One is all the time surrounded by risk. The thing about riding a bike is that you ride the risk, so it’s no longer unknown or shadowy. Another thing is that when you’re riding a bike the time between a decision and the effect of that decision - and both depend on your whole body - is the briefest possible. You decide something, and it happens, and at that moment you’re touching something which is very close to existential freedom.
By John Berger, quoted by Lewis Jones in ‘Portrait of the artist as a wild old man’, The Telegraph (via cooperbiker)