I Love Riding in the City – Nick Drombosky
NAME: Nick Drombosky
LOCATION: Pittsburgh, PA
OCCUPATION: Founder, Fiks:Reflective
Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?
Most people are probably tired of hearing about Pittsburgh, but as far a cycling goes, it’s a pretty great place to be if you can brave the weather and the hills. We have three bike magazines based here, a big indoor bike park, great mountain biking [in city limits], alley cats, a bike bar, tons of awesome shops, a strong bike advocacy organization, a pro-bike mayor, recreational trails [including one of then longest rail-trails in the country], world-class BMX trails, and outdoor cycling track, indoor velodrome, and a club for just about any type of rider.
We do lack some things, like some of the infrastructure and ethnic diversity of biggest cities, but with all of the things we do have, it’s a good place to live, ride, and run a company in the bike industry.
What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?
Chicago. Their young city-sponsored bike-share program, Divvy, makes it super easy to get around and gets a ton of non-cyclists out on bikes.
During one ride around Wrigleyville, which is mostly composed of bars and littered with drunk pedestrians at night, we had a cab driver drive up next to us just to say hello and comment on how nice the weather was. Later, while passing a bar with an open front, a bunch of drunk guys started yelling something at us. In most places I’ve been it’s a safe bet that whatever they would be yelling is intended insulting and often homophobic or related to Lance Armstrong, but after a moment we realized they were only recommending that we should wear helmets.
Why do you love riding in the city?
I got into riding for the freedom. I can’t stand waiting for buses and I hate trying to find parking. Now I still don’t like those things, but if I don’t ride I put on weight like I never thought I could.
Or just say whatever you want about riding in the city… Poetry anyone?
Sun, bridges, hopping the tracks,
rubber, and steel with the wind at my back.
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