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I Love Riding in the City

NAME: Rudolph Nadler
OCCUPATION: Massage Therapist

Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?
You’d never know that you could get blue lipped in the middle of the summer in the desert until you face a monsoon that’s got bits of hail and high winds while wearing just a light jersey and shorts. Brrr. And then there’s the construction on the bike routes and pathways of Tucson, and crazy drivers that shout from their cars as they pass, and the 115 degree heat. And then there’s the great dumpster at Beyond Bread where you can find bread for the week, the trail that is part of my commute where there’s a friendly hello from the tarantula that lives by the trail, all the shiny spider eyes reflected in the glow of my headlamp, and the coyote racing across town. If it weren’t for my commute, life would be just lacking.

What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?
Paris, I love Paris in the springtime, I love Paris in the summer. Narrow streets, huge driving circles, cafés and—mmm—breathe in the atmosphere.

Why do you love riding in the city?
Who in their right mind would want to drive? Being stuck in traffic, getting tense. On a bike I know none of the cars can see me, so being invisible I can observe and listen to the world around me. Fly on the wall. But get in a car and the tide changes. It’s mano et mano, car vs car.

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