So music has been a big part of your life as well. What parallels if any do you see between cycling and DJing or music?
Oh man. I guess both have lots of tragic heroes. Somewhere in here is a comparison of Marco Pantani and Ol Dirty Bastard, right?
Racing and DJing are similar because competition is competition. Preparation is everything. Don't force the game. Learn from mistakes and move past them. As with most things, in both worlds it can help to find a spot where you feel comfortable as you develop your skills. For me, it's always comes back to funk and cyclocross. For some, it's dirt jumping and rap-metal. You know, whatever works.
Aesthetically, I think I avoid the equivalent of pop tunes in both realms. I'm skeptical of big shifts. Trends and I broke up a long time ago. Computers are kinda ruining both right now but I'm ignoring that stuff.
For sure with both, new music and new bikes get me stoked all over again.
I appreciate design that rides the line between the proven past and a better future. It's why I still love RB-1s, and singlespeed cyclocross bikes, too. I like diamond frames with good lines. Also, custom paint opens up all kinds of fun options.
Both bikes, my road and my cx, climb like crazy and were immediately familiar in their handling. The road bike quickly became my daily rider and I miss when I ride any other bike. A great frame is a great frame regardless of material.
I just built my CX bike and immediately began a 3-day semi-loaded credit card dirt tour from Santa Barbara to LA. Even loaded to over 30 lbs it was a complete joy all weekend. It's a simple, elegant machine.
I also think the value is pretty remarkable on the frames. I love my road bike but the cx might be my favorite bike ever.