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I Bike Richardson – Ken Cohen

It’s time for another installment of the I Bike Richardson series, where we put a face on Richardson cyclists. We’d like to introduce Ken Cohen. He took the time to answer a few questions about biking. Enjoy:

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Name:
Ken Cohen

How long have you been riding?
I just started bicycling again in April of 2014. Prior to that, I hadn’t bicycled in 30 years.

How often do you ride?
I bicycle 3-4 times a week, weather permitting, usually in the morning. I’m looking for people to ride with during the week, in the morning.

What’s your favorite route?
I live near Campbell & Shiloh in Garland, very close to the edge of Richardson. Whenever possible, I try to ride only on “bike trails”.

Here’s my usual route. I take SpringPark Way to Sherrill Park Golf Course. I take the golf cart path that leads into the woods and goes up the hill to Lookout Park. At that point, I continue straight, getting onto Lookout Drive. I go a couple of hundred yards to Plano Road. Then right on Plano Road, down the hill. At the bottom of the hill, I take a U turn (right), and get on Spring Creek Trail that takes me under Plano Road and through Spring Creek Nature Area. Once I’m in the Nature Area I “hug right” whenever there is a fork in the road. I come out just this side of Central Expwy. I veer left, which will take me underneath Central Expwy and back up onto Renner Trail. I take Renner Trail to its end (Synergy Park Blvd) and then go left onto University Trail. At the top of the Hill (Floyd Road), the trail goes left. Then right on Campbell and the trail ends at Campbell and Coit, where I turn around. I go home the same way, with some exceptions. When I’m heading east on Renner Road, I stop at Alma Road (light). I go down Alma (North) for around ¼ mile, just about to George Bush Freeway, where I take a right onto Spring Creek Trail, which takes me back to the Spring Creek Nature Area entrance. I like this diversion for a change in scenery. I go left into the Nature Area. When I come to an open and curvy area where the light rail tracks are overhead, there is a circular wooden ramp which I take up to Routh Creek Parkway. At the end of the ramp, I go left on Routh Creek, then left on Glenville, and left on Lookout, which will take me to my path home. I like this diversion because it nicely avoids having to ride up the steep hill on Plano Road. I like this route because there’s lots of diverse scenery, some hills, but mostly flat areas. I usually see a lot of people in the Spring Creek Nature Area, which is nice.

My favorite “trail” is the Chisolm Trail in Plano. The starting point is on the north side of Colin Creek Mall and is 6 miles from my house. I take the same route to Central Expwy, going through Spring Creek Nature Area. Instead of veering left to go under Central Expwy, I veer right. This section of Spring Creek Trail will take me up to Alma Road, just south of George Bush Freeway. I follow the sidewalk (right) a short distance to Plano Parkway (southwest) corner of Colin Creek Mall. Warning—when crossing Plano Parkway, do not have your shoes clipped in because the sidewalk on the other side is extremely uneven and the space is tight. I continue north on Alma (sidewalk) and take the first entrance to the mall. At this point, I’m looking at a strip of stores that are outside the mall. I ride around them and get on the Colin Creek Mall Drive, the wide drive that goes around the mall. Riding around the mall is actually very pleasant. I rarely run into any cars on Colin Creek Mall Drive. I go around 1/3 of the way around the mall and take a left on Center Drive, which will take me to 15th Street. I cross 15th Street and go right a short distance. The entrance to the Chisolm Trail is on the left just before “On The Border”. I recommend that you take this “2nd entrance”. Chisolm Trail is around 5 ½ miles, each way. It follows a creek, Spring Creek, and is very nice, particularly when compared to trails that follow power lines. No major cross roads that you have to deal with. Here are my detailed notes on Chisolm Trail.

My Chisolm Trail notes…

Be alert for patches that are real muddy. Go around them. The underpass just after you go under Custer Road is the worst place for this mud problem. If there is a mud problem, they’ll probably have the gate down. You can easily ride around the area that is gated off.

