Showing posts with label Why I Bike. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Why I Bike. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Why I Bike: Tom


When did you learn to ride your bike? Who taught you?

I learned to bike when I was six years old, my eight year old sister was my coach. Needless to say I suffered a few scrapes and bruises before I got the hang of it! 

In what city and state do you live?

I currently live in South Bend, IN but I hail from the Emerald Isle. I lived in Ireland all my life before moving to South Bend last August to do a one year Masters in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology Commercialization at the University of Notre Dame.  

What is the biking culture like there?

Ireland is a great country for biking. The larger cities such as Dublin and Cork are very bike friendly with most streets having bike lanes. In addition, the recent implementation of a biking rental scheme has made cycling even more accessible to both commuters and tourists. However, biking in the countryside is the main attraction. Ireland’s best sights such as the Ring of Kerry are best seen whilst biking the through the breath-taking landscape.  

What kind of bike do you have? 

My biking style is a bit reckless to say the least, so I’ve always had a mountain bike. 

How often do you ride your bike?

I ride my bike every day. 

Do you have a bike story?

I was in Paris in 2008 and I had just met the love of my life. We agreed to meet again outside Montmartre Metro Station at 10am. Surprise surprise, there was a strike and the metro wasn’t operating that morning. It was 9:45am, and I was 3 miles from Montmartre. I rented a bike at a nearby bike shop and made it just in time! We had not exchanged contact information (this was before facebook was all powerful), so if it wasn’t for that bike we may never have met again!

I wish drivers

would give cyclists right of way at an intersection crossing!!

I would ride my bike even more if...

I had a comfortable bike saddle.

Do you ride your bike in all weather?

YES!! Myself and my five Irish comrades nicknamed the Cycling Irish biked right through the winter.
  
Do you own a car?

No, not yet.
 
My favorite thing about riding my bike.... 

Freedom.

The coolest trip I’ve done on my bike…. 

Bike tour of Munich, Germany. Great city, lovely parks and very bike friendly.

The bike trip I’m dying to do…

Tour de France

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Why I Bike: Jan


When did you learn to ride your bike? Who taught you?   

I can’t remember being taught to ride a bike!   Bike-riding was part of my earliest, fondest memories.  I just don’t remember having training wheels all that long because I wanted to keep up with the slightly older kids in the neighborhood who rode their bikes everywhere in the neighborhood.  After I learned and was in middle school, I rode 20 or 25 miles some days in the summer.  It was glorious seeing so much from my bike – what freedom!

In what city and state do you live?
Now live in South Bend, Indiana, but have lived in Portland OR, DC,and Milwaukee – all places where I’ve loved to ride my bike.


What is the biking culture like there? 
The biking culture is growing in South Bend.  Big focus on bike trails and bike paths now in past 5 years – great to see.

What kind of bike (or bikes) do you have?   
I proudly own a Townie Electra – the ultimate commuter bike.  I also still own the 26” hot red Schwinn coaster-break bike that I rode until I was 16.  I logged too many miles on that bike to part with it and it’s moved with me several times!

How often do you ride your bike? 
Commuting to work and errands daily during the week;  on weekends, I enjoy riding the bike trails along the river in South Bend near our home.


Do you have a bike story? 
Teaching my youngest son Kevin to ride without training wheels!   Kevin so desperately wanted to learn to ride on his 6th birthday – he told me that would be the best birthday ever if he did!  He practiced, practiced, and practiced – and on his 6th birthday he put it all together!  Seeing him ride off down the block, confident and so happy, will always be a special memory to cherish.

I wish drivers...would respect that bikes are vehicles too.

I would ride my bike even more if...I lived in a balmier climate.

My favorite bike snack:
Fresh local fruit that’s in season – berries, apples, cherries – yumm!!

My favorite piece of bike gear are:
my Saddlebags.  They are deep and wide, and  I don’t ever hesitate to go anywhere because I can stash so much in them – work gear, outing gear, overnight stuff.  They helped transform my bike-riding – now I don’t hesitate to go anywhere!

