FIVE THINGS is a feature on the Banjo Brothers Blog. It’s a short interview about life and bicycles with a notable person. This week's notable person is cyclist Tyler Huber, a father of two, husband, avid cyclist, graphic designer and co-founder of the Burleigh County Bicycle Cult and Burleigh County Cup w/ Ian Easton.
You can see some of Tyler's great design work on his Instagram account Rural Route Design.
Enjoy this week's Banjo Brothers Five Things.
BANJO BROS: WHAT ARE YOU RIDING?
TH: Well, the three in heavy rotation currently are my Kona Raijin single speed mountain bike, Twin Six Rando single speed, and Cielo Sportif road bike. My riding is by far the most diverse it’s ever been right now. Having two kids, a wife with a crazy schedule and juggling my own career, I’ve been riding whatever time allows me to and having to creating time where I can. This year I started riding road bike, which I never thought I’d find myself doing. Riding road allows me to get up in the middle of the night and ride a few hours in the dark before work or sneak in a quick hour ride after work if that’s what I have to do to get a ride in. On weekends when I can sneak away for a couple extra hours it’s lately been a lot of gravel and section lines type riding. There’s a whole network of good stuff surrounding us here. Very rural and you’ll go for hours without seeing another human. My Twin Six Rando with Bruce Gordon Rock N’ Road tires has been doing that work lately. That bike is probably my favorite right now. And then when I’m riding mountain bike it’s my Kona Raijin.
BANJO BROS: WHERE ARE YOU RIDING?
TH: I touched on a lot of that with the first question, but any day of the week you can find me riding around the neighborhood with my daughter and I’m still hanging onto racing mountain bike as much as possible. I hit up as many local NoDak/SoDak races as life will allow with my heart always set on the two epic races around here: the Maah Daah Hey 100 and the Tatanka 100. They’re close enough that travel with family isn’t an issue and draw enough talent that they’re still a challenge to try to get to on the single speed podium. I’m trying not to give into the dad bod quite yet.
It’s been six years since we made the Burleigh County Bicycle Cult jerseys that said “Adventure is Dead” on the collar as a joke about how overused and meaningless that word has become. Let’s give it a rest, shall we?
BANJO BROS: WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO, READING OR WATCHING?
TH: Well music has shifted from “What I want to listen to” to “What I think would be good to have the kids listen to”. A lot of the classics like Paul Simon, David Bowie, Beatles and similar is what I lobby for. I’ll lose that battle and end up taking a trip down nursery rhyme lane from time to time, but that’s alright and I’m not scared to get down to Mama Shark if it keeps the household stoke high.
BANJO BROS: WHAT ARE YOU COOKING EATING/DRINKING?
TH: f I had to summarize cooking in one word, it’d be; quickly. Making food that is good to a couple of 35-year-olds, a 5-year-old and a 10-month-old just learning to eat is a challenge so it’s usually a few meals going at once. That being said I’ve learned that breakfast food seems to be a category that speaks to all ages, so breakfast burritos and a variety of egg dishes are usually pretty heavy in the rotation. For drinks, I have to give a shout out to our local brewery, Laughing Sun, who has created this raspberry sour beer that is just out of this world. It’s been a staple in our fridge the last few weeks. I think it’s only available in North Dakota right now as they just began canning and distribution, but if you can get ahold of it, give it a try!
BANJO BROS: WHAT'S STUCK IN YOUR CRAW?
TH: Can I talk a moment about this “Adventure” culture that’s going on? I’m not sure if it’s because I was heavily into BMX in the ‘90’s during the era where “Extreme” culture ruled all. Or maybe I find it ironic that grabbing a flannel, Yeti® mug, unplugging from WiFi for a couple hours and walking to the coffee shop can is labeled in some circles as an adventure these days, but the word has long lost its value and needs to be put to bed. I work in marketing, so I get that there are enough desk jockeys in a midlife crisis or maybe young people whose parents kept them on a stretchy-leash thing when out in public that’ll take the bait of “Adventure” whatever product/experience is being sold, but we need to quit taking the path of the least resistance, dig a little and let “Adventure” take it’s long overdue nap. It’s been six years since we made the Burleigh County Bicycle Cult jerseys that said “Adventure is Dead” on the collar as a joke about how overused and meaningless that word has become. Let’s give it a rest, shall we?
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