I can count on one hand the number of times I have been on a bicycle in the last decade. All of them were recreational, mostly swerving up and down suburban sidewalks in pursuit of my much speedier nieces and nephews.
While I've continued to run and play soccer, the two-wheeler was relegated to a distant childhood memory.
So as I slogged my way along Glenoaks Boulevard Thursday, loaner bicycle under me and loaner helmet up top, I questioned how it was that I allowed myself to be talked into penning a few graphs about commuter cycling in Glendale.
Or had I volunteered? I couldn't remember for lack of oxygen.
The hipster cyclists zipping around town always make it look so easy. Their tapered jeans never catch on their pedals, and their messenger bags hang at a perfect angle over shoulder.
Still, if the Hirsch brothers — Harrison, 11, and Tristan, 9 — can brave Glendale streets, then I certainly could take on Bike to Work Day, celebrated in Southern California on Thursday. I met the pair last week at R.D. White Elementary School during the inaugural Bike to School event, organized to foster pedestrian safety and healthy lifestyles.