Meet Our Team


Tyler

Tyler

Specialty: Just a bit of everything, Owner

Hometown: Burlington, IA

Favorite Ride: RAGBRAI & Wednesday Night Dinner Rides

Fuel: Coffee

Gear: Garmin 1030 & Checkpoint SL 5

Passion: Time with my family, church, my business, anything cycling (including community bike paths & trails) and woodworking. "I'm a hands-on kind of guy, always learning & trying something new!" 

Look & Listen: Science fiction books; blues, rock & jazz. Imagine Dragons is a family road trip favorite.

Travel: New Orleans was entertaining, great memories in Madison, WI, and I have enjoyed time in Washington D.C. Hope to get to Alaska someday!

Community: I'm very active in the support & coordination of local bicycle rides & events. I'm an active member in the Bike Burlington Cycling Club (overseeing duties as the RAGBRAI Coordinator), Des Moines County Living Well and the Flint River Trail Committee. I also attend the National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C. whenever possible (supporting the League of American Bicyclists). When not working, I enjoy spending time with my son through various Mississippi Valley Boy Scout camps & activities. 


Melinda

Melinda

Specialty: What he said, with an added focus on marketing, events & sales, Owner

Hometown: Burlington, IA

Favorite Ride: Family bike rides & Wednesday Night Dinner Rides

Fuel: Hot showers, sleep, hugs from my kids, coffee & an organized house!

Gear: I'm a hybrid bike kind-of-gal, Trek 7.6 FX WSD!

Passion: My husband, children, business, community and friends. And... I’m a complete football junkie!

Look & Listen: I'm a classically trained pianist and enjoy all kinds of music genres. I read & listen to all types of material & podcasts however, I’m currently very well-versed in children’s literature!

Travel: I have been to almost every state in the continental U.S.A.

Community: I'm very active in the support & coordination of many local bicycle rides (including Snake Alley Criterium Kid Races & Bike Burlington's Annual Cranksgiving Food Drive) as well as other area health & wellness activities and events. I have served as a board member of the Greater Burlington Convention & Visitors Bureau & am actively involved in PORT of Ft. Madison. As a family, we are very involved in our church community, and as any parent can appreciate, the kids keep us quite busy with their many school activities. 


Mike

Mike

Specialty: Tyler's right hand man, General Manager

Years of Experience: 16 years

Certifications: Trek Bike Fitting Services, as well as, Trek Bicycle, Shimano, True Fitness and Life Fitness Technician Services

Hometown: Burlington, IA

Fuel: Coffee

Gear: Garmin Edge 500

Passion: Simple – Cycling!

Travel: Continental U.S.A.

Community: I volunteer a lot of my time helping to prepare for local bike races in addition to lending a hand to ongoing trail work and development (when not personally riding them myself)! I also typically oversee the bicycle safety checks Bickel's offers free-of-charge at the annual Burlington Youth Triathlon every June.  

Superhero Name: I will not disclose my secret identity


Chris

Chris

Specialty: Getting things fixed, Lead Service Mechanic & Sales

Years of Experience: 25 years

Certifications: True Fitness, Trek Bicycle, Shimano and Elliptigo Technician Services

Hometown: Burlington, IA

Favorite Ride: R.A.I.N.

Fuel: Mountain Dew 

Gear: Bib Shorts, Honey Stingers, Endurox R4, CO2 Inflators, Trek Madone 5.2 – Project 1

Passion: Spending time with my wife (Jennifer), my son (Quinton), slot car racing, Sprint car races, and of course, riding my bike! 

Travel: Want to go to Moab, UT to ride Slickrock

Community: Outside of my son's school activities, I volunteer a lot of my time helping to prepare for local bike rides. You're guaranteed to always find me on Bike Van Buren every August offering SAG support and bicycle repairs on behalf of Bickel's free-of-charge.   

Favorite Childhood TV Show: Dukes of Hazzard


Renee

Renee

Specializes In: Keeping the harmony, Bookkeeper & Sales

Years of Experience: 23 years

Hometown: Ottumwa, IA

Favorite Ride: Always a ride to Dairy Queen or Grandpa's Ice Cream!

Gear: Elliptical

Passion: Spending time with my grandkids!

Look & Listen: Books by James Patterson

Travel: If you are reading this, honey...I want to go on a cruise somewhere tropical!

Favorite Childhood TV Shows: The Brady Bunch, Partridge Family, and Sonny & Cher


Chris

Chris

Specialty: Setting goals and seeing them through, Commercial Fitness Sales Manager

Years of Experience: 22 years

Certifications: Certified Athletic Trainer and Exercise Physiologist

Fuel: Good ol' classic hamburger, fries and a strawberry shake! 

Passion: Spending time on the baseball field with my son (Conner), enjoying bike rides with my daughter (Audrey), and taking in the great outdoors with the two of them. 

