Featured Cyclist: Ed B.

Ed B. is known as the History Guru of Urban AdvenTours. The first employee of UA, Ed shares his enthusiasm with guests from all over the world as he speaks fluent French and Italian. If you don’t see him riding along the Charles River, you might see him sculling along in it!

Ed + Tour

Q: How long have you been riding in Boston?
A: I’ve been riding a bike in Boston for 30 years.

Q: What type of bike do you ride?
A: I ride a Giant Bowery that I bought at UA of course!  It is my first single speed, and it’s perfect for the city, light and fast.  Okay Beacon Hill can be a drag but I can still do it!

Q: Do you have multiple bikes?
A: Alas, I have only one bike, my dream is to own 3, my next bike will be a geared bike so that I can go on some of those long distance rides out of the city that UA sponsors.  Kind of like a busman’s holiday!  Although it would be sweet to have a top of the line bike, I feel that the price-bike-weight-speed ratio is a question of diminishing returns when you go past say $1,500.00.   My third bike would be stripped down, blue rims, black matte frame straight shorten handlebars and fixed gear! Yeah baby!

Q: How long have you been working with UA? Any especially fond memories?
A: I’ve been working with UA since 2005 or 6, but it’s easy to remember because I’m employee number 2 after Andrew Prescott!  I have so many fond memories, especially when I have returning customers, like a woman and her husband from Andover who always bring their out of town guests on a UA tour.  My fondest memory of her (the wife) was just from 2011 when we did the Emerald Necklace tour together and being that she is an avid gardener, she gushed over one particular tree in the Arboretum.  She got everyone so excited!!!  We laughed so!

Q: What’s your favorite ride in Boston?
A: My favorite ride in Boston?  When I ride from my home in the Fenway to the South End.  I pass so many beautiful buildings and so much history, the MFA, The New England Conservatory, the St. Botolph Street neighborhood  and the South End which has a uniformity of architecture that I find very pleasing to the eye!

Q: How often do you ride and to where?
A: I ride everyday, only when the weather is really, I mean really bad, do I take the T.  Cold alone doesn’t keep me from riding!  I’ve rode across the Mass. Ave. Bridge with horizontal snow pelting me, at least there weren’t other cyclists that day!

Q: What is your ‘day job’?
A: I work at MIT, and help to administer a small masters degree program.  I’ve been at MIT for nearly 17 years!

Q: Best advice for beginning city cyclists?
A: Best advice to beginning cyclists.  Wear a helmet, stay off the sidewalks and don’t be shy.  You have the right to be on the road too!  If you respect the rules of the road, like traffic lights, drivers will respect you.  In that sense, biking in the city is a “two way street”!!!


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