I Love Riding in the City
NAME: Damarak The Destroyer
LOCATION: Chicago, IL
Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?
Chicago is one of the most bicycle friendly cities I’ve been fortunate enough to spend time in. The city keeps up on plugging potholes, adding bike lanes, and maintaining trails for public use. The wind can be your best friend or worst enemy depending on your direction and the snow can keep the pedestrians off the street and out of your way.
Why do you love riding in the city?
The traffic. Organized chaos. A bike fits into the traffic patterns just as cars and pedestrians do, it’s just on a different grid. You have to know how to read cars, whether they are not paying attention or not using their turn signal, or just intentionally going to cut you off. If you go at a constant pace, the same cars will pass you, you’ll pass them, they’ll pass you, etc. They probably think I’m crazy for not wanting to sit in
Sometimes everything just clicks. You build up speed, you catch all the lights, the wind at your back, and to quote one dockworker who saw me “just flying” through the urban playground.
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