There are some new, handsome faces around Central District Cyclery these days, and before things get to hectic with summer, we wanted to take a second to introduce everybody. Our crew are experts in the business, but more importantly, they're just great guys. First up, Service Manager and total Leo, Alex Voorman!
Name: Alex Voorman
Age: 33 years old
Title: Service Manager
Astrological Sign: Leo
Style: Baggies over top of spandex
1. What was your first bike? Tell us about it.
My very first bike was a blue and white BMX bike from Montgomery Ward that my parents bought me for my 5th birthday, and I really don't remember much about it. My first proper, memorable, bike was a 1997 GT Timberline with awesome blue/black flame decals. In 1998 I got my first suspension fork (a Manitou something or other) with the stipulation that I install it myself. I don't recall having tools beyond a hacksaw, screwdriver and hammer, but somehow I got it together and rode it for years without dying.
2. Where is your favorite place to ride in West Michigan?
My favorite trail is Fort Custer, which was the first trail I ever rode and is still my favorite. It's long, challenging, and has more features than my second favorite, Yankee Springs.
3. What's the one piece of equipment, one tool, or one piece of tech you recommend to everyone?
A good floor pump is invaluable. Properly inflating your tires is like remembering to tie your shoes - it's not 100% necessary but not doing it makes things needlessly difficult.
4. How would you describe Central District Cyclery? What's the vibe like?
I haven't been at CDC for long, and I'm sure my impression will evolve with time, but I've always liked the small shop feel and the diverse clientele that has me working on everything from local commuters and neighborhood bikes to high dollar racers and everything in between.
5. How long have you been riding bikes? What got you into it?
I originally got into cycling as a kid through my dad who is himself a lifelong avid cyclist. I fell off a bit in college but rediscovered cycling as an adult while living in Chicago, where I discovered that it was far and away the fastest, cheapest way to get around town,
6. If you could pick any 2017 bike that's out or coming out, what would it be?
The Kona Unit. I've got a thing for single speed and plus size tires. Throw a suspension fork and dropper post on there and you've got a winner.
7. Do you have a beard? Why or why not?
I do have a beard, both because it's warmer in the winter, and because I'm a walking stereotype of a bike mechanic.
8. Favorite beer? (There ARE wrong answers to this)
I can't commit to a single favorite beer. How about favorite brewery? Shorts is my pick for favorite brewery.