Steve Smith, better known as Stevil Kinevil, has been working in the bike industry for over two decades. In that time heâ€™s been everything from a warehouse shipper to bike messenger to pro circuit mechanic to product tester. For the last 10 years of that heâ€™s been chronicling his exploits in bikes, art, music, and drinking â€¦ first on Swoboâ€™s How To Avoid The Bummer Life blog and now on his website All Hail The Black Market. Stevilâ€™s experience gives him a long perspective on how the bike industry and bike world is changing for better or worse.
Photo by Forrest Arakawa
Photo by Forrest Arakawa. All images courtesy of Stevil Kinevil.
I’m excited to kick off The Bicycle Story with All Hail The Black Market’s Stevil Kinevil, an industry insider, racer, professional artist, wild man, and, in his own way, outspoken advocate. I first came across Stevil when he was working at Swobo and writing How To Avoid The Bummer Life, a regular journal dedicated to bikes, beer, mustachioed men, art, music, and everything in between. Stevil went rogue a little over a year ago and started his own venture with All Hail The Black Market. AHTBM continues the Bummer Life tradition documenting cycling culture at large, Budweiser, bacon, fine art, and most importantly the riding and racing exploits of Stevil and his friends.