Ride leader, chief smack-talker, wise guy, fact checker, overly detailed story teller, and great friend are just some of the titles Dan has earned in his years of cycling in Nampa.
Dan took up riding when he and a group of friends moved off campus in college, adding a mile to their commute. While walking was not entirely out of the question, it was much easier to ride a bike (and cheaper! no gas!). Dan bought a bike he could ride to school with the intention of mountain biking on the weekends with his roommates. He has hopes to do more mountain biking in the future, but for now, he rides on the weekends and commutes during the week.
It is not uncommon to see Dan riding his Celeste (sea foam) green Bianchi at any point in his commute from Nampa to Boise (about 25 miles). On the days he does not feel like making the round trip 50 mile commute, you may see his Bianchi on a bike rack on the front of a public transit bus. Dan didn’t always ride to work. Like most people, the thought of commuting to work seemed like too much of a stretch. After completing the Bob LeBow 35 mile charity ride, he realized his ride to Boise was ten miles shorter!
‘The perfect ride’ is different to everyone, but for Dan, it must include the following: A Brisk Pace that is a bit challenging, but one everyone on the ride is capable of doing, at least one tough section of the ride really makes you work, and good company with a general sense of comradery. Dan and I both agree that these three components they really make a ride memorable and something to talk about later down the line. Dan’s favorite part of riding is the friendships and conversations that everyone tends to enjoys on a ride.
No one asks the question “have I met Dan?” You know if you’ve met him and this is why: One does not simply forget riding with Dan.