about our team
While attending NCSU studying Aerospace Engineering, I bought a 10 speed bike to get around. I became fascinated with pedal-powered transportation, and set out on a mission to save the planet from the internal combustion engine. I rode bikes everywhere I went, and even gave up driving for 10 years. Every chance I got, I was working on a bicycle. In the early 70's I got a job at the local bike shop. I was obsessed with bikes. I lived, ate, & slept bicycles. Although I only made $1.65 per hour, I was being paid to have fun. What a scam, I thought; Aerospace Engineering began to look like very dull life.
After working at several bike shops as a mechanic, I moved up the food chain to head mechanic and manager. After I helped open several shops for other people, I felt it was time to go at it alone. In 1974 I opened Cycle Logic with $500. The location was a small house on Hillsborough St. The living room was the display area and the repair shop. Spare bedrooms were used for storage of repairs and new bikes. Yes, I lived in the same house! People laughed when they saw us eating at the kitchen table. At first I made only $20 per week. The pressure to get a “real job” and give up this idea came from family and friends. Many competitors laughed at my little shop and told me how they would put me out of business. They are no longer in business, Cycle Logic is still here!
When the rent was raised a couple of years later, we moved down the street a few blocks. In 1980 Cycle Logic moved to its present location (1211 Hillsborough St). The same year we incorporated as Cycle-Logic Inc. The next thing I know, it’s 2014. Over the years I’ve had great employees, friends, and customers helping me out. I couldn’t have made it without you!
I was born in Caracas, Venezuela and moved to North Carolina at the age of ten. In 2005, while living in Raleigh, I got my first bike shop job at Cycle Logic. The following 5 years were spent working at some of the top racing shops in New York City, as a mechanic and service manager for both Sid’s Bikes NYC, and Ride Brooklyn. Now I will try combining the steel and touring history of the shop, with the latest and most exciting from the cycling world of today.
I have ridden all over the US: favorites include: Coastal Maine, The Florida Keys, Northern California, the Pacific Northwest, and British Columbia.
I paint large acrylic scapes on wood and canvas. I just released a book of short stories in San Francisco, and a prose text in collaboration with visual artist Mickey Remains. I collaborate on an improvisational sound project called de_Plata.
I am a Raleigh native, and joined the Cycle Logic team in the Spring of 2018. Growing up, I loved riding bikes, and since starting this job I have enjoyed the process of learning to maintain and repair a myriad of different wheeled machines. I find it a unique and exciting opportunity to work in a space in our community that embraces the history and traditions of cycling, and am looking forward to what comes next as the shop continues to grow and thrive in yet another new era.
I also work as a photographer and graphic designer, and hope to use these skills to help tell our story as we press on.
I am a current student at NC State studying Mechanical Engineering. After only recently getting into mountain biking I decided that I wanted to design bike frames and components as a career post graduation. Wanted to get into the bike industry somehow and found Cycle Logic at the start of my sophomore year. I hope to work at a larger bike company to learn the industry to later on start a company of my own.
Being from Asheville I love spending time hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking and anything else outdoors. Just like Nik Nik I also am known to do tricks for food.
FRONT OF HOUSE
Raleigh became “home” to me in 2010 when I moved from the foothills to attend NCSU. After spending a few years working in clinical research and traveling each week tied down to a company, I chose to do a little traveling for myself and recently landed here at Cycle Logic.
Throughout my life, riding has always brought a smile to my face, peace to my mind, and has allowed me to stay active while also being a reliable form of transportation. I wanted to be a part of a shop that provides the local community with that same opportunity. I feel lucky to have joined the Cycle Logic crew and I look forward to learning something new with each day!
Along with cycling, I love street art, backpacking, propagating plants, and pretty much any summer activity involving bodies of water.
On my off days, you can find me at A Place at the Table Cafe ringing up biscuits, pastries, and lattes for my friends over there!
I grew up in Kitty Hawk, NC and mostly kicked around on rusted-out cruisers and a variety of boards. I found myself in Raleigh studying Chemistry with a wrecked vehicle and an old 12-speed. It wasn't too long until I had a broken 12-speed and I was walking it to Cycle Logic. Minori got me stitched up time and time again. Bike-commuting turned very quickly from a gauntlet to a passion and I fell deeply in love with the urban mash. I decided I wanted to expand my definition of cycling and picked up some hours at Cycle Logic! I prefer to be outdoors and I like the sensation of acceleration. Amped to be a part of this community and I can't wait to help promote the stoke!!!
Leland Foster is a born and raised Raleigh native. After getting his first real bicycle at 17, a Bianchi sport single speed, he began riding to school and doing deliveries. The progression from single speeds to fixed gears to other forms of cycling grew along with his disciplines. When he’s not casing jumps and taking slams in the woods, he’s slinging bike repairs and working as a real estate broker.
aka Tootie. I am a one-year-old Catahoula-Shepherd mix from New Orleans, Louisiana. I love running through puddles, peanut butter treats, and playing with my toys.