Meet the Team
Tim Brick was born in Traverse City, just 3 blocks from his store, so he likes to say that in all these years, he hasn’t made it very far. His favorite local ride? It might be a quick zip out Old Mission, but when he’s got the time, it’s hard to beat the Leelanau Trail, with a loop over to Leland or Glen Arbor. Tim has lived near the base of Lake Leelanau for a long time, so he knows all the good routes to get around the county. Tim was one of the founders of the TART Trail system, was instrumental in bringing mountain bike racing to the area, and has supported the local cycling and nordic skiing clubs in Traverse City for over 4 decades. On any given sunny Sunday afternoon, you may find Tim out for a paddle on East Bay or the Boardman, and on Friday nights in the fall, Tim will be over at Thirlby Field rooting on the Gladiators. Tim has a BS in Recreation from the University of Montana - the other U of M as he likes to call it - and serves on numerous boards and committees that preserve and promote the region he calls home.
Kristi Messing has almost 42 years of accounting and management experience, and has been here at Brick Wheels ALMOST as long as Tim. In her spare time during the warmer months, you’ll find her at Fountain Point on Lake Leelanau, where she rows in a Masters 8 boat that is quite competitive on the local scene. An avid walker and hiker, she also enjoys paddle boarding, gardening, reading, and most of all - spending time with her kids and 4 beautiful grand daughters. Kristi’s favorite paddle is to put in at Haserat Beach, and with calm water, she’ll easily make it to Elk Rapids and back. Her favorite hike has to be Pyramid Point, because that view from the top just never gets old.
Betty Clement has worked at Brick Wheels since 1996, and is often mistaken for her daughter’s sister. When she isn’t playing with her grandchildren, she loves a TART Trail or Leelanau Trail cruise on her Trek Dual Sport. Living out near the VASA Trail, she also loves to hike and prefers snowshoeing in the winter. Betty is a lifelong Traverse City native who grew up just a short distance from Brick Wheels, so it’s just a quick TART trail spin right over to Mom’s house for lunch. She is an expert at keeping Brick Wheels properly stocked, and takes a personal interest in making sure all our customers receive the care they deserve.
Matt Mulligan is our resident extreme sport guru, and trust me, there are a lot of younger local riders who are still wondering how old he really is. Matt has test driven more extreme sports that Chuck Yeager flew planes, and if it flies, floats, glides, jumps, spins, or paddles, Matt probably excels at it. He’s conquered the Iceman, the VASA, M22 Challenge, and would do them all in one day if he could. His motto - “There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing”. He once wrote his name on Strava while kite boarding, and when Jonathan Goldsmith, Dos Equis’ “Most Interesting Man in the World” tried to hang with him, he had to go home and take a nap. Matt’s favorite Trail is either Arcadia or the VASA single track, and his current favorite Bike has to be his Trek Farley.
Karl Friesen first hung out at Brick Wheels while still in high school, and on vacation up north at their family cottage. Karl was a member of the Beck’s Mustard Cycling Team back in the day, and began working at Brick Wheels in 2005. He's a die-hard road biker and an avid Alpine skier, with just enough Nordic skiing and mountain biking thrown in to stay on top of his game. Karl has a deep knowledge of our product lines, and takes a lead role in keeping our shop up to date and properly stocked. Karl’s four-legged girl Sadie is often our “greeter” at the shop, and Karl has 4 other dogs at home as well. His favorite SUP paddle is on East Bay from 4 Mile to Deepwater Point. Favorite road ride…HHHMM tough to pick just one, but probably an early morning in the hills of Antrim County around Torch Lake. Karl works hard to not have a favorite bike, but to sample them all like a giant smorgasbord of 2-wheel fun.
Becky Morin has been a key Brickhead since 1999. She excels at knowing our full product line, both summer and winter, and is always energetic and eager to assist. Becky enjoys evening rides on her Trek Dual Sport bicycle around Acme and Traverse City, and is super grateful for the TART Trail that connects all the way into Traverse City. Becky really likes her Fischer Spider 62’s in the winter, enjoys SUP touring in the summer, and can often be found after a workout enjoying a cold beer at The Bayview. Come on in to Brick Wheels, and Becky will help you find the equipment that is right for you.
Levi Kyser has been a Brickhead since 2000, and has become one of the “go-to” mechanics in Traverse City since then and has never looked back. He has a passion for mountain biking, in particular downhill events, where he's placed in the top ten in several national races. He’s done some Iceman racing cross country style, and excels at Slalom also, but he’s happiest in mid-air on a sweet trail or in the park. Levi is a guy who can still do it all, and all on one bike. Levi is a Trek Certified mechanic who does a great job of being thorough and careful as he repairs your favorite bike. Levi dreams daily of spending time at Ray’s Indoor Mountain Bike Park in Cleveland, grabbing lots of vertical with his kids.
