James Stroud

James Stroud

Sales

Joined MBS July 2013
james@montlakebike.com

Like many I began riding at a young age in my driveway, with my father giving me a firm push, yelling “Pedal! Pedal!”, and finally running after me when my knees bit the gravel. Aside from growing up and moving from the Cascades to the city, not much has changed. I am no stranger to road rash and taco’d wheels and my coworkers will confirm I could use some practice keeping the rubber side down. Bumps and scrapes aside, my love for cycling never waivers.

I’ve spent many years riding my bike, but the passion I have for bicycles was sparked in 2011 when I began delivering sandwiches full time by bike here in Seattle, frequently in 10 hour shifts. I quickly learned how much fun it was to ride hard, get in really great shape, and move through the city so much faster than everyone else. With the volume of riding I was doing, 150+ miles per week, I also learned the amount of wear and tear a bike goes through. The desire to fix and maintain my own bike soon followed, as did upgrading and purchasing more bikes. You’ll never guess where all my money goes. Naturally MBS was my go to destination to get the parts and know-how I needed. Today, I spend about the same amount of time in the shop as when I was a customer , but now I’m fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to work with the great staff here at Montlake Bicycle. When I’m not at the shop you can find me tearing it up on the cyclocross course as well as the streets of Seattle.