Look Who’s Loving the Bike: May 2012

Here’s a look at who’s loving the bike for May 2012.  At the top of each month we like to feature the amazing stories and memories of people who are loving the bike.  Please take a look at what these lovers have to say.  Hey…..and we’d love to hear from you as well….feel free to submit your “Look Who’s Loving the Bike” story to us at any time.

Heather Hughes – Munroe Falls, OH

“My love for cycling started as love for a boy.

In 2009, I fell in love with a cyclist. In order to shift his attention from his bike to me, I had to do something drastic. Even though I had not been on a bike for at least 10 years, I bought a Trek mountain bike during spring break. I spent that week learning how to not look awkward and miserable, on top of learning how to properly shift without dropping my chain (this took a few attempts).

Upon returning to campus, I showed my crush my new set of wheels. He was impressed with my choice and then asked if I wanted to go for a short ride. I agreed, not knowing what I was really getting into. After flying down some massive hills and returning to my single dorm room muddy and sore, I knew I was hooked. Not just to this guy, but to the bike.

I wanted to ride more and learn more, so I kept asking my crush questions. Apparently, my genuine interest for all things cycling showed him that I was a girl he wanted. We began dating and soon after we became a couple, he surprised me and bought me a used road bike. It was a 2002 yellow Trek WSD in the perfect size. That was when I became a true roadie and ditched (for the most part, anyway) those dangerous, muddy trails. 

Three years later, we are happily married and we now live in a small apartment with five (yes, five) beautiful bikes. We live and breathe cycling. Who knew that something so simple (and yet so complex) as a bicycle would bring two people together?”

Ric Zapanta – Phillipines

“I will be 48 years old this year.  Five years ago, working in Indonesia, I began to notice how I always stared at people on bikes.  Commuters, hobbyists, riders, weekend warriors, all sorts.  I often find myself inside bike shops just looking at how different bikes are now from what they were years back.  I still have a 20 year old rigid mt bike that is always polished.  I get to ride it 2x in a moth the most. I started looking for old bikes and get them cleaned up, painted and polished.  I am on my 6th bike project now. Why I just love to spend time on / with them I realized later was… 

I grew up in an area with very few kids around, why because there aren’t that many houses too.  I spent summer vacations loafing around from one corner to another inside our house grounds and the open fields outside. What I see limits me to 20-30 min walk.  At age 10 I got my first red bike. Suddenly the world became huge. I take rides to all directions, sometimes spending whole days on my on with my red bike.  With my bike everything moved closer to our house.  I memorized every street in our city.  In my last 2 years of university, I am the only guy on a bike not really to save on time and money but I just love the feel of warm air on my face and the grip on my palms.  20 years later my first love was rekindled.  I thank God for things good and bad.  I thank Him for bikes… which certainly is a good thing.”

Carl Perpich – Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean

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