When you are North America’s biggest bike store, you end up with a lot of employees! Here are some of the faces you will find at Bow Cycle.
Darrell Elliott (aka “Larry-O”) was born and raised in Calgary. He began working at Bow Cycle & Sports in 1989. Darrell has been involved in many areas of the business over the years with a focus on service. Currently he is the Service Director at Bow Cycle & Sports.
Dave Leung was born and raised in Hong Kong. He moved to Canada in 1974 and began working at Bow Cycle in 1984. Dave has always been involved in accounting at Bow Cycle. Currently he is the controller at Bow Cycle & Sports.
John Franzky (aka “Franzky”) was born in Hinton, Alberta where he lived for three years before moving to Calgary. Franzky began working for Bow Cycle & Sports in 1991. John began his career at Bow Cycle as a mechanic and worked in many areas of the business over the years. Currently John’s focus is on sales and marketing at Bow Cycle & Sports.
Kevin Senior (aka “Port”) was born in Edmonton and moved to Calgary at the age of 5. Kevin began working at Bow Cycle while he was in high school. In addition to working at Bow Cycle, Kevin also spent years working in other areas of the bicycle industry. Kevin has always been involved in the purchasing aspect of the business. Currently he is the Purchasing Director and the president of Bow Cycle & Sports.
Kurt Christensen was born and raised in Calgary. He began working at Bow Cycle & Sports in 1993. Kurt’s main focus at Bow Cycle has always been sales. Currently he is the Sales Director at Bow Cycle & Sports.
Joel has been at Bow Cycle since 2000 as far as the CRA is concerned, since he was 14. Since then he has worked in many different departments at Bow the main ones being Service and Sales. His earliest memory of being at Bow was crawling around the front counter island of the old store as a baby. Currently, Joel is the Sales Manager. Joel loves the job, the people, the atmosphere, and wouldn’t change it for the world.
Ben was a new addition to our team in 2015 and fit in quite well upon joining our service team! He is an avid mountain biker, his weapons of choice being his Knolly Podium and Transition Covert. Fun fact! Ben had a scholarship to play soccer at Olds College but turned it down to ride bikes (Talk about commitment!)
(Yes that’s his real name and he does!) A recent addition to our service department George provides unbelievable customer service at all times! He started at Bow Cycle in 2015 and has a good collection of bikes already, from an old cruiser, a winter commuter, a single speed, and multiple freeride bikes. He is a sucker for a good old game of hockey, skiing, and being outside!
Dakota has been part of our Service department build shop team since 2014, and is an avid mountain biker. He has competed in multiple downhill competitions, but can handle more than just mountain bikes. His current line-up includes: Scott Gambler 710, Evil Sovereign, Cannondale Synapse, and FitBikeCo PRK2. Outside of biking, he likes to play guitar, work out, and knows how to get down.
James is an experienced mechanic that has been working in our service department since 2012. He is quite the outdoorsmen, you will find him outside all year round either camping, canoeing, cross country skiing, alpine skiing, ski touring, or riding his Kona Honzo.
Mike Zelmer, aka ‘Zelmer Fudd’, is a bicycle repair technician who works mostly in the Main Shop. He is an enthusiast and most recognizable having equipped his iconic leather tool-belt. In his off time, he hits the hills with his Kona Honzo or bombs the streets with his Masi CX Uno. The Masi has become his primary mode of transportation most of the year. Asides from biking, Zelmer takes to an assortment of creative projects, claiming to an emerging author, artist and actor.
Kevin works as a bike builder and mechanic in our service department. When it comes to riding, he is a mountain biker and does so on his Kona Process 153 DL. Alongside mountain biking he enjoys, snowboarding, playing guitar, drinking tea and coffee, art, and movies. He enjoys the mountains, the west coast and aspires to be a film maker!
Sam has been a mechanic at Bow Cycle since 2009, most of that time has been spent in the Main Shop working at bike check-in. He mostly rides downhill bikes, however over the past few years he has found himself riding road and cross country more frequently. Unrelated to bikes, he is mostly interested in foreign affairs. In 2015, he received a bachelor’s degree of International Relations from the University of Calgary. During that time, he has traveled throughout Eastern Europe and East Asia as part of the international university program.
Quentin is a mechanic and bike builder in our service department. He enjoys both mountain biking and road biking. Aside from biking, he enjoys motocross, snowboarding, playing poker or cribbage, and drinking coffee. His mountain machine of choice is his old Devinci mountain bike!
