Hometown: Hudson Ohio
Current location: New Paltz NY
What do you do for/with/to bicycles? I design bags for endurance cycling & bike packing at wingnutgear.com, also develop mobile renewable energy platforms for shelters and trailers. Currently working on creating a rst responder kit that includes an electric bike with a solar powered cargo trailer to navigate disaster areas in the rst 24 hours, establishing communcations, assessment resources, clean water, power etc…
What’s the best thing about your job? I am my own boss. working and meeting other like minded people in the industry who think we can make a dierence.
What’s the toughest part of your job? I am my own boss.
What was the path that led you to work with bicycles? While in design school I took a summer intern with Tim Paterek and built my own frame when raised chain stays were all the rage. After school I started my own design and production company and rode to work. I needed a better back pack.
What was your first bicycle? Motebecane 12 speed, circa 1978.
What bike do you currently ride the most? Ritchie swiss cross with the swept seat stays.
Where is your favorite place to ride? Anywhere with my family, preferably behind my wife.
What music goes through your head while you ride? (literally or guratively) deep rootsy reggae, Burning Spear dub style.
What are your interests aside from bicycles? sustainable living practices, nding new applications for emerging technologies.
If you weren’t working around bicycles, what do you think you’d be doing? I don’t understand the question. Probably teach art & design or go start a sustainable living/survival camp somewhere , with bikes.
Please share one of your favorite stories you’ve seen or been a part of while involved with the bicycle industry: Working with Pedros festival at their last two festivals to show case the Tour de France in a cow pasture from my solar powered Alpha Tent.
Who would you choose for the next subject for the Bicycle Industry Insider Prole Series? Matt Johnson
Why? He runs BioWheels in Asheville NC, they combine bikes with sustainable living practices and have proposed a community based initiative to overhaul asheville’s transportation infrastructure to include electric powered vehicles and bicycles.