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Locally Owned and Operated!

13085 West McDowell Road, Avondale, AZ 85392
Phone: 623.536.8454
Store Hours: M-F 10-7, Sat 10-5, Sun 11-4
 
 
 
 
 

Our Staff

Get to know our staff a bit better!

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Brian Abraham - Owner

Hometown: Grand Forks, ND
Family:
Wife Heather, kiddos Annie, Colin, and Lauren.
Job title: Owner / shop rat
Been working at TSWP since:
the beginning
Favorite thing about working at a bike shop:
The people, the atmosphere, and oogling high end bike parts/frames
Favorite food:
Kung Pao chicken!
Favorite pastime:
cycling, of course!
Favorite type of biking:
Hard to choose…mountain bike, road, cross, JRA…all fun
How did you get into biking?
A group of friends and I all biked around town non-stop when we were in Junior HS…started racing when I was 13, and haven’t lost the cycling bug since!  I started working at a bike shop when I was 15 then after graduating from college worked at the Trek Bicycle Headquarters in Waterloo, WI for 5 years.
How many bikes do you have?
Seven, in various states of assembly/disassembly
Which one is your favorite?
Favorite?
What other hobbies do you have?
Hanging out with my great family, hockey, looking over the numbers on the computer, fine German automobiles, reading
If you could offer up one piece of advice to beginning cyclists, what would it be?
Get fit for the correct bike the first time out.  If you are uncomfortable on the bike, you won’t enjoy your cycling experience nearly as much.

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Brandon van Leuven - Owner

Hometown- San Clemente, Ca.
Family- Wife, Gillian
Job Title- Owner/Operator
Been Working at TSWP since- Nov. 2010
Favorite thing about working at a bike shop-  Building new relationships with people based on the mutual interest of cycling.
Favorite food-  I love seafood, especially Sushi.
Favorite pastime- Cycling is by far my favorite pastime.
Favorite type of biking- Mountain biking is the best.  
How did you get into biking?-  For my tenth birthday I received a Centurian road bike from my parents. That same year, I attended the 1984 Olympic cycling event held in Mission Viejo, California. I was so awestruck by that race that I rode parts of that same racecourse on my bike pretending I was an Olympic cyclist. I've been hooked ever since.  
How many bikes do you own? Four. Two Mt. bikes, a commuter singlespeed Madone, and a Project One 7-series Madone.
Which one is your favorite? My Breezer Mountain Bike is my baby. Lots of great rides and great memories on that bike.
What other hobbies do you have? I recently started learning the guitar. It's frustrating, but fun and rewarding at the same time.
If you could offer one piece of advice to beginning cyclists, what would it be? Find a good riding partner. One that will keep you motivated, increase your enthusiasm and share his or her knowledge of the sport.

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Glenn Amundsen - Sales/Mechanic/Fitter

Hometown: Batavia, Illinois
Job title: Sales/Mechanic/Fit Specialist
Been working at TSWP since:
Oct 2013
Favorite thing about working at a bike shop:
I like working on bikes!  Getting new people excited about bikes!
Favorite food: Pizza
Favorite type of biking: Commuting and mountain.
How many bikes do you have? Constantly rotating, more than I need!  N+1
Which one is your favorite? Big Fish CX Commuter
What other hobbies do you have? Old BMW's and Tinder
If you could offer one piece of advice to beginning cyclists, what would it be?  Just ride your bike, don't worry about the rest!

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Matt Mason - Salesperson/Service

Hometown: Vancouver, WA
Job title: Sales/Mechanic
Been working at TSWP since: June 2015
Favorite thing about working at a bike shop:
Coworkers & lunch
Favorite food: Salmon
Favorite pastime: Golf, mountain biking, fast cars
Favorite type of biking: Mountain
How did you get into biking? Hitting rad jumps with friends at a young age.
How many bikes do you have? 3 personally, 8 family
Which one is your favorite? Slash 9.8
What other hobbies do you have? Skiing and world traveling
If you could offer up one piece of advice to beginning cyclists, what would it be? Send it!

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Parker Brito - Salesperson

Hometown: Very Verrado, AZ
Family: Cool parents and a sister
Job title: Sales, bike builder, shop punk
Been working at TSWP since: November 2014
Favorite thing about working at a bike shop: Learning something unique about bikes everyday I work.
Favorite food: Meatloaf and steak
Favorite type of biking: BMX and MTB
How many bikes do you have? Three
Which one is your favorite? Salsa El Mariachi SS, Superfly 9.8 racer boi bike, & Federal BMX
What other hobbies do you have? Quads at the dunes.
If you could offer up one piece of advice to beginning cyclists, what would it be? Wait, what?

