Bryce and Ryan began their friendship in 1992 while hanging out in the bike ring at Mill Valley Middle School. Their passion for bikes began at an early age and by the time they met both their yards were littered with bike parts and half-finished projects. They grew up obsessed with riding and fixing bikes. Their own, their friend’s, it didn’t matter. There is still no other place they would rather be found than on a well tuned bicycle.
Albert Einstein said, “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” In my case riding a bicycle is what keeps me moving, creating the balance in my life. The simple act of riding a bike has shaped my world. That world began in Mill Valley California where at the age of four I set off on my two-wheeled journey. I grew up BMX racing, dirt jumping and mountain biking all over Mount Tamalpais and Marin County. In 2005, I had an epiphany and outfitted a simple mountain bike for long-distance touring. I saved up, cleared my schedule and departed on a yearlong solo cycling tour from Nepal to India, then down through South East Asia. Returning home I wanted to share my love of exploration and mountain biking with my community, from that Mt Tam Bikes Camp was born. My travels and mentoring of youth over the last 15 years has taught me that children are the same around the world; they live in the present moment. Sharing time and trails with these young riders is a constant reminder to be a more patient, present and light hearted individual. Please read our Mill Valley Patch Article.
Growing up in Mill Valley, my interest in BMX riding quickly grew to include mountain biking. After meeting pioneers of the sport, like Steve Potts and Paulo Salvagione, I bought my first mountain bike in 1991. At fourteen, I got my first job at Start To Finish Bike Shop as an apprentice mechanic. Ten years later, I opened Tam Bikes.
My goal is to provide Marin with a shop that services the entire bicycle community, including young riders. Mt. Tam Bikes Camp is an opportunity for me to teach the skills that cyclists need to be safe and prepared riders on and off road. I am looking forward to another fun year. See you this summer!