Meet the people (and dogs) of Sunnyside Sports.
Owner and President.
With Sunnyside since 1988.
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 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.
Product Manager. Since April 2014.
When he's not pounding the keyboards 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).
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.
Sales, Since May 2018.
Jesse joined us fresh from Mt. Bachelor, where he was a rental tech/mountain bike guide. Jesse considers himself more of a "downhill guy," and will commonly be found in the Wanoga zone. The cute guy in front is Burton, Jesse's better half.
Sales. Since June 2018.
Flynn came to us from Springfield, Missouri via Alaska, and more recently, Sun River. A former competitive kick-boxer, Flynn loves mountain biking, fishing, yoga, and snowboarding, and he kinda likes his dog, Rev.
Mechanic. Since April 2019.
Rylan is one of our turn-key mechanics, spinning wrenches in the back all week long. You won’t see him out in the front often, but you can hear his voice, which is eerily similar to Mike Schindler’s. Generally speaking, if the voice is discussing nerdist topics such as the latest anime or last night’s D&D game, it’s Rylan’s.
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 pros riders, including Adam Craig, Ryan Trebon and Barry Wicks.
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. Since June 2013.
Frankie was literally raised in the bike shop, logging hours at Sunnyside since before she could walk. Frankie’s been on full-time staff here since she graduated high school, and we’re happy to have her back after her three-year stint in North Carolina. Watch out for her dogs on the trails—they look alike, except that one will bite you and one won’t. Feeling lucky?
Mechanic. Since April 2013.
John the Gray is a climber in his time off, and is the only Sunnyside employee to maintain a storage locker in Katmandu. John is known around the shop for saying very funny things, very quietly.
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.
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. She's also a certified cycling coach and Cleaveland Indians fan.
Mechanic. Since April 2015.
Chris operates as our plug-n-play morning mechanic and does a lot of our high-end suspension bike builds. Chris is a fixture on the mountain bike circuit and well on his way to his next career as a physical therapist.
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.
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 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 Yeti 4.5.
Mechanic. Since March 2018.
Rodney comes to Sunnyside via Seattle, with a history as a bike mechanic, shop manager, and army helicopter mechanic. Today he eats and drinks professionally for the Deschutes Brewery cycling team. His beard is said to have healing properties.
Mechanic. Since February 2018.
Connor is our first Gen-Z employee, coming to us from the halls of Bend High School. In his free time Connor plays Ultimate Frisbee, works on cars, and does his homework.
Inventory. 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 Frisbee.
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 a 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.