Saint Motel drummer Greg Erwin, a SRAM ambassador, lives out his passions for music and cycling across the globe. Just last weekend he combined this by performing at the Colorado Classic / Velorama bike race and music festival. Here he shares his experiences in words and video.
Some people might say I am living the dream. Well, that’s actually only half true. I feel like I’m actually living BOTH dreams. My name is Greg Erwin and I am lucky to say I have spent my past 12 years as the drummer in Saint Motel.
The “dreams” I mentioned before were to play music with my closest pals in front of crowds all over the world, and to drag my bike along with me for the ride (pun intended). There were many years of grinding it out in the seediest of bars between nowhere and somewhere, but thankfully the hard work and persistence and creation of music that people actually want to hear lead to much bigger opportunities for the band, and we began to travel and see the world in a whole new way. Along with the growth came an opportunity for me (a former motorcycle and bicycle racer). I knew if I was going to stay sane and even remotely healthy and balanced on the road 6-8 months a year, it would require the help of my bike. Once I started riding on tour, my outlook on everything changed, including the way I viewed many places I would have simply overlooked or seen as somewhere not worth being or going back to. Now I find that some of the strangest, smallest, no name places in the middle of absolute nowhere, are complete gems if I have my bicycle in tow. It’s been truly special to be able to expand my already amazing journeys by just being able to pedal every day. I’ve also found that having a sense of purpose beyond playing loud music 1 hour a day, day after day, week after week, is enormously helpful both mental and physically.
This year I saw my touring gear game achieve new heights. Thanks to the fine people at SRAM and Zipp I was able to outfit my Jamis Renegade with a full SRAM Force 1X system, complete with the SRAM HRD hydraulic disc-brake system, and Zipp Service Course bars, stem, and seatpost. Since my tour riding is so varied day to day, the best option for wheels was 2 sets. A set of Zipp 303 Firecrest Disc brake wheels and a set of Zipp 30 Course Tubeless for off-road kept my adventures moving along smoothly no matter what major city or podunk town I found myself in. The Force 1X system has completely blown me away, whether it’s climbing up a mountain pass on a gravel road, a muddy single track through the woods, or jumping in on a local roadie group ride on a Tuesday night, it has served me so incredibly well.
This coming week my worlds finally collide in Colorado as Saint Motel is one of the main acts of the music festival portion of the Colorado Classic / Velorama event which features a full 5 days of UCI WorldTour stage racing, along side a really incredible music festival.
I look forward to seeing and meeting anyone and everyone who wants to ride with me along this journey.
See you at a show or on a local climb in a place near you! Follow along on my socials (@gregerwinphoto) and hit me up for a ride!