Mike S. joined the UA team last season and has been enthusiastically hanging around ever since! Good on a bike AND with people we love when he spends his free time working with us in between his day job and racing bikes!
Q: How long have you been riding in Boston?
A: I’ve been riding in Boston, Cambridge and Somerville for almost 20 years. Riding in the city was a gradual progression for me, going from sometimes to most times. So far I have never had to park my bike blocks away from my intended destination. I can’t say that about a car.
Q: What type of bike do you ride?
A: I ride a 1979 Raleigh 10 speed. The finish is a mix between root beer brown gloss paint, exposed steel and rust. It was a freebie (not stolen though) that I dropped $20 into to get it rolling.
Q: Do you have multiple bikes?
A: Yes I do. I have a Specialized S-Works SL3 – road, an Independent Fabrication Planet X – cyclocross and an Independent Fabrication Deluxe – MTB.
Q: How long have you been working with UA? Any especially fond memories?
A: I’m enthusiastically heading into my second season at UA. This may seem strange for a fond memory, but one of our guests had an unfortunate mechanical problem with his bike while on tour. I was sent out to meet the tour group for a bike swap about a quarter of the way into their ride. Fortunately, when I met them, they hadn’t been waiting very long. We had a few laughs, exchanged bikes, waved good bye, and the other UA guide took his flock for the rest of the tour without delay. I looked at the bike I was left with and saw that the chain was completely impacted between the frame and the chain rings. I tried to free it with every tool I had, but it wouldn’t budge. I almost gave up on the field repair, but with the help of some borrowed tools from Charles Street Supply store, I was able to free the chain and ride (not walk) back to the shop. I was totally covered in grease, but I was happy that I didn’t have to push the bike back to the shop and even more happy that our guest was able to continue on his tour virtually uninterrupted. Thank you Charles Street Supply!
Q: What’s your favorite ride in Boston?
A: Tour de Boston when I’m riding with UA. During the warmer months when I’m not working, I like to take in the views along the Boston side of the Charles River, find a good spot, eat a sandwich and take a nap; I mean read.
Q: How often do you ride and to where?
A: I ride as often as I can. Whether it’s out to run errands on the clunker or getting on the bike with the skinny tires to take a tour of Lexington, Concord and Carlisle, it’s all good.
Q: What is your ‘day job’?
A: I’m a CPA. I have the calculator watch to prove it.
Q: Best advice for beginning city cyclists?
A: Be kind, be alert and be predictable. Wear a helmet (they make some cool ones these days).