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. I even heard one of the councilmen say "cool idea" as I left the council chambers with an approval in hand. And coming from a large city (Chicago), I could not believe how quick and responsive the planning commission and town council were in providing a decision. Did I tell you that Breckenridge is one of my favorite places on earth?
At first, I thought that I might purchase one of these vehicles from one of the four different manufacturers that I found out there. 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 and unconfident in this at first, since, up until now, the only work I had seen Lee do was to tap out some new screw holes in a broken faucet of mine and tap out another hole to fix a broken mirror on my scooter. He also had been working with me to create an awesome home brewing system made from old beer kegs. While these were impressive feats, there 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 bike bus (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 was gathering all sorts of strange car parts and metals and in early January, 2012, I kept coming over his garage with envelopes of money to pay for materials while he began welding us what is becoming the Porsche of these kinds of vehicles.
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's has been taking shape in Lee's garage is a fun and functional work of art. Indeed, like MacGyver, he is building a Stealth fighter jet out of a pinecone:)
So here we are today, just a few months away from rolling this bad boy out of Lee's garage and rolling the first BIKEBUS onto Breckenridge's Main Street for daily tours beginning this spring.
Thanks for taking this trip with and buckle up because the best part of the ride is about to begin. We'll save a seat for you.