what's in a name?
Do you know we get asked "Why Bikes & Baking?!?!?!" almost EVERY time we meet someone new? To me the name seems so self explanatory that I'm almost shocked, but the reality is very, very different.
You see, it's kind of an odd combination & I think it's time I come to terms with that. At the same time though, I also want to make myself clear... this was not a random decision.
The thing is, when I originally started the YouTube channel (which was a branch off my old blog) I had intended to only upload baking tutorials. I was (am) a chef & it seemed like a fantastic idea. Turns out, I'm not very good at making cooking videos, but that's another story altogether. Any way, then Panagiotis took off on a road trip shortly after & for shits & giggles I decided to film it to have a memory... & in turn make a video. Which I was so very eager to share with our family so I went right ahead & uploaded it to youtube.....
Now you may be wondering why I didn't just upload it to Panagiotis' youtube channel (he had kiteboarding videos up on his) & keep mine as a cooking one. Well, the truth is I'm a bit of an egotistical maniac & whilst it did make more sense, I wanted the credit for having recorded & edited the whole thing. & being that it was a bike video, I just didn't have the faith that people would make that distinction on their own unless I adamantly shoved it down their throats. I know I know... how very childish of me... but it's the dirty truth.
It turns out that I actually really enjoyed making bike videos... so I just kept doing them. By that point though, I needed to change the name of the channel & I wasn't really ready to give up my dreams of making cooking tutorials, so I needed to find a name that encompassed both aspects & wouldn't leave people saying "What the fuck?! I thought this was a baking (or biking) channel?!?!"
Clearly Bikes & Baking was my only logical solution.. It allowed me to simultaneously still claim to be a chef & post random stuff about cooking, & also making as many biker related videos as I wanted. Then I thought up the tagline "where sugar & spice meets rust & bikes"... & I fell in love with our new name.
For a little while, Panagiotis & I discussed changing it once again since it seemed that I had stopped using the channel for culinary purposes altogether... but then of course BMW started sharing the videos we had made of our tour through Europe & it was mutually decided that it would just be silly to change the whole thing & confuse people.
Also, whilst out for a ride I thought up our logo, fell in love with the cheesy idea & figured.... what the hell, at least our name is a little odd & different. So it all stuck. Now I just tell people that the biker & the pastry chef fell in love & that's how the channel name came about, & they seem to be comfortable with that short & sweet explanation.
So there you have it folks... The long winded reason why we sound so odd.