Do you ride your bike in all weather? 
No.  I wish I did.  But our winters are so full of ice and snow I wait until the thaw comes to ride again.

Do you own a car?   
Yes. We have a bunch of kids and to handle traveling with them we needed a car.  All of them enjoy biking, though, which makes me very happy.
 
My favorite thing about riding my bike.... 
is that I observe much more of my surroundings when I bike.  I see things I don’t notice when I drive in a car, neighborhoods and people and nature all look different. I love  soaking up those details when biking!

The coolest trip I’ve done on my bike…. 
The Kal-Haven trail ride in Michigan – gorgeous 80 mile RT that ends up in Kalmazoo, done with BFFs over a weekend.  Did it in fall and the autumn colors were breathtaking!

The bike trip I’m dying to do… 
Poland by bike.  That’s where my family is from, I’ve never been there, and some touring friends of mine said that is the best way to see new countries and landscapes. 

Why do you bike?

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Celebrate National Bike Month


May is National Bike Month—a perfect time for our community to recognize and celebrate all the benefits of bicycling.

Bicycling keeps us healthy, carries us efficiently from point A to point B, saves us from high gas prices, and makes our air cleaner and our roads less congested.

Bicycling is good for our community and helps address many of our most pressing societal and environmental problems. Bicycling is fun!

Even though this week (May 13-17) is National Bike to Work Week, I encourage you to think of it as Bike to Anywhere Week. According to the national bike group PeopleForBikes, half of all trips Americans make are three miles or less—an easy biking distance.

If more people in our community bike, even just once a week or once a month, we’ll all be better off (even those of us who don’t ride). This month, dust off your bike and give two wheels a try!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Why I Bike: Melani

This week we get the pleasure of interviewing Melani, founder and head coach of LAAVA Performance. If you're in the DC area, check 'em out! 

"We strive to educate and empower multi-sport athletes to explore and promote the crossroads between smart training and leading a balanced and healthy lives"

When did you learn to ride your bike? Who taught you?
GENERAL RIDE: My dad taught me how to roll without any training wheels right before I started elementary school. He semi-tricked me into it by saying he was holding onto my seat and would let me know when he would let go. One block later after my bike found a nice patch of grass to fall over on I found out that he had let go after just a few seconds! Even though I had fallen I felt on top of the world!  

COMPETITIVE RIDE: Cyclocross was my transition into competitive cycling and I have my roommate Barry and CycleLife USA friend Gonzalo to thank for that. Barry loaned me my first adult bike with the trade off that I would sign up for a cross race. I attended my first bar-handling clinic with Gonzo, signed up for my first MABRA (mid-atlantic bicycling racing association) race and ended up competing on Fuji's all-women's team that made it to cyclocross nationals! 

Now that I race competitively, my coach Bob and the crew at CycleLife USA  continuously teach me how to ride more efficiently and how to take care of my bike so I am able to race to my potential.  And due to my competitive spirit, my training buddies also known as AOAT (all out all the time) have taught me how to push my limits on the bike and also in life. 

In what city and state do you live?
Washington, District of Columbia! US of A :) 


What is the biking culture like there?
I moved to DC in 2007 and since then our city has become a champion of change within the transportation world. Thanks to the hard work of the Dept of Transportation during former Mayor Adrian Fenty's administration, bike lanes have popped up all over the city, from the suburbanesque parts of the city like Brightwood and Columbia Heights to the commercial and tourist frequented areas like Pennsylvania Ave NW and The Golden Triangle Business District. It's also awesome to see so many people commuting to work and to see the Capital Bikeshare program thrive. 

What kind of bike (or bikes) do you have?
*2009 Fuji cross pro (trained and competed on for cyclo-cross races and then suped it up to be my commuter)
*2007 Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL (train and race on for triathlon races!)


