I Love Riding in the City
NAME: Jerod Walz
LOCATION: Chicago, IL
OCCUPATION: Co-Owner Wondercoat Powder Coating
Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?
Currently my home is on the northwest corner of Humboldt Park in Chicago. Chicago has always been a challenging ride for me; wind, weather, and traffic make up for the utter lack of hills. Day to day though, in the middle of my commute, I always find myself smiling and enjoying something about my beautiful city.
What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?
Without question, Omaha, NE. Anyone who thinks Nebraska is flat hasn’t ridden a bike in it. Omaha was where I cut my teeth on bikes as more than entertainment, and commuting there made me the cyclist I am today. The hills and roads of that great city were a constantly changing, always welcome challenge.
Why do you love riding in the city?
I love riding. I love riding in the city because I’m riding. It’s the same way I feel on a polo court, a deserted highway, the side of a mountain, or in the alley behind my apartment. Bikes fascinate me and everything’s a little better when I’m on my bike.
Or just say whatever you want about riding in the city… Poetry anyone?
I have searched, and I have found that happiness comes in a long ride home after a good day of hard work to pet your animals and kiss your wife. Also a few good friends and a cold beer don’t hurt none.
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