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:
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.