Introducing our new head mechanic, Aubrey Hoermann, to the MSU bicycling community.
I’d like to introduce our new head mechanic, Aubrey Hoermann, to the campus bicycling community.
He joins our team after many years of working on and with bikes. He worked as a bike messenger in Detroit and San Francisco and later owned his own bike shop (Refried Cycles) in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood for 5 years, which developed a dedicated and devoted following. He specialized in refurbishing and updating higher-quality older bikes for commuters and daily riders, which attracted him to this core service of MSU Bikes.
This self-introduction sums up his passion for bikes:
“I love steel frames & forks, chubby tires, handlebars (at least) as high as the saddle, and enough gears (not too many, and not too high). I love helping people get on the right bike, or turn theirs into the right one. I figure that 85% of people need an ’80-’90s steel mountain bike (no suspension!) with upright handlebars for 95% of their riding. And, hey, put a basket on it! Read Grant Petersen!”
Last week we piloted a new service with a few Spartans: 1-on-1 bike commuter help, and it seemed to hit the mark!
Riding in the bike lane on Farm Ln. south-bound where passengers are let out frequently – BEWARE!!
Riding along Farm Ln., spring 2015 Tour de MSU
The class was really well received with the participants who came in with a number of concerns related to commuting to campus and home by bike, most of which were quickly resolved after some brief discussion.
We moved on to specific route concerns between their neighborhood and campus and we were able to offer some small changes to their routes to find lower-stress solutions.
We’ve decided to offer this as a new complimentary service of MSU Bikes. You can either call the Center (517-432-3414) to schedule a time to sit down with Tim to review your concerns and routes or if a personal visit isn’t convenient for you email him and he’ll answer as best as possible via email or you can schedule a session.