Steve started road racing with the United States Cycling Federation in 1988 and later moved to mountain bike racing with the National Off-Road Bicycle Association in the mid-1990s (organizations now known as USA Cycling). Bicycles have been his passion for almost 30 years and he’s been working on them for just as long. He loves all bikes from vintage rides to the cutting-edge.
Steve joined the Lehigh University cycling team and then transferred to the UMass Amherst team. A bad crash during a collegiate race at West Point Academy pushed him into mountain biking and the exploding race scene at the time. Currently, he participates in local cyclocross, mountain bike and gravel rides and races.
Before starting Steve the Bike Guy he was a Professional Geologist specializing in groundwater contamination and cleanup.
Steve holds a USA Cycling Race Mechanics license after graduating in the 2011 program in Colorado Springs, CO; which is limited to 60 experienced mechanics accepted per year. He holds additional mechanical certificates from Park Tool and Shimano.
As Steve’s “not so silent partner,” Kristin Brandt provides strategic marketing support to the Bike Guy, allowing her to combine her professional experience as owner of Sundin Associates and Sundin Sports Marketing with her love of cycling.
An amateur athlete, Kristin is passionate about encouraging more women and girls to ride bikes. In addition to leading the Velo Studio’s Cyclocross & Mountain Bike Team, she also raises money for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute through the Pan-Mass Challenge and co-hosts the PMC Podcast.
Visitors to the Velo Studio may meet Steve & Kristin’s children, and mechanics-in-training, Anders and Sophie.
In the spring, both are members of their local lacrosse teams.