I grew up in Albany, NY, fixed between the Adirondack, Catskill, and Berkshire mountains. I’ve lived in Durango, Denver, Boulder, and Bellingham WA before Moots brought me to Steamboat. Cycling serves me differently on different days. Sometimes riding gives me a needed chemical high, other times it can be a grounding break from life. Either way, cycling has become a staple for me – like food or air, I wouldn’t get very far without it. As with most places within the bike industry, Moots is made up of people from disparate places with diverse knowledge bases, brought together by a common love for bikes. Because of this, it is a really fun and rewarding place to spend time.
Time at Moots: I’ve been at Moots 6 months now.
What draws you to bikes? Cycling serves me differently on different days. Sometimes riding gives me a needed chemical fix, other times it can be a grounding break from life. Either way, cycling has become a staple for me – like food or air, I wouldn’t get very far without it.
First Bike: My first real bike was a bargain basement Specialized Allez. I think I spend $600 on it, scraping together all of my lawn mowing and snow shoveling money to but it. My friends at the time thought me insane to spend so much on a bicycle, but it was only the first step in a lifetime of addictive behavior.
Life changing moment? On one ride in the National forest outside of Mancos I came to realize that a mountain lion had been following me for a couple of miles up a long, slow, sandy climb. I had been riding alone, it was just me and my big cat stalker. Life just seemed sweeter after I got home that day.
How did you end up in Steamboat? Moots brought me to Steamboat. I had been through town previously on a road trip, and when the position came up I knew that I needed to work for Moots.
Favorite place to ride? I’ve got a lot of favorite places to ride, it wouldn’t be fair to pick and choose.