I have been fixing bikes for over 20 years. 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. My favorite type of riding is cyclocross, and the most common repair I do is the standard tune-up. I can do the most basic repair to the most complex — just don’t bring me any electric scooters! Like Todd and Brendan, the owners, I am from Omaha, Nebraska.
From my first experience as a spectator at a crit in 1983′s Coors Classic (where both a young Chris Carmichael and Bob Roll were racing), I was hooked on the atmosphere of cycling. Now I’m an avid cycling/multisport enthusiast with a passion for spectating. When I’m not on my SCOTT CR1-Team, drafting behind my IronMan husband, I enjoy running, swimming and playing soccer.
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’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.