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No School Chopper's Jason Craver

 

Everyone who's toiled thanklessly for a self-righteous slave driver has heard the same old platitude. "Nine to five's when you work on your job. Before and after that's when you work on your career." If such bromides hold weight, Jason Craver's career as a motorcycle parts maker looks bright, indeed.

Just how much does this skateboarder and bike builder from Denver have on his plate? When he's not poppin' ollies and punching the clock for his full-time employer in the Mile High City's skate industry, Jason Craver cranks out hand-fabbed motorcycle taillight brackets, handlebars, foot pegs and sissy bars under his No School Choppers brand. No School Choppers is the quintessential archetype for today's web-based home business, and what Jason's done with it during evenings and weekends is downright amazing.

 

What did you do before you started No School?

I am pretty much doing the same things I've always done: skating, snowboarding, riding motorcycles, and working full-time. Now I just build and sell parts in my spare time, too.

Is No School full-time or part-time?

No School is part-time. I have a full-time job in the skate industry that I love, and No School fills up my evenings and weekends

Any people help you with your business? If yes, what are their names, and what do they do?

My boy Jeff Clegg is the smartest guy I know, and without him none of this would be possible. My good friend and fabricator Len Dix helps make all my parts come to life. His welding and fabricating skills are untouchable. I just set up a deal with Tyler and Kyle at Lowbrow Customs to sell some of my parts. I am very selective about who carries my parts. I didn’t start No School to get rich. I started it to make the best parts at the best prices, and to surround myself with great people

 

What new products are on the drawing board?

Oh man, 2010 is going to be bangin’! We have two new handlebars coming out: the Capital Z and the Master Blaster. Both will be available in 1" and 7/8" and are finished in triple chrome plating or gloss black powder coat. I have expanded the Deathtraps foot peg line to feature a platform pedal and also added the Deathtrap kicker and platform kicker to the mix. I have two different styles of twisted sissy bars coming out: one with a license plate and tail light combo. For the skaters we’re coming out with a removable skateboard carrier that bolts to the sissy bar. Finally, we have a new bullet style taillight/license plate combo for the budget-minded builder that will retail under 90 bucks with free shipping

What's the stupidest tech question any potential customer has ever asked you?

The only stupid question is the one not asked. Especially when you are dealing with motorcycle mechanics

What did you learn in high school or college that prepared you for the business you're in today?

I think life was the best preparation for what I do now. Paying attention, following my beliefs, having great parents who taught me the value of hard work and believing in myself. Going to MMI didn't hurt either. But probably the biggest would be skateboarding. Man, I could have gone down the wrong path but I was so focused on skating that it consumed me. It taught me dedication and perseverance. It took me six months to learn a kick flip! That's either dedication, or maybe I just really sucked at skating, which I had not thought about until I just said that…

Looking back, did you blow off anything in school that you wish you’d paid more attention to when you had the chance?
 
Everything, but machine shop for sure. I love building and fabricating with metal but I did not realize it until about ten years ago. In shop class I was so focused on skating and girls that I just stood there blowing holes in metal with the welder. Stupid!

Any fabricating mentors or inspirations you'd care to mention

Anybody who creates, builds or fabricates is doing his thing, and I respect that. Whether I like their work or not, they are doing what makes them happy and that's what it is all about. As for inspiration that would have to be from everything I see, hear, and do. You never know where a good idea or inspiration will come from, so I try to keep an open mind about everything, every day

Describe an average day in the business life of a small-time motorcycle parts manufacturer/retailer, from the minute you get up to the minute you go to bed

Well I get up and work Monday through Friday 8 to 12 hours a day and give it 110%. When I get home I put on the No School cap and give another 110%. Things aren't worth doing unless you do the best you can every day. I will usually work on No School 2 to 5 hours per day, talking to customers, packing parts, fabricating, designing new parts. When the heavens allow it I like to work on my bikes. It’s a grind, but I wouldn’t have it any other way

 

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Commented on 3-10-2010 At 02:27 pm
 

great piece!!!

Commented on 3-10-2010 At 02:42 pm
 

VERY VERY NICE STUFF!!

Commented on 3-10-2010 At 03:18 pm
 

Just ordered my Skate Wheel Shifter a few days ago... Awesome communication and fast shipping! Top notch man! Thanks again

Commented on 3-10-2010 At 04:09 pm
 

Sweet article. Cool parts Jason!

Commented on 3-10-2010 At 04:10 pm
 

Yeah, a peer, quick, inexpensive, out of the garage. Good work man.

Commented on 3-10-2010 At 04:33 pm
 

I had no clue this dude was in my backyard! I was just looking at my brake/tag combo the other day with disgust. I moved it to the other side, and it looks like shit. I'm gonna have to hit him up. Great write up, great inspiration.

Commented on 3-10-2010 At 04:38 pm
 

Great to see a mix of the love of skating and bikes. Great parts, keep it up.

Commented on 3-10-2010 At 04:42 pm
 

Always liked your stuff, my buddy just finished an indoor ramp in Eagle 40 foot wide 4' mini and 25 wide 7' with some 8' sections. We need to start a ride to skate in Colorado.

Commented on 3-10-2010 At 05:08 pm
 

Jason makes a really nice product, and lives down the street to boot. My lens on the taillight cracked, so I emailed him and he told me to just swing down to his shop to get a new one. Within a few hours I was back on the road no questions asked. You can't get better service than that. Supporting a small local business is also a big bonus so I'll will definitely buy more from him in the future.

Commented on 3-10-2010 At 05:48 pm
 

i am so excited to hear about the sissy bar and skateboard holder since i just purchased an old king and queen seat. i have always pictured a skateboard strapped to my sissy bar. i hope it comes out soon.

Commented on 3-10-2010 At 07:23 pm
 

these small shops are awesome. all about supporting small buisness!

Commented on 3-10-2010 At 08:32 pm
 

Just got my 97A Shift Knob today!!!! Its bad ass and looks tuff as nails! Again... thanks Jason, keep up the good work!!!

Commented on 3-10-2010 At 08:41 pm
 

THIS GUY USED TO BE MY BOSS!!! hahahah! love this dude!

Commented on 3-10-2010 At 09:40 pm
 

Cool parts - the welds on those light brackets are sick!

Commented on 3-11-2010 At 12:58 am
 

Nice welds on the license brackets x 5

Commented on 3-11-2010 At 01:11 am
 

jason youre a solid dude. im glad they're givin ya some coverage on here. now if we could only find a time to meet up so i can get my parts from you! hahah

Commented on 3-11-2010 At 12:53 pm
 

Nothing better than a beautiful weld, Nice Stuff

Commented on 3-11-2010 At 05:07 pm
 

You won't meet a nicer guy then Craver. He's got some innovative ideas and has an amazing sense of style. His 2 new bars that are coming out look so slick. The design is very bad ass and all the welds on his products are top notch. Jay, when you get 1 hour of free time, let me know and I'll help you work on your own bike. Stop being so dedicated to your company! Well deserved interview! -b

Commented on 3-13-2010 At 07:11 pm
 

Its great to be doing what you want!

Commented on 3-15-2010 At 11:36 pm
 

6 months for a kickfllip makes me feel a bit better about my poxy skating ability. mind you not that much better!

Commented on 6-22-2010 At 01:06 pm
 

I have been working with Jason on an event down in Jacksonville FL and he has been most responsive. I can't wait to see his fab work up close!

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