Eric Hawkins is the owner/CEO and Chief Mechanic at Park Tool Company the world’s largest manufacturer of specialty bicycle tools and fixtures. Raised in a bike shop, Eric’s career started assembling Sting Rays and Varsity(s) at his father’s shop in the mid 70’s then on to work at Park Tool starting in 1983. Park Tool was started by Eric’s father and a business partner out of the back of a bike shop in the mid 60’s and has now grown to include over 500 products and is distributed to bikes shops and home mechanics in over 75 countries.
Enjoy this week's Banjo Brothers Five Things.
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 lives in Little Rock Arkansas and is a self-proclaimed grease monkey. Meet S. Tyler Hendrix.
"I'm always eating ice cream. It's why I started riding bicycles. I knew I would have to stop eating ice cream or begin moving around more. And I'll NEVER give up ice cream. "
We hope you enjoy this week's Banjo Brothers Five Things.
- Cyclist and Rad Dad Phil Velo is a fixture in the Twin Cities Bike Scene. He's the admin of popular Facebook Groups Twin Cities Bicycle Trading Post and Twin Cities Stolen Bikes. He founded the popular Powderhorn 24 bike race. He and his wife Jana work hard to make new cyclists feel welcome and lately he's been ripping up some sweet singletrack with his young daughter.
- Yes, it is possible for Banjo Brothers Bags to look and smell like new with a little basic care using materials you already have at home. It doesn't matter if you're a bikepacker, a bicycle commuter, a gravelgrinder or do long distance bike touring, sooner or later you're going to want to clean your bags.
- By some standards, Dann's newbie to the "bike shop life" getting his first bike shop gig in 2010. A missionary's kid, he grew up around Tokyo and speaks Japanese. A man of adventure, he took a break from the bikes for a few years to attend Bible and for an internship at a church in England. He's living the good life these days wrenching bikes, wearing lots of wool and trying not o.d. on Grant Peterson. We think you'll enjoy this week's FIVE THINGS.
- FIVE THINGS is a weekly feature on the Banjo Brothers Blog. It’s a short interview about life and bicycles with a notable person. This week’s FIVE THINGS is with bicycle industry outlaw Danimal. We met DM in 2012 when he still lived in "Nash-Vegas." Dan is many things. He's a fine writer, entrepreneur, Tour Divide finisher, bicycle commuter, capable bicycle mechanic, race promoter, bikepacker, mentor, role model, reading advocate, beach-lover, and a rye-whiskey drinking sonofagun.