Anybody know who made this one? It is so good!
First things first: how did you start riding road bikes?
It was a slow-burn thing for me. I moved to LA, and I couldn’t help but notice the occasional rider travelling through the city, exploring and traversing. I got a road bike and just rode alone all the time, and I dug in to the aesthetics and feelings of riding a bike. The interesting thing is that this was around the time of Armstrong, so cycling was booming, but just not in the way that I was interested in. I mean, I loved to watch the Tour and so on, but it wasn’t why I rode a bike.
I would meet people and get little bits of information, and piece together my own version of the sport. Once I met this older couple out on a ride who asked, “have you been to Mt Wilson yet?” I hadn’t even realized you could do that, just ride up a mountain for fun.
Was there a tipping point when you started to ride with others?
A lot of things happened at once – which is how life works out, I find. For example, I found Sheldon Brown’s blog, which opened my eyes to a version of cycling that wasn’t about ‘performance’.
His aesthetic was super funny, and quite interesting, but it was clear that he was deeply thinking about stuff. Can you make a two-speed fixed gear bike? And crazy stuff like that. He was doing all these things that appealed to me, because it was clearly just about the purity of riding. He had an ethos that was remarkable.
His website is like nothing else. Reading it is like having a guided tour of a very well-organized and intelligent brain – with things you just couldn’t find anywhere else.
It is really intense. He had so many bikes, and none of them were normal. The drivetrain would be on the wrong side, or he’d have super-obscure components, and so on…
“Geoff circa 2008″