medical miracle known as Super Survivor. He runs two YouTube channels, five websites and several podcast feeds. To see what else he's up to, and to support him on his mission to make the world a better place, check out his Patreon Campaign.

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