Aaron is one of our more experienced techs working in our service department. With a background in geology, Aaron spent several years working in the oil and gas sector where he discovered the office wasn’t a place he wanted to spend his working life. Upon his return from living abroad in 2013, he decided to leave the corporate world behind and turn his two-wheeled hobby into a full time career. When Aaron’s not spending time with his wife and his young son he can be found riding his mountain bikes (and occasionally the road bike), skiing, hiking, fishing and playing a bit of guitar.
On April 1st, 1987, Lance burst into this world courtesy of Molly and Shawn Hamilton. As the second child in the family, he graduated from Springbank high school in 2005, then from Olds College in 2009. He had his first job in a bike shop in 2001, and is still working strong as our resident top shop weird guy. He is a top tier mechanic in our service department. Lance Raced DH, DS, 4X and enduro, but free riding is his true calling. 365 bike path predator. His other hobbies include riding bikes fast, snowboarding dangerously, drinking beer, and chasing girls.
2017 marks season number 4 for Jason, who has worked from junior sales to our top tier in our salesmen rankings. From the mountains to the bike park Jason will be riding one of many bikes, from mountain, dirt jumping, to BMX. His lineup includes a Kona Explosif, Specialized Pitch FSR, or his Tweet Tweet steel framed bike. You can hear him coming for miles as his hobby outside of bikes include working on his Subaru.
Liz has been a salesperson at Bowcycle for the past seven years and has recently taken over the bicycle fit department as a Specialized Body Geometry certified fit technician. Her past experience includes years of dedicated training for both short track speed skating and road bike racing, and as a result has spent many hours in the saddle.
These days her cycling is more recreational in nature leading out the Bowcyclists’ Ladies rides and mountain biking on her days off. Liz’s goal as a bike fitter is to ensure that each rider is one with their bike. Every person is unique and can benefit from a bike fit to ride longer, faster and pain free, Liz would like to help them achieve their cycling goals whether it be recreational or competitive.
Originally from Edmonton, Sean has worked an impressive retail career and most recently as a salesmen here at Bow Cycle, coming into his second season. Sean enjoys mountain biking, long-form journalism, sports writing, and video games. He is one of our in house techies, if you have a computer problem or task there is a good chance he can help you. If he had a perfect day, it would go as follows: Early morning wakeup, pot of coffee, read on the deck, load the bike into the car and go for some laps, finish with some craft beers, take the dogs to the park, Netflix and chill.
Daniel is Bow Cycles resident tough guy, as well as one of our top tier salesmen. When Dan isn’t riding his Santa Cruz 5010, you can find him in the gym. Dan has played Rugby for the Saints rugby club, Team Alberta, Junior Wolf Pack, and now at Mount Royal University, where he studies Health and Physical Education.
Ty is one of our long term top tier salesmen, and has been part of the sales team since 2011. He is an all season commuter but his true passion lies in mountain biking. His favorite bike to ride is his Santa Cruz Nomad, but he also has a Chromag Samurai, and a Norco Sasquatch! He was lucky enough to ride with Steve Pete, and Josh ‘Rat Boy’ Bryceland, at the Santa Cruz Gold Rush 2016 product launch. He has almost a full shop in his basement and services all his bikes on his own. Outside of biking Ty plays a mean game of FROLF, boulders, plays and watches hockey, enjoys comics and anime. He is unfortunately an Oilers fan, but has a very cute dog to make up for it!
Jessica’s sales tenure stretches back to 2012, and she has Bow Cycle in her blood as the fourth member of her family to be a part of the Bow Cycle team. She has two bikes in her fleet, a Masi single speed and a Surly Straggler Cyclocross. Even though you don’t often find her wearing any distinctive colour, all of her outdoor gear (bikes, fishing rod/tackle, and snowboards) has to be pink and/or purple and sparkly. It’s not odd for Jessica to run out of the store just to pet a dog and if there is a dog in the store, she will find it. When she’s not ripping it up on the sales floor, you can find her hiking with her best bud Bones, a 5 month old black lab pup, camping, fishing, or doing her eyebrows. She is part of the bicycle girl gang of Bow Cycle, and one of the many Bow Cycle employees to own a tricked out Toyota Tacoma. Don’t let looks deceive you, with her tattoos piercing and lack of colour, she is actually a big softy.
Val is our cash and service manager. She enjoys mountain biking, and everyday commuting. She is a yoga teaching extraordinaire, and taught us all how to properly stretch to improve our cycling experiences. She also enjoys camping, hiking, gardening, traveling, doing anything DIY. She is also the founder of the Bow Cycle bicycle girl gang. Her bikes of choice are her Cannondale Althea and Kona Mohala.
