Midwest Cycling Podcast Episode 15: 509 Cycles Founders Sarah & George Kaptiz and Joel Augustine

509 Cycles is based in Green Bay, WI, and was launched by people with an almost unmatchable passion for fat bikes. 

509 Cycles is based in Green Bay, WI, and was launched by people with an almost unmatchable passion for fat bikes. 

Hey folks, we're back with another great episode featuring some of the people who make cycling in the Midwest awesome! This week we have a couple guests who've been on the show before in Sarah and George Kapitz, as well as their partner and long-time friend, Joel Augustine. If you haven't noticed, there's a new bike company in our back yard: 509 Cycles, and this crew happens to be the company's founders. 

If you recognize these names it's probably because you're familiar Broken Spoke Bikes in Green Bay, Wisconsin. George and Sarah are also the owners of that shop, and between getting married and running their bike shop, they also started this bike company. But they didn't do it alone, and that's where Joel comes in. He designed the 509 Cycles Jabit III frames and was responsible for finding someone to build them, among other things. But I don't want to give it all away here. You're just going to have to listen! 

The Jabit III Ti in all it's splendor. I don't know, I can't see the dent in the top tube! Like Mark always says, just think of the story... 

The Jabit III Ti in all it's splendor. I don't know, I can't see the dent in the top tube! Like Mark always says, just think of the story... 

THE INTERVIEW

In the interview these three layout the whole history of 509 Cycles, which began almost two years ago. As you probably know, we're always interested in how people manage to live the bike life with all the Real Life that so often takes precedence. So aside from running a great bike shop, and finding time to ride, and planing a fat bike race series, and getting married, and being parents, and traveling the country and world with family, and countless other endeavors, this crew managed to find time to also launch a bike company. Even for the interview, we had to get Joel on the line from California. 

We also took some time to talk about Snow Crown, the fat bike race series that George and Sarah are putting on in their "free time". It begins on January 21st with Shell Track and continues throughout winter with two more races. Koldwave takes place at Snow Kraft in Sturgeon Bay, WI; and Fat Camp takes place in Suamico, WI, at the legendary fat bike trails at the Reforestation Camp. 

This interview is either going to inspire you, or make you feel bad for not doing enough in life. Either way, we're grateful to have this crew on the podcast, and we're looking forward to seeing the bikes in person. 

George's steel Jabit III in Bear 100 form. 29" wheels with the Rock Shox RS-1 and drop bars.

George's steel Jabit III in Bear 100 form. 29" wheels with the Rock Shox RS-1 and drop bars.