Welcome back to staff interview series. For March we chat with one of our sales and service staff over in the retail store – Alex Summers.
1. Hi Alex, how long have you worked in the bike industry? What is your current role with TBSM?
I have been working at TBSM for 4 years in August. Currently I am the brand manager for Look, BH, Kask, Oakley and 3T. I deal with high end road bike quotes and insurance quotes.
2. What first sparked your interest in cycling?
My first ever bike was a BMX at age 4, That first ever dirt jump had me hooked.
3. You ride both road and MTB, correct? Which do you currently prefer? What do you like best about each?
I do ride both mountain and road. Currently I have been sticking mostly with road. Nothing beats the feeling of bombing hills on the road bike. Though I am keen to do some more MTB races in the future (but not 24Hour, ever again).
Ladies, do you want to be a Liv/Giant Australia Facebook cover star? Entering is as simple as emailing them a photo of you out riding your Giant to email@example.com
They will pick one lucky Liv girl to be featured for a week, each month. Cover stars also win a Liv prize pack! Good luck!
Following our interview with Liam Howarth last week, he will also be starting off our monthly Staff Product Pick segment.
Liam’s pick of the month is the Topeak HybridRocket MT Pump.
While a mini pump may not seem like the most exciting product out there, with no claims of improvement to your riding ability, the Topeak HybridRocket MT will make your trail-side flat tyre changes a while lot easier. The HybridRocket MT is small enough to fit in your pack and light enough so that you won’t notice it mounted to your frame. Designed for large volume tyres with a larger diameter piston for inflation up to 90psi. For times when you are in a rush, feeling lazy or even if you have to seat a tubeless tyre the HybridRocket MT’s second pump head allows you to use a threaded CO2 cartridge for rapid tyre inflation.
A feature I have found extremely useful is the HybridRocket MT’s extendible hose which makes pumping by hand much easier while eliminating the risk of damaging a tube or tubeless valve. Both the extendible hose and CO2 inflator are compatible with Presta and Schrader valves without having to flip over pump head internals or use any valve adapters. Topeak have opted to use CNC Aluminium for the HybridRocket MT’s body, handle and shaft to give a sturdy feeling and to ensure you are never stuck trail-side with a flat tyre and a busted pump.
Have you tried the HybridRocket? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Would you like to be a Merida Bikes Brand Ambassador for TBSM? Fill out the online form (link below) and tell us why you should be selected as a MERIDA Brand Ambassador. Three outstanding customers will be chosen to receive a great deal on a 2014 MERIDA Bike and MERIDA Kit.
Apply here: https://www.formstack.com/forms/?1666505-7bTRxXkEIx
With the Tour Down Under just completed, the 2014 World Tour season is off and pedaling. The season sees a number of new teams as well as some new sponsors. One of those is Team Giant-Shimano. While the team itself has been around since 2005 under the guise of Skil Shimano and more recently Argos-Shimano, this year the new title sponsors of Giant and Shimano join forces for the first time. It is worth stopping to reflect upon what this means for the cycling industry as well as the average road rider.
Introducing Team Giant-Shimano© CorVos / Team Giant-Shimano
The formation of a powerful partnership between two of the biggest names in cycling presents some interesting opportunities. The first is obvious; these big name companies provide substantial financial backing to a World Tour team, keeping the highest level of the sport moving forward. Unlike most other professional sports, cycling teams receive no revenue from TV rights and rely almost exclusively on corporate sponsorship to function.
Welcome to the new monthly Staff Interview Series! Hopefully it will be a fun way for everyone to get to know the staff here at TBSM. We are happy to start the interview series with our online store manager, Liam Howarth.
Liam, how long have you been working with TBSM? What is your role with the company?
I started working with TBSM close to 8 years ago now. My role has evolved over the years from general sales, service and workshop repairs in the rather small old store, to website developer, online store manager and IT support(/geek).
Thredbo DH State Series a few years back now.
What led to your career in the bicycle industry, and what do you most love about it?
My career in the industry started from my love of riding and my interest in anything mechanical/technical. Opportunities and challenges with new website design work is motivating and everyone in the industry is fairly easy to work with.
The World’s first true women’s-specific aero road bike — built to slice through the wind, the Envie Advanced is fit to be faster (watch out boys I’ll be flying past you all).
Firstly I must say how much I love my custom TBSM colour paint job on my baby. The black with the lime green looks awesome with my TBSM cycling kit (very matching). Continue reading
Pick the Tour Down Under overall winner and win a pair of TBSM socks, a Giant Pro2 carbon bottle cage, and a Giant water bottle!
To enter the contest, head to the TBSM Facebook page and comment on the Tour Down Under CONTEST post. Enter your winning prediction in the comments.
Terms and conditions:
- Post your prediction for the winning rider in the Faceboook post comments
- Limited to the first 10 people who guess the winning rider
- One guess per person
- Must be able to post the prize to an Australian address
- The winner will be notified via Facebook and must respond via email with delivery details for their prize
- To count, entries must be made before the start of the 3rd stage
TBSM is now holding its own in-house beginners bike maintenance workshops. The second edition will be held on Monday the 20th January 2014 and will focus on how to get yourself home when you have any minor issues while riding.
Details: Beginner bike maintenance workshop
Where: TBSM at 6.30pm Monday 20th January 2014
Duration: 2 – 2.5 hours
The class will cover:
- The anatomy of the bike
- Installing and removing the rear wheels
- Replacing a tube
- Repairing a puncture in a tube
- Utilizing a gas canister
- What you should carry on your ride
- Cleaning of the drive train
- Lubricating your bike and what kind of lube to use
What to bring:
- Your own bike
- Clothes you do not mind getting dirty
- A willingness to learn
- A sense of humour
If you are interested in the class, please email Jason on firstname.lastname@example.org and register your name as it will be done strictly on a first come, first served basis. We look forward to seeing you!
We will be running more advanced classes in the future, so keep an eye on the blog and Facebook for upcoming classes.
*Custom classes can be designed and run upon request, please contact Jason in store or on email@example.com with your specific needs.