Tony Pereira

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What’s your name, nickname, age, birthplace, hometown?
Tony Pereira | Icepick | 8-14-69 | Neptune, New Jersey

Favorite phenomenon?
Zoobomb

How do you like to tell stories?
Lots of alcohol gets me telling stories, aiming for a surprise ending. I like a good surprise. usually with a lighthearted jab at good friends.

Pivotal moments in life?
Moving to Utah in ’92 to ski and ride.
Leaving an office job in 2002 to go back to the bike shop which ultimately lead to building bike frames.
Moving to Portland in 2005 and discovering a mob of bike dorks.

Why/how did you start riding?
It all started at age 4 when my dad let go of the saddle and I wobbled down the street. In 1987 I assumed ownership of his never ridden mountain bike and began an obsession with cycling.

Family life, or home life; kids, wife, girlfriend, pets?
Wife Lucy. We live with one cat, PK Ripper (Currently Missing).

What’s your special talent/gift to the world?
Mad wheelie skillz.

What’s the continental project mean to you?
The Continental project is a great opportunity to document and tell stories of epic cycling adventures. The assemblage of riders provides differing perspectives on what motivates us all to swing a leg and hop on the bike. When all is said and done there will be a wide range of thoughts that many cyclists will relate to.

Why are you interested in documenting rides?
Because there is so much more to cycling than road racing, neon kits and doping scandals.

What do you want a riding guidebook to feature (what’s missing from what currently exists out there), and how will you contribute to that end goal?
Guidebooks rarely give you a good sense of the of the ride. You get your map and directions, but what about the locals, the gut bombs along the way or the decreasing radius turn at the bottom of a 10 mile descent?

What’s style mean to you?
Good style and design is timeless. If something looks right, it often is right in form and function

Where in the world would you like to ride next and why or what group ride if you could do any would you do?
I’m not a big fan of organized group rides. After only doing a few I’ve found that there are too many incompatible riding styles that end up clashing in stressful conflicts. I’d prefer to ride with like-minded riders instead.

You need anyone reading this to know…?
Most of the time I’d really rather be mountain biking.

Why cycling and not, running or shot put or speed skating?
Running is slow, inefficient, boring and bad for your knees. Shot put isn\’92t going to give me the adrenaline rush that gets me on the bike. Speed skating? I\’92d do that. I grew up with a pond in the back yard. Lots of pond hockey and skating through frozen swamps. I would dig trying the oval. I bet the cornering is a rush.

Your favorite ride/moment ever, just the details?
Any summit with the bros, getting ready to rip a descent, preparing for ultimate safety and relishing in our charmed lives. We are so lucky.

What’s your job all about, why does it fit you?
I have my dream job designing and building custom bicycle frames one at a time for some of the most enthusiastic cyclists in the world. People who love the ride and appreciate quality and artistry in their tools. I can’t imagine doing anything else.

What’s your program, like who and what and where is your world?
Bikes, food, coffee, beer, wine, mountains, trails, going up down left and right.

Where you live and why it suits you?
Portland, Oregon. Cyclocross, coast range, cascades, framebuilders, amazing bike shops, great food, Stumptown Coffee, IPA, pedalpalooza, short track mtb racing, and zoobomb! Top this all off with some of the most welcoming, genuine and independent people I’ve ever met and I’m staying.

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