How often do you ride your bike?
I aim to ride EVERY DAY unless it's pouring rain, snowing hard or if my bike is in the shop

I wish drivers...
Rode their bikes more often! 


I would ride my bike even more if...
There were more cycling designers for business/commuter outfits. So far I really like Ivan Jean.

My favorite bike snack___________
My favorites changes all the time: right now it's Clif Bar's Chocolate Brownie



My favorite piece of bike gear is
My LAAVA Performance cycling kit designed by Betty Designs. 
 

Do you ride your bike in all weather?
Ideally, yes, unless it is pouring rain or snowing hard

Do you own a car?
Nope; if I need a car I LAAV using the car sharing program Car2Go

I mostly ride my bike ___
I ride my fuji to commute (every day) and ride my road bike for triathlon training (2-3x/week)

My favorite thing about riding my bike....
Is getting from point to point faster than a car during traffic hours and yes, while obeying all laws! :) I also love riding in the car lanes to show off my DC bike "license" plate!
The coolest trip I’ve done on my bike….
is to Bend, Oregon for Cyclocross Nationals where it was sub 30 degrees and the race was my first time riding…in SNOW!


The bike trip I’m dying to do…
 A trip across the country ride for charity.

Craziest thing I did on my bike:
My friend Michelle has a basket bike that I tried sitting in while she rode down the street. It failed comically since the entire block of restaurants and patio patrons watched our circus routine. 

Does your house/apt/work have special accommodations that make biking more feasible? 
Yes! Both of my roommates own and ride bikes so we call our place the FFFH (Fun Fulton Fit House). We transformed our garage into a bike valet! 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Why I Bike: Kiersten



When did you learn to ride your bike? Who taught you?
I reflect on this a lot.  I grew up in a time (and place) where kids went out to play in the morning and only came home for food, if they were bleeding or because they were called. Modes of transportation were essential to that freedom.  The big wheel came first, but around five years old I got a bike. My grandfather (a child of the Great Depression) found the bike at the town dump one weekend.  He hauled it home and fixed it up and taught me how to ride.  Soon thereafter I lost the training wheels. 

I remember the stream of bikes over the years.  Banana seats and streamers to the first 10 spd.  Other people’s bikes that didn’t fit right but who cared.  My bike carried me to high school (because I didn’t live far enough away to qualify for a bus.)  My bike brought me “downtown” and to the beach.  I explored every inch of my community on my bike.

In what city and state do you live? (country?)
Now I live in Medford, MA which is 4 miles north of the financial district in Boston and under a mile to Tufts University.

What is the biking culture like there?
Boston’s Mayor Menino declared, “The car is no longer King.”  Every town has a coalition or union or some entity to support cyclists.  In the last five years we’ve seen the introduction of a share bike service, Hubway, and bike lanes virtually everywhere.  More real infrastructure is being designed and built these days.  But, like anything else we have very real growing pains which mostly revolve around attitudes and education.

What kind of bike (or bikes) do you have?
I had an old hybrid that got left behind by a shiny, new road bike.  I love my road bike, Isabelle.  I named her after my grandmother.  I won’t say I believe in guardian angels, but if anyone is looking down upon me and offering protection I’d expect it to be my grandma.  I have two sets of wheels, thanks to my awesome boyfriend, for Isabelle.  One set is for road rides and the other commuting.  It’s a great set-up!  I also used to have a mountain bike, but it got stolen.  I had one season of cross-country riding which sure improved my bike skills.

How often do you ride your bike?
I’m very seasonal, or a fair-weather rider.  Right now in the greater Boston area the ability to bike commute is based on some factors like routes and your personal fearlessness.  Plus, because of the work I do, I need to change clothes and get myself presentable on the other end which is not always an option.  So, April through October I try to bike to work at least a few days a week and I get out and ride with my bike club, Northeast Bicycle Club, the Luna Chix (Luna bars sponsored riders) and friends.

