I Love Riding in the City
NAME: Patrick Garnett
Location: Lexington, KY
Occupation: Union Ironworker/Journeyman Welder
Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?
I live in the downtown area of Lexington, Kentucky. I wouldn’t call it a city though, it has more of a town feel. Lexington is a chill city to ride in. The layout of the city is like a wheel. With a small highway as the rim and a few main arteries acting like spokes. The main roads are crap for bike rides, but after living in Lexington since ‘97, I’ve learned many alternate routes through really calm and quiet neighborhoods. The terrain is also virtually flat, with just a few short hills thrown in. Lexington is also super bike friendly and during the nicer months there is something going on almost all the time that is bike oriented.
What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?
I’ve always enjoyed going to Pittsburgh with my bike, not just because the folks that make up Pittsburgh Bike Polo are the best fucking people ever, but because of the extensive inner city trail system the city has. Every time I’m in Pittsburgh I always ask for people to do a group ride late at night! There are so many great spots to stop at during the ride too. My favorites include a beer by the river, the handmade hat shop on Penn, and the “O” on Forbes.
Why do you love riding in the city?
I love riding in the city because most of the cycling fatalities that happen around here happen outside of the city in the country roads. Lexington is surrounded by beautiful horse farms and tons of people do long rides through the surrounding area, but I can’t handle country roads. I also just like the flow of it, whether I’m on my 3 speed or on my fixed gear.