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Technician Spotlight: Chris B.

By Bruce Lin


The Pro's Closet Mechanics

Meet Your Mechanic

How long have you been a bike tech?
4 years

How long have you worked with mechanical things?
Ten years. I tinkered on bikes and skateboards in college.

What are your specialties?
Anything with aerodynamics. Internal cabling, well-taped handlebars, and a clean front-end.

What do you enjoy about being a bike tech?
The problem-solving mindset and the ways this translates into my life outside of work. I apply my mechanical skills to training or cooking dinner. I'm continually thinking about what’s the most efficient way to get from A to Z. Working on bikes reflects my lifestyle, I believe bikes are a solution to thousands of problems and promote health and happiness.

Where are you from?
Davenport, Iowa

Road, Mountain or Gravel or Tri?
Mountain and Tri

What’s your favorite ride?
The Peak to Peak Highway - you have to earn it to get there with all the climbing, but once I'm there it’s beautiful. The roads are smooth and it's quieter than in town.

What's your post-ride treat?
Mexican Coca-Cola


1 comment

  • I’ve been riding road bikes exclusively for 50 years. Decided I want to try mountain or cross country riding. I’d like to get the best bike I can in the $1,000-3,000 range. One of my boys bought his last road bike from you guys and had a very good experience. My other boy just bought a new mountain bike and is bringing it over for me to try out in about a week. I think his bike is more than I want now. I enjoy hiking and riding my road bike, but at 65 I don’t think I’ll be looking for the down hill adrenaline rush of very technical mountain biking. Is there someone I can speak with there to learn what the options are and help me focus? The specialized stumpjumper comp carbon 29, and the Scott Scale 900 both look sweet, but one is way more $. I don’t know if either would be right for me and why one is so much more expensive than the other.


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