I wish drivers...
Oh boy.  Now this is a very loaded question!  =D

I wish drivers didn’t drive distracted (texting, talking on the phone, etc.)
I wish drivers would SEE the bike lanes and realize that they should check their side mirrors to see a cyclist approaching before making turns, changing lanes and pulling into parking spaces.

I wish drivers would be patient and remember that a cyclist is moving under their own power and that momentum means a lot.  Slowing or stopping a car to allow a cyclist to pass takes 1 or 2 seconds.  Slowing or stopping a bike to allow a car to pass can result in a minute or more of working to get back up to speed (for some folks).

I wish driver’s education included bike safety (as in does in foreign countries.)

I wish drivers were required to spend a day on a bike in the city.  I wish cyclists were required to spend a day in a car in the city.  We both have so much to improve.

I would ride my bike even more if...
There was better infrastructure and weather.  And, I didn’t sweat so much.  ;)

My favorite bike snack___________
The only time I need to eat on my bike is on longer rides.  In those cases I can say that caffeine helps me A LOT.  I get a latte before the ride and will sometimes refuel with a Clif gel with caffeine in it.  I think because I do not use a lot of caffeine in my daily life I really get the physiological and psychological benefits.  I have done a bunch of really long-distance rides and I discovered a treat:  I mix pretzels and mini-marshmallows together in snack-sized ziplock bags.

My favorite piece of bike gear is
I’m a woman.  The two most vital pieces are a great saddle and bottoms with really good chamois.  Add a chamois cream with tea tree oil and you’re going to be able to ride a lot longer in comfort.

Do you ride your bike in all weather?
Only when I get caught in something unexpected!

Do you own a car?
Yes.  With bike racks on top.  We often take our bikes to NH and ME for long coastal rides.

I mostly ride my bike ___
For exercise and fun.  Because we have road bikes we tend to maintain a healthy pace and go for 30-50 miles.

My favorite thing about riding my bike....
It feels good.  Being outside and exercising just feels good.  And, I love the fact that it’s both solitary and social at the same time.  I can be in my head for a few miles just feeling the sun and breeze, looking at everything I pass and smelling all the smells.  Or, I can sit up and chat some.

The coolest trip I’ve done on my bike….
I have two major accomplishments with Isabelle.  My friend’s mom was dying of Leukemia so I joined Team in Training and trained for the el Tour de Tucson (109 mile ride).  Last year I did The Climate Ride (5 days from NYC to DC, 325 miles).  They were very different kinds of rides but both testing me in terms of physical ability and mental tenacity.  They didn’t kill me, so I guess I am stronger.

The bike trip I’m dying to do…
I want to go touring in Europe.

Craziest thing I did (or craziest thing I carried) on my bike:
I have done some crazy things on my bike and they all involve speed.  I took a skills course and learned how to ride in groups (and bump into people), how to turn on slippery surfaces and how to do high-speed, downhill cornering.  I love technical challenges on my bike.  I love the confidence I have in handling skidding over a manhole cover in the rain or bunny-hopping over an obstacle.

Does your house/apt/work have special accommodations that make biking more feasible?
My bike is light, I can easily carry it.  There’s a full locked facility at work for bikes.  Public transit is well equipped for bikes.

Holly, you asked me when I learned to ride and all about my biking habits.  But what made me get back on a bike as an adult?
I was overweight and I have some arthritis in my knees.  I lost a bunch of weight and was looking for some ways to be more physically fit.  Unlike all of my “athlete” friends, exercise was not a part of my daily routine.  It was something I had to make myself do.  So, I tried to find ways to adjust my life to make exercise a non-option.  I got certified as a Spinning instructor and took a job at my gym.  I always liked bikes and the natural progression was to get back on one.  I rode recreationally.  Then I rode as a means of real exercise.  I trained for events.  I honed my skills as a cyclist and lead rides with my bike club.  This past year I started riding to transport myself.  The bike has changed my outlook on my health and the world around me.  The bike has brought out the humanitarian in me.  It’s literally a vehicle to so many things.



Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Why I Bike: Jesse

When did you learn to ride your bike? Who taught you?

I learned to ride my bike back in elementary school. I was taught by my parents and can remember starting out with training wheels.

In what city and state do you live?
I live in Portland, Oregon.

What is the biking culture like there?
Bike is King in Portland. Bike commuters are as common as any other type of commuter, bike specific roads and lanes are abundant and one could actually bike to most locations in the state on bike lanes. There are even bars/breweries here that cater specifically to cyclists.

What kind of bike do you have?
I recently bought a 2012 model Jamis  Satellite Sport Road Bike.

How often do you ride your bike?
I ride my bike several times per week.

I wish drivers... 
drivers in Portland are pretty respectful of cyclists.

I would ride my bike even more if... 
it did not rain so much.

My favorite piece of bike gear is my padded bike shorts!

Do you ride your bike in all weather? 
I don't have rain gear yet, but living in Oregon this will be inevitable.

Do you own a car?
I do own a car.

I mostly ride my bike for: 
exercise/cross training for running (my first hobby).

Do you think of biking as legitimate transportation?
Absolutely.

My favorite thing about riding my bike.... 
the efficiency of getting around town combined with exercise combined with environmentally friendly means of transport!

The coolest trip I’ve done on my bike….
On travels to Kenya, a friend and I rented bikes and rode to a game park (there were no predators in the park). It was amazing to ride up close to animals and they were not threatened by us on our bikes. We soon became exhausted and after converting the elevation from meters to feet, realized we were over 8,000 feet above sea level!

The bike trip I’m dying to do… 
to cycle the Oregon coast with my boyfriend and any friends who want to join.

Craziest thing I did on my bike: 
I once went on a bike tour of five vineyards near Vienna, Austria. It was beautiful, maybe not so crazy, but good fun.


Reader Poll: Why do you bike?

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Why I Bike: Bryce

Why I bike?

For mind, body, spirit, bank account, community, and environment.

When did you learn to ride your bike? Who taught you?
I first started riding on a Big Wheel bike at Montessori pre-school at what must have been the age of 4. I remember there were two of them, both with hard plastic wheels that had seen better days, and we would have races across a particular stretch of blacktop during recess. Around that same time I got my first bicycle, a bright red one with training wheels and flame decals, as a gift from my grandfather on my mom’s side. Both my parents helped me learn to ride without training wheels soon after. The next milestone was getting back on a bicycle in college after not riding for 7 years through middle and high school. The next breakthrough was discovering the speed and agility of a road bike 2 years out of college.

In what city and state do you live?
I currently live in Washington, D.C.

What is the biking culture like there?

Living in the San Francisco Bay Area prior to moving here, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the bike culture in DC. In the morning I see dozens of other bike commuters on the road, there are numerous bike shops around the District, and hundreds if not thousands of residents cycle recreationally in the entire Washington, Maryland, and Virginia area every day. Tourists even join in on the biking too with a few different rental outfits in the city as well as the ever-popular and expanding Capital Bikeshare. The Washington Area Bicyclist Association is also a prominent organization that promotes and fosters a biking culture and community in town, and there seem to be many different cycling groups centered around different bike shops and social circles.

What kind of bike (or bikes) do you have?
I have two used bikes: a Specialized mountain bike with slick tires and a Lemond road bike.

How often do you ride your bike?
At least 4-5 times a week for commuting, leisure, and exercise.

I wish drivers...
who haven’t ridden a bicycle in a while would give it a try! I also wish drivers and cyclists would be consistently taught and reminded of the road rules governing bicycle and car interactions.

I would ride my bike even more if...
we invested in more bicycle-friendly infrastructure including bicycle boulevards; marked, protected, or completely separate bicycle lanes and paths; bike parking racks; interconnected, interstate bike trails; mass transit with expanded options to accommodate bringing along bicycles; and expanded bike share systems.

