I've been working on bicycles as far back as I can remember. When I was little I loved taking things apart and putting them back together - not always successfully. When I was in college my roommate and I brought our broken VW van engine into our dorm room. After fixing the engine we drove the van around the country. 25 years later I am still fixing and selling bicycles and loving it. To be sure there are parts of this job that I don't always like (paperwork). The vast majority of the time the bike shop has been incredibly rewarding.
Several years ago I took a trip to Paris (France, not Texas) and was amazed by the quality of food, and the richness of European life. As an Englishman myself (born and raised in the Sherwood Forest area), I felt that had lost touch with my roots, and I vowed to pursue a richer and healthier life. I came back, bought Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking," joined a gym, and started swimming. Soon, my palate developed, my portions decreased, and I lost one third of my body weight! For some strange reason, I signed up for my first triathlon, Lifet
My eclectic resume includes teaching at a nature center, serving as an elected county board member, and, most recently, working as a developer of wind energy projects. So how did this lead to the bike shop? Just a matter of working my passion and wanting to share it. My kids gave me a bike repair class one Christmas. I started working on my own bikes and it was fun!
My first bike was a garage sale special my parents bought for me some years ago. There wasn’t anything particularly special about it, but to a five year old who pretended he was on a motorcycle as he ran on the trails behind the school at recess time, this black and yellow prize was the key that unlocked my passion for the pedal powered two wheeled machine. A few years later I was compelled to take my bike apart, you know, to see how it worked.
I have been riding bikes since the 1970s and have fond memories of my first "serious" bike--a Schwinn Varsity. After a long career at a medical device company, I am now fortunate to be able to work on this recreational passion at the Bicycle Chain. I love working with customers who are new to the sport and regular riders who are just beginning to enjoy the fun and benefits of cycling.
Like a lot of people my interest in bicycles started when I received my first bicycle when I was 5 years old. I can’t remember the brand of it, but it got a ton of use and gave me my first black eye. I was taught how to ride a bike the old fashion way. In those days you hopped on the seat with no helmet and no training wheels.