Chad Albus explains his ELF bike in this week’s Pitch questionnaire
Name: Chad Albus
Occupation: Owner-operator of Bike to You: EcoHome Services Handyman
Hometown: St. Joseph
Current neighborhood: River Market
What I do (in 140 characters): Apart from fixing things as a professional handyman, I also make art, compost, spend lots of time with my 2-year-old, and stay up-to-speed with politics.
Tell us about your ELF bike: I am using this vehicle as a sustainable-energy substitute to using a gas-burning work truck. It’s primarily an electric vehicle with pedal assist and a solar panel to regenerate the battery in sunny weather. Also, it’s a tadpole design with two wheels up front and a single wheel in the rear. I’ve modified it to pull an 8-foot work trailer so that I can haul the tools I need to do my repair and maintenance work. The idea is to maximize efficiency while minimizing my environmental impact and still being effective in my work. I can pull up to 600 pounds of tools behind in my trailer. It’s a surprising little electric/solar/pedal workhorse.
What’s your addiction? Strange and beautiful art that stands alone as a one-of-a-kind original piece.
What’s your game? Game of Thrones
What’s your drink? Ginger juice at the Blue Nile Café, Samichlaus Bier at Harry’s Country Club, heavily viscous and lethally caffeinated coffee, and green tea.
Where’s dinner? Anyplace that serves vegetarian cuisine.
What’s on your KC postcard? Some of the graffiti around Westport would make for a great postcard.
Finish this sentence: “Kansas City got it right when …” It refused to enforce Prohibition liquor laws, allowing jazz to thrive and form into a unique Kansas City sound.
“Kansas City screwed up when …” It allowed for the loss of its public-school accreditation.
“Kansas City needs …” More bicycling and pedestrian infrastructure; better schools; and new business growth, especially in Northeast Kansas City.
“In five years, I’ll be …” Alive, I hope.
“I always laugh at …” Louis C.K., Bill Maher and Sarah Silverman.
“I’ve been known to binge-watch …” The Sopranos.
“I can’t stop listening to …” Iggy Azalea, “Fancy.”
“I just read …” A Clockwork Orange.
The best advice I ever got: Work hard and don’t smoke that.
Worst advice: Always follow your heart. Lots of hideous pitfalls in blindly following that bit of advice.
My sidekick: My neurotic dog and 2-year-old daughter seem to stick pretty close.
My dating triumph/tragedy: Outside of a relationship, all my dating efforts were always horrific PTSD-worthy tragedies.
My brush with fame: At the age of 12, I shook the hand of George H.W. Bush. I didn’t know any better.
My 140-character soapbox: I hope I live long enough to see real human-equality legislation, a constitutional amendment to end gerrymandering, and a constitutional amendment to get money out of politics.
What was the last thing you had to apologize for? Accidentally elbowing my toddler in the forehead.
Who’s sorry now? Me, for running out of coffee.
My recent triumph: Starting my business, Bike to You. This effort isn’t a gimmick. Living sustainably influences everything I do. It’s how I live my life. Moreover, in the construction industry, sustainability and conservation are not often given a lot of thought. My hope is that my efforts and services are appreciated and indeed sought-after, but not so unique in the near future.