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When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work
Fitness

A Collection of Thoughts from the Saddle

Drivers hate pedestrians. Drivers hate cyclists. Drivers hate other drivers. For all those drivers who claim to “hate cyclists” (a.k.a. the old me before I discovered the glorious benefits of riding), try to calculate the amount of time a couple cyclists on the road lengthened your commute versus the dozens of drivers

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Home Sweet Home
Fitness

Home Sweet Home

You know that feeling when you enter your city’s limits after a long, long ride or when you see your city lights ablaze from the airplane window? When you finally re-enter “civilization” after a long ride in the further suburbs, up and down windy mountain roads and through solitary rural farm lanes? It

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los angeles + twentyfourcarat.net
Fitness

Oh, This Beautiful Life

It takes ages to craft certain blog entries because I admit, I am self-conscious about what I publish since I don’t like writing about my personal life. My blogs use to be very personal but over the years, there were aspects of my life and thoughts I was hesitant to

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twentyfourcarat.net / sea to sky highway by bike
Fitness

Lighten Up! Enjoy the Journey!

I’m fortunate to have never encountered assholes on bikes (only in cars and on foot) but this story made me fume in disgust! Two cyclists come past me quite fast, one in black and red Castelli, the other in black and yellow Castelli cafe kit. ‘…off the fucking road you

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cycling + twentyfourcarat.net
Motivation

Confessions of an Introvert: Thriving in Solitude

I have a confession: I prefer riding alone. I socialize enough off the bike and the introvert in me is always yearning for an escape, which is one of the many reasons I am drawn to cycling. Yes, certain longer rides are only fun with a small group of friends but

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cycling + twentyfourcarat.net
Fitness

Why Aren’t You Biking to Work?

Why do I bike to work? First and foremost, I started because I am SUPER cheap …and I know my priorities— I would rather spend the $7/day bus fare on cake and lattes. Plus do you know how much I save by not having to pay ridiculous vehicle expenses?! It does become a hassle at

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cycling + twentyfourcarat.net // cycling is the closest To Flying
Motivation

20 More Reasons to Love Cycling

My friend and I were riding a few weekends ago and we came to a profound realization: Cycling makes us nicer people … when we are not riding!! When you are doing 6+ hour rides, conversations subject around the most random of topics ranging from stupid things we’ve seen, shit other cyclists do that

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twentyfourcarat.net + the mountains are calling
Fitness

Freakshow: Descending Mountains

Endless adventures, unlimited miles and climbing mountains. Those are the reasons why I love cycling. The mild seasons in Vancouver makes it such a great city for cyclists, which conveniently allows us to cycle all year round— I know I do and the hundreds of cyclists I ride by on my commute

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twentyfourcarat.net // cycling // stanley park, vancouvr
Fitness

On Rain, Waterbottles and Cyclists.

Spring is finally upon us, which also means grey skies and wet roads in Vancouver. But like I said, the gloomy days only make us appreciate our usual gorgeous sunny days a lot more! I can’t believe our abnormally warm winter passed by so quickly because my favorite thermal jackets

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twentyfourcarat.net + bike cycling commuting tips
Fitness

Bike Commuting Tips

Think about it: Would you rather be sitting in your car in traffic or packed in a crowded bus— especially up in someone’s armpit on a hot summer day?! If you have a bike and want to stay fit, wouldn’t you consider riding your bike to work instead? A lot of drivers always seem

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It's a wonderful life behind the bars. @
Fitness

The Priviledge of Riding a Bicycle

I love solo rides: my 12km commutes, 60km of hilly fun or 100km of tranquil solitude. To explore new territory. To stay effortlessly fit. To recharge. To escape. To practice mindfulness and increase self-awareness. To sort things out. To solve problems. To be inspired. To come up with new ideas. To

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cycling @ twentyfourcarat
Fitness

Don’t Think. Just Ride. Just do.

When I think back, I am amazed at how far I’ve come since I started my journey into a healthy and fit well-being and lifestyle. And then there was cycling. I use to obsessively lay everything out the evening before so my mornings are as efficient as possible. I use

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