They call me Alex. I've been with the shop since 2010 but have been getting my hands dirty on bikes for a long time. Since I was a kid I have always had a fascination with machines, how they work, and the big words used to explain them. I got my start at GNBC as a "customer" who would hang out, more often to pick my mechanic's brain and waste time than to buy anything. Eventually I built up some of my skills as collective member at the now defunct Community Bike Workshop, where I learned to love helping people fix their bikes.
I will often be the guy who tells you "Now, I wouldn't necessarily suggest this to anyone, but here's what I might do..." If you ask me a question about bikes, be prepared for a rich (lengthy) explanation (caffeine-fueled rant) encompassing (sort or relating to) all of your (some) original question. I have as much fun fixing and trouble-shooting as I do riding.
You can often find me in the back of the shop elbow deep in a service project. When I'm not at the shop, I can be found brazing tubes in my garage, nerding out on bike forums online, or making a mean french press. I've never been big into competitive sports, but I do enjoy pushing my skills to see how high I can hop on bikes that weren't designed for that. I also have an appreciation for bike history, niche custom builders, and a love for beautiful bikes. I'd love to share your next bike project with you. If you need help don't hesitate to ask.
Current Bike Collection:
2017 Specialized Fatboy Comp Carbon
2016 Custom Built Touring/Commuter Bike (built by yours truly)
2007 Sunday Ian Schwartz (2nd wave)
1994 Giant Yukon
1993 Paramount PDG RS-60
198? Peugeot Mt. St. Laurent
197? Custom Tandem, more custom as of a 2016 frame modification
197? Raleigh "Twenty" Folding Bike (3-speed)
1974 Peugeot PA-10
196? Armstrong Three Speed