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Gary Fisher II

Yes, him again….

He’s the character that I love to be pretty much ambivalent about.

If you’re interested though, here’s an interview he gave at the Handmade show in Austin recently;

http://reviews.mtbr.com/nahbs/2011/03/15/gary-fisher-interview/

I didn’t even watch it.  The comments made it sound like some kind of freakshow, so I passed.  Besides, I can’t be bothered to watch an interview, because really, that’s a waste of one of your senses.  Make it a podcast so I can look at imgur while I listen.  Or make it text so I can listen to Deftones while I read.

Yes I know I can just start it and then open another tab, but that’s besides the point really.

The point is; who cares what Gary Fisher thinks about the health of the handmade bicycle industry?  Does he handmake bicycles anymore?  Is he even looking over the shoulder of the technical school trained kid at Trek, advising him where to click in his CAD/CAM program to place his signature decal?  What the hell does he do anyway?

Now that Trek dropped the other shoe, and has swallowed up Fisher mountain bikes, he’s seemingly just a figurehead for his not-really-existing-anymore bike company, and slowing morphing into the Don Cherry of cycling.

I guess he does provide some personality for what could be the most boring bicycle company ever.

I just don’t think I like that personality.

Back in the day

TeamCow was headquarted at a half-duplex known as the Cow Palace – or just The Palace – on 106 st at the corner of 74 ave.  We had a great yard, completely shaded from the street by tall caragana trees.

We of course had a fire pit, and the best survivor party ever, and at one time, some ramps for us to work on our slow speed skills.

backyard

 

This is maybe the only picture that survived of those ramps, and it’s a weird one.  Jack and his bike seem too big compared to the ramp.  It’s like he’s been photoshopped in there from another picture.  Or it’s a tiny little ramp and he’s on a monster 29er.

My personal slow speed skills didn’t benefit from that ramp, because I stayed away from it, but it was probably really useful to Jack and Dr. Stu.