Susan pays the bills, manages the website, and generally makes sure the Sunnyside ship stays afloat. A rare Bend native, she joined the Sunnyside team fresh out of college in 1988 and never saw fit to leave. In her off hours you'll find Susan running the trails with her dog Bingley, or playing out and about on her grandmother's fiddle.
Owner and Secretary. With Sunnyside since April 2000.
Mike Schindler is the guy to thank for Sunnyside's awesome bike selection, and he's the technical brains behind a lot of Sunnyside service. After leaving a "real" job in environmental consulting to move to Bend, he started working as a mechanic and is now 50% owner. Mike spends his off-work time on bikes, skis, and surf boards. You may also recognize him as the steward to our official Sunnyside shop dog, Happy (see below.)
Sales. Since February 1980.
Only recently retired from decades on the local and national masters racing scenes, Don has been a partner in Sunnyside since 1980. You can still find Don out on his mountain bike on the daily. He also plays piano and bakes a mean pie. Check out Don's blog here.
Mechanic. Since July 1991.
Several years voted as Central Oregon's Best Bike Mechanic, Barb is our chief purple-haired wheel-builder. Barb's signature "black heart" hand-built wheel decal can be found in the quivers of many of our local pro riders, including Adam Craig, Ryan Trebon and Barry Wicks.
Sales. Since June 1972.
Gary started with Sunnyside in 1972, and has been its face ever since. Gary still works part time at the shop, but is currently best known as the founder of the Tour des Chutes, Central Oregon's largest fundraising bike ride supporting cancer care and survivorship.
Mechanic. Since May 2015.
Heath moved here from Ohio to join his brother Marty to create the backbone of our service department. Heath doesn't drive, so he gets plenty of riding in all kinds of weather on his Trek Farley. He is also responsible for our annual Sunnyfest Tricycle Races, and is, without a doubt, our fastest man on three wheels.
Sales. Since July 2016.
Dont’t let the sunny disposition fool you. Michelle has a long history in the bike racing world and is fully capable of ripping your legs off. She also sells real estate, and delivers life-changing brats when we need them most.
Sales Manager. Since February 2016.
Steele came to us from Angel Fire, New Mexico. He's a major bike nut, and is arguably our biggest downhill hucker. You'll find Steele exploring Oregon's remote trails on his bike, or cruising with his big German Shepherd, Smokey.
Mechanic. Since April 2014.
When he's not spinning wrenches at Sunnyside, Marty moonlights as a biology professor at C.O.C.C. Marty is a master-brewer, and is the brain behind our custom Sunnyfest IPA. He's also the younger half of the Brown brothers with brother Heath (above).
Sales. Since June 2013.
Frankie was literally raised in the bike shop, logging hours at Sunnyside since before she could walk. She's been on full-time staff here on and off since high school, and just recently delivered us a shop baby, who isn't great for productivity, but is a huge boost in morale.
Mechanic. Since March 2016.
J-Dub joined us originally as temporary summer help, and we just can't seem to shake him. Maybe it's the pink helmet, maybe it's the donuts, maybe it's that sunny smile. When John's not guiding mountain trips or chasing his kids, he's out rolling on his Trek Remedy 9.8.
Mechanic. Since March 2001.
Jacob's been turning wrenches at Sunnyside since he was a zitty teenager, and we think we've raised him well. Jake is our shop unicyclist, a Y-bike guitar builder and all around fun hog.
Mechanic. Since March 2021.
Patrick comes to Sunnyside after years of work in the industry, both as a mechanic and as a professional photographer. Right now when he's not turning wrenches at the shop, Patrick is studying for a career in aviation.
Sales. Since February, 2021.
We feel pretty lucky to have scored some pre-grad-school time from Massi. This kid was born and bred into the cycling world--He's one of the fastest XC riders on the circuit,. Chances are he's smarter than you, too, if his degree in nuclear engineering is any indication.
Rental Czar, Since May 2018.
Jesse joined us fresh from Mt. Bachelor, where he was a rental tech/mountain bike guide. A man of many hidden skills (music production, leathercraft) Jesse considers himself more of a "downhill guy," and will commonly be found in the Wanoga zone.
