The first in our monthly segment where we get to know a little more about the people that work here. This interview was held on a Tuesday night in our downstairs office.
Darien: I'm here with Skip as part of the new Recycled Cycles Mooz-et, So Skip…
Skip: Is it Mooz-ette or mew-set? Moos-ette? Mewz-et...anyhow…
Darien: I hear this isn’t your real name? Is that True?
Skip: That’s correct, my real name is quite different than Skip. It is Frederick George Delaney IV. I got Skip as a nickname at birth. My mother was not too happy to name me after my father and my father's father and my father's father's father.
D: So it wasn't her choice?
S: No, not her choice.
D: But she gave you the nickname?
D: Moving along, it's obvious that you are into bikes but what got you into bikes? What started this for you? I assume you were a child?
S: Uh, well you know, a bicycle meant transportation for me as a kid. I had a friend in junior high who totally got me into road bikes. He happened to be a really good junior road racer and I played with him. There was a lot of BMX going on in southern California.
D: It was pretty big in California at that time, right?
S: Yeah, yeah in the early 80's BMX was huge and I wanted one badly. What I ended up with was an old Schwinn stingray with a BMX conversion kit which was offered at the time.
D: Hell yeah! So you were cool then?
S: No, not exactly. It wasn't a real BMX bike. It was a converted stingray and I wanted a true square frame BMX, not the cantilevered stingray frame.
D: But people still thought you were cool?
S: I thought I was cool [laughs cooly]
D: What can people come into the shop and talk to you about?
S: Well, I'm pretty knowledgeable about what we sell... but my strongest point is vintage stuff. Any 70's, 80's road bikes with Campy or Suntour and vintage BMX bikes are my favorites. I've got a bit of knowledge about some 3 speed stuff too.
D: You are the best when it come to spotting jewels in our piles of parts to price. I can't count the number of times you've spotted a part priced at $5 and said that it is going for $50 on eBay.
S: Yeeeah let's reprice that.
D: What do you think about the new bike share program?
S: Well *cough* I think that people riding bikes is a good thing. I think those bikes are an eye sore to a certain extent. They are everywhere and often in the way. The one thing you can count on is that if someone rides one of those bikes, they are going to realize they need a bike. It might turn into a good thing. Hopefully that will bring them down to a local shop to buy a bike. I have mixed emotions. Its cool to see that there are bikes for people to ride but I wish there was more organization and order.
D: What do you think this means for the future of biking? Is that going to increase the amount of infrastructure? Are we going to see more bikes and less cars?
S: Well in the future I think there will be more infrastructure in Seattle, in particular additional dedicated and shared bike lanes. I know that the DOT has the go ahead to finish up the "missing link" down in Ballard.
D: Finally! [read about it here]
S: I think they should be done within 2 years? Stages will be ongoing but I think they are already breaking ground in Ballard. I think the future of bicycling is ever changing. We are going to see more electric bikes. My hunch is you're going to see hardcore cyclists adding an electric bicycle in their arsenal.
D: Thanks for sitting down with me Skip.
S: I had fun and I'm looking forward to the newsletter coming out.
(Edited for hilarity and length)
(All photos from Facebook so you can't get mad at me Skip)