FACT: Being a Contender all-star is probably one of the best things you can do with your life. And our very own Cody Wignall is a shining example of this. The young man started at Contender when he was a mere 16 years old. Now, seven years and seven bikes later, he’s become one helluva Contender employee. The kid knows everything!
Let’s get to know the guy behind the guy behind the guy.
How did you happen to start at Contender so young?
I started riding road bikes a little and knew Ryan from the shop rides. When I found out I had to do community service for my high school and that doing flat repairs and learning the ropes at Contender would actually qualify, I jumped on board. When I turned sixteen, they took me on full time and I’ve been here ever since.
So this is literally the first job you’ve ever had?
Job? You mean I’m not still doing this as community service?
You are. Don’t expect a paycheck. Forget what I said.
Moving on….how long have you ridden?
I started riding a road bike and showing up to the group rides in 2002. But I’ve been on a mountain bike forever. Everyday, after school, I’d try and do wheelies.
Do you ride road or mountain more?
I prefer mountain. I hate cars and the bad drivers that drive them….badly.
How many bikes do you own?
I have seven bikes, two classic Schwinns: a Stingray and a Collegiate, a cyclecross bike, a Pugsly snowbike, and then a couple mountain bikes and a road bike.
Do you have a favorite?
The Pugsly -it turns heads.
YOU turn heads, my friend. Where’s your favorite place to ride?
I love riding Flying Dog in Park City. It gets you out of the way of everyone and there’s a beaver dam you ride past too. Pretty sweet stuff.
So what do you do when you’re not riding or [cough] volunteering at the shop?
I do a little photography, I hike with the wonderful Emily [girlfriend], I’m taking business classes at SLCC and Blake is trying to teach me how to cook.
So what are some of your favorite things we carry?
I really Like Assos Clothing. I was lucky enough to visit their North American headquarters last month. I’ve always been a big fan but I think their stuff is pretty unique in the cycling world. They really innovate. I like their style too. You can tell a rider wearing Assos from a mile away. The T.equipe bib shorts are awesome. They’re the best bib short I’ve ever ridden in.
And I think Rolf Wheels are awesome too. They’re such a good value and it’s a great wheel. My favorite is the Vigor. For the money, it’s a good option because it works so well with the terrain we have here in SLC. It’s bullet proof and it gives you some aero ability too. Good wheel.
But truly my favorite things at Contender are Ernie and Graham [Contender mechanic and proud new father -profile forthcoming]
To sum up, It’s just Graham. Zane’s a close second, though.
Anything else the people need to know?
I’m part of a Schwinn gang. We like to cruise around downtown on the weekends.
Do you ever get into any gang fights or turf wars?
No. We do bar spins though.
How close have any of you come to getting a tattoo of ‘Schwinn Gang 4 Life’ across your back?
Not. Not close at all. That’s idiotic.
Ok, Wiggs, let’s cut the crap, time for some hard hitting questions: Rumor has it you’re really good at sax.
Sax: The saxophone. My sources tell me you can really blow.
Yeah, well, I play sax on sax on sax on sax
So are you a sexy sax man?:
Yes. I’m the embodiment of everything sexy about the sax.
My original nickname in the shop was Captain Wiggles. I think I’ve graduated to Big Wigs now.
Fitting for the man who is godfather to Ernie, Cyrus and Leo
I needed something commanding. The mutts respond to authoritative titles.
Have you ever considered staring in your own brand of motivational speaking videos?
I have the perfect tag line.
Lay it on me.
Picture it. Lights are dimmed in a packed conference hall. Spot lights scan the stage.You jump out from behind a giant poster of your head, playing an especially sexy sax solo. As the music swells and the audience’s applause becomes a deafening roar, you turn to your audience and say, “Dig the Wigs”.
What ensues thereupon can only be described as pure pandemonium. The Wigs is big, the Wigs is very, very big.