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 her grandmother's fiddle in the folk band Parlour.
Owner and secretary. With Sunnyside since 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.)
Owner, Sales. SInce 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 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, 2017.
Jordan has moved from our summertime- temporary-mechanic stable into our year-round barn. He loves bikes in all shapes and sizes, and is a natural with a wrench. You can spot Jordan by the pink unicorn flair on his shirt. Yeah, he fits right in.
Mechanic. Since December, 2017.
We picked Austin up from a little company you may have heard of called Shimano. Austin spent four years with Shimano, the last two as the Technical Education Instructor for S-TEC. Like many of us, a move to Bend landed him back in the bike shop. In his free time you'll find Austin chasing his two dogs on adventures throughout the Great Northwest.
Sales. Since February 2018
Marian is a veteran tour leader from Backroads, so she is no stranger to leading cyclists to new heights. And as a Sunnyside customer from way back, she knows the ins and outs our culture. In addition to helping us at Sunnyside, Marian is also the co-owner of The Indigo Bride.
Mechanic. Since 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.
Michelle has a long history in the bike racing world, and is fully capable of ripping your legs off. She also works in real estate, and keeps a flock of happy chickens.
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.
Sales/Trek Women's Advocate. Since July, 2015.
Anne is a retired MD, with more energy than retirement can hold. Anne works for us on the sales floor, and runs our Ride Sunny Women's Cycling Program. She's also a certified cycling coach and races long and hard.
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 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 Trek Remedy 9.9 SL.
Jon van Heel
Mechanic. Since October, 2015.
JVH is our guitar playing, banjo picking attorney-at-large. A former pro road racer, Jon spends his free time riding vintage steel, and his billable hours fighting for keyboard space with his cat George.
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 son Graham, he's out rolling on his Yeti 4.5.
Sales. Since he broke his hands in January, 2016.
A former pro triathlete, Scott's been a customer here forever. When two broken hands took him temporarily out of the massage business, we put him to work. He's healed up now, but still fills in for us when he gets a chance.
Sales. Since February, 2018
With a degree in Earth Science and Philosophy, Erik is perhaps our most highly-qualified disciple of dirt. He comes most recently from the winery business, but cycling is is one true love. Erik recently completed a loaded tour of the Oregon Outback, and does plenty of time on his 'cross bike as well.
No really, that's her name. And once you meet her, you'll know why. She's our shop dogs, hired to help keep the floors clean and our moods light. She also tells us when we've been working too much and it's time to get out and ride.