When you take a sharp left for the Dog Park, you are now on Blue Bonnet Trail and you’ll be on Blue Bonnet for a short distance. It’s obvious because you’re obviously in the middle of a big path of power lines. You’ll be going around an athletic field and there will be a bridge on the right. Go over bridge. Notice that the trail is adjacent to Spring Creek (and not the power lines). You’ll now be on the west side of Spring Creek. When you started on the trail, you were on the east side of Spring Creek. You’ll see a bridge on your right that will cross over Spring Creek. Don’t take it. You’ll go a mile or two more until you hit Legacy, which is the end. Come back on this same trail (west side of the creek). I’ve tried coming back on the other side and lost the trail.

To prevent “losing the trail”, it’s best to start on the east side, then switch to the west side once you go past Blue Bonnet Trail.

Although the Chisolm Trail is my favorite trail, it’s not always my favorite route. If I’m short on time or if there are heavy “south to north” winds, I won’t take this route. I don’t like the idea of being 12 miles from home and having to ride home into heavy winds.

I have a 3rd route available to me, which I rarely use. At Lookout Park, I can go left onto Owens Trail, which runs into Duck Creek Trail and Glenville Trail. Owens Trail follows a power line and requires that you stop frequently at major cross streets and the crossings require you to wiggle through a maze in the center of the road. The maze appears to be there for the purpose of making sure people are super careful when crossing these busy streets. Owens Trail is my least favorite of the trails near me. Duck Creek Trail is very nice, with all the ducks and expanded riverbed, but it’s very short. Glenville Trail is nice in the small section that is between Duck Creek and Huffines Park, but the rest of it involves too much stopping at cross streets. I believe that Glenville Trail is only there for the purpose of providing a connecting bike path to Huffines Park. It does appear that Richardson is attempting to connect all its parks with trails.

Why do you cycle?
Exercise and fun.

What is your perspective on riding – in general or in Richardson?
I’m retired and I find it great being able to get out and see what the rest of human race is doing. It makes me feel more connected to the real world. I think that Richardson has done a fabulous job with all the bike trails. They’ve also done a great job in finding perfect streets that area quiet and ideal for “bike lanes”.

Tell us about your bikes.
I have 1 bike, a hybrid. I feel safer with the bigger tires. I like being more upright with the straight handle bars (easier on the upper back). I use clipless pedals/shoes.

We want to thank Ken, for sharing his perspective on Richardson cyling.

We’d also like to extend an invitation to any cyclist who lives and/or rides in Richardson to share their story as well. You can either answer the questions (above) or send in a story – along with some pics to bikefriendlyrichardson(at)gmail.com.

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I Bike Richardson – Marianne Rogers

It’s time for another installment of the I Bike Richardson series, where we put a face on Richardson cyclists. We’d like to introduce Marianne Rogers. She took the time to answer a few questions about biking. Enjoy:

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Name:
Marianne Rogers

How long have you been riding?
I have ridden most of my life. We scaled it back when we had kids until they were old enough to join us!

How often do you ride?
I ride most days. I commute to work (from Plano to Richardson) 2 – 3 days per week, run errands on my bike, do dirt riding on occasion and long distance rides on the weekends.

What’s your favorite route?
We just did the Beauty and the Beast in Tyler and I’d say those are some of the prettiest roads we have ever been on.

Why do you cycle?
I bicycle because it is fun! I get to continue the fun when I commute and run errands on my bike. (getting stuff done while having fun doing it!)

What is your perspective on riding – in general or in Richardson?
Cycling is great because you can ride great scenic roads and have fun doing it.

Riding in Richardson is great because there are lots of nice bike paths, bike lanes and bike friendly roads.

Tell us about your bikes.
5 bikes:

Trek Crossrip – Commuter
Trek X-Caliber 5 – Mountain bike
Trek 2.1 Lexa SLX C – Road bike
Trek T50 Double Track – Tandem
MINI brand foldable bike – for something completely different.

My favorite is my Crossrip…it’s just so versatile.

We want to thank Marianne, for sharing her perspective on Richardson cyling.

