I picked up cycling after an injury derailed my collegiate running career. I took some money I made at an internship, packed up my camping gear, and bike toured from New Haven, Connecticut to Portland, Maine—using only a road atlas for navigation. A few years later, I was riding across America.
Riding a bike has always given me physical fitness and even spiritual fitness—like a form of meditation. And it gives me a better sense of place than any other form of transport. Like in San Francisco, people talk all the time about the hills, but you don't really experience them unless you're walking or biking, you know?