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Zipp Engineer Dave Schweikert and the Power of Bicycles

All photos by Joe Vondersaar

Zipp engineer Dave Schweikert is truly demonstrating the power of bicycles. He's well into his ride across the United States. Dave’s journey is the fulfillment of a years-long dream. But to give his trip greater purpose, Dave is riding to raise funds for World Bicycle Relief.
 
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As Dave approached Zipp’s home of Indianapolis, several fellow SRAM and Zipp co-workers accompanied him from the Indiana countryside to the Zipp factory. Once here, more than 100 of his co-workers greeted him with applause and well wishes. His stay here was brief as he continues on toward the Atlantic. We did, however, have time to ask Dave a few questions:
 
What has been your most memorable day so far?
My most memorable is probably the 155 mile, 9000 feet (2,743 meters) of climbing day in California. I had a hotel to reach and just had to get it done.
 
What have your learned most about America from this ride?
That when you set out an ambitious goal, people will rally around it. The words I've heard about being inspired and how people think this is so cool makes all the effort worthwhile.
 
What have you learned most about cycling?
We are all capable of doing much- it's a decision to push ourselves. If I can do this, anyone can. Also that and having a good saddle is priceless...

What is the weirdest experience so far?
There have been many, many roadside oddities but running over a rattlesnake is definitely the one I will remember the most.

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