We’d also like to extend an invitation to any cyclist who lives and/or rides in Richardson to share their story as well. You can either answer the questions (above) or send in a story – along with some pics to bikefriendlyrichardson(at)gmail.com.

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I Bike Richardson – Josh Ballard

It’s time for another installment of the I Bike Richardson series, where we put a face on Richardson cyclists. We’d like to introduce Josh Ballard. He took the time to answer a few questions about biking. Enjoy:

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Name:
Josh Ballard

How long have you been riding?
I have been riding since I was a child. For a few years during high school I did not ride very much, but it pretty much has been a part of my life from a very early age.

How often do you ride?
I ride for training about four to five days a week. I also ride to commute three to five days a week, and occasionally I bike to the store, friends’ houses, etc.

What’s your favorite route?
I do like mixing up routes around my neighborhood of Canyon Creek including Prairie Creek Park and Palisades.

Why do you cycle?
All of the above. Cycling is a part of my life, so all of these apply.

What is your perspective on riding – in general or in Richardson?
Richardson is surprisingly bike friendly in general. When we moved here five and a half years ago, there were some limited cycling facilities, but now in my neighborhood alone, there are about 3 miles of bike lanes, as many miles of bike path, and general bike friendliness.

Tell us about your bikes.
I have two road bikes, one of which is old school Ti and one is a modern carbon racer. There’s also a track bike in my stable that I use for elite track racing. My commuter is a simple single speed with comfortable tires. It is also very inexpensive so I don’t have to worry about locking it outside in the rain.

We want to thank Josh, for sharing his perspective on Richardson cyling.

We’d also like to extend an invitation to any cyclist who lives and/or rides in Richardson to share their story as well. You can either answer the questions (above) or send in a story – along with some pics to bikefriendlyrichardson(at)gmail.com.

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I Bike Richardson – Rebecca Ballard

It’s time for another installment of the I Bike Richardson series, where we put a face on Richardson cyclists. We’d like to introduce Rebecca Ballard. She took the time to answer a few questions about biking. Enjoy:

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Name:
Rebecca Ballard

How long have you been riding?
I’ve been bike commuting for 20 years. I’ve also done triathlons, mountain biking and road riding for fun as well.

How often do you ride?
Not as much as I should. In warm weather I try to ride my bike to work at least a few days a week. I’ll ride to the store or to get a hair cut sometimes, but I’m more likely to walk than ride.

What’s your favorite route?

Why do you cycle?
All of the above. I like to bike to work here because I think it’s important to model earth friendly behavior. People who will listen know that my husband and I live close to our work by design. We bought in our neighborhood because it would be possible for my husband to bike to work from here.

What is your perspective on riding – in general or in Richardson?
Biking is a source of joy. Unless somebody in a car puts my life in danger through careless or outright rude behavior I always arrive at work feeling good when I bike.

Tell us about your bikes.
I have a Giant TCR One road bike. I like to ride it but my handling skills are not what they should be. I love my commuter. It’s a Gary Fischer mountain bike that I can ride with no hands.

I commuted in Boston and San Francisco on a Schwinn Le Tour II that I called my sweet bike. It handled terribly and eventually I replaced it with a Trek 820 for commuting. I still miss that Schwinn.

We want to thank Rebecca, for sharing her perspective on Richardson cyling.

We’d also like to extend an invitation to any cyclist who lives and/or rides in Richardson to share their story as well. You can either answer the questions (above) or send in a story – along with some pics to bikefriendlyrichardson(at)gmail.com.

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I Bike Richardson – Rochelle

It’s time for another installment of the I Bike Richardson series, where we put a face on Richardson cyclists. We’d like to introduce Rochelle. She took the time to answer a few questions about biking. Enjoy:

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Name:
Rochelle

How long have you been riding?
Picked it back up about a year and a half ago.

How often do you ride?
Couple times a week. Mostly leisure, and small errands or visiting friends. I would be open to biking to work but I currently work in grapevine so it’s too far.

What’s your favorite route?
Trails over by Foxboro park, Collins street, the telecom corridor area. Also do mountain biking in neighboring cities.

