Big Shark's owner and janitor, Mike wants you to enjoy cycling and enjoy Big Shark. Still active in racing and infrequently fit, his goal is make sure that the region has a reason to ride. If you ever have a question or want some help getting into cycling- he's all about it.
On occasion we get approached by people who are far too accomplished professionally to work at our stores. They've had successful careers in industry and are "made men." These men of liesure and lifestyle are here because the are lovin' it. Meet Bill. Bill used to be a Railroad Executive. To us this meant that he had mob connections so we had to hire him. He calles it "rehirement."
Brian is the manager of our Downtown Store, Urban Shark. He cares a lot and is sensitive. And he plays drums. We didn't think this combination of personality and ability to make loud noises was possible, but apparently it is. He is part of trend in our company to look smarter via trendy eye wear, please take note. He's bike savant and a great fitter...check him out downtown. (We forgive him for supplying us with a photo full of portable toilets.)
Big Shark, depsite being a store named after predatory fish, has a lot of dogs at each location. However, our LOOP location only has one employee who's name could very easily be a dog name. Meet Cody. Cody is our most mild mannered, calm employee. If you're ever stressed or really, really need someone to talk to, we nominate Cody.
Colin is Big Shark's smartest employee. If you add up all of the IQ's of all of our staff and divide by the width of Saturn's outer ring and then multiply it by the number DNA strands in a lizard egg you'll end up with a number that Colin already knew. This means that he is a good resource if you really want to know something about something, or in our case, how to use our Point of Sale.
DJ Hieger is the bearded ginger that works at Big Shark West. DJ's main focus in life is to spread the word that the world is not black and white. That, and gingers have no souls. He has worked for Pearl Izumi in the past, as well as Duck Dynasty.
Heather is our shipping, receiving, inventory, event registration, detail oriented thorough person. She holds the keys to so many aspects of Big Shark that we all treat her well, or else. If you've ever participated in one of our events, odds are she's spelled your name correctly and made you sign an insurance waiver.
All cycling stores need a fine artist on staff, usually more than one. Currently he puts his initials on the bicycles that he builds which means that once he establishes himself in the art community your bike will be worth millions.
Janet started shopping at Big Shark in the early 90's. So this means that despite still looking like a teenager she's a veteran. She's been racing BMX for 20 years and working in the LOOP for as long as their has been Sharks in Missouri.
Jeff is one of our best salesmen at Big Shark West, primarily because he is easy going, like Sunday Morning. He likes Romance Novels, Long Walks, Roller Blading and Pirate Shirts, when he's not at work.
Johnny comes from the infamous Merli family, of Dogfish Apparel lore. It's like the cycling mafia family in St. Louis. So don't question his repairs or he'll whack ya. He's reportedly just here to keep an eye on Farrell, who's married to his older sister. So, Farrell, watch yourself or Johnny'll whack ya. Johnny was super fast. Then he wasn't. Now he is again. Or he says he will be. As our LOOP Service Manager- he's ready to fine tune anything- road bikes, tri bikes, mountain bikes, spaceships, etc.
Josh has been working at our Downtown Store since it's inception and despite thinking that one day he is going to follow in his brother's footsteps and become a video/theatree producer we have decided that we will not let him do this. He's too useful at Big Shark. When you see him please tell him that we wrote his professors to withdraw him from his studies.
This Little Fella is Casey. In addition to having the longest torso in all of competive cycling, he's an amazing mechanic. He's been working at Big Shark since before he could grow mutton chops, and now, well look at them. They are magnificent. He races for the Dogfish Racing Team and is capable of winning almost every race he enters, despite never training.
Kayce is proof that Big Shark is on the cutting edge of cycling culture. Beards in cycling are now as de rigeur as electronic shifting.Kayce rides to work every day regardless of monsoons, locusts, fire, tornados, hurricanes, tornadocanes or worse. He literally climbs inside of his beard. He lives on the bike and about the bike- and is a student of the topic. He's into it and wants to help you, a lot.
Matt is our funniest employee, altough you would never know this since he seldom talks. If you can get him to talk you would discover that not only is he very well-spoken and amusing, he is also extremly knowledgeable. Odds are if he recommends a part or a repair you should heed his advice. He's wise and kind. Like Gandalf.
Sweetpea is one of the three neurotic/sweet shop dogs that inhabit Big Shark LOOP. She likes to be pet, long walks on the beach, soft food, hard food and protecting her turf.
Gone but not forgotten. She may look gentle and noble in the picture, but she was a fighter. Unless she had to go outside or you accidentally stepped on her, she could have carred less about you. That is, of course, unless you're under four feet tall. Children beware. No petting this would-be best friend, kids, unless you wanted to hear her bark at you.
But she was old and lethargic. And she had no teeth. So she couldn't ever hurt you, although she didn't know that.
Craig works at our Big Shark West location as a "serious mechanic." This means that we think he's serious, he might not actually be serious, but it's a hunch. A few fascinating facts about Craig.
He began racing bikes when Nixon was the President, not the Governor.
He started fixing bikes when Reagan was the President.
He started building mountain bike trails w/GORC 10 years ago and is no a Board member and SCCP's Trail Steward Coordinator. This means he's a good guy.
Currently he participates in regional Ultra Mountain Bike Races, where he usually finishes in the top 90%.
Patty used to run the St. Louis Regional Bicycle Federation where she tried with all of her heart and soul to get the entire city riding bikes. Now she is on the same mission, just one person at a time. She's sweet.
In life there are things that are mysteries. Where do things come from? Is the Big Bang Theory real? At Big Shark we have Rob. Rob is where things come from. As our ordering and recieving Senior at the LOOP, odds are that if you've ever bought it, touched it or special ordered it- Rob is the glue who keeps things coming. He is also that guy who still listens to KSHE. It's a St. Louis thing.
Tim is one of the few employees who works at every location, he's kind of a drifter. He will sell you a bike AND he will sell your bike. He runs our customer Ebay auction program, so if your bicycle ownership strategy is N+1 he is here to help. He has about 36 bikes himself and can talk about obscure handlebars, if that's your thing. And he has a beard, which as we know, is very important.
Nothing says "St. Louis Cycling" like TK. Known throughout the Midwest for being the fastest guy off the line in the heydey of BMX. Tim has matured like a fine wine into an affable bike geek. However...we know the real TK is in there somewhere. He manages our West County Shark, stop in and call him, "Killer."
Tom is affable.If ever there was a person who's persona defined their mood, it's Tom. He's just nice. It runs through his entirety. We attribute this to him being the sort of person who thinks that a perfectly acceptable cycling desitnation is a beer.
Waffles came to us as a scared and neurotic shop dog. He hasn't changed. Come by the LOOP store and let him sit on you.
Tug is one of the four dogs that works at Big Shark West. We use the word "work" very loosely with Tug.