If it has two wheels, I can ride it. Currently I’m riding a Seven 622 on the road and a Seven Tsunami when I commute or hit the trails. I have been fixing bikes for more than 20 years. The most common repair I do at Higher Gear is the standard tune-up, but I can do it all, from the most basic repair to the most complex — just don’t bring me any electric scooters! I love building wheels and now I’m Higher Gear’s BG Fit expert. Like Todd and Brendan, the owners, I am from Omaha, Nebraska.
I started racing mountain bikes back in college. Soon after, I took up road and track too. When I began riding, I learned to work on my own bikes, so I’ve been working on bikes for about 20 years. In that time, I’ve spent many hours building wheels. When I’m not riding or working, I spend my time handcrafting custom aluminum guitars. I love riding my touring bike. For my road bike I’m riding Specialized for the first time. I have to say, I’m really impressed with my Tarmac SL4, upgraded with Reynolds Assaults.
I saw my first crit – 1983 Coors Classic (where both a young Chris Carmichael and Bob Roll were racing) – and I was hooked on the atmosphere of cycling. Now I’m an avid cycling/multisport enthusiast with a passion for spectating. I love cheering on my personal training clients as they reach their goals and friends and customers as they head toward their finish lines. When I’m not on my SCOTT CR1-Team, drafting behind my IronMan husband, I enjoy running, swimming and playing soccer.
I’m a north shore native who is back after being out on the east coast for school and work. I’ve always been into mountain biking. In undergrad at William & Mary, I raced both mountain and road bikes. Then at grad school at Emory in Atlanta, I raced mountain bikes. I went to Mountain Biking Nationals twice, placing in the top ten in 2004. In 2002, I got my first job at a bike shop working for Higher Gear, where I worked summers during college. I ride mostly Specialized. My road bike is a Roubaix; my mountain bike is a Stumpjumper HT; and my cross bike is a Tricross.
I dedicated ten years to the Chicago Improv Scene, studying at Second City’s Improv Olympics and The Annoyance Theater, while working on my BFA in Theater/Film at Columbia. Check out the documentaries I made about two of my passions – Originality Is Perhaps Instinct, about Chicago’s improv scene, and Orphans, about the banning of BMX from skate parks. When I’m not at Higher Gear, you’ll find me on my BMX bike or playing Chicago clubs or at SXSW as part of the duo Blak2Con.