Why do you cycle?
For fun, for exercise

What is your perspective on riding – in general or in Richardson?
Increasing bike lanes and paths are awesome! I love biking to visit friends, and biking to local restaurants

Tell us about your bikes.
One mountain bike (wish we had mountain bike trails in Richardson!) one single speed road bike.

We want to thank Rochelle, for sharing her perspective on Richardson cyling.

We’d also like to extend an invitation to any cyclist who lives and/or rides in Richardson to share their story as well. You can either answer the questions (above) or send in a story – along with some pics to bikefriendlyrichardson(at)gmail.com.

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I Bike Richardson – Irma Koepke

It’s time for another installment of the I Bike Richardson series, where we put a face on Richardson cyclists. We’d like to introduce Irma Koepke. She took the time to answer a few questions about biking. Enjoy:

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Name:
Irma Koepke

How long have you been riding?
Started back up again about 5 years ago. Before that it was off and on just when ever I could. Had a very busy schedule with family, work, and kids school activities.

How often do you ride?
As often as I can. From taking my road bike for a spin, to riding my commuter bike to work, to mountain biking when ever I can, and to trying out cyclocross for the first time.

What’s your favorite route?
On my road bike, if I go to Plano, I go north on Waterview to Renner. Take a left on Los Rios to Jupiter. Right on Jupiter to Park Place Dr. Then a right on S. Allen Heights Dr. which turns into Bolin Rd. Then take a left on to Pecan Orchard Dr.and then a right on Hackberry Ln., which curves around to Donihoo Ln., and it curves right to Donna Ln. Take a right on Parker and then a left on Dublin Rd. Take a right on to Park Blvd, and head back to Los Rios to Renner to Waterview.

When I ride to White Rock Lake, I take the Cottonwood Trail to WRT. Once its safe to ride under 635, I will start back on that route.

Why do you cycle?
For many different reason’s. I feel free on a bike. I bike for those who can’t for whatever reason. My road bike has pink handle bar tape on it. When ever I feel like I am struggling up an incline or just feel tired, I just have to look down at my pink tape. It symbolizes my mom’s 10 year battle with breast cancer. She is now a survivor.

I love riding my commuter bike around the neighborhood. I get a lot of looks.

I love roller coasters, and that what it feels like MTB’ing at RCP.
Cyclocross will be new for me this Fall.

I grew up in Richardson. I used to ride my bike to school as a kid. We always rode our bikes to our friends houses, to the store, to the park, to the rec center, just ever where. Richardson makes it easy to get around.

Being on my bikes brings back so many great memories of growing up in Richardson.

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What is your perspective on riding – in general or in Richardson?
Just love the feeling of riding. Love the trails Richardson has to offer. Can’t wait for the Central Trail to open!

Happy to see more people out on their bikes, but wish people new the laws of the road (People on bikes and people driving cars around cyclist, even joggers in the street running in the opposite direction in the bike lanes)

Tell us about your bikes.
I have 4 bikes:
Specialized Myka MTB
Felt Cafe 7
Specialized Dolce road bike
Specialized Crux Elite cyclocross bike

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We want to thank Irma, for sharing her perspective on Richardson cyling.

We’d also like to extend an invitation to any cyclist who lives and/or rides in Richardson to share their story as well. You can either answer the questions (above) or send in a story – along with some pics to bikefriendlyrichardson(at)gmail.com.

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I Bike Richardson – Scott Braden

It’s time for another installment of the I Bike Richardson series, where we put a face on Richardson cyclists. We’d like to introduce Scott Braden. He took the time to answer a few questions about biking. Enjoy:

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Name:
Scott Braden

How long have you been riding?
Since I was a kid… age 5… living on Downing Drive in Richardson. Got into road racing in my teens, never really stopped. I’m 47 now so that’s 40+ years riding in and around Richardson.

How often do you ride?
Train for racing 4-6 x / week, ride casually / for errands almost every day.

What’s your favorite route?
I like the Canyon Creek neighborhoods, some good hills to train on quiet streets.

