“Curiosity drives me. It fuels my insatiable desire to know what’s beyond the next bend of the road, to discover what’s there beyond the edges of the map. If it is my muscles that propel me forward physically, it is curiosity that propels me mentally.” –Erick Cedeno, founder of Bicycle Nomad
Bicycle Nomad was born out of founder Erick Cedeno’s passion for cycling, travel, and cultural immersion. A bicycle to him is magic in motion; not only in the most basic sense as transportation but also as an instrument allowing for the exploration and fostering of novel cultures, people and connections.
Established on a pioneering spirit and conviction to push boundaries, Bicycle Nomad was created with a goal to bring together and inspire dreamers and riders. As something that consistently nurtured Cedeno’s inner wild spirit, cycling was a way to expand horizons; that allowed him to travel further distances physically and metaphorically at a faster, steadier pace. Through it all—be it steep climbs in the Pacific or the Appalachian Mountains—he never stops. Unable to think about what distances he has traveled as it allows him to slow down rather than propel him forward, and unable to consider the next 2,300 miles as it’s too overwhelming, he is compelled to stay solely in the moment.
Over the past ten years, Cedeno has traveled further than he’d ever imagined on his bicycle: from Vancouver, Canada to Tijuana, Mexico; from St. Augustine, Fla., to New York City, NY. His most notorious ride to date stands as The Underground Railroad, where he pedaled from New Orleans, LA to Niagara Falls, NY. Trailblazing through rough terrain often alone for long periods of time, and encountering hundreds of new lives in towns in between, Cedeno followed The Drinking Gourd through a maze of tunnels and safe houses in a journey to experience what it was like for slaves to find liberation.
Now, it is his dream to share that experience with the world. Everyone can be a Bicycle Nomad, regardless if they ride 3 blocks or 3,000 miles. I am Bicycle Nomad. We are Bicycle Nomad.