Service Manager. Since April 2012.
Matt is trained in automotive repair as well as bicycle mechanics, and he stores an English degree is some other little corner of his brain. Matt has a bit of a bike problem, as indicated by the 11 bikes in his garage.
Mechanic. Since February 2018.
Connor is our first Gen-Z employee, who came to us from the halls of Bend High School. Now Connor is off to MSU for school, and we're the empty-nesters, getting him on Christmas break, and in the summertime. In his free time Connor plays Ultimate Frisbee, and works on cars.
Sales. Since June 2018.
Flynn came to us from Springfield, Missouri via Alaska, and more recently, Sunriver. A former competitive kickboxer, Flynn loves mountain biking, fishing, yoga, and snowboarding, and he kinda likes his dog, Rev.
Trek Women's Advocate. Since July 2015.
Anne is a retired MD, with more energy than retirement can hold. Anne works for us on our Ride Sunny Women's Cycling Program. Anne is a certified coach for Linton Horner Coaching--and she's a Cleveland Indians fan.
Purchasing. Since March 2015.
Zach is a repeat offender here at Sunnyside, having worked for us on and off in a number of capacities. Currently we're using Zach's computer-wonk skills in our inventory department. In his free time Zach pulls espresso, rides bikes, and plays a mean game of Ultimate Frisbe
Sales. Since June 2020.
We hired Eduardo to help out with sales, but when he started bringing his camera to work and snapping candids, we didn't argue. Eduardo is behind the lens on many of our website photos. He's also active with Latinos Outside, and is working hard to bring greater diversity to the Central Oregon outdoor experience.
Mechanic. Since April 2015.
There are those in the cycling world who can fix your body as well as your bike, and Chris is one of those. With a degree in Kinesiolgy/Physiology, Chris is on track to become a physician's assistant. Until then, you’ll find his signature on the bottom of many of our deep repairs.
Mechanic. Since February 2019.
We feel very fortunate to have found and added Tom to the team. Tom holds degrees in German, English, and History, so naturally he’s right at home at the bike shop. When he’s not writing service here at Sunnyside you’ll find Tom hanging with his kids and wrangling the family reptiles.
Mechanic. Since June 2019.
Jonas started turning wrenches at Peak Sports in Corvallis when he was 13, so he’s the product of a quality bike shop upbringing. We like that in a kid. Jonas is the only Sunnysider with an extensive background in BMX, and he’s a car guy, too, with a penchant for BMWs.
Mechanic. Since February 2021.
Tyler is a graduate of our intern program. He's been a shop grom for years, and finally got old enough to come on board with the blessings of Oregon State Bureau of Labor and Industries. Tyler races 'cross and mountain, and has a dog named Sally.
Purchasing. Since February, 2021.
When we were looking for someone to work the inventory side of things, we knew we'd found our girl in the crazy cat-lady who liked to ride BMX and dirt bikes. May we present Rachael, shown here with a dead Northern Flicker.
Inventory. Since 2021.
Behold Dr. Zach, who we call Dr. Zach because he is, in fact, a doctor of Political Science specializing in Russian politics and politcal theory. Zach maintains our inventory. It turns out he's really good at counting things.
Sales. Since 2021.
Tanner is new to working at Sunnyside, but the shop is essentially his ancestral home. Tanner's family has been with us since the early '70s, and we're happy to have this younger generation on board. Watch for Tanner on the Enduro and 'Cross circuits when he's not ringing the cash register here at the store.
Mechanic. Since February 2021.
Adam, shown here with his dog Penny, is a self-professed tinkerer and a graduate of our internship program. He teaches adaptive ski and snowboarding with Oregon Adaptive Sports in the winter, and spends as much of the summer as he can riding down hills.
Mechanic. Since February 2021.
In addition to being a Sunnyside intern, Caiden races XC, gravel, and cyclocross, and does a little surfing and sailing on the side. The kid is also known for his ability to find the perfect milk-to-cereal ratio, and to inhale a chicken tender.