The first installment of our new series, On The Couch, kicks off with our own Service Manager and wonderful human being, Dan Curnayn. Find out what got him into bikes, what he digs about Traverse City, and everything you've ever wondered about the best wrench in the Midwest. Watch for more in this Series each week. The answers are the reason, the questions are the how; check out what we asked at the bottom of the page!
1. Life is full of mysteries. Right now, I'm thinking I'll let it go full ZZ Top. But I might just shave it off next Sunday.
2. This is an easy one: More woods, fewer highways and longer winters.
3. I grew up in western PA. It is an area that makes it easy to get out in the woods and explore. Pennsylvania is a wide state, I did make it to the Liberty Bell once as a youth.
4. That would be my "little Yo!", a Fat Chance Yo Eddy . My first handmade steel bike. Serial# 734Y2S (#734, Yo Eddy, 1992 small). I bought it second hand from my buddy Dan Lewis, as he had just upgraded to a Ti Fat Chance. That bike was a blast to ride. Imron white with a Team Pink Yo Eddy fork. I sold it back to Dan while thinning the herd before the move to TC. I could really go on (and on) about this bike and the other Fats that I've owned....https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fat_City_Cycles
5. Just getting out there. Rip a little singetrack, bomb some 2 track, stop by the river and reflect on the Church of the Rotating Mass.
6. A trip up to Bellaire for some riding at Glacial Hills and a stop by Short's after is always tops. A cruise down to Arcadia to ride then hitting up Stormcloud is great as well. A breakfast mission to Dilbert's in Interlochen is a given when Stephanie and I have the morning off together.
7. I've pretty much rode steel bikes since I began the journey in 1989. Funny thing though, my current ride is a Salsa Blackborow which is aluminum and it is one of the most fun bikes I've ever ridden. Maybe it is a materials engineering thing, maybe it is the 4.8" tires. I've always been Ti curious, like the sweet ride of steel with more indestructibility.
8. Well, I wouldn't say "hardcore" but I did race a bunch as a teen / twenty some-thing-er. My favorite race ever was one down in Nelsonville Ohio, called Didi Mau, hosted by the Athens County Vietnam Vets. It was a darn tough race with sections named after Vietnam landmarks, such as the Mekong Delta, which was a quarter mile slog through knee deep water and mud. Clay hills that no one could climb, rutted descents that ate cantilever brake pads, and course marshals wearing traditional Vietnamese bamboo hats. It felt more like surviving than finishing. Rode it on a tandem once with my buddy Cliff, we melted an inner tube from the rim getting too hot on a descent. I decided to have my bachelor party at Didi Mau in 2000, we arrived to an empty campground only to find out that Coors had pulled their sponsorship, canceling the race, haven't enjoyed a Silver Bullet since.
9. I'd guess 200, haven't kept track. I did the math for last year's Fat Chance fat bike race and I had built 62 wheels that were raced that day, pretty cool.
10. Right now it is our Bearclaw Bicycle Co. Titanium All Road, I am really into super versatile bikes. If I won the big lotto, I'd have a handmade frame built by all of my favorite builders (and a big ass pole barn to keep them).
11. Wes Sovis. Acid rain at full throttle put away wet.
12. Spudnick burrito is the go to, but I always enjoy the specials Breanne comes up with. I am a true omnivore, so am always willing to try what's new.
1. When are you going to shave your beard? 2. What brought you to TC from Ann Arbor? 3. You grew up out of state. What's PA like and have you seen the Liberty Bell? 4. You've taught me A LOT about old school 90s mountain bikes. What was your favorite mountain bike that you owned growing up? 5. What's the perfect bike ride for you these days? 6. It's a running joke that Ec employees rarely roam further than about a 3 mile radius from the shop. What are your favorite exceptions? 7. Carbon, steel, aluminum, titanium...what's your frame of choice? 8. You were a hardcore racer not that long ago. What was the height of your racing career? 9. How many wheels do you think you've built at Ec so far? 10. What's your dream bike? 11. What Ec customer is the toughest on their bikes? 12. Burrito, soup, or sandwich, what's your Breakaway go-to?