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Dew You Know Bryan?

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  1. What was your first bike? 

    2017 Specialized Rockhopper Sport

  2. What is your perfect bike ride?

    Technical Singletrack, all day, 55°, light breeze, no gap jumps!

  3. If you could tell a customer one maintenance tip, what would it be?

    Wash your bike after every ride🤘

  4. What is your proudest accomplishment on the bike?

    Currently: finishing Marji Gesick 100 in ‘17

  5. If you could have any 2018 bike from the CDC line-up, what rig would you take home?

    Rocky Element 999

  6. What is your favorite trail to ride in West Michigan?

    Does Owasippe count? If not, Cannonsburg Ski Hill/ State Game Area. (Ed. Note: We'll count Owasippe.)

  7. What is your favorite place to ride in the WORLD?

    South Marquette, so far...

  8. What makes CDC different from other bike shops?

    Two things: Cranky Nate and Happy Nate.

  9. What’s the one tool/snack/item you won’t leave home without?

    Tailwind!

  10. What would you tell a new rider about getting into cycling?

    Ride, travel, ride, travel. What do you want to do? Gravel, road, singletrack? Buy a bike you gel with and ride the living hell out of it.

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Meet Bob, CDC's Service Slayer

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Have you met Bob? If you've been in the shop, you almost certainly have met our hardworking manager with an eye for detail and a passion for shredding. He's a BMX rider who never grew all the way up, and a suspension expert that can dial in your full suspension rig like no one else in town. 

1. What was your first bike?

Schwinn Predator

2. What is your perfect bike ride?

Either a stroll with my wife and son. Carving some turns in a bowl at the skate park or hitting some big delicious dirt jumps hidden in the woods

3. If you could tell a customer one maintenance tip, what would it be?

Check your tire pressure regularly.

4. What is your proudest accomplishment on the bike?

Still being able to ride after all the stupid things I’ve done on a bike so far. Still being able to ride a BMX bike as an old guy.

5. If you could have any 2018 bike from the CDC line-up, what rig would you take home?

Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt. GX spec with RockShox suspension.

6. What is your favorite trail to ride in West Michigan?

Maple Hill. Or Charlotte skate park. Undisclosed Dirt Jumps.

7. What is your favorite place to ride in the WORLD?

Haven’t been yet, but will be Whistler in July 2018. Ray's is amazing.

8. What makes CDC different from other bike shops?

We cater to the mountain bike/gravel crowd. We’re different than a lot of shops. We live and breathe dirt.

9. What’s the one tool/snack/item you won’t leave home without?

Shock pump.

10. What would you tell a new rider about getting into cycling?

Have fun and don’t take it too seriously.

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Welcome Courtney to the Central District Cyclery Crew!

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Courtney began mountain biking in her mid-twenties where she fell in love with the variety of physical and mental challenges involved in the sport.  She began traveling and experiencing new trails on a regular basis. Attending skill clinics and festivals around the country is one of her favorite ways to meet new riders/friends and explore new areas.  Courtney is an IMBA ICP Level 1 Instructor and Ride guide, First Aid Certified and previous Dirt Dawgs coach. When not on her bike, Courtney is a speech therapist in the Grand Rapids area, finds herself outdoors, and loves spending time with family, friends, or her cats. 

Our gal is going to be a huge help out on the trails! She'll be running events and demos, plus plenty of rides year-round. Watch for an ambitious calendar of FUN to pop up next week here on the site and on Facebook. What kinds of rides do you want to do this winter? Let us know! 

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Meet The Crew: Mark Hendershot

Name: Mark Hendershot
Age: I saw Evel Knievel jump the Snake River Canyon.
Job Title: Rodeo Clown
Astrological Sign: Leo
Baggies or Spandex: None

1. What was your first bike? Tell us about it.

Fast!

2. Where is your favorite place to ride in West Michigan?

Whatever trail I'm on at the moment! 

3. What's the one piece of equipment, one tool, or one piece of tech you recommend to everyone?

Pedals.

4. How would you describe Central District Cyclery? What's the vibe like?

It's like a porn show on acid.

5. How long have you been riding bikes? What got you into it?

Age two. The chicks dig bikers.

6. If you could pick any 2017 bike that's out or coming out, what would it be?

Rocky Mountain Suzi Q -90. It's such a sexy rig!

7. Do you have a beard? Why or why not?

No. Why would anyone as handsome as myself want to cover up his face?

8. Favorite beer? (There ARE wrong answers to this)

Root.

