Thomas Jenkins, along with Tim Richardson, opened the doors of SBC in May of 2000 and ever since has been working full time at SBC. The decade between graduating from Radford University (BBA-Accounting) and opening SBC was either spent in Harrisonburg bike shops and enjoying the great riding around Valley or on the road mountain bike racing around the US. Thomas’ passion for bicycles has him very active with the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition and the local bicycle scene, his favorite time with SVBC is spent building and maintaining the great trails around Harrisonburg. Thomas lives only a few blocks from the shop with his wife Julie and two sons Ethan and Carter, they are frequently seen around town traveling by bicycle as a family. When the shop is slower in the winter Thomas enjoys getting out on the cross country skis especially in the beautiful lands around Canaan Valley, WV.
Tim Richardson's Cycling passion began early with moms nurturing laugh. Tim's mechanical training started by coming home from the landfill with project bikes. The bikes were dismantled then resurrected as cycle monsters and sometimes lawn sculpture. Growing up in a rural landscape forced Tim to develop creative means of keeping the bikes rolling along with a mother that supported his odd desire to have all his bikes live in his room.
In 1987 when Collin was still wetting the bed Tim convinced a local cycle shop owner in Dale City that hiring him was the thing to do and bike shops have been home ever since. Although he avoids using tri flow as a lube Tim still revels in the smell as benchmark bike shop smell along with the aroma of fresh rubber.
Tim moved to Harrisonburg in 1992 to attend JMU where he was trained to be a fence-rider via the Philosophy and Anthropology department, Tim currently teaches cycling classes through the JMU Kinesiology department. Tim is developing a website dedicated to drift racing inside bike shops and is pushing hard to have the spec class bike of choice be a 24" Trek 200. Cycling favorites include touring in various countries while singing Black Sabbath tunes in highest voice possible as well as mountain cycling on awkwardly technical terrain. Tim can often be found in his service bay talking to whatever bike is in his stand and loves packing Acai bowls.
Kyle Lawrence found himself in Harrisonburg for school at James Madison University and stayed for bike riding. Despite never intending to remain in the Valley or the 'Burg for the long-term, he could not resist the ancient pull of the Appalachian Vortex. With so many trails and roads to explore the Valley proved a gold mine of opportunities. Unable to tear himself away from an area rife with outdoor adventure opportunities, the local community only pulled him in deeper. You can find Kyle typically on a 29er Trek hard-tail mountain bike but he isn't terribly picky about his bikes or trails so long as he spends all day in the woods. Kyle has been at SBC since 2005 and has enjoyed every minute. From a college student to a part-time mountain xc racer to an involved bicycle advocate, Kyle has spent the last six years immersed in bicycles. He currently serves on the board of the local bike club, the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition and works hard to devote time to advocacy while always finding time to ride. In his spare time you can find him running on trails in the Shenandoah National Park and as always trying to cover ground and see the sights in the beautiful remote mountainous trails that surround the valley.
Jason Williams is a self proclaimed lover of all things with wheels. After 10 years of slinging packages as a bike messenger he traded in his bag for an employee owner position at Independent Fabrication. In 2006 after a couple of years working there and living in boston he decided to leave the hectic city life and has since enjoyed a more relaxed lifestyle here in the shenandoah valley working at SBC
Collin Vento's love of the two wheeled machine began with a bmx bike, some dirt mounds, and bloody shins. A Dale City native transplanted to the Shenandoah Valley originally for schooling at James Madison University (B.S. Geographic Science 06') saw the light of the Harrisonburg mountain biking scene, got a hold of a mountain bike and hasn't been able to stop riding since. Collin joined the SBC team in early 2007 and is commonly found at his work bench, wrench in dirty hands, working on bikes, rebuilding suspension, building wheels and all the other joys that come with playing with bikes. When not at the shop Collin will be trying to hold on to the dream of never growing up by riding the local skate park, pump track, or recklessly descending Chestnut Ridge.
Kurt Rosenberger joined the SBC Team in the spring of 2009. With no strong preferences of bicycle genre Kurt is happiest pedaling and exploring new places regardless of what bike he’s on. Though recently the wilds of the Shenandoah massif is most likely where he will be found, riding its remote ridges in search of old oaks and fast single-track on his Trek Paragon. Ten years of Bike shop experience with a history of BMX, Dirt jumping and road riding he has a well rounded knowledge of bicycle culture. When not working or riding he’s known to spend his time working on art or attempting to force all types of food into a burrito.
David Lee hopped on at SBC in the fall of 2010. Coming from a bike shop in Cincinnati’s cycling community dominated by carbon and skinny tires, the Shenandoah Valley was a breath of fresh air. Harrisonburg’s mountain-centric bike scene offers him many opportunities to grow as a rider. After learning the joys of gravel and single-track, David traded in his S2 for a steel Trek Presidio with plenty of tire clearance and upgraded his go-to mountain ride to a Turner Flux. Whether building new bikes, repairing old ones, or working at the computer, David’s bicycle knowledge continues to expand, always falling short of his passion to learn more. When away from the shop and his bikes, David is brushing up on musical instruments forgotten in adolescence or pondering what to be when he grows up...yeah right.
Paul Forrester: After receiving a Bacelor’s Degree in Music in 2008 from James Madison University he, naturally, decided to shift his focus to sustainable agriculture, carpentry and riding various bicycles. Paul has been a member of the SBC squad since May 2011 when he began assembling new bicycles and constructing delicious Acai Bowls. Since then he has been promoted several times and received many titles, including Assistant to the Custodial Supervisor. His mountain bike training began a few years back on a 1990’s Trek Singletrack 930 and continues today on a Turner Flux, on which he fulfills some primal need that was tapped into during adolescence on the skateboard. When not working or riding bikes, he enjoys playing and recording music with the local psychedelic-pop band Coach, drawing pictures of goofy cartoonish characters, or lying on the floor with his eyes closed, breathing.
S. Scott Wootten III of adventureseen.com joined the SBC team in April 2012. Scott grew up here in the Shenandoah Valley and a paddling addiction drove him on a whirlwind global whitewater adventure that eventually brought him home. While studying at Virginia Tech, he started video kayaking in West Virginia on the New & Gauley Rivers for the rafting industry. After a 3 year run with a "real job" as a professional Boy Scout, Scott transitioned back to living the dream as the coach for the Massanutten Snowboard team. When he is not on his Hi-Fi, he's probably playing with his new camera, editing videos or chasing the dream. Today he continues to make videos, telling stories of the cycling community here in the Friendly City.
Ritchie Vaughan spent summer 2012 seeking out the mid-Atlantic's most rad bicycle town; Harrisonburg won; and she started working at SBC that September. In her previous lives, Ritchie was a distance runner, sport climber, president of a bicycle collective, and then a wildland firefighter. She discovered mountain biking while writing her Master of Forestry dissertation in 2010. When she's not at the shop, she's either wrenching on something (like her house or her motorcycle) or she's riding singlespeed singletrack with her boyfriend and dogs.