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I Love Riding in the City – Terry Crock

terryNAME: Terry Crock
LOCATION: Massillon, Ohio
OCCUPATION: Technology and Automation Shop Manager

Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?
I live near Massillon, Ohio. I build custom bicycles for myself and my children, which we use to ride on biking trails between Massillon, Navarre, Dalton, and Canal Fulton, Ohio. These are all small towns, fun and easy to ride around in, without much traffic. Canal Fulton has a canal boat pulled by horses that people can ride as the biking trail in that area follows the old Ohio and Erie Canal that was in during the 1800′s. Sometimes one has to make their way around the horses pulling the canal boat as one rides the trail. Massillon has a bicycle shop directly on the trail for any needed parts or repairs. The biking trails in this area are generally flat and easy to ride.

What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?
Right now that city would be Navarre, Ohio because it is somewhere safe to ride with my children. And one can smell the fresh bread being baked at Nickle’s Bakery!

Why do you love riding in the city?

The cities I ride in would be considered small with populations below 40,000. The good thing about that is the small town attitude in which auto drivers tend to see bicyclists as other people instead of targets.

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I Love Riding in the City – Kendall

kendallNAME: Kendall
LOCATION: Salt Lake City, Utah
OCCUPATION: Technician

Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?
I live in Riverton – a suburb of Salt Lake City, and ride/take the train to work in the heart of downtown every day. Salt Lake has a great cycling infrastructure, with wide streets and miles of dedicated bike lanes. During lunch, I’ll leave my bike chained up and take one of the city’s bike share bikes out for a ride.

What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?
The only other city I have ridden in was London, which was equally harrowing and peaceful. The cars, lorries, and taxis fly past you, but it felt less chaotic than here in the states. It felt like they were aware of you.

Why do you love riding in the city?
Riding a bike is the best way to connect with a city, you are right in the middle of it all, and there is nothing separating you from the city. I’ve found more “hidden gems” and places of interest while riding around on my bike than by any other way.

I Love Riding in the City – Stu Babin

stuartNAME: Stu Babin
LOCATION: Houma, LA
OCCUPATION: Hydrographer

Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?
I live in Houma, Louisiana, the origin of Alan Moore’s {revised} Saga of the Swamp Thing. A story of monsters in the swamp might seem fanatical; however, it’s something I think about constantly as I ride the back-roads here.

What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?
I’ve been lucky enough to travel from CA to NYC and spent some time overseas while in the U.S. Navy. Mountain biking in Ocoee, Tennessee, is one place I will never forget, yet I still love riding in the swamps, my backyard, every weekend the most.

Why do you love riding in the city?
We’re primarily flatlanders down here (as near sea level or slightly below), but we have an excellent mix of gravel and dirt roads through sugar cane farm roads along with smooth and rugged asphalt through lonely swamps. In addition, just under a hour drive away, there are superb mountain biking trails in Norco, LA and one of the best urban cycling escapes called “the Big Easy,” the city of New Orleans.

Or just say whatever you want about riding in the city…Poetry anyone?

I wrote this poem a few years ago about riding treacherous bayous only a few brave will witness…

The Beast
You shouldn’t have come here.

As demons rise from your forgotten memories
volume set to creature overtones of this swamp
and here I ride, half-naked across damp grass watching.
The smell of death always finds me.
Sweat dripping rhythm from the Devil’s breath
sipping the witches brew under yellow eyes
as my skin begins to burn from her disease.
The crow flies bringing cooler wind of change.
And wickedness is his reflection in murky water
as ghosts of harmony slowly disappear,
The beast craves blood.
Discover an unfamiliar place of the same.
Your darkness hidden under stories by others
could turn back now, but you won’t,
it’s too late.
You shouldn’t have come here.

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I Love Riding in the City – Dan Kehlenbach

beach
NAME: Dan Kehlenbach
LOCATION: Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
OCCUPATION: Strength and Conditioning Coach

Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?
My wife is active duty military and we are currently stationed in Puerto Rico. We live in Old San Juan and by far the best way around the city is by bike. Traffic can be quite challenging and the roads here weren’t designed to handle the volume of vehicles that currently make their way in and out of the city.
Old San Juan is a gem in terms of history and architecture. By using my bike to get around, I can enjoy and take in all the sites. I am currently using a Brompton to get around. No bike racks, no problem – I’ll just take my bike in with me.

What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?
Hands down Anchorage, Alaska. You can get all over the city on multi-use trails. There’s all kinds of great restaurants, bookstores and parks that can be accessed by bike. Studded tires makes it possible to ride year round. Oh, just watch out for the moose. They’re all over!

Why do you love riding in the city?
There’s so much to take in while in the city and riding around allows me to really enjoy it without worrying about parking, traffic jams, and all the hassles about driving. Photography is a hobby of mine and I’ll always have a camera with me while riding, and this is a great city to photograph!

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I Love Riding in the City – Derek Gray

derekNAME: Derek Gray
LOCATION: Washington, D.C
OCCUPATION: Bicycle Mechanic

Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?
DC can’t be duplicated. You can ride along the river and through Rock Creek Park, cruise down the National Mall and by some monuments, or deal with the hustle and bustle of Downtown and Chinatown. It’s a small city but the terrain is so varied from neighborhood to neighborhood. What do you want to ride? DC has it. Also, with our low skyline, it’s always sunny.

What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?

I’d be lying if I didn’t say Denver was my favorite. The view is spectacular and I love the rare air. And there’s just so many beautiful parks to ride past.

Why do you love riding in the city?

