Meet the Intown Bicycles Crew
On My Way to the Bike shop
I have over 30 years of experience in the bicycles industry and am the sole owner of Intown Bicycles. I started out in a shed in my backyard in 1982, and as my son likes to say, have become an example for living the American dream. Read about the History of Intown Bicycles to see how it all came to be.
Rita came to us in 1996 when Atlanta was in high gear with the Olympics. The city was bracing itself for traffic gridlock, and suddenly people were tuning up their old bicycles and buying new ones to get around on. (What a great idea!) We were so busy at that time, that she got virtually no formal bicycle training when she arrived. She just jumped in. Although she knew little about bicycles at the time, she picked it up quickly with her natural mechanical ability. And talk about your engineer… she can rig anything. Rita is also the one that keeps the sparkle on the place. She rearranges our corners, dusts the displays, waters the plants, and fixes the leaky faucets. Rita is our "Jacqueline of all Trades". And that's just what she does here. You may also have seen Rita at Key Lime Pie Salon where she manages their inventory. We're delighted to have Rita, even if we do have to share her.
Amy joined us in the Spring of 2009. Although she had no official bike shop experience, she had spent some time at SOPO, the local bike co-op. After passing the "tool board test" in her first interview, I decided to hire her as an apprentice. Glad I did!
It turns out that Amy is a natural for retail, a Jacquelyn of all trades. Of course she speaks with customers about all things bicycle and is pretty good with a wrench, but she also manages the inventory, does displays, and takes care of the myriad of details involved in running a bike shop. I like to call her the lubricant that makes the place run smoothly.
Charlie comes to us via Apalachee Cycle in Dacula. That's where he learned the trade. He worked there for six years, and I’m sure they're going to miss him. But with his eye on an English degree at Georgia State, he headed for parts south.
Just our luck too. Of course Charlie is knowledgeable and competent on bicycles, but he's also musical, and an all around good guy. Just the kind of guy we like here at Intown Bicycles.
Daniel joined us at the end of 2012. It's funny. I kept telling him I didn't need any help since it was the end of our season, but I hired him anyway. He did so well on our BAT (Bicycle Aptitude Test) that I couldn't pass him up.
Daniel comes on as an apprentice, but he will not be one for long. Besides being armed with an impressive knowledge of bike stuff, he's a quick study, and does meticulous work. Naturally, we're glad to have Daniel.
Craig on a Test Ride
Although originally from Savannah, Craig comes to us via UGA from where he's a freshly minted graduate. He's a natural mechanic, bicycle fluent (of course), and likes ridng his bike more than he likes driving his car. Plus, besides being a really nice guy, he can drive a bus. :) Glad he decided to hang with us for a while before his next port of call.
Chandler is the latest addition to our crew. If you've seen him before, it's probably because he delivered your Jimmy Johns sandwich or hooked you up at the AT&T store. Theses days you can find him here, (or maybe out towing another bicycle with his towing rig). He's got all the stuff we like in an Intown crew member: wrenchin' skills, bike knowledge, he's a jack of all trades, and a general good guy. He's also my go-to guy for Android questions.
Last, but not least, you may not actually see her when you come in, but you will see her work every time. Besides being the "woman behind the scene", Thiery is our interior designer. She's the one that creates the atmosphere here with her fine eye for color, decorative techniques, and plain old elbow grease. Check out the mural she painted in the showroom next time you come. See how many animals you can find in it. Thiery and I have been married over 32 years, and I can tell you that she is happiest with her paint (or gardening) clothes on.
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Have a question about the world of bicycles? Whether it regards product information, technical issues, or riding the streets of Atlanta all you have to do is ask bicycle expert Mike Goodman, Intown Bicycles owner with over 30 years of experience in the industry.
Do you think that you know bikes? Well, we've put together the Bicycle Aptitude Test to see who's got the stuff and who still needs the training wheels. So, go ahead. Don't be afraid...
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