After much collective griping, shivering, trudging, and bundling, winter is truly over! Sure, there are still some chilly and rainy days ahead, but the tulips are blooming, the farmer's markets are overflowing with produce, and we may have even seen some ahead-of-the-game types rocking shorts and flip flops the other day. One of the very best parts of warm weather, in our opinion, is stress-free bike riding. Bicycles are such a wonderful way of getting around: good for your health, the planet, and your overall spirits. Riding in the winter might be a necessity for getting to work or school, but in spring and summer it's just a pleasure. A lot of HubBub baristas are bike riders, and we've asked some of them to share a bit about their 2-wheeled rides: Erica R. - HubBub's General Manager - 1986 Schwinn Tempo w/ Shimano and Sugino components
Origins: "I told my Dad I wanted a bike in college and he came home with it from a thrift warehouse."
Function: "The Schwinn is my commuter, I also have a 2011 Giant Defy Road Bike."
Memories: "This bike helped me grow a cyclist and a commuter: When I got my first flat in college, I took it to the bike shop to have someone change it, then I move to Austin, TX and started working at a bike shop and learned to change flats, clean my bike and do minor repairs. All thanks to the Schwinn. I hope it's in my life for a long time."
Derek B. - Spruce St. Barista - Specialized Langster, the Las Vegas edition
History: "I've had this bike a little under 4 years now and it has always served me well. Though the Hound has some choice words to say about people that name their swords, I've chosen to name my bike anyway: Lady - as in Luck."
Memories: "I've had numerous great experiences with my bike, but my favorites were all summer nights in North Philadelphia. The air is cool, the streets are empty, and you can just fly."
Lori A. - 3LS Barista - Surly Crosscheck Single Speed & Hija de la Coneja
The Surly's Origins: "I purchased the Surly from Fairmount Bicycles. It was my first "real" bike. I got it to ride around the city after riding around on an old Fuji for the first 6 months that I lived in Philadelphia.
Memories: "My favorite memory involving my bike was taking it on a road trip last year and riding it in a bunch of different west coast cities (including the giant hills of Seattle and San Francisco - not easy on a single speed!)."
The Rabbit Bike's Origins: "My 2nd bike is my Hija de la Coneja. It means "daughter of the rabbit." I purchased it directly from the company, based in Barcelona with the frames built in Peru. I just got this bike last month - it was a Christmas gift from my boyfriend. This was an upgrade for bike polo, as I was playing on the same old Fuji mentioned above (with some different gears, handle bars, brakes, etc.). I don't have too many stories with this bike so far, but I've got a whole season of bike polo ahead of me!"
Thanks to Erica, Derek and Lori for sharing the bike love! Keep an eye out for the next installment of The Bikes of HubBub, and happy riding!
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