Here’s the full, unedited 6,000 word version of the edited-down version in Singletrack Issue 54.
Chipps caught up with the enigmatic Nick Larsen of Charge Bikes for a chat.
Chipps: “I first met Nick back in 1995. I was working for a bike magazine and he was a student. He came into the office and photocopied my entire contacts list so that he could write to them all for a placement job. I’ve admired his persistence and drive ever since, so thought it was time to pin him down for an interview.”
ST: Did you always want to be a bike designer?
NL: I think I did. Ever since I got my first off road bike when I was eight – a second hand grifter. After that I was hooked on riding bikes. I had a brief stint before BMXs were widely available where I rode skateboards but I was better at riding bikes and enjoyed getting as muddy as I could on a bike. From then on I always tried to incorporate bikes into whatever I did – school projects, weekends away… and that hasn’t stopped.