Road Warrior

If you're paying attention, you're beginning to see more people embrace cycling. Whether it's road biking or riding on a fixed gear or single speed, folks are hitting the streets on two wheels everywhere.  I myself really got into riding heavily three years ago. It started as just a way to save gas and bike to work in the summer, then it turned into a mini obsession.  As I began to notice how good I felt riding, the time I saved riding versus driving in some situations and definitely the money that was saved by not spending it on gas, it urged me to keep riding more. I began to notice other riders and speak with them, and it was then that I discovered urban cycling, or cycling in general was a massive sub culture that I was totally over looking. At this time I owned a simple hybrid (mountain bike and road bike combo for those unfamiliar with the term) but I would be in a trance when spotting folks who rode fixed gear and single speeds. I couldn't believe that they would want to ride and bike all over town with no gears. I just saw no desire in wanting to tackle massive hills en route to work with only a single speed and or no brakes. When I would ask what was so interesting and cool about riding a fixed or single speed, I got responses that ranged from them being light, the minimal maintenance needed by the bikes, to how fun it is to customize and just flat out ride. That wasn't enough for me until one day I actually got on a fixed fear bike and rode one, I got my own "fixie" that very day.  As much fun as I had riding in general, that fun was exponentially raised on my "fixie". I even founded a bike crew along with some good friends of mine known as the "Crank Cavalry".

 

 Our custom logo was created by Vincent Wanga at Wanga LLC   www.vwanga.com

Our custom logo was created by Vincent Wanga at Wanga LLC

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It's just a group of friends who ride everything from road bikes, hybrids, to single speeds and fixies. We like to get together a few times a week for night rides and day rides and either ride to destinations and grab some food and drink to just exploring the cities.  Biking went from something that I hadn't done since I was a child to something I do religiously with a group of people who love to do the same.  There are even events held in different cities such as "Alley Cat" races which are basically scavenger hunts across an entire city with the winner reaching all the stopping points and finishing the race as fast as possible. There are the "Crits" or Criterium races which have gone global. Crits are fixed gear races filled with people who travel from across the globe and enter in races against others to stake their claim as the fastest rider in the world, at least until the next race!  There are amazing bike crafting companies such as Leader Bikes and Dosnoventa who provide you with amazing frames, parts, and riding kits if you are willing to spend the coin on them since many of these things can get expensive.  

 Dosnoventa "Houston" frame with drop bars   Dosnoventabikes.com

Dosnoventa "Houston" frame with drop bars

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It all depends on how pricey your taste is and how much you're looking to customize your bike.  Instagram, Twitter, and many other forms of social media are saturated with images and info on the cycling world, which doesn't revolve around the Tour De France as many may think of when cycling comes to mind.  All you have to do is just look, it's like the rabbit hole, you have no idea how deep it can really get.  Even if you don't want to get that invested in the scene, there's nothing better than biking down a road as the sun is setting and letting the ride show you things about your environment that you wouldn't have noticed had you been in your car.  Cycling provides an escape, a workout, and a glimpse into a world both physical and mental that you often overlook. So do yourself a favor, instead of sitting in your home thinking about how bored you are, get on your bike and let yourself go.

 Leader Bikes 725 with pursuit handle bars and HED wheels.  HED is actually located locally in Shoreview Minnesota   Leaderbikes.com

Leader Bikes 725 with pursuit handle bars and HED wheels.  HED is actually located locally in Shoreview Minnesota

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