Meet our Support Staff
Arlyn BI have been in the bike industry for the last three years. I love working with bikes because i truly believe in them. I have been riding since i was a small child and have, over the last few years, developed an obsession with hardcourt bike polo. Through bike polo i have been able to travel to many different cities that i would never have dreamed of going to, and the best part of it is that i get to experience the cities by bike.
I am a fairly recent transplant to Portland. I grew up in northern Minnesota, spent a few years in Washington, DC and now find myself on the West Coast. I moved here with my lovely wife, Jessica, and our boxer, Gizmo.
Brad CWho are you and how long have you been with Universal Cycles? - My name is Brad and I am the Retail Floor Manager. I have been with Universal coming on two years now, but like to say that I have been selling for them for about 12 years....as I did sell my first product back when we were still located on 81st and Columbia. I was there after work one day, waiting to go on a ride with Mike D and a customer needed some help...I just happened to know a little something about the MTB wheelset he was looking at and helped him get the purchase done....I am sure that the customer was not expecting to be helped with mountain bike product from a guy in a full roadie kit, but it all worked out it in the end.
What bikes do you have in your stable? - Ridable bikes are a little low right now as I have a lot of maintenance to do, but I have a 26" Ti Single Speed, a Horst Link Turner Flux, a DW Link Turner Sultan, a Trek 5500, a Desalvo Cross, a Ti Salsa El Mariachi, Specialized Langster, and an SE Langster Wood version. My next bike that I want to get is a Salsa Vaya for touring and I am kicking around the idea of getting a 27.5 Hardtail as I really want to test one of those out. The bike that I ride the most is the Langster...there is just something so much fun about riding a fixed gear - in fact a year ago I did my first mini-tour on the Langster. My body and mind are so tuned into riding a fixed gear that my buddies often have to tell me to shift or that I can stop pedaling when I am on a normal bike!
Describe your ideal ride - To me any ride is an ideal ride. The bike is used as a way to clean out the thoughts and the cobwebs and no matter the weather or ride, I always end them with a smile. The best rides are the ones done with great friends and end with everybody sitting around, eating, drinking and laughing.
What is your first cycling memory? - The one that sticks out the most is when I cracked my head open at the age of 4.5 on my big wheel....In my mind I was standing up, no hands going down a hill and then I ran into the back of a car...the only questionable part of that memory is if I was really going without hands or not!
Jordan CThe bicycle has saved my life... twice. I grew up in northern California, riding my mountain bike as a young 12 year old boy over the hills and along the backroads of the east bay area. Oh mother and father, if only you had known specifics about the bicycle hitch-hiking, tresspassing, attempted kidnapping, train track riding, and cross-bay adventures. I wonder why you never inquired as to the whereabouts of your twelve year old boy and his bicycle who disappeared at dawn and returned long after dusk. I consider myself to have lived a charmed life... chased by mountain lions and wolves, blown off the highway by logging trucks and tornadoes, and hopping over barbed wire fences and mounds of beautifully sculpted dirt. Throughout the years bicycles have changed hands, distances have grown, and my home has moved, but the 12 year old boy is still riding.
Mike DI have been working in the bike industry for 20 years. I started out in the service department of a high end shop, so I have some good technical skills. I have always been very passionate about bikes, since the moment I learned to ride them. When I was 13, I was bored one day and went for a bike ride with my friend. I have been riding seriously ever since. My current bikes include 29ers, both single speed rigid, and full suspension, Surly Long Haul Trucker, Eddy Merckx, Surly Pugsley (pictured here), SE Lager, KHS Cross bike, and a few others. I enjoy connecting with other riders and riding simply for the enjoyment of riding a bike.
