Mike began his relationship with the San Luis Obispo County cycling community in the mid ‘80s. While attending Cal Poly, Mike raced with both the Wheelmen and Club Velo SLO. When not racing or studying, Mike worked at the now defunct Spirit Cycle Works. He recently returned to San Luis Obispo after spending 24 years serving as an Officer and Aviator in the Marine Corps and a couple of years wrenching in a bike shop.
For Mike cycling has formed the foundation of a life devoted to responsible fitness and fun. He and his wife Chris, also a former Wheelman, continue to be active recreational and commuting cyclists. Mike hopes to use his leadership, management, and bike industry experience to help Bike SLO County continue to grow as a valued community partner and resource.
Lea is a self-described bike nut who grew up in San Luis Obispo. She is a true believer in bicycling as transportation. She was in high school in 1972 when she was inspired by Earth Day to start bicycling to school a couple of days a week. While studying journalism at Cal Poly, she bicycled to school and work and began riding recreationally.
The Lighthouse Century was her first 100-mile ride and inspired her to bicycle across America in 1976. She met her husband, Skip Amerine, in the San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club and they have been bicycling together ever since. They moved to Northern California in 1980 to pursue their careers and were active in bicycle advocacy in Redding and Sacramento. When Lea and Skip returned “home” to San Luis Obispo in 2013, they were eager to get involved in bicycle advocacy. Lea is also chair of Bike SLO County’s Advocacy Team and is a member of the SLO City Bicycle Advisory Committee.
Steve began volunteering at the Bike Valet a few years ago and officially joined the Bike Valet staff in 2013 before stepping in as our Communications Director in 2014. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Texas at Austin and spent many years working in both documentary and feature film production. He grew up all over the U.S. (New Jersey, Texas, California) and all over the world (Dubai, Athens, London).
His first volunteer gig ever was with Bikes Not Bombs in Boston, MA and the first bike he remembers wanting really badly was actually a unicycle. Steve enjoys caffeine, gardening, making cheesy pop music, hiking and camping, reading (or listening to) all manner of books, watching films and animation (foreign and domestic), traveling to new places and cooking up a storm in the kitchen.
Tyler became involved with Bike SLO County as a volunteer in 2010 after volunteering for a few years in community bike shops in the Los Angeles area. His experiences with community bikes shops truly sparked his desire to teach and engage people about bicycle mechanics and advocacy. Although he has been professionally employed in a few bike shops, including a stint as a wheel builder, a majority of his learning has been from his peers. In 2012 he transitioned to employee of the Bike SLO County as a member of our Bike Valet staff, then became our Bike Kitchen and Program Manager and became Operations Director in 2017.
He spends a lot of his time riding a collection of bikes on the wonderful mountain trails and along the beautiful coast here. When not rolling around on two wheels Tyler can be found hiking or walking around town. Lately he has taken on the tasks of baking bread and roasting his own coffee. If you see Tyler around town give him wave and he’ll wave back!
Born and raised in Templeton, local boy Michael Velasquez is a passionate bike mechanic with an enthusiasm for outdoor sports including cycling, sprint triathlons, soccer and surfing! He lives in beautiful Morro Bay with his gorgeous wife and two children.
Michael has been volunteering at the Bike Kitchen since 2008 and since then has represented Bike SLO County at numerous Bike Rodeos and Bike-a-Thons, making sure that kids’ bikes are safe to ride.
Michael has worked as a professional bike mechanic, but his passion for refurbishing bikes began in middle school, when he and his dad deconstructed, then perfected and personalized a bike for him in his garage. It is with this same pride and precision that Michael excels in collaborating with people to find or create the right bike for the right person.