Getting on your bike, whether solo or with others, must be such a great outlet when you’re on the road.
Totally. We’ve been a band now for almost 18 years. A lot of that was spent just four guys in a van, sleeping on floors, just staying on the road. At that point, you’re not doing anything for yourself. You have no time, no bandwidth. I was bike racing at home and then I would leave on the road and lose all my fitness. Once we got a bus, I was like, I have to start bringing a bike. It fit in the bottom of the bus!
It changed my mental health on the road. Also, the physical side has been awesome because you’re doing something for your body. It keeps me more balanced. There’s more accountability for myself when I have the bike.
You do road and gravel, right?
I do. I used to tour with one bike and two wheelsets, but now the tires and wheelsets are so good I can easily tour with just one bike and one wheelset.
If we tour in the Midwest—we’ve done a bunch of shows in Iowa, Kansas—I’ll do four-hour gravel rides and roll into soundcheck covered in dirt. I learned to love a lot of places I didn’t think I would love because I got to see it on a bike. And a completely new ride every day, that makes me want to ride, too.
We had a show in Lawrence, Kansas, a few years ago. I had my gravel bike and 2 miles out of town hit this trail system and was just blown away. I ended up meeting a kid who was out on his gravel bike. I was like, “Do you know where this trail goes?” “You’re not from around here,” he said. I said I was playing a show tonight. He said, “Wait are you in Saint Motel? I’m going to your show tonight!”
I’m like, “Well, let’s ride!” To this day I still am buddies with him.