Lauren is one of our experienced cashiers working in both service cash, and front cash. Joining the team in 2014, Lauren is a fair weather commuter as well as a long tour weekend warrior. Whether it be on her Kona Rove or Specialized Crosstrail, you can find her ripping up paths and trails regularly. If she’s not biking you can find her camping, skiing, snowboarding, or somewhere in the world travelling her little heart out while drinking margaritas. Also a member of the Bow Cycle bicycle girl gang.
Andjela has been working here as a cashier since 2015. The proud owner of a Norco Charger 9.2, she is a casual cross country and mountain biker. She enjoys being outside whether hiking or riding her horse! She is a rugby all-star, but loves to go home and cuddle her dog. Having no shortage of hobbies, she kept busy for 13 years as an Irish dancer!
Matthew has been at Bow Cycle since 2014, working both at front cash and service cash. He is mainly a city commuter, on his old steel Miyata hybrid. His main hobbies include dog photography, video games, and watching hockey. Matt is our resident karaoke superstar, if there is a chance to sing he will be there, even if it is at home with his cats!
Mark, our Parts department manager, has been involved in the bike industry since the early 80’s. He has been racing in multiple disciplines of riding since 1984, starting with road crits and mountain bike races. He competes primarily in XC, TT, Road, and Cyclocross racing. He has quite a few nice bikes and none are stock. Considering his extensive knowledge about parts, you will find nothing but the best on one of his bikes. This winter season converted him into a Fat bike rider as well on his Specialized FatBoy. ‘Fed’ is a fun loving family man who is married with two sons.
Our resident handy-man, parts wizard, Top Shop secretary and warranty sit in. Brandon has been at Bow Cycle since 2005 and has worked in almost every department! He usually headways all custom bike builds, helping the Top Shop with work orders, and Bart with small parts warranty! Outside of Bow Cycle, you’ll often find him fishing, riding to the bar, or shredding mountain-sides. Freeride being his top pick of riding styles, Brandon’s weapons of choice are his Norco Carbon Aurum, Kona Process 153, or his Straight 8 cruiser with a Monster T fork.
Bob is our marketing wizard here at Bow Cycle, he has been a big part of Bow Cycle for many years (enough to guess his age but we’ll never know how old he is). The sleep deprived organizer of the Tour de Bowness, Cadence Cross and occasionally-ran Bow80, he is an avid cyclist and runner after giving up soccer to injuries and gets his competitive juices flowing during the CX season. Outside of bikes Bob enjoys comic book collecting, coffee tasting/snobbery, craft beer exploration (IPAs suck and smoke should never be added to beer) and hanging with his little girl and wife. Bob fears his demise will be being crushed under his comic collection.
Shayne is a key component to the smooth functioning of our shipping and receiving (raving) department and has been since 2007! He owns a mid 80’s steel Bianchi for pathway cruising and downtown bombing, and a Chromag Monk for dirt jumping! He will never tell you how good he is a dirt jumping because he is the most modest man in the bike industry. Outside of biking he collects records, enjoys photography, and urban bird/squirrel watching. He can often be found rare record hunting, and making some solid tunes to rock out to.
All the fancy clothes you buy here have been handpicked by the one and only! Kristy has been with Bow Cycle since 2003, and is our clothing and accessory purchaser. Her favorite bikes to ride are full suspension carbon trail bikes. A self proclaimed bike snob, her personal bike stash includes a Santa Cruz carbon 5010, Santa Cruz Highball, and a 15 year old quarter horse! Wait no, that’s for the horse riding and jumping she does in her free time! She is also quite the runner, you can find her on the trails during every lunch break rain or shine!
Gail is our store merchandiser, the lady to make the store look at good as it does! She has been part of our team since 2013. Outside of Bow Cycle she loves to collect antiques, sew, garden, and enjoys black and white movies, and good music. She loves to travel to the state of Oregon (specifically Cannon Beach) and Louisiana, New Orleans.
Trevor has been at Bow Cycle since 2008, he was one of our top tier salesmen who decided he was more of a behind the scenes kind of guy, so he now works in the warehouse and assists the purchasers. A 365 rider, you will find Trevor riding DH and single speed commuting on the very same day. Among his fleet, a Santa Cruz Nomad, Kona Operator, Cannondale SuperSix, Masi fixie, Sepcialized P3, Kona Fox, and an Electra Cruiser. He may seem like a rough and tough biker dude, but he also enjoys Yoga, Piano, laughing, and drinking coffee.
Spencer has been working behind the scenes at Bow Cycle since 2005 (with a 2 year hiatus) He likes to stay active and eat healthy, while riding his 2003 Kona Stinky-Dee-Lux and 2012 Kona Fox. He likes to rock and/or roll by cranking some good 70’s and 90’s jams, banging the drums, and is always turning the stacks up to 11.