Tech Tim joins us to share his love of learning, self-proclaimed luckiest man in the industry; friendships and gumption have offered a lot of opportunities. ARB to Northridge with some stops along the way; Tim Lund has been all over making friends. It’s a great story, tune in on your favorite podcast app.
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5:56 – Beautiful bike, right out of Monkey Ward or Sears catalog
11:46 – “wow. You did really good, just like your older brother.”
21:31 – we ate like kings
35:20 – I had a neighbor with a first gen Toyota pickup…
47:20 – …there’s got to be more to a differential
57:17 – “understand, we buy the beer.”
1:17:57 – there was the honeymoon period, we had so much business
1:28:56 – that was the infamous Scherer and Campbell drag race in the Hooters parking lot
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[00:01:46.860] – Big Rich Klein
on today’s episode of Conversations with Big Rich, we have Tim Lund. Everybody should know him as Tech. Tim, if you’ve been around the offroad industry for any bit of time I first met him, he was working for ARB. He’s announced at We Rock events and Koh. He had his own shop, Wild West Off Road. He’s been a tech editor for a number of different magazines, and he now resides at Northridge. So, Tim, thank you so much for coming on board and discussing your life and history with us.
[00:02:23.990] – Tim Lund
Thank you for having me on. It’s a big honor, especially to be included with some of the names that you have already done interviews with.
[00:02:30.290] – Big Rich Klein
Well, you deserve to be in there, so don’t discount yourself. So let’s get started right off with where were you born and raised?
[00:02:39.660] – Tim Lund
I am a Pacific Northwest boy, 100%. I was born in Seattle and lived in Seattle up until about the fifth grade and then moved over to the peninsula. So across the water from Seattle into the Poulsbo/Kitsap area.
[00:02:55.330] – Big Rich Klein
Okay, so when you were you said about fifth grade, you moved over there that’s a little bit more rural.
[00:03:03.210] – Tim Lund
Definitely more rural, yes.
[00:03:05.690] – Big Rich Klein
And what was it like first growing up in the city? Up until fifth grade thereabouts and then over to the rural area? Was it a big change?
[00:03:17.610] – Tim Lund
In some ways yes, some ways no. In the city you walk to school, it was only maybe five blocks away, six city blocks away. And during the summer, my older brother and older sister and I would walk to the theater or down to the corner store to grab stuff. You had the boys club a few blocks away where you could go play ball or jump on a trampoline, whatever. So you have all the conveniences of city, right? But my parents like to camp, and so we camp all the time, and whether it was hunting camp or just out camping for the sake of it, and so we were always out in the woods. And when we moved to the country, it was awesome. We moved to a farm that was probably, I don’t know, 40 acres, maybe a little bit bigger. And we were surrounded by woods. Our nearest neighbor was probably ten acres, 20 acres through the woods on either side of us, across the road from us, we had a couple of thousand acres that were just wooded. And behind us was, I don’t know how many acres, hundreds of acres that were wooded nice.
[00:04:37.880] – Tim Lund
And so it was really cool. We had an old barn, hay barn to go climb in, and it was farm life. And then you rode a school bus to school, and if you wanted to go to town, if you needed something, it was jump on your bicycle and ride 4 miles away to get to town. And same with friends. If you wanted to go see a friend, your friends were a couple of miles away. So put lots of time on bicycles back then, right?
[00:05:06.130] – Big Rich Klein
And you’re of the age where you start off with almost a cruiser bike. I mean, they had Stingrays, but they weren’t like BMX style stingrays, at least at my age.
[00:05:19.040] – Tim Lund
Yeah, so my older brother had a Stingray, the banana seat bike, whatever you want to call it. And I remember that was stolen when we were living in Seattle. My grandfather used to find bikes at garage sales and discount stores, used bikes, and then he would kind of fix them up for us. And so we always had these bikes that were just conglomeration of parts. At one point in time, I had a bicycle with a funky seat on, and it wasn’t until later that I found out that was a unicycle seat, one of those curved seats.
[00:05:53.690] – Big Rich Klein
[00:05:56.690] – Tim Lund
It was just interesting. And to me, it was always, okay, let’s take it apart and put something back together and change it around. So, yeah, the BMX was just starting to come on big time when we moved out to the Peninsula, because I remember I was really wanting, like, the traditional Mongoose type BMX bike, right? And my parents got me for Christmas. Beautiful bike. It was right out of one of the Monkey Ward or Sears catalogs. It’s definitely a bike that they styled to make look like a motorcycle, you know, had a big motorcycle style seat, had plastic fenders, front and rear, fake plastic fuel tank, but it was a bicycle. And of course, it weighed with all the extra gear on it. The damn thing weighed, I don’t know how heavy it was. And within a couple of weeks, I had to strip right down to the basics and put a small seat on it so it kind of looked like a BMX bike. And my parents were so disappointed. Yeah, because they spent a lot of money. They wouldn’t let me have a motorcycle, but they got me this bicycle that looks like a motorcycle, and I guess they thought it was cool, but it definitely wasn’t cool for me and my friends, right? READ MORE