Why I Bike

Voodoo Fire Mountain Bike race

Me during the Voodoo Fire mountain bike race

Welcome to the first post on the new Bike with Green blog. I’m excited to get this thing off the ground, and can’t wait to see where this site will go.

While I do have a plan, I also want this site to be organic in nature. There is so much to cover in the cycling world that its hard to know exactly what shape Bike with Green will take.

I would like to start off by telling you a little bit about my biking background.

Like many of you, I had a bike as a kid that I used to jump off curbs and skid in the parking lot. My friends and I rode our bikes everywhere. To the playground. To each others houses. To the convenience store down the road.

As I got older I set aside my two wheeled friend for a four wheeled truck. Meanwhile, my bike rusted away in my garage. I was too cool to ride a bike around now that I had control of the wheel.

All through high school and college I maybe rode a bike twice. I ran to stay in shape, and never gave cycling a second thought.

Out of college I moved to Grand Junction, Colorado, and a whole new world of possibilities opened up to me. I met a ton of people who had bikes that cost 3-4 times as much as my first truck. I didn’t know you could buy bikes in places beside the big box stores, or spend more than a couple hundred bucks.

In Grand Junction mountain biking was huge. After hearing other people’s biking adventures, I wanted to give it a shot for a couple reasons.

First, my knees couldn’t take running anymore. After four years of high school football my body could no longer handle the constant impact.

Secondly, one of my life goals is to be a healthy, active person well into old age. I needed an activity that was fun, somewhat strenuous, and easier on my joints.

I bought my first mountain bike from some friends for $50. The early 90s Raleigh hardtail had a purple and neon green paint job (think Fresh Prince of Bel Air). I rode that bike every chance I got on the singletrack around Grand Junction. I rode alone and I rode with friends. Riding my bike invigorated me like nothing else. I had caught the bike bug.

Now, five years later, I continue to ride almost every day. I have a mountain bike, road bike, and commuter. You’ll get to know each of them very well as this site unfolds.

So why do I ride?

  • I bike because I love it.
  • It is good for the environment, and good for my health.
  • It keeps me fit and alert.
  • I save money on gas and car maintenance.
  • It gives me an excuse to hang out with friends and share life together.
  • I can get away up in the mountains with just me and my thoughts on a long solo ride.
  • I get an adrenaline rush every time I clean a huge drop on the trail.

The reasons why I bike continue to grow. But I think it all comes back to one thing.

Riding my bike is fun.

Why do you bike?