In 1982, while on vacation visiting his grandmother in Europe, 13 year old Art stumbled across live TV coverage of the Tour de France. After hours and hours of watching bike racing, his life was changed forever. Upon returning home to Maryland, he mowed lawns, raked leaves, baled hay, and killed mice (10¢ a head) to pay for his shiny new blue Ross road bike, which he rode for miles and miles over the quiet eastern shore farmland roads. Downtube shifters, toe clips, no helmet and just a banana or two in the back pocket of his wool jersey, he enjoyed exploring and getting lost on rides with his buddies.
In 1991, while attending Frostburg State University, Art discovered a new type of cycling that required him to save up once again. His Miyata Elevation 1000 was a fully rigid mountain bike that allowed him to explore on a bicycle in a completely new way. Art rode on deer paths, mining roads, ATV trails, backyards, and old quarries up and down the mountains of central Appalachia. All day riding adventures with his college buddies on either road or mountain bikes were the norm on weekends.
After college, Art spent time living in Salt Lake City (great for cycling), northern Delaware (awful for cycling), and Franklin County, Virginia (great for cycling), before moving to Brevard (The best place for year round cycling!) in 2002.
Art has been at Sycamore Cycles since March of 2011. Before Sycamore Cycles, Art was a jewelry engraver, a dishwasher, an illegal sailboat captain, a printer, a fitness equipment salesman, an elementary school teacher, a restaurant owner, and a stay at home dad.
Outside of his cycling habit, Art enjoys trail running, hiking, chess, cooking, sewing and watching Tottenham football with his wife, Lydia, and teenage son, Brady. Come on you Spurs!
Current Bikes: Specialized Tarmac, Specialized Diverge, Specialized Chisel
Wishlist: a trail bike, a dedicated commuter bike
Favorite Events: Swank, ORAMM, AOTC, Dirt Diggler, Southern Cross
Favorite Local Road Bike Route: 276 - Parkway - 215 - Brevard
Favorite Local Mountain Bike Route: Clawhammer - Club - Bennett
Favorite Local Gravel Bike Route: 477 - 276 - 475b - 475 - 471 - Brevard