Mr. Igleheart has been a big supporter of The Athletic Community ever since I can remember. Building bicycles for us to ride, housing us when bike races were nearby and just generally being an encouraging force urging us forward. Always forward. Plus, he's got really good taste in books as well - he's recommended more than one doozy and was the first person to introduce a younger version of myself to Thomas Pynchon.
So, when Murph called and said he had a little idea for this Swobo Movers and Makers series and that he wanted to feature Igleheart as the first in the series, you can bet that we were all for it. So, we all loaded up whatever Igle- paraphernalia that we could find and brought it out to VeloCult. (Side Note: You need to go check out their catalog of cool bikes.) It was a fantastic day of drinking beers and telling Igleheart stories - also - he has more than a few that he's willing to share. Ok, now go watch the film, I'll wait. Sorry for swearing in it by the way. Sometimes I get excited.
If you get the chance to celebrate a friend in this fashion, whether it is through their art, their craft, their body of work, I urge you to do so. Sometimes these builder-types. These movers and makers if you will, they get a little caught up in their making and forget to take a step back and see what good they have done.
Plus, there is nothing like walking through the many bicycles at a place like Velo Cult and hearing the man that built them think through the process of putting them together in real time. "Here is when we started outsourcing the forks to Asia — boy that was a bad idea." All with a good natured chuckle.
For the video, we also got to bring our our Igle-creations - and there were more than a few characters out to play. Mr. Jake Tong from The Wolf's Mouth Cycling was looking more than fierce. He's recovering from injury/surgery, so we shall forgive him for that. Plus, Hans Poot aka Pete Rubi was out there on one of his bright green Igleheart Cyclocross bicycles. I was riding a Fat Chance atb that Igleheart and had done a little refurbishing to - making a bent derailleur hanger into a single speed.
Ok, now you know.
Now someone please go buy this Slim Chance (it is the road bike I've always wanted) that just popped up on Ebay.