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I Love Riding in the City

NAME: Rattlecan
LOCATION: Colorado Springs, CO

Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?
Colorado Springs is different from most cities because most of the cycling community is made up of bike jocks. We have the OTC (the overtraining center), CTS (chemical training systems), the 7-11 Velodrome, flat roads out to the east and a bunch of sweet Rocky Mountain singletrack to the west. We also have an indoor BMX track for the winter months, which is super fun. The climate is pretty mild and we get 300+ days of sun a year. I haven’t driven in four years and consider my city riding as training. It keeps me sane and in shape should I find myself in a field sprint on the track, suffering up a long climb on a group road ride, drafting a car at 35mph on the way back home from Manitou Springs, bombing the pipeline downhill with the boys, or just having some fun on the single-speed in Palmer Park.

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NAME: Bob Lafay
OCCUPATION: Part-time Cartoonist

Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?
Tujunga, CA. Lots of cars...but no one walks here, so the sidewalks are always an option. The streets are hilly also, so mountain bike gearing and tires are the best choice here.

What’s your favorite (or the most exotic) city you’ve ever ridden in, and what’s special (or memorable) about it?
#1. Tropical Havana, Cuba.?Very little traffic.?The cars that are there are 40’s and 50’s—worth looking at.?Without the spare parts, not many are moving unless you pay to get a ride in them.
#2. Beijing, China—a never-ending sea of bicycles. Joining in is no problem. Bicyclists are used to riders coming and leaving. Drafting a million bikes is an unforgettable experience.?There are very few cars, but the ones there spew out a whole lot of pollutants. Cough, cough.