The idea of having something of my own to call Kristian’s has always been appealing.
There are thousands of companies out there and every single one of them was started by an idea.
Talk is cheap, but its the actions behind the scenes that make dreams a reality.
I have a dream. Its pretty simple. Make track bikes accessible to people.
My whole life I have been passionate about riding bikes.
It must have been my fifth birthday or somewhere around there that I first got the biking bug.
It was a red mongoose bmx bike. My father took me to the College of Marin parking lot - which was behind our house. There was a lot of falling, probably some crying, but soon enough I was stuck to the saddle.
This passion evolved into many forms.
There was Kristian the elementary school commuter. We could officially start riding to school in 3rd grade, I think I sneaked in during 2nd just to be rebel.
Middle school showed a bmx/mountain biker personality manifested in tattered jeans, really big t-shirts and flannel. Too much flannel actually.
High school had more biking. It was my aim to never accept a ride to school. Rain or shine I was riding that damn BMX. It lasted the entire freshman year.
Around my junior year I had the idea of trying one of my dad’s old racing bikes. It was a mid-70’s touring bike made by Peugeot. I crashed that baby a few times, but it still exists in the garage. damn french.
Later on in college I was on the Columbia Lion’s racing team. I pretty much sucked. The spandex warriors were too hardcore about it. Our coach was named Happy. He helped me to focus, while still having fun. I erred on the side of fun. If the team was all about going to sleep early and eating right, than I was about drinking beer and staying out late.
Racing in the east coast in the winter is a bitch. There is no way of getting around the ice, arctic wind chill and cold hands/feet. It was in college that I was first introduced to this “track bike” thing.
It seemed like a really great idea. No brakes and no gears. Yeah, I totally had to have one.
Through numerous iterations I have gone from one frame to the next. Always trying to get better parts, more customized solutions and cool gear.
Every city I have traveled to I seek out the best bike shops. The internet helps, but the locals are the ones who really know whats up.
Hopping around from bike forum to bike forum I have seen a great disconnect between the multiferous biker communities across the US and abroad. There are a couple thousand websites about bikes, bike shops, manufacturers, blogs, user profiles, bike routes, etc. They each respond to the issues of their users.
And most important to these sites are their users. The biking community is the most die-hard, awesome set of human beings that I can imagine. Whether you are a messenger riding to make that dollar, a commuter riding to work or a recreationalist trying to have a good time; we are all bonded to the road.
So, I want to take the passion and knowledge of the masses, my knowledge of the internetz and with the help of this great community make a beneficial company for track bikers everywhere.
Thats it. Much, much more to follow.