I Bike Richardson – Justin Husman
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, Justin Husman. He took the time to answer a few questions about biking. Enjoy:
How long have you been riding?
I took up riding a folding bicycle to commute in 2007, and actually sold my car in 2009 and went carless for a while. About a year and a half ago I gave up the mixed commute in favor of riding my bike the entire way to work. I may be live in downtown Plano, but I spend a good part of my commute riding on Richardson’s incredible trails and lanes.
How often do you ride?
I commute at least 3 days a week from Plano to Forest and 75. I also ride longer rides on weekends.
What’s your favorite route?
The bike trail from Renner to Waterview is a great long climb, and when it connects to the bike lane it turns into a time trial – with proper stops at the stop signs, of course.
Why do you cycle?
At first, I cycled to be “Green”, then I cycled to get fit, now I cycle for everything.
What is your perspective on riding – in general or in Richardson?
Riding a bicycle gives you those moments of complete exhaustion that you rarely get otherwise, when you can really feel your human frailness – and toughness. Cycling also takes me back to those days when two wheels meant freedom, and I could explore as far as my engine took me, as long as I was home by dark. Cycling in Richardson means protected lanes and trails, which is awesome.
Tell us about your bikes.
I don’t want to put this in writing, but I have eight bikes in active duty right now; an electric bike, a 1968 Falcon San Remo converted to a fixed gear, 1973 Raleigh International, a 1974 Schwinn Suburban, a 1987 Schwinn High Sierra mountainbike, a 1992 Univega Ultraleggera, a 1995 or so GT Force that I commute on, and a 2009 Dahon Vitesse folder. My favorite in the Univega – it’s a 19 pound steel roadie with 1st gen Dura Ace STI shifters. It’s incredible.
We want to thank Justin, 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.