|The Birth of Chad's BMW R1200C|
- Pic © Chad Gibbs
Chad Gibbs was a catalyst for shattering the image of the stereotypical biker for me. What was initially intimidating with the shaved head, the biker jacket, and the beard, changed when you see how fun being in the same room as he is. Chad is an interesting biker as he also doubles as a teacher. Getting to sit down to talk with him about his life was extremely informative and it showed how misinformed I truly was. At first I could not picture a teacher as a biker, but as it turns out it might just be the perfect combination. On this topic Chad said “You know, the good news is it gives you a varied schedule and also summers off which is the perfect riding season, during the winter there is no riding right now so there is no conflict, In the summer there is no conflict because there’s class, only in the fall but even by then it's never a real difficulty finding time to ride.” I had made the mistake of buying into many of the typical stereotypes about the “big tattooed bearded bully bikers.” He acknowledges that the stereotypes are still there, but the ways it affects him have not been negative. “In a good way, stereotypes are you know, uneducated, criminals, out of shape, you know, some of those to varying degrees apply, not so much the criminal one. I ride a different kind of bike I ride a BMW, so i'm not the real sort of classic V twin kind of biker.” Being a solo biker means that Chad avoids some of the stereotypes that come with biker gangs for example.