There's a good chance you've heard of this week's guest, or at the very least one of his inventions. But what you may not have realized is that the creator of Fix It Sticks and the Weatherneck is one of our own. That's right, Brian Davis, Turbo Inventor, is born and bread Midwest; a St. Louis native who now resides in Appleton, WI. (Man, we could do a whole show just on Appleton alone. Lotsa fun people and fun things happening there. But I digress.) We actually got to do this interview in person in Brian's workshop, where the magic happens.
Full disclosure: Brian is a friend of ours, and we had a funny feeling going into to this one that we weren't going to be able to keep this episode anywhere close to one hour. When we arrived and saw the beer, we knew it would end up being a two parter. When the Old Number 7 made an appearance, I began to worry about having to edit out two hours of slurred speech and giggling. But since we're all professionals here, we imbibed responsibly and kept it to a tight two hours. But don't worry, you don't have to take it in all at once. We've broken it into two episodes, the second of which will appear in your tiny magic box in a couple days.
You might be wondering what's with that picture of Brian with all the concrete on his face. One of the reasons we wanted to have Brian on the show is that we figured he would have some good stories to tell. And holy cows, were we right! I don't want to spoil anything so I'll just say that this photo is the result of possibly the best "just riding along" story we've ever heard. And that's not the only story we get into with Brian, so I don't think you're going to want to skip this episode.
Of course Brian has come up with some truly ingenious cycling products that you're likely to have heard of. And we wanted to talk about those, too. Brian recently kicked off a new Kickstarter campaign for the latest version of the Weatherneck and looks really cool and is more functional than version one. We talk about that and Fix It Sticks and some sort of weird bucket system as well.