A 'non-biker's' Odyssey into cycling: From Lycra to hill climbs, it's always an adventure

Andrew Casteel —

I'm a "climber," a guy determined and content when powering up Mt. Diablo or surmounting a formidable challenge at work or in life. I never understood, nor embraced, my climbing tendencies until the day I bought and fell in love with my new bike. Some people seek a sense of physical and mental accomplishment through running marathons. Others find it scaling huge boulders. Mine happens whenever I'm in the saddle of my Orbea. I wasn't always like that. Three years ago, I wouldn't qualify as even a fair-weather cyclist.