Chapter Leader – Portland OR: Richard Pool AKA Bicyclecrumbs

Age: 33

Designer/illustrator/marketing – Full time I’m the Marketing person at Speedvagen. My side hustle is running Bicyclecrumbs

lol. Custom Philosophy Gravel, Allied Alfa All-Road, Speedvagen Surprise Me Rim Brake Road, Single Speed Speedvagen CX, Speedvagen GTFO single speed, Fairdale Weekender, Stanforth Kibo, Kona Process 153 27.5, Custom Waltworks Canti Gravel. MTB Cycle Tech RAW Pinion 26+

Q: When and how did you discover cycling? 

A: I purchased my first bike, a shitty trek road bike the week after I graduated college. I got a real job, a credit card and got a bike. I had always been a fan of cycling, I would watch the Tour every year event before I was on a bike. I just couldn’t afford it or had the time while in school until I graduated.

Q: Has your inspiration to ride changed since then, and what is it now? 

A: Yes then it was mainly weight loss / exercise and pushing myself. Now its only for fun even when im “racing”

Q: How would you define your style of gravel riding? 

A: Simply. I think it’s pointless to go out sit in a group and put in no work. I would rather run out of all of my food and water and limp home for 30 miles than have a completely pointless ride. Thats when I feel like i actually did something. Those are the rides we remember.

Q: Describe an ideal day on the bike.

A: I’ve lived a few of these. Every-time it involves 3 ingredients: Good Weather, a challenging ride and a good friend or group of friends. Landrun 2019 I went into cold, literally I had about 100 miles on the year and decided to do it single speed. The weather was perfect there were great people to ride with, which just made for the most enjoyable day ever.
Q: What are some notable trips you’ve done to enjoy cycling?
A: I was lucky to start cycling in the gravel epicenter that is Kansas. I did almost all of the gravel midwest epics back then. Ive done Maisies Pride, Landrun 100, Almanzo, DK, The Cedar Cross, Gravelleurs Raid, and a few more.

Q: You’re a Barnstormer Chapter Leader. What does that entail, and is there anything you hope to help other riders find within the club?

A: Cycling is very crowd based, meaning it’s sort of like high school and if you don’t find the group that you fit in with it’s not as fun to ride by yourself all the time. I hope I can bring together a good crew of people of all abilities just for some fun.

Q: Everyone who rides has something unique to offer. Do you know what you might offer, in that regard?

A: I think I’ve been in it for long enough that I have come to see bicycles as what they are. Toys, and each day we get to spend on one is a lucky day. I know how to keep it fun.

Q: What role does cycling play in your current lifestyle?

A: Cycling and Bicycles are literally my career, my life and my hobby. Besides my family, bikes are my life.