Jas Illakowicz Bike Fund

Jas Illakowicz Bike Fund

From Kyle Eric Martens

To help out a friend that has helped all of his friends. Jas' Bike got stolen and it is up to us to help get him back on his wheels. Any help is appreciated.

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So for all of you who might know Jas, you know he is about 3 things: Shredding on a bike, having a good time, and helping out his friends. Sadly enough, those first two portions of his being have been severely hindered as, just recently, Jas had his mountain bike stolen. 

To most people, a mountain bike is a toy that you use every now and then, but to Jas, this was an almost everyday part of his life that got taken from him. 

Before I get into the details about what was lost, I would like to concentrate on the part of Jas that helps people. Jas is a master bike mechanic and nearly before every ride we do, he is running around fixing bits and bobs that are wrong with everyone's bikes before we hit the trail. 

When my bikes flooded in hurricane Harvey, he broke all my bikes down to nuts and bolts, cleaned them completely, greased them, and tuned them prior to giving them back; a service that is hundreds of dollars in any bike shop. 

When I told him that I needed to pay for that, he refused and said, "You just lost everything else, this is the least I could do." Even that, and this is seriously an understatement, is the tip of a very big iceberg. 

If you have met or know him and ridden bikes with him, this needs no explanation or back story as I am sure he has helped you with something in some kind of way. 

Now that this has happened to him, the absolute least that we can do is return his years of help and favors that he has done for all of us by getting him on his way, back on another shred sled, and back to having a good time. 

It is also important to understand the level of mountain bike that was taken from him. This was a Trek Slash full carbon bike and wheelset with upgraded suspension components and drivetrain. 

The bike was meticulously maintained and would retail for an estimated $8,000 considering all the additions.  This is staggering to most people but rest assured that, at the level of riding that he is putting in, that level of bike is required. 

Any help will go directly to Jas and I will be taking none of this. I am only organizing it. Thank you for anything you can do and shred on!

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