Memories of Trails & Chilly Commutes that Live On

Jonah Chiarenza - Oakland, CA

Memories of Trails & Chilly Commutes that Live On

My first "real" bike was an early 90's Specialized Hard Rock. My mom bought it for me at a big sale for $300, which nearly caused my depression-era father to have a heart attack. I had that bike for over a decade, using it for a paper route, to ride trails in my native upstate New York, and later to commute in college and internships. It's final duty under my ownership was to shepherd me along a 3-mile commute to and from work, at an architecture firm in Chicago, between 2002-2004. This included those long winters (see photo) that seemed to stretch from October to May. Luckily Chicago was a pioneering city and provided bike lanes for nearly all of my commute. I left the bike with a friend in Chicago when I moved out of the city, but those memories have lived on.

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