Motivational Monday with Amar
WHAT’S YOUR NAME AND LOCATION?
Amar, Los Angeles, CA
WHAT TYPE OF CYCLING DO YOU ENJOY?
Commuting, Touring, Recreational
WHAT IS YOUR FIRST CYCLING MEMORY?
I didn’t learn to ride a bike until I was a senior in college, so my first memory is of being entirely certain that I was going to lose my balance and swerve into the path of an oncoming Metro Bus. Hasn’t happened yet, although I did lose my balance many times and became quite familiar with the pavement in the parking lot of the Federal Building on Wilshire Blvd.
WHO INSPIRES YOU TO RIDE, AND BETTER YET WHY?
My husband. He loves riding for the sheer joy of it and I always want to join in on that happiness. It was a lot more fraught for me for a very long time, until I started commuting regularly and didn’t have to focus so hard on the mechanics of riding. Now I can capture some of that freedom and joy when I ride too. Also, I hate idling in traffic and worrying about parking. To me, it’s easier to just bike everywhere and with our traffic it takes about the same amount of time as driving.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BEST MOMENT ON THE BIKE SO FAR THIS YEAR?
For our wedding anniversary my husband and I biked from Seattle to Portland with a friend of ours. It was so beautiful and fun. I think about that trip whenever I need to relax!
TELL US ALL ABOUT YOUR BIKES
Surly Long Haul Trucker in a pretty blue color. Setup is pretty upright since I have a bad back and am finicky about positioning. I catch wind like a kite but I’m not exactly built for speed anyways
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