Meet Our Staff
Splendid Cycles has assembled one of the hardest-working, experienced, and talented staffs in the bike biz. At least we like to think so. Each member of our team boasts 20 or more years of bike shop experience, many come with other talents – such as machining and brazing – but all of them have a can-do attitude. We’re proud to say that’s contributed to a little recognition from our peers (2016 Best Urban/Lifestyle Shop & inclusion as an America’s Best Bikes Shops in 2014, 2016 & 2017, for example). Still, we plan to keep working hard to assure that our customers are not only satisfied, but extremely gratified by their experience with Splendid.
Joel Grover – Owner
Joel has 30 years of bike retail experience and many more years of experience riding bikes. His bike knowledge runs deep, as does his ability to bring you the best products at a great value.
Joel has a sincere desire to help you transition to a low-car or no-car lifestyle. Because of his experience and knowledge he can tailor solutions to fit your unique utility bike needs. While many still depend on automobiles for the heavy hauling, Joel’s been figuring out creative cargo bike solutions and has the ability to do amazing things with cargo bikes, trailers, and electric assist.
Joel says- ” A challenge is just an opportunity to create something new.”
Barb started in the bike biz in 1987, since then she’s done it all from managing shops to selling bikes to leading and supporting rides to teaching cycling skills. Her passion is helping others discover the joys of cycling, and she’s feeling a ton of joy these days as folks discover cargo bikes.
Barb loves to change perceptions for how bikes, and cargo bikes can be used and rarely rides anything but her cargo bike. She figures if people think it makes sense to own and drive a pickup truck everywhere, then it makes even more sense to ride a cargo bike everywhere.
Barb says- “Cargo bikes are more fun than a barrel full of monkeys!”
Tess Velo – Supreme Cargo Bike Ninja
Tess brings a varied quiver of skills to Splendid Cycles. Tess started building wheels for her dad when she was 10; talk about knowing your talents at an early age! Since then she’s honed her skills working at top notch bike shops and definitely knows her way around a bike. Besides a couple of decades of mechanical experience Tess is also frame builder, yoga instructor, and martial artist. She smiles easily and has a knack for helping people get the most enjoyment from their bikes. Lucky for us, she likes cargo bikes ’cause now her talents will be applied keeping many a-cargo bike running smoothly.
Tess says – “I love working on these bikes!”
Daryl Dunigan – Mechanic
I worked with Daryl at a shop several years ago. Then and now, not only am I impressed with his ability as a mechanic, but I also really admire his dedication to volunteering and helping other people. Underneath that kind exterior is a great sense of humor and a talent for taking care of bicycles. He takes great pride in doing quality work and has many years of experience to back it up. That means you can rely on him to build you a perfect cargo bike or fine tune your existing bike.
Mike is a man of many talents. In addition to being one amazing bike (and skateboard) handler, he also knows how to wield a wrench. His riding and repair talents are not his only claim to fame either. Mike help found the Disaster Relief Trials, a friendly race event that demonstrates the usefulness of cargo bikes in post-disaster scenarios. He’s also busy as one of the founders of Framebuilders Supply, a local company that supports bike frame builders with tubing, lugs, and other frame-building supplies. But, we know him best for his diligent attention to detail; you’ll appreciate that he’s inspected your new bike for precise alignment and adjustment.
Mike says – “I like to follow the proper procedures all day long!”
Pete – Lead Shop Dog
While Winnie the Corgi visits when Joel and Barb are dog-sitting, Pete has taken on the role of lead shop dog. His human, Tess, chauffeurs him to work each day in her Bullitt cargo bike. He earned his lead dog title by being bike friendly, kid-friendly, dog-friendly, and just one awesome dog.
Pete says, “Rrrrufff, ruff!”