All I want to do

Ryan Close - Lehigh Valley, PA

All I want to do

As a kid, I used to ride everywhere, on everything from my big wheel, to big ole banana seat Schwinn, to my Dyno BMX. As I got older I got away from riding.  I picked up a MTB in my 20s but only passively rode it. I got a better one in my 30s and started riding a little more. I thought about getting a road bike so I could ride from my house instead of driving to trails. Shortly thereafter I was diagnosed with an aggressive Leukemia. Before being admitted to the hospital, I was talking with a friend that's been riding all his life, asking him about what to look for in a road bike. He said, "Man, just make it through and I'll build you one.".  When I was released from the hospital after a bone marrow transplant, true to his word, he hooked me up with a bike he made from spare parts he had in his basement (He had a LOT of bikes and parts). This new bike was THE KEY to my quick recovery. I started riding only a few miles and would get tired very quickly. But 3 miles turned into 5, which turned into 8-10, 10 turned into 15, then 20, up to 30. Then I rode my first full Metric.  I've been in love with cycling ever since.  Now I help lead group rides from a LBS on some weekends and do my best to help get others into cycling. It's done so much for me and I want everyone to feel the joy I get while out on 2 wheels.  Also I'll be riding 150 miles in the Ride to Conquer Cancer for John's Hopkins Hospital, where I'd received the BMT.

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