Joe is fairly new to Whitefish, having arrived fresh-faced and chipper from Northville, Michigan. Joe burst into song on something like his second day on the job, confirming that we had made the right choice in hiring our new mechanic. As you might imagine coming from such a crooner, Joe is also a multi-instrumentalist. Joe likes snowboarding, cellos, coming up with new soup recipes, and can pretend to speak 30 different languages. Joe, being multifaceted, likes day long singletrack rides as well as short and sweet hammerfests, both of which he shreds on a Vassago VerHauen. Rigid. With a 29+ front tire. Which is kind of like a little suspension, but not really. Whilst pedaling around town, Joe pilots a belt-drive Trek District. You can tell it’s Joe because he has a milk crate mounted to the rear rack. And he’ll probably be singing.
Vanessa Gailey came to Whitefish by way of Crested Butte, CO, where she learned to shred on the legendary singletrack. Vanessa worked in Glacier National Park in the 90s and, apparently, it made an impression on her. We’re quite glad she returned as she is a welcome, good-natured addition to Glacier Cyclery’s staff. Vanessa last worked at a local endurance nutrition company and once lived on nothing but Recoverite, gel, and electrolyte replacement pills for two months. She also has a rad husband named Chuck who happens to be the main reason that Vanessa will ride a road bike, being first and foremost a lover of dirt. Vanessa’s stable includes a Surly Krampus with 3″ tires (for bikepacking!), a Juliana Joplin 29er mountain bike just to prove that short girls can love 29″ wheels, a Kona Wo fat bike, a Fairdale Weekender steel is real commuter and a 1970 Raleigh 3-speed.
Michael came to Glacier Cyclery in 1997 from Oregon in hopes of trading rain for snow. Mike enjoys cooking, riding slow, snowboarding, procrastination, weight fluctuations, controlled explosions and short bicycle tours. Mike dislikes telemarketers, politicians, and haircuts. Mike leads a contented life and lives with his lovely wife, two boys and a couple of ill-behaved pets. Mike doesn’t have a garage, he has a basement which contains a Burley Hudson touring bike on which he’s slayed a deer, an ’87 Fat Chance which he should sell but believes is worth more than it actually is, a Jamis Dragon 29, a Kona Wo fattie, and a Santa Cruz Bronson which, if you haven’t heard, is an ‘enduro’ bike, ‘enduro’ being a key word this year in the bike biz.
Tyler hails from Wisconsin and has been a Glacier Cyclery fixture since 2001. Tyler, his wife Brandy, and son Tiptin live up near Canada which helps in explaining Tyler’s obsession with the procurement of firewood. Tyler’s other obsessions include the gathering of huckleberries, the storage of huckleberries, and cooking with huckleberries. Tyler also enjoys snow removal, Coca-Cola, ultra-violent video games, and cycle commuting 40 miles a day which he frequently does aboard either his steel Kona Rove gravel grinder or his Kona Big Kahuna depending on whether he craves tarmac/dirt road mix or soil on his ultra-endurance commute. When shredding singletrack, Tyler pilots a Kona Satori with it’s HUGE 29″ wheels. Old school.
Mark Ambre (Hombre)
Growing up in what he calls “Babylon on the Potomac”, Mark discovered early on that bicycling was his favorite form of transportation – especially when the destination was a river to paddle, a cliff to climb, a mountain to ski, or a wave to surf. He mentions Jack Kerouac and Goran Kropp as influences. Mark has toured through 44 states, 5 provinces and a tiny bit of Mexico. He was the Izaak Walton Inn’s ski pro for 20 years and has spent a dozen summers surfing and working at bike shops in California. Currently Mark’s two-wheelers include a 1964 Schwinn Tiger, a Surly Cross Check that looks as old as the Schwinn, a folding Dahon that he thinks is cool because Amtrak counts it as carry-on baggage, and a Kona Unit single speed (soon to have gears and a Jones Bar) on which he embarks upon day long adventures of epic proportions.
Pete “The Puma” Siudara
Pete rode through Whitefish in 2003. He returned to work as a backcountry ranger in Glacier Park in 2005. Pete likes long walks on the beach, long rides across continents, electronic music, backcountry skiing, is an avid photographer and excels at bathing his subjects in light. Check out Pete’s awesome photo skills at Pete Siudara Photography on the Facebooks. The Puma is a highly skilled mechanic and shreds a Kona Hei Hei DL 29 whilst enjoying the dirt and rides one of those epic adventure Jones Bar-clad Surly Ogre bikes when enjoying bikepacking into the great unknown.
Martin and his wife, Megan, recently moved to Whitefish from Fort Collins, CO. Martin was tired of his 45-minute commute to work so he moved 1000 miles away so he could walk to work. Martin was once a Toyota mechanic, a skill which will more than likely be called into action around here more than once. Martin has a HUGE tool box which unfortunately, is locked. Martin likes target shooting, horses (not target shooting at horses, mind you), and riding one of the sweetest fat bikes in the Valley, his Surly Ice Cream Truck, with which he hopes to combine skiing, kayaking, and the like. Martin’s stable includes the aforementioned Surly, a Kona Process 111, a Niner MCR9, and a couple of older road bikes which he will undoubtedly be encouraged to call ‘Cino bikes’. Martin doesn’t have any new bikes in the foreseeable near future and this is a fact which bums him out.
