Why I Ride: Meet Laurie Newton, Lovejoy Assistant Manager
Why do you love bikes?
Mostly because biking is fun! I started commuting in 2003 when a wave of bicycle activism was taking off in Portland. I really saw biking as a social revolution. Not just a sport, but a counter-car-culture lifestyle, accessible to anyone, that could truly make a difference in the health and happiness of a community and the planet. I've since adjusted my expectations about that becoming reality, but on an evening when I'm biking home with several other people around me, the only sound the gentle turning of cranks and soft music from someone's headphones, my heart rejoices.
What's your favorite bike memory?
One of many: biking a car-free McKenzie Pass with my pal Julie, then soaking in Belknap Hot Springs.
What bikes do you own?
A Soma Double Cross semi-custom build.
What's your favorite type of riding?
Recreational road, bike camping, cruising, bike-dancing, bike-snacking, slow-bike meditation, carrying heavy and awkward things.
Tell us a story:
I was riding home from solo bike camping at Stub Stewart one cold, foggy, magical morning, and stopped to take a photo. Just as I snapped the picture, another person on a bike appeared out of the mist: it turned out to be Aaron from Sprocket Podcast! I tagged him in my photo when I posted it on Twitter, and he invited me on the podcast. True story.