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28°C (82.4°F) Bicycling is a remarkable melding of man and machine. I love fresh pavement, smooth-shifting gears and the slight flex in the frame when you drive the pedals down hard.

I went for a 20-mile ride this morning, for the first time in months. When I got this bicycle 6 years ago, it rekindled all the exhilaration of my very first bike – the thrill of going faster and farther than I had ever thought possible. Now there’s a lot more huffing involved, and a little tenderness in the knees, but it’s as much fun as ever.