Michael Cleveland – American Ex-Pat

Just me… Wunnspeed

City Bike Marathon 08

City Bike Marathon ’08

My motto for life

My motto for life

Me closing in on the finish of the 2012 Munich City Bike Marathon


After 33 days/10 hours I finished my first attempt at the Tour Divide Race. I rode a rigid singlespeed and made 1/2 of my bags (the yellow ones) under my brand SpoK.


Born in 1962 in Minnesota. Lived throughout the U.S. until finally landing in the Kansas City area where I stayed until we moved here to München in 2005. In the States I worked in the Engineering/Architecture fields for most of my life and last I worked as a land surveyor. Here in Germany I’m an English teacher and work primarily with Germans teaching ESL (English as a Second Language). I live here with my lovely wife and fat cat.

I started mountain biking in 1994 with a 1993 model Haro Impulse Comp. I’ve never stopped riding since. I switched to 29’ers in about 2002 when I got tired of bikes that never felt long enough for me. I had Doug Curtis at Curtlo build me my first 29’er. See the top photo for a pic of it. In the summer of 2012 I completed the Tour Divide Race on a rigid singlespeed in my first bikepacking ride ever. We only have 29″ mountain bikes at home and it’s been that way, for me, for over 10 years. I currently ride/race the Independent Fabrications Ti Deluxe 29’er and a Retrotec Triple. My primary mode of riding is on a rigid singlespeed. For me, it just works.

3 responses to “Michael

  1. Christian

    hi michael,

    would like to join.
    bigwheelracing austria would be nice;-)

    greeting from vienna


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