Here I am, back in Eagle Rock for an extended break before the school year finishes up. Yesterday was my first day back and I would like to briefly share my means of getting around Eagle Rock during my visits.
Despite the name of this blog, I find Eagle Rock a much more bikeable community than a walkable one. While walking is the best way to experience the neighborhood – and I walked almost 5 miles around town yesterday – the bike is a little faster. Like walking, cycling also allows one to be aware of, and enjoy, their surroundings in more subtle detail.
Since the bike I normally use is in the East Bay at the moment, I use this old beach cruiser when visiting 90041.
There isn’t much to like about this bike. The gears are stuck, making it only suitable for flat streets. The tires are low on air and terribly out of true, making the ride slow and wobbly. The handle bars are loose and the frame of the bike is too small for me. The result? I feel like Disney’s Goofy when he rides a beater bike too small for him.
Still from Goofy – How to Ride a Bicycle
Surprisingly though, this bike is loads of fun to ride on. I won’t brave Colorado Boulevard too long when on this bike, but on Eagle Rock Boulevard, Yosemite Drive, and various residential streets this bike is great. Despite all the drawbacks, this bike allows me to get around town quickly when I need to. A trip I commonly make is from point A – Delevan Elementary – to point B – Yosemite Drive and Townsend Avenue. On this bike I can go from A to B in about 12 minutes. Even though the bike is not fitted or in proper shape, it is still a safe, fast, reliable way to get around town. But don’t take my word for it– if you have a bike collecting dust in your garage, take it out for a spin and see how easy and pleasant it can be to go places around town.