Also a fan of the bike trail system, especially Owens Trail and the Spring Creek / Renner complex, very nice and I use them frequently.

Further afield, White Rock Lake is a gem. Cedar Hill is nice for big hills, and the area near Sherman TX has some amazing country roads for exploring.

Why do you cycle?
It’s fun, it’s escape from everyday life, it’s outside and healthy, it’s a way to explore new places (or, old places in a new way).

What is your perspective on riding – in general or in Richardson?
Richardson is a gem for cycling because the street layout allows for “back streets” to be bike routes; many newer cities have disconnected developments that require busy main roads be used. Richardson is also blessed with a large road cycling population thanks to Richardson Bike Mart, and therefore we have great bike lanes, signs, and trails.

Tell us about your bikes.
Several road bikes, a mountain bike, kids bikes, spouse bike… I mainly ride the road (racing) bike and the MTB.

We want to thank Scott, for sharing his perspective on Richardson cyling.

We’d also like to extend an invitation to any cyclist who lives and/or rides in Richardson to share their story as well. You can either answer the questions (above) or send in a story – along with some pics to bikefriendlyrichardson(at)gmail.com.

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I Bike Richardson – Kay Loving

It’s time for another installment of the I Bike Richardson series, where we put a face on Richardson cyclists. We’d like to introduce Kay Loving. She took the time to answer a few questions about biking. Enjoy:

Name:
Kay Loving

How long have you been riding?
Couple of years now.

How often do you ride?
As often as possible.

What’s your favorite route?
We like riding White Rock and the trails across Campbell to the golf course.

Why do you cycle?
We ride to keep in shape as much as possible and to train for the MS150. We also ride with our kids. Our 10 year old rode the Wildride 40 mile route with us this year. And yes he finished. Our 5 year old rode 10 miles this past weekend at White Rock with us…and no whining at all…lol

What is your perspective on riding – in general or in Richardson?
A great way to stay in shape with my bad back, I am limited on physical activities, but riding works out for me. We get quality family time and fun all in one shot.

Tell us about your bikes.
I ride a TREK road bike, my partner has a Specialized road bike, our 10 year old has a FUJI Ace.

We want to thank Kay, for sharing her perspective on Richardson cyling.

We’d also like to extend an invitation to any cyclist who lives and/or rides in Richardson to share their story as well. You can either answer the questions (above) or send in a story – along with some pics to bikefriendlyrichardson(at)gmail.com.

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I Bike Richardson – Sarah Townsend (with Richard, Eleanor, and Gabriel)

It’s time for another installment of the I Bike Richardson series, where we put a face on Richardson cyclists. We’d like to introduce Sarah Townsend. She took the time to answer a few questions about biking. Enjoy:

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Name:
Sarah Townsend (with Richard, Eleanor, and Gabriel)

How long have you been riding?
We’ve always cycled casually, but I would say we started developing our current habits within the last year. We added the cargo bike to our family last summer, which really opened up our options since we always have two little kids and all their kid stuff to haul.

How often do you ride?
We ride about 5 days a week: to preschool, ballet class, the store, the park, friends’ and neighbors’ houses, restaurants. Basically anywhere in about the 3 mile or less range without a good reason to take a car. Our bike will haul 400lbs plus the rider, so there’ rarely a good reason to take a car. Except rush hour. I really don’t like rush hour.

Oh! And we recently went on a “bike date” to the new Studio Movie Grill on Spring Valley. We looked awesome and had a great time.

What’s your favorite route?
I have a soft spot for our route to Eleanor’s preschool, because it’s the first real car-replacement route we picked up. We take Dumont west (yikes! we’ll be so glad when it’s repaved!), then catch a bit of trail, back into the neighborhoods to end up at Hillcrest and Arapho.

Last week we explored a lot of new trails (new to us) and were pretty blown away! We traveled from Richardson Heights down to the Barnes and Noble at Preston/Royal, mostly via the trail system. It was a terrific ride except for some awkwardness at Forest, but I think we know how to handle it better next time. The fall colors were gorgeous and it gave us a whole new perspective on a part of Dallas we’ve driven around countless times.

