There are some who picture a bike mechanic as a tattooed, surly man who works in the back room of a bike shop who has no interest whatsoever of your opinion of his work. True, there are some bike mechanics that fit that description, it certainly is not the template of all bike mechanics. However, in the defense of the surly bike mechanic that does not want to be disturbed, I can say the only reason bike shops keep them on is they may be damn good mechanics. It is sort of like the question of, what kind of doctor do you want attending your health? There are those doctors who have a wonderful bedside manner and there are those who lack the human touch but are talented clinicians. In the past we have had the surly mechanics and they were brilliant at the work. Today, all of our mechanics are cheerful and enjoy not only working and building electric bikes, but meeting and spending time with our clients.
The above picture is our CEO, who raced for Team Davis. Dr. Carpenter spent his many years as a principle in the funeral industry, a Military Chaplain, and an educator. His motto is, "People first, bicycles second."
Jeff is our new General Manager and is now overseeing the general operations of Island City Bikes. Jeff spent many years in corporate management, retail operations, and formerly ran our second location in Sacramento.
This is Isabella, one of our top mechanics and former pro cyclist. Isabella has been with us for over a year and brings a wealth of experience to our shop and office. Isabella is our shop supervisor, and is responsible for training and managing our mechanics and technicians.
Bill is a graduate of the University of San Diego School of Engineering and the UCLA School of engineering. He works with us as a consultant on engineering, battery technology, and custom machine engineering. As we often machine our own parts it is imperative we have access to the best tools and processes available.
Jennifer is a CPA with many years of experience managing the finances of some of the largest companies in the State. It is under her watchful eyes that this business has always thrived. Jennifer has advanced degrees in accounting from the University of California, Berkeley.
Macy is in charge of procurement and inventory. Need a part? Macy will know where it is, how much it costs and if it is time for restocking. She is an avid swimmer, surfer, and rock climber. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley and a great addition to our staff.
Welcome to our new Bookkeeper. Our new keeper of the books is a great addition to our team as she brings a great deal of talent and experience. She is also a graduate of the University of Berkeley and has since worked the largest accounting firms in the Bay Area. Is this her real picture? No, not everyone wishes the picture to be online and she is one of our few employees that does not wrench on bikes.
Fred brings many years of experience to our shop as an engineer and mechanic. He previously worked as an engineer with the airline industry and is highly skilled in to tools necessary for the work of building electric bikes. Fred also is a master wheel builder and a highly sought after mechanic for the restoration of vintage bikes.
Our battery genius. Electric bike batteries are complicated and require special skills along with special tools. We supply the tools (pretty much whatever he asks for but we are a little suspicious about the surfboard he requested). Keil not only is capable of trouble shooting lithium ion batteries, he is also an avid downhill mountain bike rider.