Why I bike...

My first bike was a red 18".  I had no idea that a bike could be so much more than just a steel frame, chain and some knobby tires.  Looking back now it was expression and freedom.  

 Training for the Iron Horse Classic

Training for the Iron Horse Classic

High school was when I first found out how much peace a bike could bring.  Freshman year of high school I nearly found myself behind bars.  Luckily being too young I had a second chance to choose the bars i wanted to be behind.

While many of the kids in school were focused on popularity and they fit in at school, I found myself fitting in at the skate park.  Learning what I could really do on a bike!  I started to feel a sense of belonging.  That was all the motivation I needed to push myself to go bigger and get more technical.  At one point during high school I pushed a little too hard and broke both of my wrists. Some still know me as the kid riding with two casts and still sending it.  Though I felt i had found my place and where I could really shine, I was torn between where I wanted to go and where others expected me to go.  Other than when I was on my bike, I was lost.  

 Biking should be fun!

Biking should be fun!

Events more recently in my life forced me to reevaluate what truly brings me joy.  Pedaling hard and pushing my body and mind on bike is where that joy is at! Getting in the air at the skate park, blazing down Star Wars or even pushing a fixed gear bike over the top of Molas pass racing the train are all so gratifying when you're done!  Wanting to share this joy with the amazing biking community that Durango has, sparked Pedal Durango!

Lets go for a ride!

-Tony Hermesman