Rosie Dayton

Rosie Dayton (oldvolks_chic) was the first female rider added to the SE Crew! She is an integral part of the awesome Stockton, CA bike life scene, and is a role model for all bike life riders. Photos by @inbikeswetrust_209, @bigbikefamily and @marklosey

Questions & Answers

What’s your full name?
Roselena Dayton.

What's your Instagram?

How old are you?
I am 41 years old.

Where do you live?
I live in Stockton, CA.

What’s it like riding for SE Bikes?
It’s really amazing to me to be part of SE Bikes. I’m truly lucky to call myself part of the team. I’m the first female on the SE Crew and will always cherish that. It’s so fun to ride for SE. Traveling together and riding together is all really so cool to me. I love SE.

How did you get into bike life?
I started riding vintage bike rides and my husband Damon bought me a brand new SE bike (yellow 2016 OM Flyer). I was taking it to our vintage rides, and when my friend asked me not to get in the group picture with my bike I knew It was time to do different bike rides. I realized then that I liked bike life rides and never looked back.

How far can you wheelie?
Rosie Blocks... Yeah, I can wheelie pretty good. I definitely have them blocks, but I’m not sure exactly how far. I know that I try to make it longer and longer every time I do a wheelie. I remember counting my pedals or counting parking spots (how many spots I can pass on a wheelie). Progress is all I care about.

What’s the bike life scene like where you live?
The bike life scene where I live is pretty big. We have all ages out here doing bike life, and there’s every age out here doing wheelies, too. Pretty rad to me, I love it. We also have a handful of girls out here doing wheelies, and that’s really cool. Several hundred SE bike riders live here in my town. For sure, we love to ride bikes in Stockton.

What is your favorite thing about bike life?
My favorite thing about bike life is how great it is for your body and how great it is for your mind. Something about getting out there on your bike and smiling, laughing, and exercising is just the best to me. I love to see others happy on their bikes, and to see people really evolve and blossom into a stronger, better person is my favorite thing.

What’s the best rideout you’ve ever been on?
The best rideout I’ve ever been on is the one-and-only SoCal BMX Ride. It’s so cool to just be on the bike all day for three days in a row. Wake up, get some breakfast, jump on the bike, and explore the city with the entire ride until the sun goes down. It’s definitely a challenge, but it feels pretty good at the end when you look back at all the miles and hills you just rode.

Where is your favorite place to ride?
My favorite place to ride is at home. Don’t get me wrong; I love going other places and meeting new people. But, something about just riding across town to get lunch or dinner. Riding with my local bike life kids is something I love to do. A lot of the kids never get to go out of town, so being here for them is cool. Also, we’ve been riding so long out here that we’ve built an understanding with the police so we aren’t bothered. Ride in peace.

How many SE bikes do you currently own?
I own a 2010 Big Ripper, 2016 OM Flyer, 2020 OM Flyer, 2022 OM Flyer, 2010 26” Quadangle that is custom pink, 2022 Fat Riper, 2021 Lager, and a 2023 Blocks Flyer Leopard.

How many followers do you have on Instagram?
Currently, I have 16.1K followers on Instagram.

What is your favorite SE bike?
Almost anyone who knows me knows this answer. My favorite bike is the OM Flyer. This bike has given me so much in life: confidence, happiness, good health... and I leaned how to wheelie on this bike. The OM Flyer just fits me. I definitely love some of the other bikes, but I feel pretty comfortable on the 26” frame. But, I really think the main reason is this bike helped me become part of the SE Crew, and that really means a lot to me.

Are you part of a riding crew?
Yes, I want to say I’m part of many riding groups. A lot of my friends started different crews or groups, and I feel like I’m part of all of them. But, I helped start a crew in my town for the local kids called Port City Wheelie Crew. Now the crew has grown to more than 500 members of all ages. I will always cherish PCWC because I feel like it’s made me who I am today in bike life.

What is a fun fact that people may not know about you?
I took art classes for eight years and I love to draw. I’m not the best artist in the world, but I really enjoy coloring and drawing. I haven’t really been artsy lately, but it’s still in me.

What advice would you give to someone getting into bike life today?
Some advice I’d give to someone just getting into bike life is to be safe. I love inviting people out to ride, but letting them know how to ride safe is important to me. Have fun riding and consider a helmet, gloves, and bike lights.

What’s your secret to improving your riding skills?
My secret to improving my riding skills is to stay riding. Stay practicing. Never give up. Some things take time and lots of hard work, but once you see improvements it’ll be all worth it. Once I decided that I was going to learn how to wheelie, I practiced for a few hours a day. I had my own learning area, my safety gear on, a little music, and went for it.

What would you be doing if you never found bike life?
If I never found bike life I’d be the same VW girl I was before I started riding all the time. I used to be at every VW event up and down California. I was part of a VW club called Old Volks. That’s where I picked up my @oldvolks_chic name. I still have my VWs in my life and I still sometimes hit a VW show, but I spend most of my time riding now.

Will you ever stop riding?
I truly love to ride and I would never want to stop. I’ve been riding a long time now and really love everything about getting on my bike and just being free. So, no, I’ll never stop riding. I’ll be an old lady doing wheelies—watch.