Hi, this is Curt Cavnar, Chief Instigator of Fun and Frolic at the Breckenridge BIKEBUS.
In the summer of 2011 I saw an article about a 16 person bicycle bar and I was immediately intrigued and captivated by this crazy vehicle.
After doing a little research. I came to find out that there were about a dozen of these units in circulation in various cities in the United States and they were staying quite busy with tours and charters.
Being an entrepreneur all of my life, I decided that this might be an ideal venture (and a very fun one) in one of my favorite places on earth - Breckenridge, Colorado.
So, I ran it past the town planning commission and the town council and they both unanimously endorsed and approved it.
At first, I thought that I might purchase one of these vehicles from one of the four different manufacturers that I found out there in cyberspace. Then, one day, while discussing my plans with my neighbor, Lee Kendrick, he told me that he would be extremely interested in building such a vehicle.
Lee is one of those rare renaissance men, a MacGyver of sorts who seems to be able to build anything out of anything. I have to admit, I was very skeptical at first, since, up until now, the only work I had seen Lee do was when he fixed a couple of broken things around my house.
He also had been working with me to create an awesome home brewing system made from old beer kegs. While these were impressive feats, they were not exactly the kinds of projects that would instill my confidence in his ability to build the first BIKEBUS. But Lee assured me that he had built hot rods from the ground up and that building the BIKEBUS would be a piece of cake.
The fact that Lee was so passionate about working on the BIKEBUS (he really wanted to take on something that he thought was very "cool") and the fact that he had a machine shop in his heated garage that rivaled the "Orange County Choppers" garage, I decided to take a leap of faith with him and hand him some of my hard earned money to get started.
And Lee did not disappoint. Within weeks he had gathered all sorts of strange car parts and metals and in early January, 2012, I kept going over to his garage with envelopes of money to pay for materials while he began welding what would become the Porsche of this kind of vehicle.
Early on, our funding had fallen through, but that just sent us into "Warrior" mode. I was providing my own personal cash and Lee had agreed to defer the payment for his labor until we started making money at some point.
What has been built in Lee's garage is a fun and functional work of art. Indeed, like MacGyver, he has created a Stealth fighter jet out of a pinecone:)
Thanks for taking this trip with us. Buckle up because the best part of the ride has just begun. We'll save a seat for you.