Ryan first got addicted to biking when he was a bike courier in wpg in the late 90’s. Then he got really addicted to fixing them in Tucson at Bicas bike co-op where he spent 2 winters learning the craft. Now he’s not sure whether fixing them or riding them is better, too close to call. In 2002 he moved to Vic and couldn’t believe there wasn’t already a community bike shop in such a bike friendly city. So he coerced his best buddy Milenkovitch to move here and with the help of Marcella the 3 of them got Recyclistas off the ground. Now he’s happily married to the Recyclistas administrator Cordelia and has 2 boys to keep things interesting. He has around 10 bikes, downhill, x-country, park, touring, polo, commuter, fixie, recumbent, trike, trekking, etc He has a soft spot for stoner metal and hates reggae for some reason. He thinks fish are the ultimate pet and plants are pretty cool too. Favorite tool? definitely the dag-1.
Lee Bly has been fixated on bicycles since a young age. They sparked his interest in learning mechanics, exploring his surroundings and making art and friends. Growing up in Edmonton, Alberta left a longing for travel and insight, so after finishing 9 months of the Katimavik program in 2003 he bought an Ironhorse Desperado hardtail mountain bike and some panniers and set off to explore the Rockies and British Columbia. Bicycle touring is addictive and so is spreading good messages so he joined the Otesha BC tour in 2004. After working and volunteering at various bike shops around Victoria he settled in to the welcoming, inspiring arms of Recyclistas’ in 2009 and has worked there intermittently since.
Lee prides himself on his patience and generosity with cyclists of all styles, ages and experiences. He loves Recyclistas’ inviting and hands-on atmosphere, something he hasn’t found in many other shops. Teaching classes and the Park Tools School has been challenging but highly rewarding in regards to the folks he’s met and the skills he’s developed over the years. He eagerly looks ahead to the infinite possibilities that do it yourself education can provide. Did I mention Lee also pumps tires at lightning speeds?
Aside from his work-life, Lee enjoys the riches of Bicycle Polo every Wednesday night at the Fernwood Community Center, the legendary Mystery Moonlight Rides (since 2005!), making art, wandering through forests, music shows, campfires, Mexican and Japanese food and last but not least (obviously), Beer! Like, good beer. Anyways, don’t be shy, come say hi!
Steve first walked his broken bike to Recyclistas for a class around 2005 and happily rode it away at the end of that 3 hour lesson! In 2009 Steve began volunteering on a regular basis for 9 months, learning more about fixing bikes from Ryan and Luke. That volunteer experience got him in the door at a fun bike shop in Montreal where he got furthered hooked on fixing bikes in the summer of 2010. In 2012 he returned to where he first got the bike mechanic bug and began working full time at the best bike shop ever…Recyclistas! Steve enjoys building up old mountain and road bikes into better than new workhorse commuters for enjoying Victoria bike life. He also loves cycling touring and touring bikes. Ask him to build you an inexpensive touring rig to get you across the country or down to Mexico for your next trip! Oh and when you see Steve be careful to NOT SAY the “S” word (Surfing!)
He originally hails from Winterpeg, Manidontwannagothere (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and at one point could be found gallivanting around at one of the many Community Bike Shops. Attracted to the island lifestyle, the weather, and the surroundings Jordan rides his bike every day and loves exploring.
He’s been riding a bike for years and years but only started learning about bike repair at The Bike Dump in Winnipeg in 2009. He then attended college and holds a college certificate Software and Web Development. After graduation he chose instead to get his hands greasy working as a Bicycle Repair Instructor and Resource Reclamation Coordinator from 2013 to 2017 at The Winnipeg Repair, Education, ‘n’ Cycling Hub (The WRENCH).
Outside of work you’ll find him riding his bike, digging in the garden, cooking in the kitchen, taking a hike, or playing with his many musical synthesizers.
Daniel, the stubble jumper originally hailing from none other than Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, or “Paris of the Prairies” as he often calls it, was brought to the Island by the chance to be a tour guide. Cycling and sea kayaking is how it started, but quickly jumped into the mechanical side of the cycling world and didn’t look back. He couldn’t be more excited to be teaching our Thursday and Saturday 3-hour classes, as well as our 30 hour Park tools Course.
Dan comes from a world of Gin Distilling and Flower Farming. Most of his mechanic experience comes from heavier machinery and cars, though he has always taken his bike for long rides and tours. Be it the mountainous and wild west coast, or the ever flat and breezy prairie plains. Dan knows the best way to travel and live is off the back of a steel stallion. The Island has chewed up this Prairie Plainsmen and spit out a wool wearing west coaster and bike mechanic that’s here to stay.
Maxime was born and raised in France. He’s really into outdoor activities in general (a lot of climbing since the age of 10, hiking in the Alps, and travelling.
Maxime and his partner traveled for two years in Australia in 2012/2013 in a camper van and loved it. They decided to travel differently in New Zealand and experienced cycle touring including: 4 months of hill climbing, camping on both Islands (Auckland to Christchurch trough Queenstown). It was very hard work and very wet but they still loved the adventure and found the cycling community very friendly and helpful.
Maxime and his partner then landed in Vancouver in June 2017 and decided to try the adventure of cycle touring in Canada (one month on Vancouver Island) and slowly from Vancouver to Nelson through the Oakanagan valley (where they picked fruits for 2 months). They came back to Victoria in February 2018, partly because it is very bike friendly and we can ride in winter. Maxime volunteered at Recyclistas in February and March of 2018 and loved it. The idea of giving a second life (or more) to a bike is awesome.
Although he’s usually working as a RAT (Rope Access Technician) doing repairs and pretty much anything up high on the buildings suspended on ropes, he’s currently working happily as a part time baker in addition to being an apprentice bicycle mechanic at Recyclistas.
Alana is a adventure guide in the making, with a knack for building bikes as Recyclista’s Bike Mechanic Apprentice. She’s currently training in her skills as a rock climber, surfer, skier, mountaineer/hiker and more!
Two summers ago, she built a camper out of her Astro van and hung around surf spots in Tofino and around the town of Victoria, climbing. You’ll find her at the crags around town or binge eating at vegan restaurants with her partner. You can follow her adventures on her Instagram @the_hinterland_image.