August 13, 2010 Leave a comment
For today’s Spin Doctor bicycle mechanic profile, allow us to introduce Jason Randall from the Tyson’s Corner, VA store. Jason has been wrenching for 15 years, and he’s ready for any job that comes his way, be it big or small. So if you are in the Tyson’s Corner store, be sure to head back to the Spin Doctor area and say hello to Jason (sorry, we made a mistake with our original post when we said that Jason worked in the new Columbia, MD store).
When did you start with Performance?
How did you get started in cycling?
I hung around a local shop everyday, all day, taking out their trash and absorbing all of the info I could until they offered me a job. I was already into cycling and thought there was no better place to get more of it than in a local shop.
How long have you been cycling?
Since I was three years old. I really took it up as a hobby when I was 13.
What’s your favorite type of riding?
I started off only mountain biking, but the past few years have been mostly road.
Any racing experience?
I’ve done a few mountain bike races, mostly endurance events. Bike mechanics are normally working when everyone is racing, so one has to know that going in, and be willing to sacrifice his own racing glory and live vicariously through those bikes he prepares for the races.
Favorite places to ride?
Schaffer Farm for mountain biking, but on the road I like going out to the west from my house on some old country roads and portions of the W&OD trail. Downtown on the Mt. Vernon trail and Beech Drive are a lot of fun as well.
What’s your favorite aspect of working in a bicycle store?
Not having to wear a suit everyday! Discounts are nice, but I really like all of the people I’ve had the chance to meet. I’ve met a lot of friends working in bike shops, friends I’ll have for life.
Dream place to ride?
Any cycling goals? Something you are working toward?
Working toward getting faster on the road, becoming a better climber, putting a hurting on my riding friends. I might also join a team and do some limited road racing this year.
Any hobbies outside of cycling?
Hanging outside with my Lab, Zoey. Hiking, camping. I’m also into racing cars (drag and auto x) and building hot rods.
How long have you been a mechanic?
15 years, I started when I was 14 years old.
Have you wrenched for a pro team or pro cyclist?
Dave Fuentes of the Battley Harley Davidson Pro Cycling Team, plus lots of really good local guys.
Attention to details and custom/pro builds. I like to think that there is no job on a bike I cant tackle. I’ve pretty much done it all, although every year the game changes, so I am always learning and adapting.
I am certified Spin Doctor and I am also certified by Park Tools .
Any club affiliation?