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!
Aaron got his drivers licence at the age of 16 but it didn’t affect his preference to two wheels over four. He’s pretty much always on one of his eight bikes. Why eight? Well, he has more but they aren’t built up yet…he believes in every bike for every occasion. From Newfoundland by way of every province in between, Aaron has been in Victoria since the mid aughts of this century. His accent comes out more when a beer in his hand, which tends to be of the IPA nature, the “hoppier” the better he says. He’s left handed and isn’t shy to complain about “this right-handed world” whilst also getting in some quality film and music conversation.
Jawn graduated Winterborne Bicycle Institute in 2007 and then moved from the Toronto burbs to Victoria in 2008 to pursue the bike life, riding and fixing em, after getting the biking bug while on a otesha bike tour. He earned his calf grease chainrings first at Coastal Cycles, then took a detour to Nanaimo where he helped to start Hub City Cycles Community Co-op, and then back to Victoria where he is living the dream at Recyclistas. Believe it or not, he only has two bikes, but the polo bike is the most beautiful rainbow unicorn bike evarrrr! Jawn likes smelling great, wearing colourful nail polish, winning at board games, slaying at bike polo, eating pizza, shooting arrows, hugging, organizing shit, wordpress, hanging with Eddard his guitar.
The newest member of the Recyclistas team (in 2016), Camas had the brilliant idea to become a bike mechanic only months after dropping a small fortune on a military history (and environmental studies) degree at UVic. After googling, “how to become a bike mechanic,” she spent another (albeit much smaller) fortune attending the Quadra Island Bike School, where she spent one glorious month sitting on a beach and learning the trade. In May 2016, Camas landed the job as service writer at Recyclistas where she continues the learning process, hoping one day to master the craft. Some of her favourite things: blueberry season, really short americanos, talking about the Vietnam War, cake (the food AND the band), torrential rain storms, a perfect avocado, whiskey, and drive through car washes. Her one and only bike is a little Swiss Villager, but it’s so good she has little motivation to build another.