Three things you couldn't live without? If I were suddenly swept into the ocean while cycling in Arkansas, and washed up onto a remote, tropical island and by pure luck the three things I couldn't live without washed up to shore with me, I'd be happy knowing I'd still have my All-Clad pots and pans for all those crabs and lobsters I'd be chowing down on; my magical bottomless pineapple of rum, and my ukulele on which I would serenade all the native ladies.
Interests outside of cycling? I'm a cyclist sure, but I'm also a power-lifter with a dramatic flare for heavy epic melody, Metallica delivers what I need to feel like a titan under a bar or churning a heavy 85rmp. Now, at all other times I'm pretty lazy and easily impressed, and the Gorillaz represent the very ideal of "being awesome" so those are my two votes... Metallica and the Gorillaz... and I'm Jeremiah Johnson, so I get two votes. We can arm wrestle about it if you disagree.
Favorite superhero? While he's not a super-hero, or even still alive in the comic book since he was executed, I'd have to say Marv from the Sin City series would be my favorite hero... well not a hero... an inspiring, idyllic figure. While he has no powers whatsoever, he is seemingly immune to his own adrenaline and is an abrasive, gritty unstoppable force... well, until he got the chair.
Best ride ever? There was no particular day that pleased me more than others, but a route in Bedford PA known as the Rainsburgh Loop was always a great pleasure for me. I remember the trees along the smooth roads and cover from the sun and the sound of springs trickling from the cliff walls... and the burn in my legs and lungs up the 18% grade and the cold relief of a thousand foot, winding decent through treetops into the valley farmlands... I'll always love that pain
Best meal ever? If you ever go to St. Maarten, go to Rosemary's and order the creole conch with red beans and rice. Incapacitatingly delicious
Earliest bicycle related memory? I remember our home in New Jersey when I was 5 or 6 years old. There was a slight decline coming out of the garage and that led to the long dirt driveway. I hopped onto my sisters ten speed without being able to reach the pedals or breaks, not thinking about what could have (and did) happen on my first bike ride without training wheels. I had fantastic balance coming down that hill! I had enough speed and anticipated the turn ahead! I needed though to slow down slightly to make that turn safely. I did not make the turn safely. That was my first slow-motion trip to the gravel and first bicycle related memory.
Current bike(s)? Right now I'm riding a Cannondale Super Six EVO with the Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 series on it. The bike is incredible and simply wants to keep rolling. I also have a Cannondale Tandem that my wife and I ride occasionally. My Cannondale touring bike has been with me for many car-free years and still looks and rides like new.
Bicycle related skills? As far as bike-related skills are concerned, I'd like to think I'm a pretty good mechanic... although as far as the noteworthy go; patching, sewing, and otherwise repairing tubular tires (not too many guys who do that these days)... Lefty repair... I've also been known to use my 53x11 for entire rides at a time.