There were a number of different thoughts that went through my head when I first saw this video. First – damn that dude’s thighs are huge. Second, the amazing fact that there are folks in the world that can sustain over 700w on a bike.
But then I thought about the message of the video. Clearly the video is trying to help people understand how much energy we consume as a society. I understand this problem. But I actually took away something a little more beautiful from this.
For me, the interesting message wasn’t how much power it took to make a piece of toast. Nor was it how much work it took a well trained cyclist to produce that much power. For me it was actually how comparatively small our power output as humans is. And that lead me to a final conclusion:
That fact that us mere humans can propel ourselves along on bicycles with the relatively small amount of power we can produce is a statement to the beauty and efficiency of the bicycle
This is what keeps me riding. This is what keeps reminding me that the trip itself can be enjoyed too – it isn’t just something to “get through.”
Every day I ride my bike to work is a day I’m happier, healthier and less stressed. And even though it takes the most highly athletically trained of us to even make a piece of toast, some of us can still travel across the entire country by bike in days.
I know I’m preaching to the choir here. But then again, I did need an excuse to share this awesome video!