I love mountain biking. One of the great things about living in the San Francisco Bay Area is that this mountain biking heaven. Lots of trails offering the fullest range of experiences including a one hour ride inside the urban core or dirt trails that skirt ocean bluffs to
“OMG I think I am going to die” type downhill mountain rides.
So any car I drive has to be able to hold my mountain bike. To my surprise and delight, the electric-drive Chevy Volt does!
Now I didn’t say I was a good mountain bike rider. I fall into the category of more thrill and skill. I have fallen off enough to suffer broken ribs and many more minor pains and bruises. So my friends and family got together and bought me the Abraham A1 battle tank of bikes. It is a Specialized XC with super fat tires, full front/rear suspension, disk brakes and strong frame. So now when I take a gully or hill too fast with my weight misplaced the bike saves my bacon.
But this bike is not easy to fit into a SUV. To my surprise my bike was a piece of cake to put into the Volt. The Volt’s back-lid bumper was a little high but not a real problem for a macho bike rider. And I had to load my bike handle-bar in first which was more gracefully down the second time I tried. Other than that, piece of cake.
The one “bad thing” is that you can’t just park and bike if you drive a Volt. Before I could jump on my bike up rides not one but TWO bike trail rangers. Before long I had a mini-convention of bike riders checking out the Volt and its ability to carry my Specialized bike-tank.
I finally did get my bike ride in. If you are in the Walnut Creek area of the East Bay looking for a ride then I suggest checking out the Iron Horse Trail. The trail offers both a paved experience for urban riders but along the paved trail is also a dirt trail for mountain bikers. I do the Walnut Creek to Alamo 10 mile round trip ride for my lunch time exercise. Lots of green space to enjoy and a great way to recharge for the rest of the day’s work.
Bill Roth is the founder of Earth 2017, a company that connects businesses with customers who are searching for smart, healthy and green solutions. His book, The Secret Green Sauce, profiles best practices of businesses making money going green. He is implementing in 2011 an 11-city coaching outreach program called Green Builds Business created by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation funded by Walmart.