I’m asked quite often what is it that I do. The short answer is that I’m a bike mechanic and I also have a online store that specializes in a very narrow scope of products. How I arrived here is a bit more complicated. If you are interested in a brief overview, then read on. It started some 30 years ago. After getting into cycling I dabbled in frame building and managed to braze together about a half dozen frame sets. One of which was ridden to a district road championship, but I truly believe that it was more the Indian than the canoe. This got me into a LBS where I set up shop in the back room and did bike repairs for the shop when needed. This lead to a job at Trek and from there I had the bright idea to open a bike shop in the Cleveland area. After 12 good but mostly brutal years I closed the shop. This happened shortly before the beginning of e-commerce and the rapid change of the retail playing field.
Initially paving the way back in 2004 exclusively as pick up and delivery bike repairs. The name RogueMechanic came about because even though I held the highest certification that the industry has as a mechanic and I had order 15 years experience in the cycling industry, I was not looked as as legit because I didn’t have a brick and mortar storefront…hence the name, RogueMechanic.
Sourcing and selling current and discontinued Mavic wheel parts has since grown from what was once a side hustle to a substantial part of what RogueMechanic does. Somewhere along the way was developed RogueMechanic Shim Kits for Campagnolo Ultra Torque systems to address the dreaded “Ultra Torque Click”.
I definitively could not do what I do all by myself. Throughout the years I’ve been surrounded by a great team. Now, I think that RogueMechanic is not only a business but also a mindset. RogueMechanic crosses industry boundaries. If we had a manifesto, it would include statements like: We bring old school business ethics out of the shadows; We are not cheap but we take a humble pride in what we do and we stand behind our work; We believe that you don’t have to work for a big business or be part of an industry organization to be considered as legit; Just because we don’t follow lockstep with the norm (whatever that might be), isn’t a reflection of our professionalism; Quality wins over quantity every time; At times we have strong opinions, but we understand that yours may be completely different, and that’s totally cool.
To land the plane so to speak, RogueMechanic is the child of many years in the cycling related industry making constant course corrections and adaptations. You could accurately call it an evolution. I appreciate any business that I get and I do not take any of it for granted, nor do I believe that I am entitled to your business. I think that trust is earned, not assumed. My handshake is golden. I believe that this is the way that business should be done.
Additional yet appropriate items of note:
-Barnetts Bicycle Institute Certified Mechanic
-5 marathons, both on road and trail races. All of them slow.
-5 Leadville 100 Mountain Bike races and other ultra endurance events.