STORE MANAGER / BIKE FITTER
Evan has been with The Bicycle Planet since 2008. Started off on the sales floor (fresh off his stint at Staples!), became co-Head Mechanic, and now he does a little bit of both, as well as manages the store. When time allows, he is also one of our expert fitters. When he commutes, it’s 18 miles each way on a steel frame gravel bike of sorts. He owns a total of about 17 bikes that he is willing to admit to (list to come). Think of Evan as an encyclopedia of bike knowledge in human form.
Although he is technically no longer a "wrench," we still have customers who come in and flat out tell us that Evan, and only Evan, is allowed to touch their bike. We get it! We know how good he is. Evan is passionate about bikes - riding them, fixing them. Not only that, he cares about our customers and making sure every bike performs at its best.
If you'd like to see this supremely capable individual in action, come join our Monday Night Stillwell ride which Evan leads. This is a very popular and awesomely fun ride, in no small part to Evan’s leadership (might also be due to the beers at the end).
Bikes: Specialized Fatboy, Canfield Nimble 9, All City Space Horse, Niner Sir 9, Trek Rumblefish, Soma Saga, Soma Delancey, Trek Cronus, Surly Big Dummy, Surly Moonlander, Surly Crosscheck, Eddy Merckx Professional, Evil the Awakening, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.
Alex brought his own tools to work on his first day at The Bicycle Planet in 1999. Growing up in El Salvador, working in his parents’ bike shop, Alex started wrenching when he was only 15 years old. Today he commutes 38 miles to work round trip on his Soma which has steel fenders - this is not a light commuter!
If there is a Yin to Evan’s Yang, then it would be Alex. In many ways they are opposites. Tall versus Short. Mountain versus Road. Passion versus Tranquility (I’ll let you figure out which one is which on that one). Then there are the similarities. Both have pretty crazy bike habits. Both love bikes. Both love to ride. Both care deeply about the store and its customers.
Another wonderful similarity is that Alex possesses an innate drive to pursue mechanical perfection. He sets the bar high for both himself, and through example, for the rest of the team. Alex simply won’t cut corners - despite the sometimes gentle prodding by the owner that maybe the mechanics should work a touch faster! It might be one of the reasons why he has his own fanatical following who insist on his presence when they bring in their bike for service.
Alex’s Bikes: Specialized Fatboy, Giant Trance, Soma Saga, Gary Fisher Sugar, Trek Madone, Soma Smoothie
Armando embarked on his mechanical career at the tender age of 14 in El Salvador, working for Alex’s parents. After a few years honing his wrenching skills there, he immigrated to the States where in 2001 he started working at The Bicycle Planet. We are incredibly happy to have his mechanical expertise in the store; however, it’s his unfailing, positive, can-do attitude that sets him apart.
In season, Armando generally commutes to work 19 miles each way and also finds time to tackle some of the mountain trails on his S-Works Fatboy or Giant Anthem
Bikes: Giant TCR Advanced, Specialized Fatboy Expert Carbon, Giant Anthem
Favorite Trail: Stillwell
If you ever go on our social media feeds and wonder, some of these pics are really quite nice, and some of these are really quite mediocre. Well, Howard took the ones that are mediocre. The rest are due to Matt’s skillful photography. He created the "Why Wednesday" posts and has blessed our feed with his art.
Matt is another avid cyclist and mechanic. Prior to joining us he already had some pretty good wrenching chops working on his own bike which is very surprising. Most home wrenches can’t cut it in a bike shop. Matt is the exception. He’s always tinkering and riding some outlier bikes ie he will ride full rigid single speed mountain bikes. Just typing that makes my back ache. He’s also a fitness fanatic so maybe that has something to do with it.
Matt is also one of the ride leaders of our Sunday morning road ride. Super friendly and always up to talk bikes, he’s a great rider to have by your side especially on days when you might not be feeling your best cardio wise.
Bikes: Santa Cruz 5010. Surly Lowside. Giant TCR. SE Bike fixie. 1950s Western Flyer custom café build. Scott Aspect. Scott Evolution Robinson SST BMX.
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