Jason EI grew up in SoCal and started riding bikes at a young age. I would ride all over town with friends and to school. Once I moved up to the Pacific NW I stopped riding for a bit. After getting hired at UC over a year ago, my passion has kicked back in for the industry and riding. I started off with a SS La Cruz (Thanks Schmitty), then after a few months of riding up and walking the bike over Washington Park, I realized I needed gears. I now have a Vaya and LOVE it, I don't have to walk up the hill anymore. I think my next bike will be either a Fat Bike or MTN Bike. Thanks to all at UC for your support and laughter along the way.
Mary FHello my name is Mary. I grew up in the "Dirty South" and have been riding bikes since before I can remember. My dad always told me that whatever type of transportation I choose, it's crucial to know how it works and how to fix it. Since then I have moved all over the country and worked in a handful of different shops over the past 11 years. I love working on all types of bikes and have a real personal passion for vintage bikes. I recently moved to Portland with my husband and son and we are loving it. I am really excited to be part of this great cycling community!
Shawn FI grew up in Montana and have been in to bikes my whole life. I was a certified Honda and Yamaha motorcycle mechanic for many years while living in Missoula. I moved to Portland a few years ago for a change of pace and reignited my passion for bicycles, I went to UBI in Ashland to get my master mechanic certification and also got the master wheelbuilder and suspension certification as well.
I have a few bikes in my stable right now including a cross bike, a Kona Coiler delux and a Kona stuff, my next bike will probably be a Commencal Supreme 6.
On most days I usually have my dog Bodie in the shop with me so stop by and he'll say hi to you.
Mark HI've been fixing bikes in Portland, OR and New York City since the late 80's. I got my first job detailing new cars in the 70's just to pay for my first "new" bike - a Schwinn Sports Tourer with a "Campy" rear derailleur! I still have it! The old Schwinn has about a dozen various stall mates since then ranging from old pieced-together, urban assault vehicles, several versions of mountain bikes and some racy road bikes. The roads and hills around Portland offer countless options to test the limits of all my trusty steeds when I'm not busy talking bikes here at Universal Cycles.
Chat with you soon!
Kevin LWho are you and how long have you been with Universal Cycles? - My name is Kevin. I joined the Universal Cycles team here in June 2013.
What bikes do you have in your stable? - Serotta Colorado II custom built road bike, Terry Dolan winter road bike, and a Mercier fixie/single speed. Have owned and ridden many over the years, and did bring a bunch over the pond with me - have since culled the herd recently though. Makes room for more down the road perhaps?!
Describe your ideal ride - Raid Pyreneean - Hendaye to Cerbere, France. The last 150km of the Tour de Flanders. Both a little less accessible since I moved here to Portland, OR from London in 2007, but fantastic and unforgettable rides! It feels good to be on the bike most everywhere, and I love to climb (when I'm in shape of course!) There's no shortage of ideal rides here in the NW - some familiar to me, and plenty more I have yet to experience.
What is your first cycling memory? - My candy red 3-wheeler - I used to carry my sister around on the back of it.
Val LWho are you and how long have you been with Universal Cycles? -My name is Val. I've worked at Universal for close to four years now and in the industry for the past 15. I have worked on my bikes since I was about 12 and gained a great deal of appreciation for mechanical things. I also gained a great deal of love for the simplicity and freedom the bicycle offers. I get no end of pleasure in finding the right part for a build or finding the perfect fit for somebody so they can jump on their bike, go on a ride and feel the same way.
What bikes do you have in your stable? - I currently have three bikes. I have a 1985 Specialized lugged Stumpjumper converted to what would be considered an old English bike now. I believe it's made up from the parts scavenged from 12 other bikes! I have a Rocky Mountain Metropolis for my commuter and lastly I have my pride and joy, a Reeb Donkadonk set up with a belt-drive Rohloff for all my mountain excursions. Fatties aren't for just snow and sand!
Describe your ideal ride - If it's on the street, any backstreet route I've not ridden and explored. Cycling for me is the best way to see a town and it's always fun to find secret routes and pathways. If it's mountain, any nice 15-20 mile loop will probably do, but I have a special place in my heart for Hawes Trail back in Arizona...
