Eric Benjamin is a professional photographer that fell in love with cycling all over again when his corporate job left him wanting more out of life. He found himself on his bike, riding the desolate gravel roads of the Flint Hills after work and on weekends feeding his “adventure monkey.” Cycling gravel became a calming and necessary activity for his sanity.
This revelation that we all need adventure in our lives resulted in the creation of the Adventure Monkey website (www.adventuremonkey.com) to inspire people to get off the couch and do something great with their lives. We are not meant to be sedentary creatures, that’s for sure.
ERIC SHARES HIS LOVE FOR REMOTE GRAVEL ROADS WITH US IN STRIKING PHOTOS AND WORDS WITH “THE LURE OF GRAVEL,” STARTING ON PAGE 30.
Giles Snyder is a veteran public radio journalist who spent much of his career working in his hometown of Charleston, West Virginia. He still lives in West Virginia but now works in Washington, D.C., which means he spends too much time in his car. He took up bicycling as a way to stretch his legs. When he’s not on the road, he writes an award-winning humor column for his local newspaper.
WE HEARD ABOUT GILES’ KITTY LITTER PANNIERS IN HIS BIKE OVERNIGHTS CONTRIBUTION TO OUR LAST ISSUE, SO WE ASKED HIM TO DESCRIBE HOW TO MAKE THEM FOR THIS ISSUE’S EXTRA CREDIT ON PAGE 68.
GARY J. BOULANGER
Wisconsin native Gary Boulanger celebrates his Belgian heritage with hearty riding every day possible. Raised by sensible parents who bought him a used Schwinn Stingray in the early ‘70s, Boulanger has survived trips to Rwanda on Snickerdoodles and banana chocolate chip muffins. He has written for Procycling, Cycling Plus, Bike Monkey, and Dirt Rag, and seeks some anecdote-heavy adventure every time he pilots his bike from his home in Mountain View, California.
GARY IS ALSO ONE OF OUR INTREPID AND HARDWORKING FREELANCE AD SALES PEOPLE. YOU CAN THANK THEM FOR HELPING US BRING THESE PAGES TO YOU. HE SHARES THE STORY OF ONE OF HIS BIKES IN THIS ISSUE’S HOW WE ROLL ON PAGE 80.