There was something about Dan Dombroski’s flashy purple bicycle that had the power to turn casual bike riders into bicycling champions, and it became a symbol for a community of cyclists who shared thrilling victories and crushing losses.
Lauren Ober is a reporter/producer for WAMU 88.5 FM in Washington, DC. Her radio work has been heard on many other national public radio shows. She is a proud graduate of the Transom Story Workshop in the radio wonderland of Woods Hole, Massachusetts.
The purple bike
Photo by James Huang / BikeRadar.com
Dan Dombroski in the middle with the original purple bike
Photo courtesy of Ed Dombroski