Interview and Intro by Jeremy Ball
Photos by Chad Ruhl
Glenn Salyers is a unique individual. Glenn is polite, hard working, and innovative in everything he does. He is a talented machinist and ramp builder. His handy work with ramps can be seen at “The Kitchen Skatepark.” Aside form those abilities, Glenn is also one of the most talented riders in the Midwest. His mix of styles between both technical and burly puts him at a level of talent that many have the ambition of reaching, but few riders will ever attain. The best way to describe Glenn doesn’t come from the words above though. It comes from Mark Filipowicz, Redline Team Manager. In asking Flip about one of Redline’s newest riders, his response was simple, “What can’t be said about that weirdo?”
Moving on from Glenn’s personality and abilities, his bike is what really helps define him. Continue reading to see what bike set-up allows him to “monster truck” any terrain put in front of him.
Name: Glenn Salyers
Place of Residency: South Bend, Indiana
Frame: Redline Device G7
Grips: ODI Long Necks for life!
Stem: Profile Push
Pedals: Fly Rubens PC
Sprocket: Profile Spline Drive
Rims: G-Sport Ribcage
Spokes: Some random chrome spokes
Hubs: Profile Mini SS hubs with Profile hub guards
Tires: Monster Truck Tires a.k.a. 2.35″ Demolition Momentums
Brakes: Almond Belmonts, size 11
Pegs: Tree Stunt Stumps
How long have you been riding?
I have been riding about 13 years.
What got you into riding?
My friends got me into riding. It was one of those things that just kind of happened. I guess it evolved from riding around with friends to where it is today.
What is your favorite thing to ride?
I like to ride anything that is new to me or a weird set up that makes you have to think of how to ride it.
How has your bike changed from when you began riding?
Actually when I first started riding, I rode street. So right now my bike set-up is more like when I first started riding with no brakes and four pegs. Over time it has changed back and forth a lot. One major change that I have made recently is the angle of my bars. I currently run them pretty far forward.
Have you noticed a change in products since you started riding?
Yeah, there has been quite a change. Since I have started riding, I have seen bikes go from 45 pound tanks to 18 pound toys.
Are you happy with your current set-up or are there things that you would like to change?
I’m really happy with it now, but I think I am about to get a longer frame. I have been running a 20.75 for about 6 years, so I want to try something new to see how a change feels.
Do you think your set-up caters to any specific style or type of riding?
I think it does, but I try to ride everything on it. Because I have four pegs, my options are always open for riding any style of set-up.
What do you go through the most?
I go through pedals and tubes the most.
How long have you been brakeless?
I take my brakes off every now and then. I have been brakeless for about 3 months now.
Why did you go that route?
I like riding brakeless because it just feels better and it makes my bike look cleaner.
With your bike, what is your favorite part?
My monster truck tires! I can ride over all sorts of things without hesitation.
Do you care to explain the patriotic paint job that you have?
I LOVE America.
Any last words or thanks?
I mostly have thanks. I would like to thank Brett Banasiewicz, Redline Bicycles, Profile Racing, Flip from Albes, Matt Coplon, Radney, Lisa Banasiewicz, all of my awesome friends, and anyone who likes to ride bikes and have a good time.
Check out a few more photos by Chad Ruhl along with a few past edits featuring Glenn below!