Astral Cycling Staff: Loren Mason-Gere

Name: Loren Mason-Gere
Position: Director of Sales & Marketing

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

I split time between a couple bikes, but the best are:

Kona Hei Hei with Serpentine Carbons with big meat for rougher terrain. XX1 Kit.

Sky Gravel bike. This is a small brand one of my dearest friends builds from hand. After so many years riding “disposable” race bikes that I’d keep for a season or two, it feels so good to ride a bike made just for me by someone that cares. I’ll own it for life. 

What got you into cycling?

My dad has always loved bikes and started us early. I can’t remember a time when getting on a bike and riding wasn’t at the top of the list of things I wanted to do. As years went by, my relationship has only deepened. Bikes have brought me most of the dear friends and greatest adventures of my life.

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

The internet.

What do you like to do on your days off?

Drink coffee. Yoga and Meditation. Walk the dog. Ride or otherwise commune with the mountains. Eat healthy food. Best if some to most of these activities take place with my lady.

What is your hidden talent?

That’s a secret.

Ok and let's hear some favorites… 

Food: Sushi.
Music: Depending on the moment, you may find me listening to anything from Wu Tang Clan to Ryan Adams, Alan Jackson to Krishna Das. I put no limits around such things.
Bike: Eli built my Sky gravel bike out steel and love, just for me. That can’t be beat.
Wheels: Anything built by Jimmy.

What is the best thing after a long ride?

A cold plunge.

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

Current greatest scheme is an epic tour in SE Asia, the details of which are still a secret. All of The Western Wildlands Bikepacking Route.