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 64 in 2017). 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.
George, Bicycle Mechanic Emeritus
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 November 2016 I retired from Southwest Cycle to pursue cycling adventures around the world.
A retired Industrial Arts/Technology Teacher, I am privileged to work at Southwest Cycle sharing two of the things I love the most – bicycles and Mount Desert Island.
In addition to cycling I enjoy hiking, reading a good book, photography, audio recording, brewing beer and traveling.
“Get on your bikes and ride!” – Freddy Mercury