For this week’s Staff Infection we’re lucky enough to talk to a gentlemen by the name of Peter Barrett. Peter joined Contender just a few month’s ago when he moved back to Salt Lake from Seattle. Even though he’s only been here a short time, he comes to Contender with ten years of bike shop experience; so it’s pretty obvious that the man knows his stuff. Rumor has it his nickname is the man of steel. Let’s find out why:
Where else have you lived besides Salt Lake City?
I’ve lived in a lot of places. My dad was in the Air Force so I’ve spent time in Alaska, Norway, Washington State and plenty of other places.
What was your favorite place you lived?
I’d say Salt Lake. I was here for 14 years before I moved back in February. Salt Lake has awesome snow and awesome bike riding. I love snowboarding here.
How many bikes do you have? Which one is your favorite?
I have six bikes and my favorite really depends on the day. I’m loving my new carbon Scott Scale 720. I also have a steel road bike that I built.
YOU BUILT?? How did you get into building frames?
I started building frames seven years ago. I met a guy who built frames locally here in Salt Lake after an accident where he had almost cut his arm off with a chainsaw. He needed help finishing frames he was working on so I started learning from him. From there I went to the UBI frame building school in Portland. I also attended their wheel building school.
So how many bikes have you built?
Well, like I said, I helped out with numerous frames here in SLC before I went to school and started building my own. So far I’ve built two and right now I just started planning my third; It’s going to be a disc gravel bike.
Peter, let’s get serious here for a second, is steel real?
Yes. Steel is real. Really real.
What are some of your favorite things we have in the shop?
I love SIDI shoes. Nothing like wrapping your toes in some fine Italian footwear. I just got a pair of the Dominators in camouflage. So awesome and so new.
I also like the Giro New Road line of clothing because of the materials they’re using. I’m a fan of wool. Their mobility trouser is damn comfortable. I own numerous pairs.
If you ride a steel bike, do you have to wear wool?
Favorite bike we carry in the shop?
I have to say that I really like the Cannondale CAAD 10 bike. It’s dollar-per-awesome ratio is super high. Much like myself.
What’s your favorite Pixies album?
The one with the naked lady on the front, Surfer Rosa.
You dig the old school stuff. And I dig that. You’re all about wool clothing and steel bikes. Is it safe to assume that people call you the Man of Steel?
Yeah, I usually I don’t respond to any other name. But that’s the only assumption that’s safe to make about me.