FIVE THINGS WITH PATRICK STEPHENSON, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF JOYRIDE MAGAZINE, FOUNDER OF THE JOYFUL RIDER'S CLUB AND 30 DAYS OF BIKING
FIVE THINGS is a new weekly feature on the Banjo Brothers Blog and it's a short interview about life and bikes with a notable person. This week we feature the whirling dervish of bikes and the man City Pages dubbed "Bike Messiah, Patrick Stephenson. He's the co-founder of 30 Days of Biking, a new Dad, and Editor-in-Chief of the new cycling lifestyle publication JoyRide Magazine. of We hope you enjoy our interview with Patrick.
BANJO BROS: WHAT ARE YOU RIDING?
PATRICK STEPHENSON: I’m riding a Soma Saga designed and assembled for me by the amazing folks at Perennial Cycle. It’s a British racing green, it comes with a basket and back rack, and it’s got a Dynamo hub so I never have to worry about lights. Once the roads get icy, I’ll be switching to my Surly Krampus with studded tires — which is also green and beautiful!
BANJO BROS: WHERE ARE YOU RIDING?
PATRICK STEPHENSON:Right now my riding is pretty minimalist, as becoming a dad has really pared down my time! I just started a full-time job at Olson, in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis, and I’ve been riding there every morning, then home for lunch, then home at night. It’s only a few blocks from my house, so the ride is short.
My wife said I was really in my white boy feelings. Please don’t put your life in the hands of a rock ‘n’ roll band.
BANJO BROS: WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING/READING/LISTENING TOO?
PATRICK STEPHENSON: I just got an Alexa-powered speaker, so I’m listening to whatever my heart desires and my mouth can request, basically. Last night I was on a ‘90s British rock kick that took me from Oasis, to Radiohead, to Coldplay, which somehow led me to Nirvana and Elliott Smith. My wife said I was really in my white boy feelings. Please don’t put your life in the hands of a rock ‘n’ roll band.
BANJO BROS:WHAT ARE YOU COOKING/EATING
PATRICK STEPHENSON: Whatever I can fit into my day. My favorite dish right now is the 601 Red Curry from Khun Nai Thai on Eat Street. It is incredibly flavorful, and the spice level — I get their hottest — is always just right!
BANJO BROS:WHAT’S STUCK IN YOUR CRAW?
PATRICK STEPHENSON: Aside from our president and the state of our world? Those are a given, right? Lately I’m in deep on JoyRide Magazine, our just-launched lifestyle about bicycling in Minnesota. It’s got me writing long-form journalistic pieces again and I LOVE IT!
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