Riding local, riding abroad. Doesn't matter. "One less car" bike commuting and "Bikes Belong" advocacy, plus "I ride solo" bicycle travel. Racing is fun, but there are so many equally great reasons to ride.
Recently sighted in my nearest urban growth market. Gotta agree.! I hate driving the 2 miles to town these days for anything at all. If I can't bike it I usually forget it. It's bad enough trying not to wipe out on the metal panels that are carelessly asphalted into the streets everywhere, along with the half assed warning "bikes merge with traffic" that are slapped as afterthoughts in the bike lanes by someone: the builders? The city? Not a lot of cyclists among these folks. Easy to tell.