NAME: Paul Galipeau
OCCUPATION: Cultural Communicator
WHERE YOU HEADING: Biking to brunch at Café My House. You get a discount if you ride your bike there!
WHAT ARE YOU RIDING: Raleigh Grand Prix from the late 70s. The frame is a bit too big for me and the bottom bracket is rusting out but I got it for free from a friend and I guess I’ve gotten used to it. The handlebar grips are from Kenya. A lot of the bike taxis there had them and I wanted to bring some back. I also just got those YNOT velcro pedal straps that are made in Toronto and am pretty into them so far.
WHY DO YOU RIDE: Transportation, fitness and freedom. Thanks to my parents for getting my brothers and sister into cycling when we were kids.
IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING ABOUT BIKING IN OTTAWA WHAT WOULD IT BE: Employers should lead their staff in biking to work. Staff showers would be a nice touch as well. Landlords and the city should also increase the availability of bike parking on residential streets. Locking to a no parking sign doesn’t always cut it.
WHAT ARE YOU WEARING:
- Shirt: Fred Perry
- Jeans: Levi’s 511 raw selvage
- Shoes: Vans Dressed Up LPE
- Wristwatch: N-Product Deckster First:Class
FAVOURITE SPOTS TO BIKE: If I’m alone, I love biking fast and dodging cars from Parliament Hill towards Rideau Street. Biking across Alexandria Bridge on Canada Day during the afternoon is worth trying too. The bridge is closed to cars due to the fireworks so you don’t have to bike on the bumpy boardwalk.
FAVOURITE PLACE TO STOP AFTER A RIDE: Ottawa Lockstation. I love how the Rideau Canal opened more or less before bikes were invented and has now evolved into a popular cycling spot.