My favorite bike snack…
Blueberry Cliff Bars, but they barely edge out varieties of trail mix, granola, assorted Kashi and Nature Valley bars, those energy cube gummy things in the lemon/lime flavor, peanut-butter gel, apples, various dried fruit, and stopping for ice cream.

My favorite piece of bike gear is…
Tie between a bell and lights for signaling and visibility to avoid accidents and a helmet for keeping me safe in case I get into one. Other favorites, but by no means necessities, are padded bike shorts, a rear bicycle rack for panniers, and a bicycle trailer to haul extra stuff.

Do you ride your bike in all weather?
Yes, I’ve ridden in snow, rain, heat, and gloom of night to cite the USPS. With adequate gear and infrastructure, riding in any weather can be enjoyable.

Do you own a car?
No, I rent from Car2go or Zipcar if I really need to use one.

My favorite thing about riding my bike....
Its fun, reminds me of being a kid, and is a great way to get energized at the start of the day. It saves me money and is better for the environment than driving a car. I’ve also seen more of the city and learned its geography much better by riding around on a bike.

The coolest trip I’ve done on my bike….
New York City to Washington, D.C. with Climate Ride. I also enjoy riding from my front door in the city out to the countryside in Maryland all in an afternoon.

The bike trip I’m dying to do…
Climate Ride California from Eureka to San Francisco. Across the US and also various places in Europe.

Does your house/apt/work have special accommodations that make biking more feasible?
Yes, the building across the street from my office is owned by the same management company and has locker rooms with showers that we can use for those particularly hot and sweaty biking days. In the last year at the request of tenants, they’ve added a few more rows of bike racks in the basement parking garage as well as traffic mirrors to make accessing those safer. Having extra living room space in a DC row house certainly helps at home.

Why do you bike?

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Why I Bike: Michelle

When did you learn to ride your bike? Who taught you?
I learned in June, 1987. I was 5 years old. I had recently received my first bicycle as a 5-years old birthday present. I started with training wheels and then every other day my Dad would take them off and run with me holding onto the handle bars. Sometimes he would let go….and trust me, I had many falls. One day, he let me go and I had this moment of joy and understanding of what balancing actually means. From that moment on, I didn't need help anymore. I just knew how to ride my bike. Riding around my neighborhood brought such a feeling of freedom to my small self. I still feel that when I ride today, the feeling of the freedom my bike brings me.

I have since learned the better way to teach a kid to ride a bike is to take off the pedals and have them roll down a hill, they learn balance much more quickly that way. Once they have mastered that, you can put the pedals back on and have them roll down the hill pedaling. I was the second employee at a new nonprofit called ACHIEVE Kids Tri where we provided bikes to at-risk kids in low-income areas of Washington DC and then taught them how to ride, as well as to swim.

And here is a great video about the camp. For those that are interested in learning more or helping out, please send me an email.



In what city and state do you live?
Washington, DC

What is the biking culture like there?
I have biked in DC since 2006. It was not good then, not at all with very few bike lanes. But now in 2013, it is much improved with many bike lanes throughout the city. Thank you DDOT.

What kind of bike (or bikes) do you have?
My favorite bike is my commuter; it is a basic Specialized bike with cross bars and a big milk crate on the back that fits my computer bag and a backpack….and a surprising amount of groceries.

How often do you ride your bike?
Every day I commute to work and back.

I wish drivers...
Would use their turn signals 100% of the time.

I would ride my bike even more if...
Work was farther away.

My favorite bike snack___________
A water bottle filled with iced coffee.

My favorite piece of bike gear is
My extra warm and thick gloves that protect my hands from the cold in the winter.

Do you ride your bike in all weather?
Not in the pouring rain or dangerous snow/sleet.

Do you own a car?
I have never owned a car in my entire 30 years of being alive.

I mostly ride my bike ___
To commute and in the summer, I do enjoy a bike ride on my other bike - a triathlon Specialized bike.

My favorite thing about riding my bike....
The opportunity and freedom it gives me to use my own power to take myself from one location to the next.

