Back in 2012, Alison’s friends challenged her to do a triathlon. Up until then, her only experience of being on a bike was falling off of them. BUT. She was determined to rise to this new challenge, so she bought herself a hybrid bike and took it to Redbridge cycling circuit. In her words: “I just kept getting on until I stopped falling off”. Alisons says that the best thing about cycling is undoubtedly the cycling community. What has made it a huge part of her life, she says, is how cycling brings you into community, and enables you to give back to that community. Alison says “I had never really felt like I quite belonged somewhere before cycling”. Alison is the owner of Veloqi.cc; a performance coaching business, the Diversity and Inclusion Officer for British Cycling Eastern Board, the TT and Events Secretary for Redbridge CC and the Outreach Secretary for WCCG ...AND now the wheels workshop manager for us! Woop!
Stevie’s main mode of transport has always been the bicycle, and that’s how they like it. Their EARLIEST memory is actually of learning how to ride a bicycle (how cool is that??), and feeling that awesome ‘I’M DOING IT’ feeling. They say, ‘yeah, it’s just a really good time’ in regards to cycling in general. Their fav part about riding a bike is the self sufficiency and ‘knowing you can put a bunch of sh*t on it, and then only relying on your legs to get you somewhere’. Stevie is currently our new FFF fantastical frames figure-outerer, helping us behind the scenes with organization and communication with our beloved customers (hi, you).
Taylor come to us from Canadia and is a keen bikepacker/MTBer/fixed crit lover who rarely turns down an opportunity for adventure. She works with us as our ‘make-things-happen’ person and is currently feeling weird about writing about herself in third person. She is at the ready on our socials and works on the creative side of things here at Stayer (though we’re all creatives here). Taylor first got into cycling through touring on 650b converted vintage bikes, now also enjoys MTB, off-road anything, and bikepacking. Taylor is currently a glorified noob in the world of BMX, races fixed crits, and is also training for her first Ultra Distance race.
Dimi (aka Dimitri) is a new face working with hands in the wheel building workshop. He hails to us from the North London ThunderCats, racing fixed, but also loves racing road crits, and cyclocross. He is often dashing off to smash a race of some kind after work time. Dimi first got into bikes after moving to London and cutting his teeth as a mechanic. His fav type of riding? Off-road every time due to the absence of cars (AMEN). His fav bit about riding a bicycle? Combining exercise and sightseeing (double AMEN).
A true local, hailing from Walthamstow, Willow is helping us build bike frames. He is a master at building things that move people. When he’s not working magic in the Stayer workshop, he is building boats. So if Willow ends up working on your frame, you’ll know your bike will definitely float, if you ever send it straight into a canal, or other body of water. He says that the bike work and the boat work are super different, and that now that he’s welding bikes, he’s learned how to work much smaller, lighter, and more precisely. Willow has been using a bike to get to work for the last 10 years, and loves a cycle around. We are really fortunate to have Willow’s expertise and hands on board.
Rob has pretty much always been on a bike, though he started out in the wonderful world of road cycling, surrounded by carbon bikes and the pursuit to dress like the pros, which he says he found difficult (and unfun). But then the TCR came about and there was something that really drew him to that. So he sold his road bike to pay for a frame building course (lol, awesome). Gravel was on the verge and at the time, 35mm tyres were HUGE. He built up his first gravel bike and did the Trans Con (no big deal) where he found a better, more comfortable community. Rob says, “road cycling is backwards”. I ask Rob if I should include that comment in the interview, he laughs and says, “I don’t care what anyone thinks.” and “so yeah, I like bikes.” Rob is hot on the framebuilding for us at the moment, and it’s great to have him around. Rob is a prolific framebuilder and the owner of Quirk Cycles.
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