It’s just the best feeling. Once I get into rhythm with traffic (cars and bicycles) I don’t want to stop. But, if I need to, I know there’s an abundance of cafes, shops, bars, and overall points of interest on any given corner if a breather is in order.

I Love Riding in the City – Michael McCollum

michaelNAME: Michael McCollum
LOCATION: Columbus, OH
OCCUPATION: Mechanical Engineer

Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?
I just emigrated from Louisville up to Columbus earlier this year. So far my rides have been recreational tours around the city while also dabbling in the local MTB trails with my fiance. Louisville was flatter than Columbus with a lot more riding in traffic, while Columbus has a fantastic network of bike trails through the city. The polo scene is also better and more invigorated here. I’m also still getting used to the level of biking infrastructure here and the convenience it provides – Louisville just got its first green ‘bike boxes,’ whereas, they’ve been around here for a while I’m told.

What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?

Chicago. Big buildings, stretch busses and bridges made for a welcome assortment of travel companions. Then hopping on the subway and doing it all again. Of course, renting a mountain bike for the day while on the Galapagos was also pretty awesome.

Why do you love riding in the city?
The state of zen it brings while taking the time to get where I’m going. The perspective you get while travelling by car, then by bike and finally by walking are always so drastically different … I enjoy the level of detail I can appreciate while on a bike and still get places quickly. It clears my head and calms my soul.

I Love Riding in the City – Piotr


NAME: Piotr
LOCATION: Warsaw, Poland
OCCUPATION: IT Administrator

Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?
I live in Warsaw . Officially 2 millions people lived here but i think this number is underestimate. Traffic is high especially when workers and pupils go to offices and schools. So in the morning and early evening main streets are jammed. Public transport is quite effective but “nothing compares to simple pleasure of a bike ride”. In bad circumstances to reach the place of my work by bus takes me about 2 hours, by bike – 30 minutes.

What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?
In addition to the Warsaw I ridden in Berlin. Awareness and care of other who use road in Berlin impressed me. It was like “haven” for cyclists. But in the longer term could be boring.

Why do you love riding in the city?
Because of small amount and poor quality of bike paths I ride in traffic. Sometimes it’s very dangerous. I have to be focused, to have eyes in the back of the head and predict the behavior of other drivers. I have to be here and now – without thinking. I love it, especially after a hard day at work!

I Love Riding in the City – Matthew Pierce

pierceNAME: Matthew Pearce
LOCATION: Forbes NSW Australia
OCCUPATION: College Science Coordinator

Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?
I live smack bang in the centre of NSW, Australia in a town called Forbes. It is fantastic riding here as we have perfectly undulating rises and falls in the landscape. You can ride around Lake Forbes or take a leisurely ride throughout the town enjoying the safe wide roads.

What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?
Melbourne is by far the best place to ride. It is becoming a popular place for cycle commuters. There are plenty of bike stores, cafés, restaurants, and secret back alleys.

Why do you love riding in the city?
I love to beat my mates to work. I enjoy the feeling of human power beating motors! I love having a beer after I ride home from work and knowing I didn’t pay for fuel and I had a workout!

I Love Riding in the City – Justin Lalande

JustinName: Justin Lalande
Location: Sudbury Ontario Canada
Occupation: Engineering Student

Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?
I live in Sudbury (about 400 km north of Toronto). It’s very cold in the winter and pretty warm in the summer so my riding style and set-up has to change drastically by season.

Motorists pay little attention to cyclists because everyone around here drives huge trucks, there is little to no cycling infrastructure so I have to adapt.

What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?
My favorite city to ride in was Sherbrooke Québec. the city has bike paths running through and out of it, you can ride for hours on the same path. There are a lot of people biking there and a lot of shops and group rides.

Why do you love riding in the city?
It avoids having one more car on the road, keeps me in shape, and is really fun.

I Love Riding in the City – Cassandra

commuteroutfitNAME: Cassandra
LOCATION: Madison, WI
OCCUPATION: Customer Service/Inside Sales at Saris Cycling Group

Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?

Madison, Wisconsin has been my home for almost 10 years. The riding here is amazing. There’s a great network of dedicated bike paths and lanes. The network keeps on expanding as well. New pedestrian/bike bridges and bike lanes are popping up every year.

The riding is pretty flat and easy going in the downtown area, but there are some pretty gnarly hills out westward of the city and near the state capitol building.

One of my favorite things about living here is that within a 15-20 minute ride, you can get out of the city and experience the rolling hills of the drift less region. Not to mention the smooth rolling on the rail trails.

What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?
Any city that has a bike share. It’s so much more convenient to see the city by bike and not have to pay the travel fees associated with bringing your own bike.

San Francisco, Portland, Chicago, and the Twin Cities have all been great places to visit due to their bike share systems. I base a lot of my vacations around what cities offer bike shares or have good bike shops.

Why do you love riding in the city?
I really love the seeing the diversity of riders on the bike paths. You have roadies, tri geeks, hardcore commuters, fixie kids, and retired folks on their recumbent bikes.

There’s nothing better than seeing all the cycling tribes that reside in the city. So many people benefit from our bike infrastructure. It makes me feel really lucky to live in a city that embraces cycling.

Or just say whatever you want about riding in the city… Poetry anyone?
There are so many people out there who think that riding in the city is dangerous or stupid, but if you actually take the time to learn how to ride safely and intelligently…it can be a really great experience.

Cycling in a new city is also one of the best ways to get around and discover things you never would have seen by bus or taxi. On your next trip, rent a bike!

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