Ron & Jan Brunk
Ron & Jan started Glacier Cyclery in 1982 and have been going strong ever since. Ron was once a potter, bakes a delicious scone, and rolls in a ’72 MGB which he restored. As of late, he also seems to have developed a propensity for bikes we used to refer to as “old ten-speeds” (See ‘Cino’). Jan can ride a unicycle and can also play the accordion, two talents which seem best combined. The Brunks enjoy tandeming (conjoined cycling), XC skiing, and working on their days off (running a successful business). The Brunks are veterans of cycle touring and have pedaled a few enviable multiple-day rides. The Brunks’ garage contains an Ibis Cousin It tandem, a Miyata unicycle, a Kona Hei Hei DL 29er, a Kona Jake the Snake, a Giant Defy Advanced carbon road machine, a Santa Cruz 5010, a Jamis Nova, and scores of ‘Cino’ bikes (which we used to refer to as “old ten-speeds”).
Travdog is a Whitefish native and has been coming to Glacier Cyclery since he was a wee lad. Travdog has worked for us on and off for 10 years now and we still like it when he’s around. During the winter Trav drives a groomer and is the sculptor of the fine park at White Pass Ski Area in Washington. Travdog skis a lot and when the snow melts he likes to ride singletrack, dirt jumps, DH, and just about anything else besides road, gravel, or bikepacking, which pretty much leaves singletrack, dirt jumps, and DH. Trav is the current defending champion of the ‘Office Chair Downhill’ in the local parking garage, but there was only one other competitor so it’s a pretty shallow title. Travdog likes Kona bikes and rides a Kona Process 153 CR DL 27.5, a Kona Honzo, a Kona Shonky dirt jumper, and a Kona Humuhumunukunukuapuaa.
Raser hails from the far away climes of Martin City which isn’t really a city and is only about 15 miles from Whitefish. Some say he is a dog whisperer. Currently a college kid, Raser prefers the outdoors to the indoors and seemingly enjoys almost every activity that our lovely valley has to offer. When he’s not in the shop at Glacier Cyclery, you might find Raser fishing or paddling rapids, or under his truck, or snowboarding, or skiing, or sitting on a peak contemplating his fine life. Most likely though, you’ll find Raser enjoying the deep woods embracing the laws of gravity aboard his Kona Process 153 29er. Go speed Raser, Go!
Craig came to Glacier Cyclery with the hopes of anonymity and the abandonment of the legacy of his family’s Fortune 500 company, Hertz Global Holdings. Not really, but that would make for the start of a good story. Craig comes to us by way of West Yellowstone, which is another Montana resort town near another well known National Park. Craig likes human powered travel, be it by foot, bike, or ski, although our guess is that he likes the foot travel best. The clues which lead us to this conclusion include the facts that Craig just returned after hiking across New Zealand, and right before he ran the UTMB, which if you don’t know, has something to do with running around Mont Blanc. Craig is a 2-time collegiate pumpkin pie eating champion, and has an affinity for neon colors and mountain goats. Craig rides a Kona Rove DL, and another bike that he really doesn’t want to mention.
Megan recently started working at Glacier Cyclery after spending the better part of the last decade in the teaching profession. Megan moved here from Fort Collins, which is in Colorado, which is similar to California but without an ocean. Megan’s husband Martin also works here at Glacier Cyclery. This whole ‘spouses working together’ is new to them, we’ll let you know how it works out. Megan likes singletrack rides which contain lots of downhill. Megan likes books, being outside, hiking, kayaking, and apparently is a huckleberry-picking fiend. Megan rides a Surly Pugsley, and Niner MCR, and a Kona Process 134 DL.
Lee was #vanlife before #vanlife was a thing. He’s got a handy custom roll-out tray built into the van for his Santa Cruz Tallboy. That and a pair of flip flops and he may be gone for months. If you want info on stealth camping spots in Sedona, Fruita, Moab or other exotic mountain bike destinations, Lee is the man to ask. For the last 20+ years (when he’s in town) Lee has worn all kinds of hats at Glacier Cyclery: manager, sales, bookkeeper and now mechanic. When the van is parked, Lee commutes on a Kona Dr. Dew which doesn’t haul as much gear but is way easier to park.
Travis and his family are fairly new to Whitefish, by way of Spokanistan, which is in Washington State. Travis is also co-owner of Ridefast Wheels, a carbon wheel company that is nowhere near Spokanistan. You should check out their wheels, but not now, you should finish reading all of these employee bios first. FastTrav has raced DH, road, and track and currently enjoys riding trail, riding roads, and long conversations about hub standards. FastTrav doesn’t care about bikepacking and thinks that running should only occur when running from the law. FastTrav rides a Santa Cruz Nomad and a Santa Cruz Tallboy, both with Reynolds carbon wheelsets. Just kidding, they have Ridefast wheelsets.
Remember the band Hanson? This has nothing to do with them. Cody is a Whitefish native and comes to us by way of Whitefish. Cody attends college in Bozeman, which is also in Montana. Cody is majoring in mechanical engineering, with a minor in Hunting by Spear and Scientific Marination of Ribeye Steaks. Cody likes riding singletrack, climbing up rocks, touring on snowboards that split in half, and Emma Watson, not necessarily in that order. He probably likes a bunch of other stuff too but those are the things that we are certain about. Cody shreds on a Santa Cruz Bronson, which is currently the best bike in the world.