TR exclusive: the Logan Peat interview
''It is better to regret something you did, than something you didn’t.''
- Logan Peat
We've known Logan for quite a while now and aside from being a really talented bike rider, he's also a super cool dude. Logan always has a positive attitude and he has been killing it on the slopestyle circuit lately, so it was the perfect time for an interview with the man. Hit the read more link to read the intreview!
Name: Logan Peat
d.o.b: November 5, 1989
Hometown: Owen Sound, Ontario
Current location: Sunshine Coast, BC
Years riding: 7 years
Sponsors: Santa Cruz Bikes, Deity Components, Geax, Fiveten and Demon Dirt
Q: Let's start this with a little introduction. Tell us a bit about who is Logan Peat to help the readers out there that never heard about you.
A: I grew up in Ontario and started riding in high school and fell in love with it. From that time on, it has been a biking lifestyle. I moved to Alberta for a couple of years for college and then finished up at Capilano in BC for Mountain Bike Operations last year. Still in BC and loving it.
Q: Tell us about your actual bike setup. How do you like it so far and what would you change about it?
A: For a hard tail, I have been riding the Santa Cruz Jackal for a while and the frame is sick, it is super light and has the right geo for dirt jumping and street. The frame is built up with Deity components that feel awesome, look good and won’t let you down. For wheels I have always run profile hubs and for rims I haven’t found the perfect ones yet. For tires I started running Geax last season and I am very happy with them. I been running Booze Light tires on my Jackal, they are super good for street, nice and sticky.
Q: A couple years ago, I remember you had some really good street videos. Do you still ride as much street as before?
A: No I don’t ride as much street since I moved out west. I still love street, but usually end up riding trails with buddies.
Q: Who are your regular riding buddies?
A: When I am on the Coast, I ride with Evan Young (The Intern) and the Coastal Crew boys.
Q: I heard you spend a lot of time out west, what influences you to go there?
A: BC is just awesome. It has an amzing biking scene. There is so much to ride, lots of riders, girls and the views are epic.
Q: You've been off the bike because of an injured leg for quite a while lately, what happened to you exactly and how are you doing right now?
A: I broke my tib/fib last August in Colorado. It was a compound fracture, which means the bones come out of the leg. I had surgery down there and than moved back to Ontario where I have been recovering for the past 9 months. The original surgery didn’t work and the bones did not fuse together properly. So I underwent another surgery this winter. Now I am feeling a lot stronger, not riding fully yet but, living a normal life and enjoying some road biking.
Q: You rode in quite a bunch of contests in the last years. How do you like to compete against some of the best riders out there? What motivates you to do it?
A: It is awesome to ride with and meet the riders I have looked up to over the years. It is very inspiring and something I never thought would happen. I think the chance to make a name for yourself is what motivates me. Also contests are fun, you get to ride new courses with your buddies.
Q: What do you think of slopestyle events these days? Would you change something about all of this?
A: I think some of the slopestyle events these days are crazy. All the features seem to be getting bigger and everyone is throwing down so hard. If I could change anything about these events, I would like to see that the courses be designed with more flow in mind and are more fun to ride and not necessarily built around the gnarliest tricks going down.
Q: Do you travel a lot? Any good anecdotes you would like to share?
A: Yes, I have done a lot of traveling. I don’t have any amazing stories to tell, things have gone smooth for the most part. All I would say is don’t always trust your GPS. Also maybe not the best idea to take a beat up 80’s something car, on a 20 hour trek to Colorado.
Q: What kind of influence would you like to leave in this world and why?
A: I would like to be able to think that maybe I influenced someone to live life and really enjoy themselve. It is all about having fun and doing what you love. If there is something you want to do, just go for it, you will never know unless you try.
Q: What do you like to ride the most lately and why?
A: I haven’t been riding for a while. I have been watching a lot of BMX videos, and I have got to say I love watching the huckers send it to flat. Being back out west I am already stoked on riding down hill again. I can’t wait to get from the road back on to the dirt on my Santa Cruz.
Q: Whats a perfect day in the life of Logan Peat?
A: It would include a full day of riding with the bros, good food and some beverages later on.
Q: What is your opinion on the way BMX and MTB are the same while being so different? Would you change something about that?
A: I think BMX is awesome and has a huge influence on mountain biking. If I could change anything, I would like to see the free ride scene in mountain biking progress to the level we are seeing BMX today.
Q: How do you think biking influenced your life so far? What would you be doing if you never got into biking?
A: Biking has influenced my life a great deal. Biking has taught me that hard work and staying focused does pay off and I am where I am right now because of that. If I never got into riding, I have no idea what I would be doing now. Most likely partying way too much.
Q: The way you ride always made everything look so easy and smooth, what are your influences when it comes to bike riding?
A: BMX definitely influences my riding style. I have always been a big fan of the smooth guys like Chase Hawk on one hand, well on the other I have also been a big fan of street riding with riders like Chase D and Eddie C.
Q: What kind of music are you into lately? Any good artists you would recommend?
A: I am in to a bunch of different types of music. Everything from metal to the classics. Lately I have been rocking a bunch of Eric Clapton.
Q: What is the best advice anyone ever gave to you?
A: It is better to regret something you did, than something you didn’t.
Q: Do you have any plans for the next year or so?
A: Yes, I just want to get healthy and strong again and get back on the competition circuit.
Q: Pretty much every bicycle rider loves to travel. Where would you really like to go and why?
A: I like going anywhere new, but I have always wanted to go to Europe. I really love Utah and would go back there anytime.
Q: You are about to get alcohol for a crazy party night, what do you get and why?
A: Beers, because they a delicious. The flavor changes all the time, depends on how I am feeling that evening.
Q: Any interesting party anecdotes?
A: None that I want to put in print.
Q: Is there anything you would like to add? Any shoutouts?
A: I would like to thank all of my sponsors. They have been really supportive throughout my injury and recovery and this is greatly appreciated. I would like to send a huge shout out to my riding buddies from BC, Ontario, Quebec and Cali. I don’t think riding would be half as much fun without you guys. You are all a great inspiration. Also a huge thanks to my parents for the support and putting up with the riding lifestyle.
Q: Thanks a lot for answering all of this. We wish you success and load of fun in the future!
A. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to do this interview, The Rise rocks.
Heres a 4 year old video of Logan shredding some part and dirt in Ontario: