I have been working in bike shops for 14 years. I started racing BMX bikes at age seven and switched over to cross-country mountain biking in high school. Today I’m a Category 1 racer, competing downhill at a national level on my Specialized Demo 8. I have turned my passion for cycling into a career I love. When I am not riding or getting others to ride, I enjoy downhill skiing, water-skiing, and motocross.
I was born in Brooklyn and moved to the Chicago area when I was about ten years old. I wasn’t much older than that when I got my first job in a bike shop, alongside Fredo. As a kid, I roamed the neighborhood on my BMX bike. In high school, I excelled in lacrosse and wrestling. I currently ride a Specialized Pitch mountain bike. I am now officially a Specialist in the US Army but come back to Higher Gear when I’m on leave.
I fell in love with bikes as soon as my training wheels were off — before I was six years old. I still remember my first real bicycle, a Schwinn Breeze. It was orange and so cool! I also loved riding a unicycle as a kid and still ride one to work on occasion. Now I ride a full carbon Bianchi Sempre. I not only enjoy bicycling, but also just about any outdoor activity, including hiking, swimming, climbing mountains, cross-country skiing, bird-watching, and gardening. I also love working with people and kids. My husband and I have three boys, ages 17, 20, and 22. I’ve been working at Higher Gear since March 2006.