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Spencer Stadsvold - Sales/Service/Fork Rebuild Specialist

Hometown: Anoka, MN
Family:
Wife, Rachel and Stella dog and cat
Job title: Sales including occassional wrenching and Circle K runs, Wheelchair specialist
Been working at TSWP since:
March 2013
Favorite thing about working at a bike shop:
Fun times with customers and employees.
Favorite food:
I like Chipotle burrito bowls, Pork, of course.
Favorite pastime:
Adventures in my Tacoma Adventure Truck
Favorite type of biking:
Mountain!!!
How did you get into biking? 
Ghost riding my sweet childhood ride.
How many bikes do you have? A super-cool Slash 9.8, a Salsa El Mariachi Ti SS, and a 2015 Madone. Just added a Superfly 9 hardtail and a Crockett CX commuter as well!
Which one is your favorite?
SLASH!!!!
What other hobbies do you have? 
Camp, run, playing with my uber-sharp hatchet, and drinking coffee.  I also hold the shop record for nicknames attained in a short timeframe.  Dieter and Boomer.  Or Spencer.  Or Spence. Stads.  Nitro.  Boomtown.  Pretty much whatever you want to call me.
If you could offer up one piece of advice to beginning cyclists, what would it be?
Queen said it best...Get on your bikes and ride!  And also, THIS.

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Nathan Handl - Salesperson

Hometown: Thame, England
Family:
Wife- Allie and Daughter- Hailey
Job title: Sales
Been working at TSWP since:
May 2011
Favorite thing about working at a bike shop:
Meeting people who share the same enthusiasm for riding and being able to help them progress their riding as well as my own.
Favorite food:
Italian
Favorite pastime:
Mountain Biking
Favorite type of biking:
Mountain - Trail riding
How did you get into biking?
I rode a lot as a kid. However, once I moved to America I stopped riding for a long time. November of 2010 a group of guys I work with decided to start riding together and the passion I had for riding as a kid came back immediately. Now I can't get enough!
How many bikes do you have?
Two (Fuel EX 9 29 and Domane 5.2)
Which one is your favorite?
Fuel EX!!!
What other hobbies do you have?
I love music of all kinds, spending time with my family, aggressive skating (rollerblading) and...eating.
If you could offer up one piece of advice to beginning cyclists, what would it be?
Don't be afraid to ask questions if you are unsure about anything to do with riding. Being new to the community myself, I have found that everyone is friendly and always open to help a fellow rider. Here in AZ, hydration is key...if you are going to be covering some distance in your rides make sure you have a plan for having enough water on board whether that be with a Camelbak or with water bottles.

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Dusty Parker - Sales/Mechanic

Hometown: Rexberg, ID
Family:
Wife, Stacey, daughter and a boatload of pets
Job title: Sales/Mechanic
Been working at TSWP since:
Jan 2014
Favorite thing about working at a bike shop:
Good times with the boys!
Favorite food:
Steak
Favorite type of biking:
Dirt jumping
How many bikes do you have?
Unfortunately only 2 right now
Which one is your favorite?
Blk Mrkt DJ
What other hobbies do you have?
Digging sweet dirt jumps in the desert and camping.

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Mike Smith - Sales

Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Family:
Wife Judy
Job title: Sales
Been working at TSWP since:
Fall of '14
Favorite thing about working at a bike shop:
Meeting people and working on drool worthy bikes
Favorite food:
ALL
Favorite pastime:
Riding bikes
Favorite type of biking:
The one with 2 wheels and a wide open trail/road in front of it
How did you get into biking?
What kid didn't have a bike growing up
How many bikes do you have? At least 4, maybe 5, could be 6, not sure anymore
Which one is your favorite?
The one I’m on at any given moment
What other hobbies do you have?
Reading, golf, burnouts in my classic Mustang Boss ... oh, and did I mention biking
If you could offer up one piece of advice to beginning cyclists, what would it be? 
Time in the saddle is important, and when the going gets tough – deal with it!
Accolades: Holds the very prestigious title of being awarded the very first Most Valuable Rider with the West Valley Cycle (WVC) group.  He's the OG!

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Sprocket - Shop Dog

Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Family:
Brian, Heather, Annie, and Colin, plus all his friends at the shop
Job title: Head of Security
Been working at TSWP since:
Aug 2012
Favorite thing about working at a bike shop:
Picking up any dropped food, playing with all the kids that come into the shop, and sneaking up behind unsuspecting customers.
Favorite food:
Pizza crust and Jimmy John's sub bread
Favorite pastime:
Trail running
How did you get into biking?
My dad takes me to the bike shop on Saturday's or Sunday's.  At first I was tentative, but I have grown to love it.
What other hobbies do you have?
Eating, sleeping, playing at the shop or in the backyard, sleeping, getting snacks, getting pet, having people rub my ears, and sleeping.
If you could offer up one piece of advice to beginning cyclists, what would it be?
Woof!

 
 
 
 
 
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