One of my favorite fellow music educators stepped off the podium to pursue a dream beyond the band room: he opened an indoor bike park.
I first met Mike Bisig when he was a band director at Ankeney Middle School. Mike is one of those guys you’d want for a nephew or younger brother; he’s cool, intelligent, a talented saxophonist, an excellent educator, and just an all-around nice guy.
When I learned Mr. Bisig was opening an indoor bike park I merely assumed it was a part-time thing.
Mike’s Indoor Bike Park is his biggest gig, yet.
I’d seen photos and videos of Mike’s Bike Park, and listened to students say how cool it was and how much fun they had. I just never got around to visiting the park until tonight, and it was actually by accident.
I walked along East 2nd Street and saw this exquisite older building on another block and hoped I would have time to investigate it after seeing Amy’s studio. Much to my surprise, my GPS led me around the corner and right up to the building I had been admiring.
As I stopped to take my first photo of the building, the familiar voice of Michael Bisig intoned from above, “Hello, Darin.”
Mike is the owner of the entire building!
There are two floors of indoor bike park and the other side of the building, once the WCR factory (plate heat exchanger, regasketing services, etc.), is the Crane Studios Market.
I must say, I am incredibly impressed and super stoked for Mike’s entrepreneurial adventures with the bike park and arts market.
In fact, I am excited. Mike is the perfect individual to have an arena such as an indoor bike park that caters mostly to the young folks. I’ve personally observed Mr. Bisig with middle school and high school students and this guy is a terrific role model and mentor. As a parent, I would definitely want my kids hanging around Mike’s Indoor Bike Park because I know they’d be around a great influence and in a safe environment that also promotes many supplemental values that today’s youth don’t always receive.
Check out the websites for Mike’s Indoor Bike Park and Crane Studios Market.
Find a reason to go visit my friend, Amy Dallis Photography, and all the other outstanding artists in the market, and then go meet Mike Bisig in the bike park.
For the record, I purchased three items from Amy’s gallery: a photograph of The Empire State Building (a gift for a producer friend who is producing the musical, EMPIRE), a photograph of Paul Laurence Dunbar’s home, and Air Force One at The Reagan Library. I am delighted!