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.
Stephen is a multi-talented bike guru who rides to work every day it's over 30 degrees. When he's not geeking out about the latest bike tech or racing in local criteriums, Stephen writing music and performing as a singer-songwriter. He was previously part of the band King James and the Killer Bee, and is now the lead man of Jr Gears. Check him out on Spotify and at our Big Bend location.
At around 5 feet tall, Leah is Big Shark's smallest employee. She enjoys long road rides and the occasional criterium. On the side she has other cycling-related pursuits including making custom headbadges and custom painting bike frames
Bennett is Big Shark's Tech Expert, here to field all your questions about cycling computers, smart trainers, power meters, and cycling apps. Although Bennett seems fast and serious when he's out racing criteriums on his CAAD12, he's also a big nerd. If you look closely you'll notice his impressive collection of Star Wars socks. When he's not at Big Shark, Bennett flys off to ride in a sunny part of the country or stays at home playing board games.
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."
Forrest could be out inventing new machines with his mechanical engineering degree. Forrest could be hosting NPR with his deep, radio-quality voice. Instead of those things, Forrest is a mechanic at our Big Bend location. Forrest is incredibly helpful and rides a purple glitter bike.
Mike Troll, or just Troll, has been working in bike shops his entire life. He rides BMX and knows how to make a BB gun out of an air compressor and a few axel bolts. Troll has also stolen the heart of Grace the shop dog. You can find him in the mechanics area at Big Bend with Grace always on his heels.
Justin has worked in the bike industry for over ten years. He enjoys problem-solving ventures like tinkering with suspension and making things work together that shouldn't work together (Does he NEED those mountain bike bits on his road bike? Nope, but he can!) You'll find him at Urban Shark, where he wrenches and manages. Also his eyes are too different colors. Weird.
Tyler joined the Big Bend team in 2017 with an impressive resume of mechanical skills. He is a husband and father of two. His other interests include bikes, high end craft beer, and the revolution. He started racing in 2008 at the Penrose Park Velodrome and has been hooked ever since. His stable currently includes a Giant TCR, Giant Anthem, Giant Omnium, Focus Mares, Stowe Phase3, and a Serotta Colorado. Tyler often stays at the shop after close to build wheels or reassemble complex shifting components. Tyler used to be a drummer in a metal band, and you can still see him dance to heavy rock in the shop on a slow day.
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. Johnny was super fast. Then he wasn't. Now he is again. Or he says he will be. As our Big Bend Service Manager, he's ready to fine tune anything- road bikes, tri bikes, mountain bikes, spaceships, etc.
Casey with Mutton Chops
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 with a Beard
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.
Craig at Big Shark West
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%.
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 at Urban
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.
Born on the streets of Webster Groves, seasoned in hollows of south city, and aged 6 years in the high desert of Tucson, Arizona is a man deeply ingrained in the bicycle industry and is a jack-of-all trades and a master of none. Kohl makes sure your orders and warranties go through to the right people. He is a card carrying member of the Slow Bike Movement and likes to ride like he likes his meat cooked; low and slow. He is built for comfort. not for speed.
Sweetpea is one of the four neurotic/sweet shop dogs that inhabit Big Shark Big Bend. She likes to be pet, long walks on the beach, soft food, hard food and protecting her turf. Find her lounging in the fit studio, where she is always down for some tummy rubs.
Waffles came to us as a scared and neurotic shop dog. He hasn't changed. Come by Big Shark on Big Bend and let him sit on you, or bark at you when you come in the door. He's sorry about that.
Pevely is Awesome! Nearly three years spent on the mean streets of East St. Louis, having babies and yawning at danger. A Stray Rescue All-Star. Treated for Heart Worms and had her hip joint removed, because why not? She is the people whisperer. When she isn't lounging in her dog bed or stretching out in a fit studio, she is receiving belly rubs and snoot scratches to relax the employees. Come by and say hi! Pevely will wag her tail and make you feel wanted.
Grace is the best shop dog there ever was. She can be found at our Big Bend location sleeping in the mechanics shop. When she's not asleep, she is following Mike Troll around the shop or playing fetch outside with her human Johnny.
Erik can be found lurking beneath between and behind bicycle boxes, bells, bibs, bins and any number of assorted components and apparel. He believes in the soul…the hangin’ curveball…high fiber…good scotch…and that he may never read a Susan Sontag novel. He believes Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone, and there ought to be a constitutional amendment outlawing Astroturf and the designated hitter. He believes in the sweet spot, opening your presents Christmas morning rather than Christmas eve and he believes in long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days.
Katie manages the kids bike department at our West Store. She enjoys suffering through Ironman Triathlons, mountain biking, and laughing (really, REALLY LOUDLY). She's a very positive person, except when she's racing...she gets really crabby.