I'm incapable of emptying my mind but there have been occasions on my bike when I realise I have no recollection of the preceding miles. Whether during solo pursuits along country lanes in spring, or noisy, dirty commutes, time can pass unnoticed in a blissful blur of rhythm and rolling.
It's not a new sensation. In 1896 at the height of the first cycling boom, a feature in the The New York Times said this about the activity: "It has the unique virtue of yielding a rate of speed as great as that of the horse, nearly as great as that attained by steam power, and yet it imposes upon the consciousness the fact that it is entirely self-propulsion."
The writer, credited only as "ANJ", continues: "In the nature of the motion is another unique combination. With the great speed there are the subtle glide and sway of skating, something of the yacht's rocking, a touch of the equestrian bounce, and a suggestion of flying. The effect of all this upon the mind is as wholesomely stimulating as is the exercise to the body."
From my experience who has just began to enjoy cycling since August,2008 ,I hereby confirm that cycling did a lot of wonders to my mind and body.Of course I enjoyed cycling when I was a kid but I forgot how it was because 50 years has gone by...
Since two weeks ago,I now go to my mosque using my bicycle..
If I am not mistaken,Einstein got his Theory of Relativity while he was cycling..
Anima sana in corpore sano