Man and Machine
Well that’s just a turn of phrase. Woman and machine/ person and machine/ human machine and bike, today we reflect (slightly tongue in cheek) on oneness with your bicycle.
Julien Offray de la Mettrie was a materialist philosopher who talked about man as a machine. Certainly you could look at us as fuel in, energy out machines for – doing what exactly? Get on your bike and suddenly you have purpose. You are going somewhere. The bike has all the obvious mechanics but you are the engine.
The goal of this? To become one with your bike – the ultimate biomechanical machine experiencing a state of “flow“.
Of course, that perfect mix of high skill and high challenge doesn’t happen very often. Usually you ride along thinking “ooh, brake now” “oh, why is that pheasant not getting out of my way?” “did he HAVE to pass me so close?” “my butt hurts” “my quads are burning” “I wonder what I should have for tea?” “I’m missing the Archers……..” as you spin around the 8 levels of flow in a state of flux.
But sometimes, you feel the power to the pedals, they seem to turn effortlessly, the wind is in your face not knocking you off and you stream along – man and machine in perfect harmony.