Bernie the Bike Builder Preview - Sunday Comics with Taj Mihelich

May 26, 2019
by Taj Mihelich  
Today’s comic is a special edition. Rather than cartooning whatever goofy pun comes to mind, I am sharing a preview of my new children’s book.

Pinkbike editors have me working an especially snarky and silly comic for next week, so I’ll get back to charming your cynical side soon.

For your entertainment let me introduce you to Bernie…

"Just imagine me trying to ride one of your bikes!"

I've had this story stuck in my head for years and over this long U.P. Michigan winter I decided to sit down and paint it. Bernie (named after my grandpa) is a master bike builder. He builds some of the best bikes in the world but none of his friends seem very interested in them. Over coffee with Monty the Corgi he finds out that his friends don't think they could fit on one of his race bikes.

To the drawing board. Did you see that Spank campaign with Yoann Barelli doing this pose?

Bernie decides to design a bike that Monty can ride. The story is really about an idea I hold dear; the skills to make things are just as important as the imagination to think things up.

Monty's custom fit bike.

Eventually Monty gets a bike he can ride. While out on their first ride together Bernie and Monty run into their friends. T-Rex, Shark, Bat, The Hamsters and more want bikes. Bernie has to get creative to design bikes for them all and tap into all his skills to actually build them.

Bernie the Bike Builder is out now in the book world if you're into that kind of thing.

MENTIONS: @Tajlucas


  • 77 0
 The bat-bike killed me!!!!!! one of the best ideas i'v seen in a while. Keep on the good work Taj!
  • 103 0
 upside down country
  • 7 0
 Yeah, definitely loving that Bat mobile. Hollywood got it all wrong!
  • 20 0
 Sold out on pre order already!
  • 84 0
 More likely to see one of Montys bikes than a Sick bike.
  • 6 0
 @fatduke: too soon?

Nah, it's never too soon.
  • 10 0
 I NEED this book... I don't even have kids.
  • 10 0
 That bat mobile! Smile
  • 9 0
 Needs a bottle cage.
  • 3 0
 Love the bat bike. Really nice illustration style, and I’m a fan of the pun-based regular comics too. All the best with the book.
  • 4 0
 Found one on Amazon! I can't wait to share this with the niece and nephew.
  • 5 0
 Do a bat flip! ????
  • 4 0
 Vitruvian Rabbit is so good!
  • 1 0
 So cool. It’s been quite awhile since I’ve seen the name taj. You are by far one of my favorite riders and it’s cool to see what you’re up to now.
  • 2 0
 Bernie says "free books for everyone!"
  • 1 0
 Ordered a copy for my young rippers/readers/fabricators. I think they're going to love it.
  • 1 0
 Head angle is too steep and needs more suspension! JK - AWESOME JOB!
  • 1 0
 dude this is awesome, love the murcielago one !!
  • 1 0
 Digging the coffee logo on the window.
  • 1 0
 "Easy access water bottle!"
  • 1 0
 Monty may be able to ride it but how does he get on and off it?!
  • 1 0
 Where and when I can buy the book?
  • 1 0
 WOW! Really cool, I love these illustrations.
  • 1 0
 Amazing, but the bat bike should have a Dorado or an Emerald.....
  • 1 0
 Real bikes for real animals.
  • 1 0
 Where is @IamTheDogEzra ? You've always wanted a doggie bike!
  • 1 0
 Mega ????!
  • 1 0
 I love it!
  • 1 0
  • 2 1
  • 1 0
 Lsd bikes paint)
  • 1 0
  • 1 0
 Awesome work TAJ. !!!
  • 1 0
 This is great!
  • 1 0
 Amazing haha! Love it
  • 1 1
 Love this shit!
  • 2 3
 This is actually creative and interesting, much better than the 'comics'

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