Rider Profile No. 1: David Aguinaga
We met David on one of the first Bike Friendly Deep Ellum rides of 2015. This guy showed up on a fixed gear bike and crushed all of us roadies on the hills. I instantly nicknamed him legs. After a few rides and beers together, we learned he was the only person in his family to go to college. He also loved riding his fixed gear and with the help of a few like minded friends formed a new social ride in Dallas for fixed gear and road bikes called Mashin’ Mondays. I hope you find his story as inspirational as we do, and see why we selected David to be the first in our series of rider profiles.
Q: What inspired you to start Mashin’ Mondays?
A: BEERS. 🍻 Haha. Hector and I first thought of our Monday ride while out drinking like many great ideas start, we talked about just having another social ride set up during the week. There is a group ride on Mondays (Femme Pedale) but it was only for females. Our initial intentions were to create and expand on Dallas’ Fixed Gear/Track/Single Speed Community, but we decided to make it more open to any rider willing to go fast and collect miles. Now we are just a fast pace social ride allowing other riders to give input on new routes and ending locations. Jr Belmontes has become one of those riders who shows as much passion as we do for riding and has now become a leader of the Mashin Monday Crew
Q: How did you get into bike riding?
A: I first starting riding here and there in the summer of 2012. I had lost my car early January so I figured I’d buy a bike off Craigslist rather than spend thousand on a used car. My first bike was a 1980s Bottichelli road bike, not knowing about sizing or doing any research I did not realize that a size 58 frame was too big for me. So I flipped it for a single speed/fixed gear (flip-flop hub) 1980s Schwinn World Sport. After the Purchase of the my Schwinn I realized my love for having only one gear. After a couple of months of riding on a freewheel cog I decided to move toward the fixed cog and that open the flood gates and leads to where I am now.
Q: Do you ride strictly for exercise, transportation, or both
A: I would say 90% excercise and 10% transportation. It all depends on whether or not my car would start up in the morning.
Q: What are the benefits of riding a fixed gear bike over a geared bike?
A: Some of the major benefits of riding fixed gear over road mainly have to deal with Price and maintenance. Fixed gear: less parts = less maintenance one gear= no need for costly tuneups and adjustments.
As far as riding, A benefit I see in myself is that since I’m constantly pedaling I’m my own gear, if I see a hill coming I would just put more weight after each pedal rotation whereas gears I would change down to take it easy and not where myself out fast. There is a downside to fixed gear, and it is when you run out of gear and you spin out and can’t go any faster than what the bike allows.
Riding fixed gear is just fun it gives you an adrenaline rush every time you maneuver through/with traffic and skid to halt.
Q: You have great bike style. What’s your influence?
A: Thank You 😊
It may sound weird but I would look at all the riders I would meet and check out their style. I would use what I saw and what was a must have while out on a bike. When I realized what I needed, I went first on eBay and Amazon and got what jersey I liked best. When it came to socks though, I realized that’s where u can have more fun with style and for me anything pink to match my bike is typically where I’m headed style wise
Q: What’s your favorite bike route in Dallas?
A: My favorite stretch of road is a tie between either Swiss Avenue starting from La Vista Drive going south or Southwestern Boulevard starting from Abrams going west towards the tollway in North Dallas. Swiss Avenue has smooth roads and is very scenic and allows you to ride though a historic street in Dallas.
Southwestern Boulevard is also a nice stretch of road very smooth and not very many stop signs. It is also not a very busy street and the houses in North Dallas aren’t too bad to look at
Q: How has riding a bike changed your life?
A: How hasn’t it changed my life!? It’s created a person who played video games and being cocooned in my room doing nothing at times to being outside everyday and trying to collect miles on the saddle. It has also improved my health. Before I rode I weighed in about 220lbs. Now, after two and a half years of cycling I’m at 190lbs. It’s created a person who absolutely loves the outdoors. Before I die I plan Before I die I plan on riding coast (New York) to coast (San Francisco) Road or Fixed. Who knows we will just have to wait and see what the world brings. What started as a recreational activity has now grown to a passion that will never be conquered.