I grew up in the mountainous region of Margate New Jersey. Maybe that’s why at age 17 all my friends had mountain bike. Realizing that was obviously ridiculous, I purchased my first road bike, a $800 “top-of-the-line” Univega. I started riding it solo doing 50 mile loops around the Jersey shore line at break-neck speed (that my then young, have to run around the shower to get wet, 126 lb body had no problem doing.) That bike traveled with me through a bunch of moves including time in the Bayou of New Orleans when I was at Tulane, to Michigan when I was in law school, and back to the New Jersey/Pennsylvania metro area; always riding solo. With all the changes taking place in my life since I was 17, one thing – besides my love for music – that stayed constant was road biking.
The reason road biking has been consistent for me all these years is because it is the one thing that I can do to get my mind off of everything. That became even truer after I started practicing law. Such a cerebral endeavor allowed very little time to get in tune with one’s body; so when the stress was up, into the saddle I’d go.
A couple of years ago I was introduced to Team Evesham by Chaz Caramanna. Having never biked in a group before it was a somewhat daunting concept. But I was welcomed and well taken care of on that first ride with its blistering winds, chilly temperatures, and a flat within the first 10 mile. Sandy Student took me under his wing that day and led me back to Indian Springs to cap off my first group ride. Sandy said “we never leave anybody behind” and that stuck in my mind. Because over the years I’ve learned it really does “take a village.” Riding solo, which was great for my 17-year-old self, just doesn’t hold the same level of joy that riding with The Team does now. My family has grown again, to include not only our three-year-old but all the great members of Team Evesham.
I added a new headset cap to my bike recently. It says “Live to Ride, Ride to Live.” That really sums up how I feel about biking.