Name: Kat McCarthy
My polo bike is a beater mixte frame stripped down to include merely a rear brake and a low gear ratio. This bike gets banged around a lot, so I don’t put anything fancy on it. All I need is some wheel covers for protection.
Riding Style: I play hardcourt bike polo, I commute all year long, and I like to race. And I always wear my helmet.
My biggest challenge so far: I am working on my mechanic skills. Lots to learn.
My future goal for cycling: I would love to do an extended bike tour, camping and all. I’d also like to give mountain biking, cyclocross, and track racing all a try.
Best Biking Story: Riding Homie Fall Fest 2009 for the first time was an adventure. HFF is an annual off-road, urban mountain bike ride, complete with drink stops, derbys, and “feats of strength”. Considering I was riding my polo bike, I am happy that I made it the entire ride.
What turns my crank about cycling: The biking community in Minneapolis is amazing. I have met so many interesting, resourceful, and generous people though biking.