Meet the Bloggers

Meet the Bloggers2014-01-13T10:01:44-08:00

Here’s a look at the men behind the scenes who bring this blog to life. We log countless hours on the roads and trails to bring you the best product reviews and tech articles possible. It’s a tough job, but luckily we all love what we do and truly enjoy writing about our cycling exploits. 

Name: Evan Rudd
Job Title: Soft Goods Buyer
Currently Riding: Cannondale Supersix Evo with SRAM Red
Art’s Cyclery Employee since 2009

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Evan’s passion for endurance sports was evident from an early age. He raced his first triathlon at the age of 12. After competing as a junior elite, he went on to race for Team USA at four world championships, bringing home a bronze medal at the 2009 ITU World Championships in Australia. He has since given up triathlon to focus on cycling exclusively and is currently a Cat. 2 on the road.

After a stint at Art’s Cyclery’s sister company Running Warehouse, Evan joined the Art’s staff as a buyer in 2009. Evan has a Journalism degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and when he’s not on his bike, which isn’t very often, you’ll probably find him surfing.

Name: Daniel Slusser
Job Title: Web Content Manager
Currently Riding: Intense Carbine 29, Masi Soulville 8
Art’s Cyclery Employee since 2009

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Daniel’s childhood was spent pretending he was Cru Jones (just Google it if you missed the reference) until he discovered mountain bikes in 1992 and began his long stint in the bike industry a year later. Today his time spent on two wheels consists of riding back and forth to work, trail riding, and cyclocross freeriding and racing. He is also a rabid fan of the UCI Downhill World Cup.

Currently, Daniel is the author of our “Ask a Mechanic” weekly blog posting where he answers your bike related questions. Interests outside of work and cycling include rock climbing, hanging out with his wife and two munchkins, and being a soda snob.

Name: Jerald Westendorf
Job Title: Web Content Specialist
Currently Riding: Specialized Venge with Ultegra Di2
Art’s Cyclery Employee since 2012

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Jerald is a shining example that athleticism can be achieved with hard work and dedication regardless of your initial skill level. He grew up riding bikes on and off road but never competitively. He raced his first triathlon soon after joining the Cal Poly Triathlon Team and has yet to show signs of stopping. His proudest achievement to date is his 11:07:34 finish at Ironman Florida.

Jerald began working for Art’s Cyclery on the retail floor in 2012. He soon showed potential as a writer and reviewer and took the position of Web Content Specialist later that year. Jerald has a degree in Political Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and when he’s not swimming, biking or running, he either has his face in a good book or in his pillow.

Name: Brad Smith
Job Title: Components Buyer
Currently Riding: Intense Tracer 275
Art’s Cyclery Employee since 2006

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Brad broke his first bike at the age of 4, separating the headtube from the rest of the frame on an endo off a homemade plywood jump. Since then he’s never stopped riding, getting his first “job” at a bike shop working for bmx parts. With a long background in BMX and Mountain Biking, Brad enjoys a good climb and a great descent regardless of whether he’s riding road or mountain.

Brad has over a decade of bike shop experience, half of which was spent wrenching. He graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a BA in Music, his other love. When he’s not slaying the mountains, you’ll typically find Brad playing his guitar, hanging out with his wife and kids, or discussing the finer points of home coffee roasting with Luke Gamache.

Name: Luke Gamache
Job Title: Web Content Editor
Currently Riding: 2013 Specialized Stumpjumper EVO 26″
Art’s Cyclery Employee since 2003

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Growing up in Southern California left little time for anything but surfing, so Luke came late to the cycling table. When his roommate offered to trade a mountain bike for a month’s rent, he figured he had found the perfect thing to do when the waves were poor. However, when his boards started getting older and the parts on his bike newer, Luke knew he had crossed the line and came to work for Art’s Cyclery as a retail manager to help fund his new addiction.

Luke appreciates the climb and it’s challenges, but is convinced the only reason to pedal faster up the hill is to start your descent sooner. While he has sampled the joys of long rides on the tarmac, the dirt is where you’ll find him. When not on the trail or in the water, Luke likes to drive off into the wild with his wife and daughter in their 1987 Volkswagen Westfalia.

Name: Tom Squire
Job Title: Web Content Editor
Currently Riding: Santa Cruz Bronson
Art’s Cyclery Employee since 2013

Tom’s passions all revolve around the mountains.  Mountain biking is his first love, snowboarding is a close second.  His teen years were spent working at a local bike shop and building dirt jumps in his spare time.  When he went away to school at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo to study Marketing, he worked on the side teaching an extra-curricular class on bicycle repair.

Since gradating from Poly, his time away from work is spent either building local (legal) freeride trails with an organization called FASTA, or working behind the scenes to build the organization itself.  When it is too cold or wet to ride, Tom will do whatever it takes to go snowboarding, even if that means waking up at 4am and driving through a blizzard to get there.

Name: Kevin Rouse
Job Title: Web Content Editor
Currently Riding: BMC TMR01 Shimano Dura-Ace 9070
Art’s Cyclery Employee since 2013

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Kevin Rouse may have been a bit late to the bike-riding party, but he’s certainly making up for lost miles. Having discovered cycling while studying journalism at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, he enjoys long days in the saddle whenever—and however—he can get them. You can usually find him on two wheels, but if not, you’d be well served to check the nearest coffee shop.