Preface: Badger Cycles was a custom bike builder run by Rob Pennell. Due to some extremely extreme circumstances, Badger Cycles went under and in the process, a lot of people got hurt. This story isn't about that.
While some folks still carry a cross over this deal, I want to say up front that I will not tolerate or accept any comments, queries, or suggestions in regards to anyone's personal problems with Mr. Pennell or Badger Cycles. This story is about me and this particular Badger bicycle.... The Beginnings: Basically the whole deal with this bike began in conversations I had with Rob over a period of several months. One day he called and offered to build me a bike. Yeah, it was like that. He shot me a preliminary price, and I said yes. The ball got rolling with a custom build that was to mimic my drop barred Karate Monkey with a few mods to the idea to better accommodate the drop bar set up.
Of course, this all was happening right about the time things were starting to go sideways with Badger Cycles. I only mention this because it has bearing on the story. A lot of time went by as I waited for this frame, most of the time, I actually was thinking it might be better if I didn't get it. That because of other folks circumstances. But in the end it showed up, and I squirreled it away for a while due to all the hullabaloo going on with Badger.
Eventually I got it built up. I really liked the bike. But I was not feeling good about showing it off, and I felt bad about taking it on rides where folks might get inflamed about the mere mention of the marque. It ended up getting shoved to the back of the shop in my basement. Ignored, but still there....
So after a bit, I needed some parts for other things, and eventually, the Badger was cannibalized. I even had thoughts of selling the frame, but who would want it?