During my time in Chicago, Marcus was not just my neighbour but became a good friend as we built my fixed gear bike together, step by step. owner of Yojimbo garage where I, step by step put my fixed gear together.
When I first arrived in Chicago I bough a fixed gear bike in a regular bike store. This one was stolen immediately. I really wanted and needed bike to move around the city independently as I do not have a car. I went to Yojimbo garage the next day and tried to by a complete bike.
Marcus is the owner of Yojimbo. When I first met him, I didn't know that he likes to have more time to put a bike together, especially if it is a bike that he likes. He is very passionate about what he is doing. He knows his craft, and knows every bike part that's available in the market. I mean all the bike parts, even the unique ones that are not usually in stores.
At that first visit to the store I bought the frame with a decent set-up. A few months later, I decided to make some improvements. We added handmade red hubs from a small manufacturer, white rims, white tires, red crank with red chain, white handle bar with white stem, and red spokes. The spokes don't come in red, so they were custom painted.
Somehow Marcus found my found my blog, and that's when my customer profile really changed. I think we connected on our similar attention to detail. Reading my blog, he understood that the usual was not enough and everything should be special or unique. He and I would talk about these things when I would bring in the bike. We discussed how we organized our individual working spaces. He likes to have everything around him while he works, while I like the minimum. It is always wonderful to connect with people that have such a passion for their work, doing whatever it takes to achieve the desired result.
Eventually I would drop the bike off with him and he would more or less make the adjustments and improvements he wanted. And I was fine with that. I have total confidence in his work. He is one of the people in chicago that I will miss the most.