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Meet The Crew: James Gunderman, Sales/Mustaches.

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Name: James Gunderman
Age: 33
Job Title: Lead Sales
Astrological Sign: Capricorn
Baggies or Spandex: Spandex all the way

1. What was your first bike? Tell us about it.

Well, I don't remember what my actual first bike was since I was just a wee lad but I do remember what bike got me into cycling. It was a mid 80's Schwinn Worldsport. I stripped it down, repainted it, threw some upgrades on then ride that baby all over for a year before upgrading to a fancier machine. Still have it too.

Although it has changed into my single speed and doesn't see as much as action as it should I'll probably keep it forever.

2. Where is your favorite place to ride in West Michigan?

Pretty much any dirt road I can find. Other than that I thoroughly enjoy the stretch of Leonard between GR and Grand Haven.

3. What's the one piece of equipment, one tool, or one piece of tech you recommend to everyone?

Hand pump. Whether it's CO2 or a manual, never leave home without it. Flats can happen anywhere, anytime and you can generally patch it with just about anything to limp back home but if you don't have a way to put pressure back then you're screwed.

4. How would you describe Central District Cyclery? What's the vibe like?

My take on it is that it's a lot of bike shop in a little space; you're going to get great service without being overwhelmed by product. There's a sense of community there that you just don't find much of these days.

5. How long have you been riding bikes? What got you into it?

Going on 6 now. The sense of freedom that comes with riding is what got me started but after my first race I was completely hooked and the rest is history. 

6. If you could pick any 2017 bike that's out or coming out, what would it be? 

The Kona Sutra LTD we currently have in the window at the shop is really calling my name! 

7. Do you have a beard? Why or why not?

In the winter, yes because it keeps my face nice and warm. The rest of the year I tend to go with just a stache.

8. Favorite beer? (There ARE wrong answers to this) 

I sure am a sucker for espresso. I've been hitting up all the local coffee shops trying to find the best one in town and so far Rowster's has been my favorite.

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Meet The Crew: Alex Voorman, Service Manager.

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There are some new, handsome faces around Central District Cyclery these days, and before things get to hectic with summer, we wanted to take a second to introduce everybody. Our crew are experts in the business, but more importantly, they're just great guys. First up, Service Manager and total Leo, Alex Voorman! 

Name: Alex Voorman
Age: 33 years old
Title: Service Manager
Astrological Sign: Leo
Style: Baggies over top of spandex

1. What was your first bike? Tell us about it. 

My very first bike was a blue and white BMX bike from Montgomery Ward that my parents bought me for my 5th birthday, and I really don't remember much about it.  My first proper, memorable, bike was a 1997 GT Timberline with awesome blue/black flame decals.  In 1998 I got my first suspension fork (a Manitou something or other) with the stipulation that I install it myself.  I don't recall having tools beyond a hacksaw, screwdriver and hammer, but somehow I got it together and rode it for years without dying.  

2. Where is your favorite place to ride in West Michigan?

My favorite trail is Fort Custer, which was the first trail I ever rode and is still my favorite.  It's long, challenging, and has more features than my second favorite, Yankee Springs.  

3. What's the one piece of equipment, one tool, or one piece of tech you recommend to everyone?

A good floor pump is invaluable.  Properly inflating your tires is like remembering to tie your shoes - it's not 100% necessary but not doing it makes things needlessly difficult.  

4. How would you describe Central District Cyclery? What's the vibe like?

I haven't been at CDC for long, and I'm sure my impression will evolve with time, but I've always liked the small shop feel and the diverse clientele that has me working on everything from local commuters and neighborhood bikes to high dollar racers and everything in between.

5. How long have you been riding bikes? What got you into it?

I originally got into cycling as a kid through my dad who is himself a lifelong avid cyclist.  I fell off a bit in college but rediscovered cycling as an adult while living in Chicago, where I discovered that it was far and away the fastest, cheapest way to get around town,  

6. If you could pick any 2017 bike that's out or coming out, what would it be? 

The Kona Unit.  I've got a thing for single speed and plus size tires.  Throw a suspension fork and dropper post on there and you've got a winner.  

7. Do you have a beard? Why or why not?

I do have a beard, both because it's warmer in the winter, and because I'm a walking stereotype of a bike mechanic.  

8. Favorite beer? (There ARE wrong answers to this)

I can't commit to a single favorite beer.  How about favorite brewery?  Shorts is my pick for favorite brewery.  

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