Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Why I Bike: Ben

When did you learn to ride your bike? Who taught you?
I was pretty young, 4 years old according to my parents. Learned in the driveway. Successfully ran in to a tree, a bush and the basketball pole.

In what city and state do you live? 
Portland, OR!

What is the biking culture like there?
Biking is THE culture. Everyone owns a bike, every business district has tons of bike parking, lots of bike lanes, and most importantly, drivers know how to behave around cyclists! Of particular note is not the quantity of bike lanes within the city limits, but rather the areas outside of the city where lanes exist. I can get to Mt. Hood or Willamette wine country entirely on bike lanes!

What kind of bike (or bikes) do you have?
My “old” bike is an early 90s Raleigh “mountain” bike. Really, it's more like a city bike with shocks on the front, plus I put city tires on it. My “new” bike is my dad's old Motobecane Super Mirage from the 70s. It's a killer French racing bike, but it's solid steel, so it's kind of heavy.

How often do you ride your bike?
It was daily before I moved and will be again once I switch jobs, but the last few months has been more like 2 or 3 times per week.

I wish drivers...
…weren't there.

I would ride my bike even more if...
Is that possible?

My favorite bike snack___________
Bananas, mixed nuts

My favorite piece of bike gear is
My waterproof pannier that becomes a backpack… or my East End Brewing “Big Hop” bike jersey. I get complements on it all the time, even outside of Pittsburgh.

Do you ride your bike in all weather?
With 9 months of rain in Portland, that is a must

Do you own a car?

I mostly ride my bike ___ (to commute? for exercise? touring?)
All of the above

My favorite thing about riding my bike...
Beating the cars to work, or waking up really early and riding along the river before anyone else is awake

The bike trip I'm dying to do…
Oregon Coast, top to bottom

Craziest thing I did (or craziest thing I carried) on my bike:
Twice, my friend Josh and I rode a single Capital Bikeshare bike. The first time, I pedaled and he rode on the seat. It didn't work. The second time I rode in the basket on the front and he pedaled. Onlookers were shouting in support as we wobbled down the road, but it got easier after the first block.

Does your house/apt/work have special accommodations that make biking more feasible?
Don't know about the new job. People do bike to work, but I haven't heard about the facility yet. At home I have a garage.

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