In 2000, Tim Richardson and Thomas Jenkins formed Shenandoah Bicycle Company with the goal of supporting cyclists of all levels by providing the highest quality service, products and experience in a unique, inviting and fun environment.
OUR TEAM — HERE’S THE RAD PEOPLE AT THE HEART OF SBC!
Thomas Jenkins, along with Tim Richardson, opened the doors of SBC in May of 2000 and has been working full-time here ever since. The decade between graduating from Radford University (BBA-Accounting) and opening SBC was either spent in Harrisonburg bike shops, enjoying the great riding around the Valley, or on the road racing mountain bikes around the US. Thomas’ passion for bicycles has him very active with the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition and the local bike scene. His favorite time with SVBC is spent building and maintaining the great trails around Harrisonburg. Thomas lives only a few blocks from the shop with his wife Julie and two sons Ethan and Carter; they’re frequently seen around town traveling by bicycle as a family. When the shop gets slow in the winter Thomas enjoys getting out on the cross country skis, especially in the beautiful lands around Canaan Valley, WV.
Tim Richardson’s cycling passion began early with mom’s nurturing laugh. Tim’s mechanical training started by coming home from the landfill with project bikes. The bikes were dismantled then resurrected as cycle monsters and the occasional lawn sculpture. Growing up in a rural area forced Tim to develop creative means of keeping the bikes rolling along with a mother that supported his odd desire to have all his bikes live in his room. In 1987 Tim convinced a local bike shop owner in Dale City that hiring him was the thing to do, and bike shops have been home ever since. Although he avoids using Tri-flow as a lube Tim still revels in the smell as a benchmark bike shop aroma along with the scent of fresh rubber. Tim moved to Harrisonburg in 1992 to attend JMU where he was trained to be a fence-rider via the Philosophy and Anthropology department. Tim currently teaches cycling classes through the JMU Kinesiology department. He is developing a website dedicated to drift-racing inside bike shops and is pushing hard to have the spec-class bike of choice be a 24″ Trek 200. Cycling favorites include touring in various countries while singing Black Sabbath tunes in the highest voice possible, as well as mountain biking on awkwardly-technical terrain. Tim can often be found in his service bay talking to whatever bike is in his stand and loves packing Acai bowls.
Kevin Rogers has been riding bikes since he was 6 years old. After ending up here in the Valley where he grew up, Kev got into biking with friends and started helping out with the local Shenrock youth mountain bike team. Tim and Thomas eventually convinced Kevin to join the SBC squad after many encounters on the trails and in the shop. Kevin lives in Bridgewater with his wife and two kids, and loves riding his bikes on the local trails and roads all year-round.
Glen enjoys anything outdoors. A true Virginia boy, his loves are trail running, rock climbing, hiking, and especially biking (of all kinds!). As far as bikes go, he enjoys simplicity: singlespeeds, fixed gears, and rigid mountain bikes have a special place in his heart. When he’s not out moving around, Glen enjoys Tetris, the bulk candy section at Martin’s, and back scratches.
Val is a Boston-raised Maine native who recently moved to the Shenandoah Valley. At 22, Val has already ridden across the U.S. east-to-west on pavement and north-to-south on dirt. He loves to ride and work on all types of bikes. In his free time Val is a self-taught instrumentalist with a passion for the blues. Stop in and meet Val: you can usually find him repairing vintage steelies, daydreaming about his new Trek Stache or humming the blues!
Ellen Kasiske shreds! She’s been riding bikes since she could walk, having grown up in NJ in a family of BMX racers. Ellen teaches skiing and snowboarding at Massanutten, and is a music teacher with a focus on the violin. She’s always riding, whether it be commuting around town, ripping singletrack, or riding backroads around the Valley.
Chris grew up in Richmond where he spent much of his formative years riding BMX, skateboarding, and generally spending time outdoors. It is now more or less the same! The bikes Chris now rides are mainly of the mountain variety, and other favorite outdoor activities are fly fishing and taking his dog Wesley on hikes. He’s spent the last decade in Asheville, NC working in the bike industry and is excited to get to know all the trails and rivers in and around Harrisonburg.
Rachel is from Maryland, but considers Harrisonburg her home. She is a student at JMU and an aspiring social worker! Besides blending Açaí bowls, making awesome Smoothies and Nachos, her hobbies include; taking long runs, eating exotic foods, and taking artsy pictures of her 27 and 32 pound cats; Milton and Yuki.
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