Who and what in the heck are brickheads
Tim Brick was born in TC just 3 blocks from where Brick Wheels is located. He likes to say that in 50+ years he hasn't made it very far. Because he's been such an avid supporter of the local medical profession he spends most of his time road riding on his Trek Project One. His favorite ride? He says, "While it's hard to argue the beauty of a quick ride out the Old Mission Peninsula, or an easy cruise down the Leelanau Trail, a trip to Glen Arbor or Leland takes the cake." He lives at the base of Lake Leelanau and there are easily a dozen different routes to either of those places from his home. Tim was one of the original founders of the TART trail system so he likes to explore those trails as much as anything, not only to inspect their conditions but also to gage peoples experience. On any given summer Sunday afternoon you may find Tim out for a paddle on East Bay, but a trip down the Boardman is always a nice diversion. Tim loves introducing family and friends to the Vasa trail on Nordic skis but Lost Lake is also a favorite. He is easily one of the biggest advocates of Traverse City and Northwest Michigan. He has worked on numerous boards and committees all in an effort to preserve and promote the region he loves. He has a BS in Recreation from the University of Montana, the other U of M as he likes to call it.
Betty who is often mistaken as her daughters sister, has worked at Brick Wheels since 1996. When she isn't chasing after her grandchildren you might find her out the Old Mission on her Trek WSD road bike. But her true love is her Trek dual sport. She fell in love with the dual sport concept the first year they came out and loves exploring the Leelanau Trail or any of the TART Trails for that matter. She lives almost on the Vasa trail and she’ll even use her dual sport on that trail. Maybe that’s why they call it the dual sport. She prefers snowshoes to skis in the winter. She is torn between finding solitude in the woods and on the trails and spending time with any of her five grandchildren that beg for her free time. She’s a TC native who also grew up a short distance from Brick Wheels. Back then where she lived was considered out of town. Chances are she can answer any Thule question you have.
We first met Karl when he was still in high school and he and his family would come up from downstate to stay at the family cottage. He was as passionate then as he is now. Does anyone remember The Beck's Mustard Cycling Team??? Karl was one of those racers! He came to work for us in 2005, left us for a short time and thankfully came back. Karl is a diehard road bike rider and alpine skier. He also enjoys nordic backcountry skiing and mountain biking. If he has the chance, he likes to paddle his SUP on East Bay from 4 Mile road to Deepwater Pt. His favorite road ride is out into the hills of Antrim country from his house in Acme. Because of his proximity to the VASA trail, he usually will ride some variation of the single track. Out of all the product Brick Wheels sells, the one thing he cannot do without is Smartwool socks. An avid dog lover, his dog Sadie, is a regular "greeter "at Brick Wheels. He also has 3 other dogs at home. After his ride or paddle he loves to have dinner at Osario's Mexican restaurant in Acme. "They make the best chicken enchiladas in the north!"
~~Gabe Lenzycki: Originally from Woolwich Maine where he learned both skis and bikes from one of the best shops in the East, Bath Cycle and Ski. Maybe better known by their internet name BIKEMAN onwed by Davis Carver. Gabe has seen it all. He spent several summers on the glaciers at Mt Hood Oregon tuning skis for some of the best skiers in the country. He is humble in his knowledge but don’t let his quietness fool you. He has over 13 years of ski and bike experience under his belt. Happily, he has found his home and wife here in TC and luckily he landed at Brick Wheels. We are thrilled to have him. He enjoys riding a bike anywhere he can keep the front wheel up off the ground. (the lad can wheelie like few others). He loves the opportunity to catch some waves at the Frankfort beach. He also loves to catch fish wherever they are biting. Gabe volunteers his time to many community events and is called upon often. His ability to solve problems and get things done is a true asset to Brick Wheels and to his large following of customers.
Born in the Detroit area and moved up to Northern Michigan at the age 7. Ever since then he's been enjoying everything the area has to offer. Enjoying the hills and wilderness, Skateboarding, snowboarding, hiking and riding bikes. Skating and snowboarding was what he focused on for about a decade till 2009. That's when bikes got back in his life. He hit the ground pedaling and didn't looked back. BMX and Downhill have been his passion, XC on fat bikes in the winter. If he's not at work working on bikes he's riding, trail building or spending time with his daughter.
Kristi has been here almost as long as Tim, almost. She has over 35 years of retail and accounting experience. Somewhat a food enthusiast, she can often be found enjoying the local cuisine. She is an avid walker and also enjoys cross country skiing, biking, paddle boarding, gardening, reading and most of all spending time with her children and playing with her four beautiful granddaughters. Kristi's favorite paddle is from Old Mission's Haserat Beach. On a calm day you could easily make it to Elk Rapids, and it's a beautiful spot. She also enjoys riding the peninsula and the Leelanau Trail to Suttons Bay. There just are not enough hours in the day.......
Matt is quite possibly the original extreme sport guru. No one but Matt really knows how old he truly is. He appears to be over 40, yet regularly beats guys in their 20's and 30's. In what you might ask? In just about anything. If it's not nailed down Matt will ride it, float it, fly it, pedal it, paddle it, or run it. He has been the test pilot for more new sports than Chuck Yeager was for airplanes. It doesn't matter the season. His moto is "There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing". He loves his Oakley Transition glasses, his Giro helmet, his DaKine gloves and you can almost always find a Chocolate Chip Clif Bar on his person somewhere. His favorite road ride is either Glen Lake or Lake Leelanau. For Mountain biking he prefers the Arcadia Trail and the unmarked Vasa single track off the 26K. His paddling may take him to Gills Pier or down the Platt for a nice long river run and down the Boardman for a quick in-town adventure. In the winter he has fallen in love with the new Trek Farley the nicest riding snow bike on the market in his opinion. The "most interesting man in the world" and the face of Dos Equis Beer, Jonathon Goldsmith, once tried to hang with Matt for an afternoon, he had to go home and take a nap.
Becky has been a brickhead since '99. If there is one thing Becky knows, its the product we sell. She is energetic and always has a smile on her face. Come on in, Becky will help you find the equipment you want and she will take good care of you. She enjoys riding her Trek dual sport in and around Traverse City. She also skis and paddles and can often be found at Bayview having a beer after her workout.
Levi became a brickhead in 2000 and has never looked back!!! He has a passion for mountain biking and has placed in the top ten in National downhill races. Levi rode in the Iceman in 1993 and raced XC for years as well as DH and Slalom, back when you did it all and did it all on one bike. Levi dreams daily of being at Ray's Indoor Mtn. Bike Park in Cleveland, he says it is the most inspirational places he has ever been.
David has moved and traveled about throughout his years. David landed in Traverse City the year of 1989 and called this his home. He attended Barnett’s Bicycle Institute in 1994 in Colorado Springs were he obtained his Comprehensive Bicycle Mechanic Certificate. We think it was actually to enjoy the unknown of riding the Rockies. David originally became a Brickhead in 1994 on 14th street. It was a short time after he continued his travels to a small town in Camden Maine where he helped an old friend open a Bike Shop known as Fred’s Bikes. Again, returning back to Northern Michigan and building his future for the love of bicycling.
If you don’t see David in the shop, David can be found at our local BMX track not only racing but coaching those that also love the sport of BMX. David serves on BMX board along with his wife Karri. David continues to participate in many bicycle events such mountain biking, BMX, road biking and cycle cross. David is pleased to say that he has won at local, state and national levels. Most importantly, David loves building new bikes as they arrive each year and seeing the smiles on faces as his community rides away in the place that he calls home!!