Cycling has been apart of my life for as long as I can remember. Whether it’s riding down around town on the bike trails or cranking out endless miles on the open road, any day on a bike with friends and family riding there with you is the something you just can’t beat!
I enjoy biking because it gives me a great sense of accomplishment and an awesome work out. I enjoy long rides on county highways on my speedy road bike. I also enjoy a quick race on Minnesota single track.
I enjoy biking because it gives me a sense of escapism from my daily life, provides a chance to catch up on songs that I need to hear, and allows me to see such beauty that I miss when I have my face trapped in schoolwork at Augie. I may not be the best at biking, but in my opinion anybody can ride a bike and experience a fun that started at the beginning of one’s childhood or even adulthood. I am a child at heart and am always looking for adventure and that’s what biking gives me.
Things I like in no particular order: Bikes, riding bikes, racing bikes, pasta, cheese, beer, wine, traveling, fixing bikes, selling bikes, spring, summer, fall, avoiding winter, fresh rubber, down coats, nice socks, quality tools and riding with my wife.
Cycling has become more than just a mode of transportation and means of competition for me. Cycling has transformed into an outlet of expression, a way for me to find purpose and motivation throughout my day-to-day life, and most importantly an avenue for me to give back to the world around me. It’s a lifestyle and it’s here to stay.
You will usually find me doing one of these five things: Repairing bikes, spending time with my girlfriend, selling bikes, playing music, or building bikes. Cycling and everything that revolves around it is a big part of my life and has been for 12 years now.
I enjoy riding for many reasons but the biggest is for fitness. I also ride to release stress form the day to day grind and enjoy nature. Riding a bike is pure freedom from the world, just you the wind, sunshine, music or great conversations with new or old friends.
I love cycling because it is a great source of exercise, a great way to enjoy the outdoors, and a great way to meet great people. On top of that cycling is one of those sports that is easy to learn but hard to master. Every time I get on my bike I find new ways to challenge myself whether it be doing down hill races in the Rocky Mountains or doing 50+ mile mountain bike rides in the Black Hills. No matter your level of cycling, everyone has that same ability to challenge themselves and achieve new goals.
Cycling is a unique space for me. It can be a place of quiet and solitude where I find the space and clarity to process life or it can be one of the richest places of community as bonds are established through conversation and shared experience. When I'm not wrenching or riding you can find me making music, reading, or hanging out with friends, my family or my cat Monica Lewhiskers.
The healthy lifestyle aspect of cycling is what motivates me to get outside and ride the bike trail. Or when it's more challenging to be outdoors, I still enjoy a good cycling workout by having my bike indoors on a trainer. I'm also keen on using cycling as a mode of transportation, it's a great alternative that is more gentle on our beautiful planet. The most fun is spending quality time with my charming husband while riding the tandem around town. My favourite bike feature: the dropper post on my Giant Liv Pique. Oh, also, I love pigs!
I started Cycling in College, and quickly got my awesome wife Jessica addicted as well. We enjoyed mountain biking all over the west while in college and still do, and added gravel bikes to put some miles in on the roads/trails as well. In 2017 we added our newest cyclist, Charlie, and she loves heading out around the farmyard exploring on her own, or out on the trails with us, and/or Grandpa in the Black Hills in the summer! I have been working in the Cycling Industry for over 15 years now, and love helping people fix their bikes, and find/build the perfect new ride!
Thanks to my Grandma being one of the organizers for the George S. Mickelson trail, I was introduced to biking adventures at a young age. My passion for riding continues strong as I enjoy grinding miles of gravel and spending hours in the saddle. When I'm not cycling you can find me playing my cello, hanging out with friends, or enjoying a South Dakota martini.