A bicycle. To some it's a cheap method of transportation. To others it's a passion and way of life. The word 'bicycle' simply means two circles. This uncomplicated vehicle is actually a recent invention in the history of human kind. Developed in the late 1800's (usually noted sometime in the 1880's, Raleigh the company with the oldest roots), the bicycle has mechanically changed very little. Two wheels attached to a frame with the wheels being one behind the other.
There are many different types of bicycles. For example, Bicycle Motocross (BMX), Mountain bikes, Road bikes, Track Bikes, Fixed Gears or 'Fixies', Recumbent, so on and so forth. There's a bike out there for everyone, and perhaps even a lifestyle revolving around it. The one that has become a strong definition of me is BMX.
Little did I know that when I got on my first bike, or even first BMX bike for that matter, that it would root in and become a main focus in my life. The first bike my parents got me, little Joey, was a little red Kent. It was red with white wheels, training wheels, and it had no brakes. This bicycle was also
a fixed gear which means that the rear cog is fixed to the wheel. That in turn means that if the rear wheel is moving, the pedals are moving in the same direction at the same speed. Learning to ride it came quick. This was just a seed being planted.
It wasn't until a decade later that I purchased my own, and first, BMX bike. At age 13 I saved up money from doing chores and the cash grandmothers like to send in holiday cards. I did this again the following year to purchase my first BMX Freestyle bike. This variation was more engineered for trick or stunt riding and less focused on racing. Equipped with a cable detangler, four pegs, and a 14 year old without a sense of danger, the roots began digging and growing deeper into the life of Joe.
During the 'development' of the integration of the BMX lifestyle it, like any relationship, had its positives and negatives. The personal freedom of riding a bike and doing whatever I wanted on it was a great way to escape from everything. Bike riding was a major factor in being able to cut drug and alcohol abuse from my life.