Anyone who knows me well will tell you I’m obsessed with three things: music, food and cycling. I have no fewer than three bikes at home (although it’s down to two right now, thanks to whomever lifted my newest one right out of my garage!). When I tour, I buy a bike at my first stop, either on Craigslist or at a used bike shop, and then bring it for the remainder of the tour. It’s an easy way to get a workout and the BEST way to see a city- from eye level, outside of a car (or tour bus). I tend to go for a foldable bike because it’s easy to pack and is a manageable size.
When I was on tour last year with Big Sir, I bought a bike which I’d photograph and post on Instagram. I called it Velo Magic. I love that bike and it is somewhere in Berlin, waiting for me to scoop it up. I am headed to Europe in December with Deltron 3030; there are no German dates yet but if we do pass through, I plan to get back on Velo Magic and ride around.
On this current Deltron 3030 tour, I bought a lowrider bike that lasted only one day. I donated it to a bike shop Co-op in Brooklyn called Times Up and they sold me, at a discount, a Dahon foldable bike. I’ve been riding it almost every day. I rented a bike in Chicago and Dan The Automator and I rode around the lake; I love how alive I feel when I’m on a bicycle. It’s not only fun but it also brings friends together (like my buddy John Z and me, riding through Manhattan). On top of the fun aspect, it’s always wise to stay in shape on tour (or anytime, really!). If there’s a gym at the hotel, I usually hit the elliptical but I always try to get a ride in no matter what.
Today, I am in the best bike city in the USA, Minneapolis! I am headed to One On One bike store and see Gene, the owner. I plan to grab some quick photos of their inventory (since I’m in the market for a new bike to replace my stolen one) and head back for bus call.
I hope you enjoy my riding montage. The first part of it was filmed while I was riding in NYC and the latter part of it covers my rides in Toronto. I am thinking I should get a head piece for my GoPro to get better footage and to be a safer rider.
Any other cyclists out there?