What is your first cycling memory? - I remember on my fifth birthday getting an orange 20" banana seat and being terrified! There wasn't much in the way of level ground to learn to ride on, and rolling down the hill that was my front yard trying to grasp the concept of the coaster brake is still firmly embedded in my brain...
Aaron NI've been a bicycle mechanic since 2002. My love for cycling started at age 8 when my dad gave me a hand-me-down pink 20" girls huffy that had the front fork installed backwards. I'm mainly a downhill mountain biker and dirt jump rider however I love every style of riding. When I'm not wrenching on bikes here at Universal Cycles I'm either doing shuttle runs at one of my many favorite local trails, digging and riding dirt jumps or travailing to a race somewhere. 2010 is going to be my first season racing in the pro class for down hill and dual slalom.
Jacob NWho are you and how long have you been with Universal Cycles? - I'm Jake and I've been working for UC since November 2012, but have been a customer since 2009.
What bikes do you have in your stable? - I currently only have 3 bikes in my lonely stable, though I long for more! I have a Big dummy and Pugsley made by Surly. The big dummy is pretty much factory spec'd except for upgraded slx rear mech, Thomson elite post and stem, selle anatomica saddle, soma Clarence bar, and slightly tweaked bags. The puglsey I built up bare with Chris king headset, jones loop h bar, Phil wood sqaure taper with cheap alivio cranks, Thomson post, brooks imperial with a little extra flare, marge lite rims with alfine 8 hub. The other bike is franken-bike from Charge setup as 1x9.
Describe your ideal ride - My ideal ride would be a loaded up bike with my gear to camp out for the night(or few nights) riding down a dirt road in the backcountry somewhere with sunshine in my face and mountainous, woodsy views!
What is your first cycling memory? - My first memory cycling would have to be riding a full suspension next bike from Walmart when the frame decided to break at the chain stays causing me to go OTB to eat it. Great times!
Brian PI began riding bikes with BMX in and around my hometown of Casper, WY. Since moving to Portland I have come to realize the importance of bikes as a viable and realistic transportation option. I like the freedom that riding gives me. I have taken my enjoyment of bikes to another level as a member of The Axles of Evil Portland Bike Polo Club. If you haven't seen it check it out!
I started building wheels for myself about six years ago and for a living two years ago and have since built a few thousand wheels. I take pride in my wheels and I enjoy my job.
Schmitty SI've been riding since 1989, so I've pretty much been a bike geek since 1989. I've tried most riding, but mountain biking is my passion. Like most people into cycling, I have a serious bike addiction. I have an all-mountain bike, a DH bike, 5 single speeds and a road bike (I'm not going to put a number on the partials and the projects). My philosophy is you need a different bike to ride to work everyday...and then a spare bike (or two) just in case.
Keep the rubber side down!
PS. I bought my first mountain bike from the shop that Mike was working at in 1989. Small world...
Patrick SSo who are you and how long have you been with UC? - My name is Patrick schrepping and my friends call me schredder; I have been with universal cycles since June of 2013 and I am thrilled to be here!
How many bikes do you have in your stable?
I now have 11 bikes that I still ride:
- custom fillet brazed Ty cycles road with full dura ace, except for the brakes, so I could fit fenders.
- 2008 specialized epic 650b with fox shox and X9
- custom true temper touring frame with deore lx and bar ends
- Evil sovereign Reynolds 653 hard tail with a talas 150mm and 1x10
- Soma double cross disc, force group.
- Jamis 650 b2 enduro with 6" travel for my slightly all mt. Bike
- Soma Rush track bike, all Japanese made parts but campy tubulars
- norco diabolique track bike with pursuit 650c fork and front wheel.
- scandium beach cruiser I call big purpz.
- 1987 Schwinn Sierra Mtb with a fixed gear I call the bum chucks
- Soma Bside 650b single speed Mtb with a fox float
More to come!
