Great Northern Bicycle Company - Fargo Bike Shop

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State your name:

Alexander Clark

When did you start working at Great Northern Bicycle Company?

I started in February, 2012.

What are you best known for around the shop?

Nerding out- I love tandems, trikes, folders, electric bikes, whatever, but I’m all about the details.

Why Bikes?

Bikes are a great hobby for me because I enjoy working on them myself, and there’s nothing on a bike that one person can’t handle.

What was your first bicycle and what do you remember about it?

My very first bike was red, and had small wheels. I remember skinning my knees and learning to pop wheelies off of curbs.

What is your favorite local bike ride?

I’ve had a lot of fun in the downtown island park area. With a good MTB you can hit rollers in the park, pop curbs, or jump on park benches with both wheels. Urban riding can be just as technical and fun as off road riding.

What is the coolest place your bike has taken you?

I spent two weeks in Portland taking a class at United Bicycle Institute. Riding bikes in PDX was awesome. The riders there were so much more experienced with car and other bike traffic that I felt comfortable doing my thing on a bike.

What is on the horizon?  Describe your next great cycling adventure.

My GF and I did a 60 mile tandem ride, and covered over 100 in one weekend. We’d like to customize our tandem to fit us better and do some more riding.

Favorite shop tool?

Shimano Hollowtech tool. Way better than the old BBT-2 we use for square taper BBs. Bonus: It works on newer Campagnolo bottom bracket cups too.

What is your favorite kind of pizza?

Medium Cheese pizza, dood.

Words to live by?

“The test of the machine is the satisfaction it gives you. There isn't any other test. If the machine produces tranquility it's right. If it disturbs you it's wrong until either the machine or your mind is changed.” 
― Robert M. Pirsig

Current bike stable:

  • 2016 Custom Built Touring/Commuter Bike (built by yours truly)

  • 2011 Raleigh Grand Prix w/ Campy Centaur 10 speed

  • 197? Custom Tandem, more custom as of a 2016 frame modification

  • 1994/1995 Giant Twokon (my homebuilt tandem)… see video below.

Brooks saddle, Nitto rack, what else could a cyclist need?

Brooks saddle, Nitto rack, what else could a cyclist need?

Fun with coaster brake overhauls. I promise everything found its place again!

Fun with coaster brake overhauls. I promise everything found its place again!

I was dared so I had to do it...

I was dared so I had to do it...