the-geekFrom the reasoning of the Dawg name to the best comic book authors, from the history of the Hot to a timeline of industrial music, Cory has the trivia, and the opinions to mouth off about it.

Last night I was in my garage, working on bikes. This isn’t a new thing, or even an uncommon thing. My friend was over getting his bike tuned up, and we were drinking some fine, canned macrobrews. He’s not much of a bike geek, and well, I obviously am. Since we were in my garage and working on bikes, the topic of discussion revolved around bikes most of the night. He asked lots of questions about different things on my different bikes, and I explained why what went where, or my reasoning on various parts, designs and ideas. (And my increasing love for riveted saddles)


After one of these moments, my friend looked at me and said, “You definitely have the perfect job for you.” I laughed finished swapping handlebars on my Hei Hei 2-9, and opened another beer. Later, as I was going to bed, I thought about that statement. He’s right. I can’t think of another job or career I’d rather have. I get to talk about bikes for a living. Sometimes, I even get to ride bikes for a living!

Most people don’t want to think about work after they leave, but most of us obsess over bikes at and away from work at Kona. We even hang out outside of work, riding bikes, talking about bikes, and as I said, obsessing about bikes. I’m not claiming that we’re unique in that regard. It was the same case when I worked in a shop. Lots of shops have this, and lots of groups do, too. It was just a casual observation from a friend that’s starting to get into bikes, and made me very happy the more I thought about it. We have cool jobs here, and I really do look forward to work in the morning. I also look forward to the end of the day, when I can ride bikes, work on bikes, learn about bikes, and tell my buddies that don’t work at Kona about these bikes. I wouldn’t call it an obsession, but it’s close.

Little Shop of Horrors

Little Shop of Horrors

The garage in cleaner days

The garage in cleaner days