An Interview with Gerard Vroomen: Co-Founder of Open Cycle, Designer of the 3T Exploro!

“At OPEN, our motto is “working hard to stay small”. We’ve done the “big company” thing, and it was time for something different. So we design the bike we want to ride ourselves, we produce them, sell them to like-minded people and that’s it.” – Open Cycle

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Selene Yeager on her Open U.P.P.E.R. Yours truly is aboard an Open U.P.

Gerard Vroomen is one half of the team who founded Open Cycle (Andy Kessler is the other half), and co-owner of 3T. If you’ve been around gravel cycling for any length of time, there’s a good chance you’ve seen or heard of Open U.P.P.E.R and the 3T Exploro. These masterpieces are the handiwork of Gerard.

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I asked Gerard questions such as:

  • What turned you to the gravel side of the road?
  • Where do you see the future of gravel bike design?
  • Suspension on gravel?
  • And more…

Thank you to 3T / Open Cycle and Gerard!

Open Cycle
3T Cycling

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  1. Avatar Anne

    Great interview. Thanks to both of you.

  2. Avatar Neil Ashton

    Kudos sir – That is a huge “get” as Vroomen is one of the industry’s superstars. Keep ‘me coming amigo.

  3. Avatar Ron

    In looking at possibilities for my next frame. I’ve emailed Open a couple of times and gotten a quick, thorough, enthusiastic response each time. Pretty cool.

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