Beyond the work opportunities in L.A., Huy suddenly had a whole new world to explore by bike. And no more Chicago winters to contend with. “The cycling culture is so great here,” he says. “And you can’t be mad at being able to ride all year round in great weather.”
Huy was still riding BMX, but in a tale that is familiar to many who have followed a similar path, the small injuries were starting to pile up. While recovering from an ankle injury, he decided to try road riding for the first time.
“I bought my first real road bike off craigslist when I was 33,” Huy says. “It was a fun transition from BMX, but also super challenging. You have some of the best roads in the world here in L.A. from your doorstep. If you want to do 100 miles and 10,000 feet of climbing, you have some good options here when you want to go wild. The trails could use more rain year-round, but when it does rain the trails are so perfect, especially on the east side of L.A.”