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I Love Riding in the City

NAME: Jake Tong
LOCATION: Manchester, NH
OCCUPATION: Tattoo Artist

Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?
I currently reside in Manchester, NH. NH is mainly a mountain biking state. The city riding here is tolerable, when people in cars aren’t yelling out “Get out of the road!” Potholes, tight shoulders, humidity and hills keep you on your toes and well conditioned.

What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?
I’ve mostly only ridden in NH and a little bit in Baltimore, so Manchester, by default.

Why do you love riding in the city?
It can have two effects for me. It can be really relaxing just to go on a mellow cruise and enjoy the surroundings. The other being really intense, kind of like skating—right before you approach the rail or gap, then rewarding—after you land and ride away from the trick. Just overall fun.

Or just say whatever you want about riding in the city... Poetry anyone?
Quite a few people have pulled over while I’m on my bike and been like “Hey, you need a ride?” or “What happened?” Funny how people here automatically assume that if you’re riding your bike you have a DWI.

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