Describe your ideal ride - I seem to like to ride with and befriend messengers, though most are retired, and we now mostly mt. Bike for recreation and ride the streets only for transportation.
What is your first cycling memory? - When I graduated from a bigwheel to a bicycle at three years old I was the youngest in my family and on my street so I didn't want to be on training wheels like a baby! I learned to ride before I was 4, and was clearing a fair amount of air off of plywood ramps and driveway lips by 5; still have a rock imbedded in my skull from a poorly propped up ramp:(
Jim S Riding bicycles has been a lifelong passion. From the age of 9 I would ride my bike to school and to the beaches of Santa Barbara Ca. In 1986 I purchased my 1st off road hybrid bike. One year later my 1st MTN bike( Trek 990 Singletrack). My passion soared! I then became an avid mountain biker. The mountain bike changed my life and along the journey enabled me to meet lots of new friends and dropped me off in some pretty cool places. I met my wife Sara at a MTN bike race in the year 2000. The journey continues and has brought me to Universal Cycles.
My current stable of bicycles include:
Kona Kula 29r Deluxe
Kona Jake The Snake CX
Kona Honky Inc.
Phobia(KHS) Anxiety 26 hard tail
Drew SWho are you and how long have you been with Universal Cycles? - My name is Drew and I am one of the Retail sales dudes. I have been with Universal Cycles since July.
What bikes do you have in your stable? - My stable is looking a bit slim at this time as I have paired down quite a bit to my Cannonade road bike, Commencial Supreme DH and Trek hard tail, but I have had a fixie, 29er's and the like.
Describe your ideal ride - My ideal ride? I've done many types of rides in many places including many centuries and just participated in Seattle to Portland for the first time this year, but the ideal ride for me is on the mountain. Any mountain will do and preferably with the nose facing down the hill rather then having to climb it. After that a nice bonfire with friends and beer is the topping of it all.
What is your first cycling memory? - My earliest memory of riding was when I learned to jump resulting in me flat on my back gasping for air. Learned quick that my sisters Schwinn with ape hanger bars and banana seat doesn't make a good jumper. Ever since then I have enjoyed all styles of riding from road to DH and all types in between.
Tom WRacing overview:
Started racing in 1973. Won my first USCF race In 1974(7). It was the Mt. Washington Hill Climb which Is considered one of the hardest climbs in the country.
Moved to Utah in 1975, raced all over Utah, Wyoming, and Idaho thru 1979. Won 17 races In 1978 and was Invited to the Olympic Training Center in the spring of '79. It was educational and I was asked to stay on after the general session to train with the national team but I really wasn't quite fast enough to make that last big step.
Raced In New England In 1980 and '81. Too many criterlums for me but I did get to know Bill Farrell (developer of the Fit Kit). He used to show video of me time trialing to his Cycling Academy class because I had a very good position and was very smooth(and fast).
Reno and San Francisco years (1982-2000)—Started mountain biking in 1982 when it was a sort of counter culture to the road bike scene. Raced In many road, mountain bike and cyclocross races as well as time trials and triathlons. The things I am proudest of are my work In the early days of the forward position (and more aero) time trial bike. I was one of the first to move my seat forward and bolt on some very low tt bars. I was also written up In a national bike
magazine for being the first (or at least one of the first) people to use cllpless pedals In mountain bike racing. I finished 4*" In the National Championship (In my age group) Road race and 5*** In the Team Time Trial (my favorite event). I rode a 54:42 40K time trial In 1999 at the age of 46 (certified course) and rode In the A class In all the Reno area training races until I left In 2000.
Summary—I have ridden in hundreds of bicycle races In every aspect of the sport over a 40 year period. I was a very strong regional rider wherever I lived and have ridden at least 150,000 miles on my bike. I may have ended my career In 2010 when I crashed and broke my hip but in my last seven races before the crash I had 3 wins(mt bike,tt, road race), a third, three fourths, and was leading the OBRA best all around rider category by over 200 points. The future is uncertain............