NAME: Gabe Gonzalez
LOCATION: Carson City, NV
OCCUPATION: Customer Service Rep. for Veltec Sports, Inc
Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?
I live in Carson City, NV. It’s a mixture of cowboys, crazy soccer moms and a ton of SUVs. We have beautiful mountains, great climbs and the beautiful Lake Tahoe not too far away. Riding isn’t too bad, it’s mostly long stretches of road with not too many lights inbetween. And it’s sunny 300+ days a year. We also have a nice fixie community popping up in Carson and in Reno.
What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?
Well, I was born and raised in North Philly and worked there as a messenger for a year and a half with Rapid Delivery. To me nothing else compares to the diverse culture and riding environment you find in Philly. Riding with the cars and busses of the city, cutting in and out of traffic, fending off drug dealers with my NY chain lock, seeing prostitutes walking out of alleyways, hanging out at “The Station” with my buddies and weekend rides on Kelly Dr.
Why do you love riding in the city?
Riding in the city is like riding with a wild untamed animal—you never know what it’s going to do. It’s alive and when I ride with that animal I feel alive to. It’s an adventure every time I get on my bike. You can get to know it but you can never tame it!