Dwy Drobena has been an extreme sports lover his entire life. A native of Benzie County and the Frankfort area, Dwy cut his teeth skiing and snowboarding at Crystal Mountain, and was an avid skateboarder through high school. Once he found 2 wheels, he never looked back, and it was actually Levi who spotted Dwy riding his Eastern Slash home one evening, and after stopping and bike chatting, they hooked up to ride and have been ripping it up ever since. Dwy is a fully Certified Trek Technician who does a fantastic job of analyzing his customer’s needs and providing quality service every time.
David Hagan landed in Traverse City in 1989 and has called it home ever since. He attended Barnett’s Bicycle Institute in 1994 out in Colorado Springs where he earned his Comprehensive Bicycle Mechanic’s Certificate, but we suspect that he also just wanted to ride in the Rocky Mountains f0r a while. David joined Brick Wheels in 1994 when the shop was on 14th Street. If he’s not in the shop or with his family, David is likely at the BMX track, where he and wife Karri serve on the board. We are grateful for the time and effort they have put into making the local BMX race scene safe and fun for all. David rides most of the local mountain biking events, but it is in BMX that he holds the honor of being the current State Championship for his age bracket - way to go David! He loves building new bikes, and seeing the smiling faces head out on the trail or the track.
Dustin Martens was born in the Detroit area, but was lucky enough to move to Traverse City with his family at the young age of 7. Ever since then, he’s been enjoying everything that the Grand Traverse area has to offer - riding bikes and hiking, with a special focus on skateboarding and snowboarding every chance he could. Around 2009, cycling re-entered his life, and since then, he’s avidly hit the ground pedaling and didn't look back. He is an excellent BMX rider, loves downhill mountain biking, and he rides a fat bike all winter. If he’s not helping our customers, he's usually riding, traIl building, or spending quality time with his daughter. Dustin is definitely a contender in the “Best Wheelie Rider” category as well.
Kyle Lawrason was born and raised right here in Northern Michigan. Growing up just down the road from Nubs Nob, he pretty much grew up sliding, and has been skiing and snowboarding the Yellow chair there ever since. In high school, he enjoyed being part of the Harbor Springs Snowboard team and also competed in the Michigan Mountain Bike Associations Championship Point Series. Kyle provides a fine home to Layla, a rescue pup from the hurricane in Houston, and lately he digs loading up a mountain bike, his dog Layla, and hitting the road in his camper van. You can even check out Layla on Facebook, or just stop by the store. Our customers appreciate Kyle’s wide knowledge of all the sports we sell at Brick Wheels, and he’s always ready to help out. In addition, he handles a lot of our web and social media work, so we really appreciate his talents. Kyle lives by the motto... Live, Laugh, Love and #BEHERENOW.
Bob DeKorne has been a Brickhead since 1979, and riding bikes since 1959. He helped Paul Glynn build both of our most recent stores, including our current location on East Eighth Street. Bob was one of the reasons we began selling Alpine skis in the 80’s, and was an early advocate of ski base service utilizing a stone grinder, and since those early days, we’ve sent hundreds of Nordic racers to the podium on fast Brick Wheels tuned skis. Bob is married, with 3 great kids, and enjoys life in rural Leelanau County with a few horses, donkeys, and chickens around to keep him busy. If there is any spare time, you’ll find Bob performing with Blind Dog Hank, skiing, riding the Heritage Trail, or building custom electric guitars at Pyramid Point Custom Guitars. Among his favorite bikes are his original Gary Fisher Clunker, a mountain tandem his wife Kiersten has dubbed “The Marriage Test”, and that new e-bike that is definitely in his future.
Avery Pucilik was born a triplet and grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. An avid downhill and telemark skier today, he’s an active member of the National Ski Patrol at Hickory Hills and Boyne Mountain. He learned to ski at a small resort in Wisconsin, and his family moved up to Traverse City in 2010 after many family vacations, and they’ve loved it here ever since. Avery has been a key player at Brick Wheels for the past 5 years and has stepped up his cycling and paddle boarding games ever since. Given a little time off, you’ll probably find him in a race or traveling all over the Midwest and Canada to ride, paddle, or ski. Last summer, Avery bike packed around the northern half of Lake Michigan on an epic 7 days ride, and we can see his future holds numerous international trips in the coming years. Did I mention he’s a HUGE poached egg connoisseur and generally prefers the organic, free range variety?
Gabe Lenzycki is originally from Woolwich, Maine where he trained with Bath Cycle and Ski and spent winter seasons at Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood, ripping up the powder and making his clients skis really fast. No wonder he fit right in at Brick Wheels when he moved to Traverse City in 2009. He’s a great wrench and has the experience to solve any problems and get the repair job done right. He takes a ton of pride in his work, and has years of results to prove it. Gabe started Grand Traverse Guide in 2016 to focus on his skills as a fishing guide, and he works tirelessly on river preservation and clean up. He loves Airstream trailers, can ride a wheelie with the best of them, and is a huge asset to Brick Wheels and the riders and the skiers of Traverse City.