The coolest trip I've done on my bike….
Rode from Kalamazoo, MI to Chicago along Lake Michigan.

The bike trip I'm dying to do…
Anywhere in California, I have always wanted to ride out there!

Craziest thing I did (or craziest thing I carried) on my bike:
I am not very crazy because I have had far too many bike accidents. Sometimes I ride no handed, but only if there are zero cars or people around. Once I tried to put my friend Melani into my crate, but we fell three times before realizing that it was not going to work, much to the amusement of people in Adams Morgan.

Does your house/apt/work have special accommodations that make biking more feasible?
Nope, I just park it in the living room.

Reader Poll: How rare is that to have never owned a car in this country? Could you do that?

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Why I Bike: Alix



When did you learn to ride your bike? Who taught you?

My father taught me to ride a bike when I was wee high to a grasshoppers eye.  I remember peddling my first bike––pink with a white banana seat and streamers on the handlebars––down the street in front of my house. 

In what city and state do you live? 
Bronx, New York

What is the biking culture like there?
There is not a biking culture in the Bronx.  While in Manhattan bike lanes and paths are becoming more common, there are still very few up here.  Riding down Broadway is quiet the adventure, maybe challenge is a better word.  Trying to dodge glass in the road while watching out for crazy cab drivers and pedestrians keeps your senses on high alert.  Although, in recent years I have noticed more people taking to bikes as a mode transportation.

What kind of bikes do you have?
I own a Trek mountain bike, and a Raleigh road bike.  I've owned my mountain bike for years, but since buying my road bike a year ago have only risen it once!  Yikes, guess that makes me a road cycling fanatic now!

How often do you ride your bike?
During the spring, summer and fall I ride my bike to work as much as possible, and ride every weekend for fun!  But, during the winter my bikes are locked up in my apartment because I am a wimp and don't ride in the cold!
 I wish drivers...
Paid more attention to their surroundings, and didn't text or talk on their cell phones while driving!


I would ride my bike even more if...
I lived where there wasn't a winter to contend with.

My favorite bike snack___________
Almonds and bananas (but not together).

My favorite piece of bike gear is
My Terry Falcon bike seat with the middle cut out -- much needed to keep a happy bottom and pelvic bone!

Do you ride your bike in all weather?
No!  I am a wimp and can't ride in the cold.

Do you own a car?
Yes, but I only use it to escape the city or go to Costco (haven't figured out how to strap the mega-large tubs of hummus and gigantic bags of almonds to my bike yet).

I mostly ride my bike ___
for touring and commuting.


My favorite thing about riding my bike....
Meeting other cyclists and making new friends who also love their bikes.

The coolest trip I’ve done on my bike….
This is a toss up between the 2012 Climate Ride and a 5 day ride through Czech Republic...

Climate Ride was a 5 day, 300+ ride from NYC to DC to raise awareness of climate change issues and bicycle advocacy.  The ride was one of the most inspirational experiences I have ever participated in, from the amazing landscapes and hardcore hills to the inspirational people cycling along side me!

In the Czech Republic I rode through the countryside on a trail bike for 5 days with my friend Liz in the spring of 2011.  Our bags we transported separately from town to town by locals, and we took to the trails and roads with nothing but a map and granola bars each morning.  Such a bonding experience and definitely an adventure of a lifetime!  Loved every moment, even when we were lost in the middle of the forest for half a day.

The bike trip I’m dying to do…
Riding through the Italian wine country… eating and drinking my way from one town to another!

Does your house/apt/work have special accommodations that make biking more feasible?
I am lucky that my workplace––The American Museum of Natural History––lets me bring my bike into my office with me!  Although, we also have bike racks in the parking garage, so if I wasn't such a freak about my bike, I'd just leave it locked up out there.  My apartment building has a bike room, but when I am using my bike frequently (Spring-Fall), I keep my road bike in my apartment for easier/quicker access.

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