Alex (shop owner) has been involved in bike racing since the mid-eighties. He raced bicycles around the country for several years, coached the University of Colorado Cycling team for five years and has worked in bike shops as a sales person and mechanic since his first bike gig in 1987. During that time he has seen a lot of things in the bike industry change and has seen many fads come and go. He knows what works and he tries to avoid the fads. As the shop owner he has realized a long time goal of owning a bike shop. "They" say that Alex likes the fancy stuff. It is probably true, but he definitely doesn't ride it just because it is light or because it is the latest and greatest. He does have stories to tell about racing back in the day and it seems like as the years go by the stories become a bit grander..hmmm.
Chad is one of our main mechanical masterminds. He began working at bike shops shortly after graduating from high school. He spent a few years in So.Cal but knew he needed to be home in Missoula. Chad has a wealth of mechanical knowledge, is a SRAM trained mechanic, he has attended the Park Tool Summit, is a Shimano S-TEC trained mechanic and in 2011 he completed the Bill Woodall UCI Race Mechanic's course. With Chad you have the confidence that he can fix just about any thing that you hand him. He brings a bit of levity to the repair area with a laugh that you cannot miss.
Abe is an excellent mechanic and a great resource for all of your bike related questions. Abe has an excellent eye for detail and is able to fix any problem your bike may have from the simple to the complicated. He also possesses a master's skill with all types of suspension system. You can immediately pick Abe out in a crowd. He will be the one on his KONA Stinky with his shirt in his back pocket. "Shirtless Abe" finds a way to make time for the bike shop in between playing drums with his band, skiing, and playing soccer. He is not just a rock star on the stage but here in the shop, on the bike and on the slopes! Here is proof in the powder.
Pat is our Pat-of-all-trades here at Missoula Bicycle Works. Pat makes sure that we have what you are looking for when you come in to the shop. If you need something ordered in he will ensure that it gets here as fast as possible. He is a "Fat Bike" aficionado but most importantly he is our resident beer guru and always seems to make the right recommendation. If you are done talking about bikes and want to talk about beer then Pat is your man.
Reed Hails from Wisconsin and yes he is a fan of the Packers. Reeds has worked here at Missoula Bicycle Works since 2008. From day one we have counted on Reed to be our on the spot fix-it go to guy. He is a top notch mechanic with an eye for detail. Reed's skill and professionalism helped him work his way into the position of Missoula Bicycle Works service manager. Prior to arriving in Missoula Reed completed the mechanics course at the Barnett's Bicycle Institute. Over the years Reed has worked to further his knowledge and skills by attending the SRAM Tech School, the Park Tool Summit and has worked with Shimano on the S-Tec certification program. Over the years Reed has worked closely with various component, fork and wheel manufacturers to hone the skills needed to ensure that all components achieve optimum performance. Reed likes long walks on the beach, cold beers and any stat that proves that Brett Farve - scratch that - Aaron Rodgers is the best QB ever!
Missoula Bicycle Works Employee Emeritus
Max, or "Mad Max" as he affectionately known, is veteran of M.B.W. He is still the youngest member of the team but with his many years of service he has knowledge beyond his years. We like to think that we don't have any kind of attitude around here but if you are looking for some attitude we are sure Max will give his best shot at it. Max is a "freerider" through and through. He like his bikes big and he likes the drops to be even bigger. We are (STILL) looking forward to the day that we convince him to wear some lycra.