I moved to Napa, CA at age 12 in 1995 from Connecticut. Within the first few weeks of being in Napa my parents took me to Bicycle Works and bought me a Diamond Back Viper BMX bike. I road the wheels off that bike and would stop by Bicycle Works on an almost daily basis for advice or just to hang out. By spring 1997, I was an employee. Over the years I have left and returned to Bicycle Works a few times. I have also had the opportunity to work for a few other bike shops in Berkeley, Walnut Creek, Santa Clara and also worked for Santa Cruz Bicycle in the wheel building dept. from 2007-2011. I feel that the combination of my retail and production experience gives me a well rounded take on the cycling industry that helps me understand the needs of clients no matter what level or discipline of cycling they might be interested in.
Andre is a Napa native, living here for his entire life. Andre has been working on bikes professionally since 2003 and has been with Bicycle works since 2007. Andre is going to school to become a history teacher. His true passions are vintage bicycles, mainly Peugeot's, he rides his 84' PSVN10 as often as he can. He also has a fascination with internal and coaster brake hubs, and anything vintage. Bring your old bike in when Andre is there and it will be doted upon.
I started riding bicycles shortly after Greg LeMond’s first Tour de France victory in 1986 on a Dave Scott addition Centurion. I rode that bike until I started working at Bicycle Works in 1988 and traded it in for a Trek 2300 that I rode with Bob for many miles and many county line sprints (all of which I won! But don’t ask him, he will remember otherwise). I rode my first century, the Sequoia Century in Palo Alto, in 1990.
I married Ronda in 1991 and moved to Berkeley where she was going to Cal (go Bears!). While living there I worked for Backroads Bicycle Tours. I returned to Napa in 1995 and started working for Bicycle Works again. I love old Cannondale Bicycles and have ridden many. My first was a M800 Beast of the East, a fully rigid high bottom bracket frame I got specifically to ride Oat Hill Mine Road. Currently you will find me on my Retotec ATB or my Inglis road bike but you will need to look for me at night as that’s when I am most active. If you are ever looking for a week night ride I lead two a couple, call the store for the latest information, all are welcome to join me.
I’ve been working on bicycles as far back as I can remember. When I was little I loved taking things apart and putting them back together – not always successfully. I was always compelled to take my bike apart, you know, to see how it worked. With the help of a few basic tools in the garage, I found myself looking at the parts that comprise a bicycle, all neatly arranged on the driveway.
Like a lot of people my interest in bicycles started when I received my first bicycle when I was five years old. I can’t remember the brand of it, but it got a ton of use and gave me my first black eye. I was taught how to ride a bike the old fashion way. In those days you hopped on the seat with no helmet and no training wheels. Someone held onto the back of the seat and let you go. There wasn’t anything particularly special about it, but to a five year old who pretended he was on a motorcycle as he rode on the trails, was the key that unlocked my passion for the pedal powered two wheeled machine.