“’You should get a bike. It will change your life,’ my friend Nick said. I heard this over and over again like a nagging brake pad rubbing on the one wobbly spot on a dented wheel,” writes Colorado-based writer Brendan Leonard.

Leonard wasn’t a believer until his friend showed up his doorstep with a gift – a 1989 red Trek bicycle. As he began riding, Leonard found his life falling into the smooth order of a finely tuned bike. To find a center, some people practice Yoga. Others meditate.  All Leonard needs is a dark road and no particular destination. As he says, “There is rhythm and with the rhythm comes a clear line of thought.”


Direct download: The_Shorts_--_Friendship_is_a_Used_Bicycle.mp3
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Comments[11]

  • Awesome! Leonard, great description of the sweet biking scene around here. I too hit 35 mph on 23rd Ave a few weeks back, kickin it into downtown. Nothing like a good \\\"my eyes are almost frozen\\\" downhill run from the highlands to the river in crisp mile high air! Thanks guys.

    posted by: Fish on 2008-12-31 11:41:00

  • Fitz - this podcast is really necessary to the emotional health of hundreds of people who are stuck in cubicles all week long waiting for the weekend. come back!

    posted by: Wunderkind on 2008-12-12 09:19:00

  • C\\\'mon Fitz when do we get a new episode? I\\\'m suffering from withdrawal symptoms, I can\\\'t go a month without a new episode of your great podcast!

    posted by: Wetass on 2008-12-12 05:33:00

  • me too. me too. Wait a second. I\\\'m the one responsible. Crap. There\\\'s a funny story for that.

    posted by: the dirtbag on 2008-12-11 12:58:00

  • whats going on around there? you on vacation or something? I need more dirtbag diaries! hurry!

    posted by: Marion Cobretti on 2008-12-11 00:37:00

  • Wow. This story pretty much sums up the last few months with my Dad. I fixed up his old Univega, and he purchased a new bike. Now we ride together at least once a week (pretty good for a 14 year old and a 44 year old) and we are both in great shape. I love biking so much. In fact, that\\\'s where I\\\'m going now.

    posted by: Matthew on 2008-11-25 16:48:00

  • That was great bikes are a big part of my life.You me and Aaron have to ride sometime!

    posted by: Matt Henely on 2008-11-18 22:24:00

  • You said it man bikes are the shit!

    posted by: You said it man bikes are the shit1 on 2008-11-18 22:17:00

  • i felt the same way when Brendan sent me this. I just loved how he loved his city. I feel this way when I cook around sea town.

    posted by: the dirtbag on 2008-11-17 10:46:00

  • I love it. This piece is beautiful. Everyone needs harmony in their lives. Thank you, Mr. Leonard!

    posted by: Scott T. on 2008-11-17 10:21:00

  • I love how I could feel the rhythm of riding in Denver by listening to your story. All facets and all seasons. My favorite line was, \\\"I couldn\\\'t ride any slower than \\\'as fast as possible\\\'\\\"

    posted by: Josh on 2008-11-16 23:16:00

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