Look & Listen: Classic rock of the 70s & 80s and non-fiction books (Steve Jobs, Vince Lombardi, etc.)

Travel: Visited Hawaii in 2000 and would love to go back! Someday, I hope to hike down the Grand Canyon and travel to Australia as well as Africa.

Community: I'm involved in multiple city boards, including Habitat for Humanity & the City Planning Commission. I'm an active member of the Elks Lodge and First Christian Church as well as a volunteer board member of the Burlington Little League. As always, if there's anything I am able to do to help make Burlington a healthier community to live in, you're guaranteed to see me there! 

 Robbie

Robbie

Specialty: Doing the heavy lifting & taking care of folks, Fitness Technician & Sales

Years of Experience: 20 years

Certifications: True Fitness and Life Fitness Technician Services 

Hometown: Burlington, IA

Favorite Ride: Rolling through Lake Geode on my motorcycle

Fuel: Coffee and the King of Beers!

Gear: Park Tools

Passion: Motorcycles & the Pittsburgh Steelers

Look & Listen: Led Zeppelin & classic rock

Travel: Jamaica is my favorite, but I've also enjoyed Maui, Cozumel and Playa del Carmen

Favorite Childhood TV Show: Chips


Jerry

Jerry

Specialty: Being awesome & inspiring many, Bike Mechanic & Wheelman Extraordinaire

Years of Experience: 28 years

Hometown: Floris, IA

Favorite Ride: RAGBRAI

Gear: The best bike captain in the world, my wife!

Passion: Teaching others that blindness is not a disability, it is an inconvenience

Look & Listen: Bluegrass & Gospel

Travel: Been to the Space Needle in Seattle, WA

Community: National Federation for the Blind



Jason

Jason

Specialty: A helpful smile in every aisle, Sales & Service

Hometown: Burlington, IA

Favorite Ride: EVERY RIDE! The 100-mile loop on RAGBRAI

Gear: 2018 Emonda SLR 8, Fuel EX 8, Flare R - LIFESAVER!

Passion: Anytime I get to spend with my dog, Friday "patio nights" enjoying BBQ with friends & the county fair! 

Travel: Been to NYC!

Community: Way too many to list! Des Moines County Skywarn, Des Moines County CERT, Des Moines County Fair Board

Favorite Childhood TV Shows: Dukes of Hazzard, Different Strokes, M.A.S.H.

Larry

Specialty: Sales & Service Mechanic

Hometown: Donnellson, IA

Favorite Ride: Most epic – riding up Haleakala, Maui. Hardest – Dahlonega Six Gap Century

Passion: Photography & surfing…and I don’t mean on the Mississippi. Note the Hawaiian theme here!

Look & Listen: ‘90s Alternative & Hawaiian

Travel: Been to Europe, Hawaii, & Alaska. Want to visit Ireland, Australia, & New Zealand

Community: I volunteer with the Special Olympics as well as military, veteran causes

Jacob

Specializes In: Mechanic, Fitness Technician, & Skateboard Sales

Hometown: Burlington, IA

Favorite Ride: Mountain Biking

Fuel: Cold Shower

Gear: Skateboard

Passion: Skateboarding, fingerboarding, guitar, video games, helping others, nature hikes, camping, & fishing.

Travel: Been to Canada; still want to visit Nickelodeon Studios!

Community: I’m a volunteer firefighter for the City of West Burlington


Justin

Justin

Specialty: Mechanic & Fitness Technician

Years of Experience: 9 years

Certification: True Fitness Service 

Hometown: Fort Madison, IA

Fuel: Sleep

Gear: FRS

Passion: Riding my bike!

Travel: Definitely want to visit Spain someday

Favorite Childhood TV Show: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


Leroy and Sandie

Leroy & Sandie

Specialty: Leroy - Director of the Tailwind Rides (i.e. Bike Burlington's ideal Wednesday Night Dinner Ride) & being retired but loving to spend time at the bike shop working on bikes, talking with folks, & supplying grandkids an endless supply of cookies. Sandie - tending to the garden & supplying the staff with lots of fresh veggies as well as filling in on the sales floor on busy summer days.

Hometown: Milton, IA & Ottumwa, IA

Favorite Ride: Any bike ride! But a strong tailwind ride to Wapello is nice…or a trek through the Florida Keys

Fuel: Fried chicken at The Pink in Lomax, IL & chocolate

Gear: Bike shoes, padded bike shorts, Keen bike sandals, & jerseys. It makes for the perfect closet!

Look & Listen: Gavin Menzies book - 1421: The Year China Discovered America

Passion: Biking, fishing, & family get togethers, especially on the holidays

Community: We’re still very involved in the Bike Burlington Cycling Club, church, & the Art Guild of Burlington.

Travel: When winter arrives, we’re always ready to go to the Florida Keys!

Favorite Childhood TV Shows: Roy Rogers and Hopalong Cassidy, & The Lone Ranger; Radio - Amos & Andy