So, I thought I’d add a little to this page. There are basically two things that get me going. Bicycles and aerospace.
As a kid I used to scream at airplanes in the night sky. I had no idea what they were. Fast forward to college and you find me studying aviation technology and flying airplanes. At some point in high school I knew I was going to become not only a pilot, but an astronaut. So, during this time time I also enrolled in AFROTC.
I’ve always loved bicycles. I can barely remember the time before riding one. And when it came time to look for a job, bike shop employee was always at the top of the list.
So, during my time at school I took a composite class. It was here I really saw where the two loves shared a common thread. Literally. Oh yeah, that aerodynamic stuff applies, too!
Well, due to me not being the perfect specimen for the military, let alone an astronaut…I fumbled around a bit. And found my place at a bike shop…finally!
I worked at a bike shop out of college for about ten years. Mostly sales and a lot of the ordering. Making sure that special orders were timely as well as the parts for repairs. I also helped decide what bikes to stock during our preseason ordering. And I built new bikes, as time allowed. A little of the mechanical work, but not much.
A family medical crisis brought me to Tennessee where I spent the next five years at an outdoors store 21′ from the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In 2008, I started helping my LBS build bikes very part time in the spring and fall. My job at the outdoor store came to a quick end, sadly. I now work all the time at the LBS. And I love it. I mostly do the mechanical stuff…learning as I go..build bikes and sell a little. Oh yeah, I ride my bike, too!
My previous blog was gatlinburgspokejunkie.blogspot.com. You can reach me at twitter.com/Marla_Gnarla or on Google +Marla Gnarla.
I’d like to thank Kevin for getting this site started for me. Nothing like hanging out at the Fox and Parrot coming up with ideas!
Join me and the next thing that pops into my mind!