In this series we stop people along the bike lanes in Vancouver and have chats with them about their thoughts on cycling, their bikes, and more. Have a look at the archive HERE.
Tell me about your bike.
This one’s name is Wobbly, because it has a wobbly back tire. I also have 2 other bikes named Toothless and Squachi. I got these awesome blue motion sensor lights for the tires off of a website, which helps to beautify my bike but are a pain in battery costs. I also recently purchased a bike trailer off Craigslist that allows me to lug my musical equipment around for busking and playing shows.
Where did you get Wobbly?
Wobbly was left behind in the house that I moved into with my roommate. I managed to fix it up for myself when no one came back for it.
Do you commute on your bike?
When it’s sunny I do. It’s about a 45 minute ride to my work at the Lush head office. I also like to bike around the city on the weekend when the roads are generally congested with traffic and I can ride on through. I also like to just get out of the city and up into the mountains when I can. There I can go mountain biking on Toothless as well as go snowboarding in the winter.
Have you ever hurt yourself mountain biking?
Only once did I hurt myself badly. I was going off dirt jumps and I knew I wouldn’t be able to connect my feet properly back on the pedals before I my bike landed on the ground so my options were to bail or sack myself. So I bailed. Luckily I only ended up fracturing my radius after landing on my elbow. After 6 years of mountain biking I’ve learned that you have to become one with the bike in order to handle it well. Also you need to look ahead and go with the flow of the mountain.
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