Small Brown Bike

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Small Brown Bike is a band from Marshall, Michigan, United States that started in 1996. The band was sparked from an earlier band, Help! The Lookout, started by former front man Mike Reed, and his brother, Bass player Ben Reed. The band consisted of 80's guitar like riffs and melodic vocals. The trademark of Small Brown Bike are their "double vocals" backed by melodies. Their sound is often identified as being similar to other post-hardcore bands, such as Avail, Hot Water Music and Dillinger Four. Their last show was in 2004 at The Fireside Bowl in Chicago, after already agreeing to split up. Former members Mike Reed and Dan Jaquint later created the band La Salle, with Reed's wife playing bass guitar. Ben Reed is now the singer in the Great Sea Serpents based out of Chicago, IL. Mike and Ben have also formed the band Able Baker Fox with former drummer Jeff Gensterblum and Nathan Ellis from the Casket Lottery. Their first album "Voices" was released in January 2008.

The band name is derived from their working experience as bike mechanics.

The band announced a return to songwriting on October 6, 2009. They announced it via their new website.


Reunion shows

The band played a few reunion shows in September 2007 to benefit a dear friend of the band who had been battling Leukemia:

  • September 7, 2007 at Kratfbrau Brewery in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
  • September 8, 2007 at Subterranean in Chicago, Illinois (2 shows).
  • September 9, 2007 at Small's Bar in Detroit, Michigan.
  • October 28, 2007 at The Fest 6 in Gainesville, Florida.

Original Members

  • Mike Reed (guitar)
  • Ben Reed (bass)
  • Travis Dopp (guitar)
  • Dan Jaquint (drums)
  • Jeff Gensterblum (drums)
  • Scott Flaster (guitar)
  • Dale Dixon (guitar-tech)



  • Our Own Wars - 1999 on No Idea Records
  • Collection (compilation) - 1999 on No Idea Records
  • Dead Reckoning LP 2001 on No Idea Records
  • The River Bed LP - 2003 on Lookout! Records

EPs and split records

  • Demo Tape (aka 'Chinese Handstand Demo' - limited to under 50 copies) - 1997 on Five Finger Records
  • No Place Like You EP - 1997 on Salinger Press
  • ..and Don't Forget Me EP - 1998 on Salinger Press
  • SBB/Cursive Split - 2001 on Makoto Recordings
  • SBB/The Casket Lottery Split - 2002 on Second Nature Recordings
  • Nail Yourself to the Ground EP - 2003 on No Idea Records
  • Composite, Volume One 7" - 2009 on No Idea Records
  • Composite, Volume Two 7" - 2010 on No Idea Records

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