Yizhao "Paul" Chen is the UCLA Bike Shop supervisor. He’s currently pursuing his Bachelor in ‘Applied Mathematics’ and enjoying his last quarter at UCLA. As a bike enthusiast, Paul hopes to find employment in a bike related field. Below, he shares a little bit of information about his bikes and the gear he carries with him.
I own four bikes:
- a 2014 orange Swobo Sanchez frame, with custom parts
- a 2014 Trek Crockett Cyclocross
- a 2014 Felt F4 (road bike)
- and a specialized 1990s Rockhopper
When I commute, my essentials include: Garmin cycling computer, two headlights, one taillight, water bottle, a jacket (when it's cold), a flat kit (CO2 inflators, spare tubes, tire levers, and multi tool), lock, gloves, cycling cap and a helmet.
When I go on training rides, my essentials include: Garmin, lights (depending on the length of the ride), two water bottles (one with water and one with a recovery drink), a flat kit in a saddle bag, gloves, a cycling kit, helmet, cycling cap, food (energy gels, mostly Shot Bloks), phone, ID and credit card.
On all my rides, I usually bring at least two spare tubes. This is so I'll be covered if I get a flat, and if others get a flat, I can help them out as well.
A fun fact about my Trek Crockett is its paint job resembles a bag of tropical flavored skittles, giving it the nickname “Skittles on Wheels”.
Each month, we feature a UCLA bicyclist and the essentials they bring with them on their rides.
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