I’d love to be your brand ambassador.
Over the last year or two, my old Major One has become the go-to bike in my quiver. I’ve always loved it, but for a little while it was my coffeeshop bike. I rode it weekly, but not daily.
Then I don’t what switched, but I pulled it out for a group ride and remembered how awesome it is.
I've ridden the crap out of it lately. But…Well, every story has its twists & turns…I’m not riding it right now & I’ll tell you why. And that all ties into why I’d be a great Kona Ambassador.
But first you wanted to know what makes me unique in the biking world.
“Unique” is a pretty loaded word, but in addition to being a guy who loves riding bikes, I also love sharing that stoke through posters, prints, maps, stickers, etc…
These projects all start out as labors of love - a chance for me to share a little bit about a place, or a kind of riding that means something to me.
The Angeles Crest & Griffith Park in Los Angeles are two of my favorite places to ride bikes. Ever. In the world. They’re remarkable and they’re not for “locals only.”
And then there’s Berlin.
In this case it’s a small series of bikes that I saw on the streets of Berlin. Old bikes. Beausaged bikes. Beater bikes. Well-ridden bikes.
“Chris King everything” is awesome, #baaw is a fun hashtag, and I won’t say no to a fancy carbon seatpost but the best bikes are the ones that are ridden. A lot. I love these bikes too.
I’m riding one just like it right now…
What kind of content can I make on my own?
A ton of different stuff.
Posters. IG animations. Hand-printed postcards or brevet cards (actually some hand-made brevet cards sound awesome). Web videos. More.
I’m enjoying showing you some of what I’ve already been making but I’d be stoked to hear what ideas this plants in your minds.
So, what kind of support would I like?
I mentioned that I’m no longer riding my Major One. Well, I’m now in Berlin! I just arrived in September and I’m still in process of learning my new city.
In the move, my Major One stayed in LA. That’s great because it’s there for me when I visit family & friends. That’s no so great because it turns out that it’d be an amazing bike for Berlin.
Berlin is an phenomenal biking city. Bike lanes. Parks. Easy access to woods, trails & camping. It’s also really flat (which is a change i’m still dealing with). Which brings me to this…
Bikes are how I’m learning my new city, my new country and my new continent. Poland is 90K away. That’s a chill bike camping weekend. I want to learn everything I can about where I am now and one of the ways I can learn, is by making things. By documenting my experiences here and be being an active engaged member of the cycling scene.
I brought two bikes with me - a road bike & a mountain bike - and I’m most days rolling on a European beater, but a Libre (singlespeed because they’re awesome) would be a phenomenal bike for exploring and documenting Europe.
So I’d love some help picking one up & outfitting it. I’d also love to tap into your connections to learn what bike events/fondos/bikepacking routes I should be doing here. This is all new to me and I know some stuff, but you all surely know more. And the more I learn, the more I’m excited to share.
(Photo credit: John Watson)
I was just a kid & dreaming about getting my first real mountain bike when Jacquie was crushing it on the NORBA circuit. I’ve never met her and, frankly, as I got older, rode more road bikes and learned more about Euro-pro racing, I kind of forgot about her.
Fast forward to now, when I’m a little older, I’ve learned a bit more and what matters to me in cycling is changing, I see her & Charlie as these amazing “lifers”. They’re almost elemental in what they’ve done for cycling. Jacquie wasn’t (isn’t) just fast. She’s advocated for women in the sport. She still rides because - duh - she’s a cyclist. I am more & more inspired by the people who come into a sport young & fast, and stay in the sport because it matters to them.
One day I’ll be that cool.