Prior to opening Southwest Cycle in 1981, I had worked in 3 different shops in New York and Connecticut beginning in 1974.
I’ve always loved fine, handbuilt steel bikes and have several in my personal collection.
I try to ride up Cadillac Mountain as many times each year as my age plus 1. (I need 58 in 2011). I have achieved this goal every year in the last 10 except one.
I enjoy a short ride with my son (Bing) as much as a 25+ with friends. I would like to do a cross country ride with my wife and son in the next 10 years. I’ll need that much time to decide which of my 12 bikes to ride.
I am a long time cyclist, sea kayaker, and cross country skier.
In 2008, I retired from IBM, and took a 7 month solo bicycle tour leaving from Mt Desert Island and riding through the Canadian maritimes and across Canada to Vancouver Island. I continued down the west coast of the US to San Francisco where I flew to Adelaide Australia and rode from Adelaide to Melbourne and on to Sydney. I returned to the US in December, and after finding my way back to Mt Desert Island started working at Southwest Cycle in 2009.
In February 2010 I attended the Barnett Bicycle Institute school for bicycle mechanics.
In January of 2011, I attended the 3 day Park Tool Technical Summit for professional bicycle mechanics in Philadelphia.