|The pain of being the Groove Man.|
After an hour of Chris, he escorted us through the labyrinth maze of a building to the new digs of the "Anti-Chris", Erik Noren. As Erik puts it, "Chris Kvale is classical. He is classical music, classical frames. I'M bleeping HARD ROCK!"
Here he is shown showing us his take on a French randonneur bike. "It's a bleeping American touring bike, it ain't no bleeping French randonneuring bike. I'm from the bleeping Midwest not bleeping France." Whatever he calls it it is quite lovely with a crushed abalone shell pearl paint and gold lining. Erik is quite proud of his dimensional headbadge which is stainless steel brazed onto the headtube. Each one a brazing tour de force.
We talked about about 14 fourteen different subjects, rather mostly Erik talked and we listened. Eventually he got around to the bike that caused the controversy at the national bike show. He showed the bike to Lorna. I'm not going to tell you what triggered the bike because it isn't anybody's business unless Erik choses to share it. All I will say is that his story made Lorna cry. Erik is still hurt and bleeding from all the criticism. Don't be critical of someone unless you know his story. Then if you still want to cut him ....
Next Vincent Dominguez.