Why do you cycle?
I cycle (in order):
1. For my happiness
2. For my kids’ happiness
4. For community
5. For the planet
6. For my wallet

What is your perspective on riding – in general or in Richardson?
I love that people wave at us. When was the last time someone waved at you in a car?

I love that we have become more connected to our immediate community and have made new friends.

I love being out of the car.

I love the interesting conversations we have with people, ranging from “that’s so awesome! Where can I get a bike like that!” to some version of “that’s really weird and definitely not safe. Why would you do that?”

I love that my daughter thought it was reasonable to suggest that we take our bike to make a trip to IKEA. (In Frisco. For furniture. She’s ambitious.)

Tell us about your bikes.
We currently have 5 bikes. In order of importance:

1. The Yuba. Love love love this bike. It really opened up a whole world to us after we tried pulling the kids in a trailer and my son completely lost it and disassembled his helmet. It takes us everywhere and in a pinch can carry our entire family. It’s bright orange and built like a tank, and carries one kid on the front and one kid on the back. You may have seen us around town and thought to yourself “what the heck?!”

2. Maximus. Purple awesomeness with 16″ wheels and Eleanor’s biggest triumph over her parents to date. Eleanor: Mommy, I want a new bike. Me: sure, you can have a new bike when you learn to ride with no training wheels (I’m thinking, haha, she’s 3, I just bought myself atleast 2 years). Eleanor promptly learned to ride without training wheels a week later and off we went to Richardson Bike Mart and came home with Maximus.

3. Nameless yellow bike with 12″ wheels, happily inherited by Gabriel.

4. Hand me down Trek something for Richard when he’s not on Yuba duty

5. Eggplant Townie for me when I’m not on Yuba duty.

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We want to thank Sarah, for sharing her perspective on Richardson cyling.

We’d also like to extend an invitation to any cyclist who lives and/or rides in Richardson to share their story as well. You can either answer the questions (above) or send in a story – along with some pics to bikefriendlyrichardson(at)gmail.com.

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I Bike Richardson – Bethel Strong

It’s time for another installment of the I Bike Richardson series, where we put a face on Richardson cyclists. We’d like to introduce Bethel Strong. He took the time to answer a few questions about biking. Enjoy:


Name:
Bethel Strong
takeabike.net

How long have you been riding?
I rode a long time ago. Was running in marathons and half marathons. Had to stop about a year and a half ago due to knee problems. So, I started road cycling again. Loving it more than ever.

How often do you ride?
I do not commute. I’m in Sales so I can’t. I do ride nearly every day. I ride it for errands as much as possible.

What’s your favorite route?
I ride mostly around Forney where I live, but I also like to ride around White Rock Lake.

Why do you cycle?
I ride mostly for the fun and exercise. I try to promote healthy living and exercise. I’m not a big or overweight person, but I try to get people into cycling or any kind of exercise. What ever it may be.

Live by example. I ride in many endurance rides all over. I’m riding in the 2012 Ride the Rockies in June. I ride in the Hotter ‘N Hell 100 in wichita Falls. Tour de Cure rides and te LIVESTRONG ride in Austin.

What is your perspective on riding – in general or in Richardson?
Riding has greatly effected my life. I had a recent visit to the doctor and got for the first time 100% good marks on my entire blood test along with lowering my blood pressure. I have sever asthma and I have always battled it and always will.

Richardson seems to be more bike friendly than other places around.

Tell us about your bikes.
I own 4 bikes.
I ride
Specialized Roubaix Comp, Road Bike
Specialized Allez Sport, Road Bike
Trek PDX Hybrid for fun casual riding
Wife rides a Trek FX 7.1
I will follow up with pictures
@Takeabike (Twitter)
Bethel Strong (FaceBook)

We want to thank Bethel, for sharing his perspective on Richardson cyling.

We’d also like to extend an invitation to any cyclist who lives and/or rides in Richardson to share their story as well. You can either answer the questions (above) or send in a story – along with some pics to bikefriendlyrichardson(at)gmail.com.

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