Just the other day I mentioned to my partner that I was thinking about getting a single speed cyclocross bike this year for commuting around the city. It didn’t take long before he had it all planned out, and that inspired me to make this comic. Enjoy!

Echo Rivera – Chicago, IL

Echo is completing a Ph.D in community psychology and her work consists of conducting research that addresses gender-based violence. She started cycling in 2010 as part of a quest for better health. She quickly realized that she hated exercise, but loved the feeling of exploring the town by bike. Every ride was an adventure, full of possibilities and spontaneity. 

It didn’t take long for her to become passionate about cycling and her dream is to tour the country with her partner and Australian cattle dog. Until then, you can find Echo riding her whimsical blue road bicycle on the streets of Chicago or her tough orange mountain bike on the trails. Although a non-competitive cyclist herself, she enjoys screaming and ringing a cowbell to cheer on her cyclocross-racing partner.

Her comic, Life with a Hardcore Cyclist, pokes fun at the ‘bike life,’ and is founded on the idea that anyone can be a ‘hardcore cyclist’ regardless of gender, race, income, weight, or reason for cycling. Echo can also be found on twitter: @echointhecity and on her 

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