Yikes, Montreal Man Lives on Bike?

For a brief time, I made a living on my bike. Working as a courier was exhilarating, dangerous, and at times, dull. I remember the exact moment when it dawned on me that I needed to find a new day job. (I had another job at night.)

I was riding crosstown, west to east. And I had something like 42 pounds in my cycle messenger pack. My neck was cramping up and blood flow was restricted because of the tight sash-like strap running over my shoulder.

And I thought to myself: I feel like a pack-mule! What the heck am I doing?

Those eight hours every day aboard my mountain bike made relaxing at home easy. I did not move for the first hour or so. I heard of guys working longer shifts, but never a shift 382 days long:

Guillaume Blanchet spent 382 days riding his bike through the streets of Montreal living what appears to be a normal everyday life on his bike. He dedicates the short film to his father, Yves Blanchet where he first got his love for riding a bike.

Guillaume Blanchet spent 382 days riding his bike through the streets of Montreal

No frikkin’ way. Painful city. This is a family-friendly blog, so I’ll try to put this gently. There are certain anatomical zones that need a rest from riding a bike. Yes, we have chamois (pronounced shammy) and other comfort items that we wear. But 382 days? Nope, not for me. . .

One thought on “Yikes, Montreal Man Lives on Bike?

  1. My husband wants to do Oklahoma FreeWheel (ride across OK) which would mean riding all day and camping out at night. I might could ride all day, but I want a bed at night. No way would I do 382 days – I’m sort of a fair-weather rider.

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