Kiel (pronounced Kyle) Johnson - Owner
Kiel believes that to make the world a better place it is going to require a lot more people riding bicycles. He graduated from Lewis and Clark College in 2009. When not riding a bike he is sailing at the Willamette Sailing Club, drinking an IPA (the Superdog at the Lucky Lab is his favorite), or planning out the next time he will be doing one of these three things. He has worked for the Portland Bureau of Transportation in the Traffic Safety Program, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance as a Bike Ambassador, and the Safe Routes to School program as a bike train coordinator. Kiel is the current chair of the Safe Routes to School Bike Advisory Council. He rides a Kona Honky Tonk. His closing words to his Alice Award acceptance speech were, “We live in a world that is run by the decisions people made in the past, the future is for us to decide right now. The point of the world is not to find your place in it, the point is to change it!”
Eric Phelan – Afternoon Bike Mechanic
Eric is a Portland metro area native that grew up in and around Sherwood with frequent visits to The Rose City. He spent most of his time on the soccer field, and actually used to practice with his club team at the old Civic Stadium, now Jeld-Wen Field. Off the field, he was and still is riding one of his road, track or touring bikes, possibly one that he made himself. He has a wealth of experience in the bicycle industry including working for the non-profit Bikestation, helping start and manage and then purchase for the successful Citygrounds in Southern California, as well as fabricate for Ellsworth mountain bikes. He has achieved certificates from UBI in bike mechanics, advanced wheelbuilding, and framebuilding as well as a fitting certification from BikeFit. After moving to Long Beach, CA and living there for a decade, he decided a year ago to return to Oregon and go back to school for a business degree and a machining certificate that would help him run his side business, Esoteric Cycles, providing custom handbuilt bicycle frames, forks, wheels and restorations (shameless plug).
Kenny Schmidt – Evening Valet Attendant
Kenny has been riding one of his many bicycles around Portland for almost 20 years now. A native Portlander, he grew up in the Mt. Tabor neighborhood. Ever since the training wheels came off he has enjoyed riding the streets of Portland & trails of Mt. Tabor or Powell Butte. After graduating from Franklin High School in 2004, he spent a couple years in Eugene, Oregon for academic purposes. But, admittedly probably spent too much time riding his bicycle through the beautiful bike-friendly streets of Eugene. Upon returning to Portland, he was ecstatic at the progress Portland had made in it’s bicycle infrastructure. He loves the outdoors & likes to be outside as much as possible. Whether that be cycling, hiking, backpacking or camping throughout the Northwest. You may see him riding either his Fugi Newest 3.0, or his GT Timberline to one of Portland’s many brewpubs, most likely at Apex’s bike friendly patio.
Joseph Sibilia-Young- Morning Valet Attendant
Joseph began cycling in trailers, and quickly progressed to riding trail-a-bikes and stoking tandems with the cranks adapted for child-length legs. With a father who worked for a cooperative tandem producer and the benefit of Eugene’s friendly streets, he found his independence on a bicycle by the time he reached middle school. At fifteen, Joseph discovered his father’s commuter-converted track bike. With the help of a basement stocked with bike tools, bins of old racing parts, and a bevy of partially-dismantled steel road bikes, he developed mechanical skills and a passion for lugged steel frames, fenders, and friction shifting. A home mechanic who has restored, modernized and rebuilt numerous older frames, he is an avid commuter and has never earned his driver’s license. In college, Joseph volunteered his time at the Lewis & Clark College Bike Room, which allowed him to return many of the community’s bikes to road-worthy condition. In addition to cycling within Portland, he enjoys cycle-touring, backpacking, photography, making and eating good food, and frisbees.
Josh Condon-Morning Valet Attendant
I moved here from Chicago because of the bike culture and how great it is. I’ve had dreams of living on the West coast ever since a youthful visit to San Francisco. I grew up in a small town in Indiana where I learned most of the mechanical skills I have today. When I was five years old my father gave me an old bike for my birthday that I fixed up and ever since I’ve always been on wheels. After working in a bike shop for years as a teenager I then moved to Chicago to experience the city and the culture it had to offer. I enjoy exploring new areas on my bike and being outdoors as much as possible. I like to travel to new cities whenever given the chance. I’ve played music with friends since the early years of middle school and still continue when I can. I like to cook as well as eat out whenever I get the chance. I also like a proper cocktail (old fashioned preferably) or an IPA from time to time and I ride a frankenstein bike that I love dearly.