Mosaic founder Aaron Barcheck may be one of the best welders on the planet, but he is also one of the nicest (and coolest) dudes you will ever meet. We wanted to get an idea of what goes on in his life – and around the Mosaic headquarters – so we asked him a few questions.
1) How do you like to start your morning?
“I put my pants on just like the rest of you — one leg at a time. Except, once my pants are on, I make gold records… [err well, titanium bicycles].”
2) How did you get into welding?
“I started working at another bicycle company here in Boulder, Dean Bicycles, as a college job, where I worked my way up through the ranks and gained experience. Their production was mostly titanium so that’s where I learned everything – machining and welding – and gravitated to it quickly. At that time “handmade bicycles” was still a resurgent idea as the large production companies were developing stock sizing and models and the new carbon segment was exploding onto the scene and taking over metal bikes. This landscape along with a lack of small builders in the Colorado front-range was a big influencer of what I thought handmade and custom bicycles could be in the future.”
3) Which of your Mosaic bicycles is your favorite? Why?
“Each Mosaic model offers a unique ride characteristic so it is difficult to say if I have a favorite. I spent a lot of time this spring riding my RT-1d in preparation for the Rouge Roubaix race and there is just something about the way I built this particular frame that we get along really well. It’s a fast bike, it handles fast, it accelerates fast, it descends fast, it climbs fast and oh yeah it stops fast (disc brakes!). With cyclocross season coming quickly, I’m starting to spend more time on my XT-1 and getting pumped up for to start racing again.”
4) Who are two people in the world you’ve want to have dinner with?
“Kanye West and Jay-Z.”
5) What’s the music soundtrack in the Mosaic Headquarters?
“The soundtrack at Mosaic Cycles HQ is pretty eclectic – anywhere from Steely Dan to Kanye West. It’s pretty representative of the team we’ve got working in the shop. To really get a feel for what it’s like in the Mosaic workshop, check out #mosaicshoplife on Instagram.”