Best bike memories: Butters

April 07, 2017

As a way to introduce you to the people behind PeopleForBikes, we do a short interview with every member of our staff. This month, we turn our questions to marketing manager, Alex "Butters" Butterbrodt.

1. What is your first memory of bicycling?

Well, bicycling and I did not get off to a great start. My first memory involves a steep hill, the front brake and the ER. When my brother and I were kids, my parents owned a cabin in Pinetop, Arizona. My brother was out riding his bike in the neighborhood and came back to the cabin saying, “Hey, grab your bike, you have to come ride down this hill!” I followed him up the road and there I went, straight lining it down the hill, gaining more and more speed. Then I panicked, squeezed both brakes as hard as I could and flew over the bars head-first into the road. I later found myself in the ER getting six stitches in my forehead.

2. When did you first fall in love with bicycling?

I did a fair amount of road riding and commuting in college however, I truly fell in love with bicycling when I was training for my first race, Ironman AZ. It was the first time I spent a good amount of time on the bike. It was when I found myself wanting to ride every day and pushing myself. 

3. Why did you decide to make bicycling a part of your career?

I did not make the conscious decision to make bicycling a part of my career. When I was studying design in college, I started as a climber. I started working in the outdoor industry and found myself gravitating toward bike projects. It was a natural transition as bikes became a big part of my life. Why not design things for the things that I love?

4. What is your favorite thing about bicycling?

The uphill. The downhill. The exhilaration. The exhaustion. The burn. The benefits. The wardrobe. The tan-lines. The comradery. The community.

5. What is the coolest thing you’ve done on a bike?

Last summer I mountain biked the Tour du Mont Blanc with two of my best friends. We started our six-day, mountain bike journey in Chamonix, France and circumnavigated around Mont Blanc, passing through Switzerland and Italy. Traveling over 100 miles with over 26,000ft of elevation gain. This is by far the hardest thing I have ever done on a bike. The mileage for each day was not a ton, but the amount of elevation gain made it slow going, at least for me. There was not a day where my bike wasn’t on my shoulders for a good chunk of time. We did this trip self-supported, carrying what we needed for the entire trip. 

6. Where is your favorite place to ride?

Where my friends are because that’s what makes the ride. Sure, you could be on the sweetest, smoothest singletrack you’ve ever ridden, but if it is not shared than that’s all it is. To me what makes a great ride is the company, comradery and the post ride brew.

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