Fyxation on The Eastside
Off The Cuff with Nick and Ben Ginster
They spoke with Off the Cuff about disappointing brothers and Chinese food’s health advantages.
The Eastside - how would you describe it?
Ben: The culmination of four years of work. Very versatile - it can be a single speed or fixed gear. High quality, but won't break the bank. Looks as good as it rides.
Tribute to the Milwaukee neighborhood, or to where the bicycles are made -- in Taiwan? FarEastSide?
Nick: Milwaukee. Where we grew up, rode our bikes, worked on bikes, built bikes. Naming a new product is hard – especially your first one - but this was easy.
Which brother is older?
B: But we graduated college the same day.
Both: I am.
Other siblings we should know about?
N: Younger brother Aaron, in Chicago. Bit of a disappointment. A F.I.B. and only ended up an emergency medicine physician at Cook County Hospital.
Fyxation opened in 2009. What were you in your previous manifestations?
N: UW-Milwaukee, majored in engineering. Worked for Hayes in Mequon designing disk brakes. I moved to Taiwan to manage Hayes’ overseas sourcing and manufacturing.
B: UW-Madison, marketing. San Francisco, for Black and Decker. Managed sales and marketing for tech start ups, too. I live in Utah, now.
How was Taiwan?
N: I was in Taichung, a city of 2 million, middle of the island. It isn't very international. I moved there with my wife and son and returned 5 years later with a daughter.
Milwaukee’s best Chinese food?
N: I don't eat Chinese food any more. You don't want to know why.
Your first release was a tire (the Session 700). What made it unique?
N: Vibrant colors, an aggressive tread pattern and a Kevlar puncture protection layer. We think it is the perfect city tire.
“Just 2 guys and a tire!” was your startup slogan.
B: It was actually "2 dudes and a tire" but we wanted to appear bigger.
How about: "Many dudes and Tires" or "Guys with a Tire and Many Chinese behind them"?
N: You don't want to call people from Taiwan Chinese. They don't like that.
B: The new name speaks to our core; anybody passionate about cycling - it's their Fyxation.
How many products do you offer? Where are they locally?
N: Tires, saddles, handlebars, grips, stems, pedals, pedal straps and now bikes.
B: Our first purchase commitment was Ben's Cycles. Now: Truly Spoken Cycles, Rainbow Jersey and Cory the Bike Fixer. They weren’t afraid to take a risk with a smaller local company.
Rodeo themed parts: bullhorn bars, rodeo stems, seats and rodeo colors? A wild, western Utah thing?
B: I'm surprised you didn't ask how many wives I have...