Ben Van Loon
Chicago, IL

I am an avid writer, reader, and cyclist - in that order. When I'm not writing, I'm reading various post-modern fictions or riding. I have been born and raised in the Chicagoland area, and currently live on the city's north side. I ride a single-speed Surly Karate Monkey 29er on area trails, and when I'm not doing that, I'm doing solo rides on my custom steel road bike (made by Michael Catano at Humble Frameworks). I have worked at a few different shops over the past number of years, doing everything from basic tune-ups to high-end sales to volunteer ride leads and basic mechanical classes. I love cycling and most of its associated culture. It's not only how I make a living, but its an integral part of my life.