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Five Things With Cyclist Chris Skogen

FIVE THINGS WITH ALMANZO 100 FOUNDER CHRIS SKOGEN

FIVE THINGS is a feature on the Banjo Brothers Blog. These short interviews explore life and bicycles with notable people. Since 2007 Chris Skogen has been producing barrier-free cycling events in the state of Minnesota.

The most famous of his events, the Almanzo 100, is often referred to as the "granddaddy" of them all for its pole position in the explosion of gravel road bicycle ride around the country.  While other events have diverged from Skogen's "always free" business model, Skogen continues to shake up the paradigm in his crusade to simply get more people on bikes.

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FIVE THINGS WITH CYCLIST TREVOR LETTMAN

FIVE THINGS WITH CYCLIST TREVOR LETTMAN OF THE BAND DRAG STATE

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 Trevor Lettman

Lettman and the Banjo Brothers' relationship spans at least fourteen years, first meeting when Trevor's web development company Space2Burn was located across the street from the legendary CRC Cykel Garage.

Lettman, who grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, is a renaissance man of sorts. Entrepreneuring, writing code, playing music or taking on epic home improvement products, life is never dull around the energetic father of three. 

Lettman and his wife Andrea are in the midst of an epic adventure-- a radical lifestyle change-- which has re-planted them and the family in Minnesota's north woods. While Trevor's locale has changed his passion for bikes (or music) has not. We took a few moments this week to get caught up with Trevor for this series.

We hope you enjoy this week's Five Things.

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FIVE THINGS WITH CYCLIST MICHAEL BOEHNLEIN, @MinnesotaMikeyB

FIVE THINGS WITH CYCLIST MICHAEL BOEHNLEIN, @MinnesotaMikeyB

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 Michael Boehnlein. (The last name is pronounced Bane-Line).

"My favorite ride this summer will be dropping my two daughters off at Little Bellas in Lakeville, MN. My oldest (9) daughter loved the program last year so I also signed my youngest (8) up with her sister this year. I’m excited to watch their confidence grow week to week with this amazing group of young women and mentors."

Enjoy this week's Banjo Brothers Five Things.

 

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FIVE THINGS WITH  BIKE SNOB EBEN WEISS

FIVE THINGS WITH BIKE SNOB EBEN WEISS

One of the most interesting cycling personalities to emerge in the past decade, Weiss was made famous (or infamous) by his moniker and blog of the same name, "Bike Snob NYC", where he writes funny, insightful and sometimes lacerating commentary about cycling.

The once anonymous blogger revealed his identity in 2010 and parlayed his notoriety, insight into cycling culture, and writing talents into something bigger—  a sustainable writing career. 

We hope you enjoy this week's Banjo Brothers Five Things.

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FIVE THINGS WITH PITTSBURGH CYCLIST BRAD QUARTUCCIO

FIVE THINGS WITH PITTSBURGH CYCLIST BRAD QUARTUCCIO

Quartuccio's other claim to fame is as co-founder and editor of Urban Velo, the definitive city-cycling culture magazine which was published from 2007-2014.

These days he works at Pfaltzgraphic, a design studio, toiling over brand identity, product graphics, messaging, and photography for bike industry clients. He's also a board member of Bike Pittsburgh, the local non-profit working towards bike and ped access, education, and Open Streets events.

He's married (to his best friend) and has a five-month-old son (Salvador) who he's priming for adventure. 

We hope you enjoy this week's Banjo Brothers Five Things.

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