Why would anyone travel by bicycle when we have planes, trains, and cars? They allow us to go further, faster, and explore more with a limited amount of effort in a limited amount of time. So why choose to go slower, to sweat, and to travel less distance? It’s a question to which I’ve never had a fully articulated answer. It just makes sense. But this is not satisfactory to baffled friends, family, and co-workers. I’ve tried many times to explain in more details.
‘I go cycle touring because…’
My voice normally trails off after those five words. Memories flood me, highlighting moments in time, bringing back heightened feelings, and it’s all too much. How can I bottle up all of this in one coherent sentence? I can’t. Instead, I chose to ask other cycle tourists why they do it. The Cycle Touring Festival in May was the evident place for it.
Armed with my film cameras and my audio recorder, I went around asking people their reasons to go touring. I also asked them to share one of their memory as I believe those are linked to why they travel this way.
The result of my investigation can be found in my new zine, Why we ride.
You can download it at this link for whatever amount of money you want (£0 is fine too).
It’s not perfect. I only spoke to 16 people, so this is by no means a scientific definitive answer to the question of why go cycle touring. I had only just fallen back in love with analog photography at the time and didn’t always know what I was doing. A roll of film came back blank and I ended up having to use my back up of expired film. But I like this zine nonetheless. It’s an exploration of a question I often think about, and it’s an experience of building a zine that I have enjoyed immensely.
If you’d like to read it, the download link is over at my website.