And while some might say a bike is nothing more than an expensive toy, Thiede disagrees.
"This isn’t a toy or me this is a tool," he explained. "It’s a tool to kind of release from my personal demons that I have from war."
Having served on an Iraqi operation, Thiede knows personally what it’s like to have things he can’t talk about.
It’s why he plans on using the bike pay it forward.
"I want it to also be a tool to let other veterans know, 'hey, you know everything’s possible if you put our mind to it,'" Thiede said.
It was a gift from Hogs for Heroes, an area nonprofit.
The local group raises money to buy bikes for injured Wisconsin veterans.