SEE THAT PHOTO right there? That’s us, Yang and Jeremy, just over a year ago. We were sitting in Jeremy’s closet-sized apartment in SoHo, and we’d just printed out the very first poster bearing the Handlebar logo. That night, we ran the ink cartridge in Jeremy’s DeskJet dry, then wandered around downtown New York plastering up fliers on every street lamp, sign post, and mailbox we could find.
It was close to three in the morning when we finally got back, but we stayed up till the break of dawn writing, designing, and talking feverishly about all the big plans we had for our little mustachioed pet project. Handlebar’s launch was only a couple of weeks away. The future couldn’t have seemed brighter.
A YEAR HAS passed, and a lot has changed. Yang’s grown his hair out (he tells himself he looks like Don Draper), and Jeremy now lives in a closet-sized apartment in the Upper East Side. We’ve gotten jobs, switched careers, and one of us even moved out of the country. We’ve learned new languages, made new friends, and gained new family members. But there’s one thing that hasn’t changed at all in the last twelve months: our unbridled, incontrovertible, verging-on-sociopathic passion for this website.
When we sit down and look back on everything, it’s really kind of nuts to think about where Handlebar has taken us thus far. This magazine has given us the opportunity to converse with our idols, collaborate with some truly amazing folks, and see our goofy ideas become reality. It’s taken us across the country and around the world, and helped us to grow creatively. Most of all, it’s taught us about who we are, the men we’re becoming, and all that we’re capable of.
It’s been an incredible ride. Thanks so much for coming along with us.
WE KNOW IT’S been a little quiet around these parts lately, and we’re sorry. Every great story has a few bumps in the road, and needless to say we’ve had some trouble balancing our commitment to the site with all of our other responsibilities lately. But all of this time away has only made us hungrier, more eager — it’s lit a fire in our bellies that a dozen cases of Tums couldn’t settle. We’re shaking off the cobwebs and getting things back in gear, and let us be the first to say: Damn, it feels good to be back.
There are new heights for us to reach, new plateaus for us to conquer, and we’re ready to take the next step forward. By this time next year, who knows where we’ll be?
The future still seems brighter than ever.
— Yang-Yi Goh & Jeremy Wolf
Co-Founders, Handlebar Magazine