Astral Cycling Staff: Brian Roddy

Name: Brian Roddy
 President/ Owner/ Engineer

 What are you currently pedaling? Give us the full kit!

  • Kona Process 134. New mountain rig replacing a Santa Cruz Tall Boy (which I love).
  • Sage Stormking – my gravel rig

What got you into cycling?

Something to do outside the house by myself when I was in junior high. The pedal unthreaded on my department store bike (not reverse threaded) and I crashed hard. I bent the frame, fork, wheels etc. I went home and over the next week I took all the parts off my dad’s bike so I could take his frame and build onto it. He wasn’t riding it anymore and would never notice. That’s how I learned how a cable actuates the derailleur and I think led me to go into mechanical engineering.

What is the one tool you couldn't do your job without?

Sadly, these days it’s a computer

What do you like to do on your days off?

Ride my mountain bike or get into the alpine and climb

What is your hidden talent?

Facial recognition. I can recognize people from a distance quickly. Also, I’m good at being short.

Ok and let's hear some favorites…
Food: Still donuts
Music: from my college days – bands from Chapel Hill, NC in the late ‘90’s: Small 23, Superchunk, Archers of Loaf.
Bike: my old Bontrager RoadLite
Wheels: Serpentine (alloy). I’m riding them on my new Kona Process 134 and have beat the hell out of them with lower than I should be running tire pressure. I’ve really like how they ride and take a beating

What is the best thing after a long ride?

Setting up camp because it hopefully means you are having an adventure.

If you could take a bike adventure anywhere in the world where would it be?

Bike packing in Patagonia. Not original but I’m not ashamed of that. Would love to get back to Nepal with a bike this time too. I’m not picky.