When you’re a kid, there are only so many things that you can use as a vehicle for traveling. Since you cannot legally drive a car or ride a motorcycle on the streets until the age of 16 in the United States, if you wanted to travel across town when there is no car to take you places, you are left choosing. The common options are skateboards, roller blades, scooters, your own two feet, and then bicycles. More often than not, if you wanted to get somewhere quickly, you ended up choosing a bicycle. You learn quickly as a kid that there are bikes that can get you somewhere fast, and there are ones that are for going offroad, and there are some for playing.
I tried all types of bikes when I was a kid, and participated in many different bike related activities with my pals after school, on the weekends, and during the summer when my parents couldn’t drive me anywhere. I had a mountain bike, a bmx bike, a cruiser, and they all worked just fine for the primary things I needed them for. When I went offroading, if it was a long distance ride, I’d bring the mountain bike. If I wanted to do some jumps, some wheelies, and get real athletic with it, I would bring the bmx bike. I never really messed with the cruiser as I could never really figure out how to have fun on it. I liked adrenaline as a kid and I guess the cruiser never really gave me any.
When I was 14 years old and entering high school, I became friends with more kids that lived outside of my neighborhood. When my parents weren’t able to drive me, I started to ride my bike to and from their houses, and usually would be pretty exhausted going back and forth visiting my friend’s houses who lived a couple miles away. Bmx bikes are simply not efficient in riding long distances, and I would still be getting a pretty solid workout on my mountain bike. One day, my dad let me use his road bike to travel, and boy did that sure make a difference. I finally discovered what real speed on a bike was like and knew that I wouldn’t be too exhausted at all if I wanted to travel to a friends house, and in essence, this created a more active personality in me.
While the road bike suited my traveling needs, and the bmx for my fun stuff, I longed for a bike that was efficient and fun. One day, a friend of mine said he was coming over. He lived about 4 miles from me so I assumed since he was probably on a bmx bike he would probably be maybe 25 minutes. He surprised me when he knocked on my door maybe 15 minutes later at his arrival. I was stunned at his speed and asked if he got a new road bike to ride or something. He said no and had me follow him around the corner to check out his new ride in all of it’s glory.