Our mechanics got more room to work last year when they moved out of our retail space and into the building across the parking lot. (This was the same time when we moved our warehouse and on-line operations from that building to a larger location.) While they do enjoy the extra room, it may mean that you don't get a chance to meet them.
To remedy that problem, these employee profiles on our blog are a chance for you to get to know them. First up is Jesse Benshoof!
Jesse began working here in September 2017.
Des Moines, Iowa
North High School, Des Moines, Iowa
Mechanic and unofficial sales advisor
How long have you been working in the cycling field?
I have been paid to work on bikes for coming up on five years now.
What do you like best about working at Kyle's Bikes?
Working with people who enjoy bikes as much as I do. Receiving QBP [a major distributor] orders every weekday is pretty sweet.
What’s your favorite type of riding?
Fast and friendly hills. I enjoy racing for the mental challenge, but a fast and friendly hill ride with my buddies is the best.
What got you interested in cycling?
I've ridden some kind of bike for as long as I can remember. BMX for years, then switched to road when the skatepark closed.
Of the bikes you have, which is your favorite to ride?
That's a difficult question. I own each bike (road, dirt, tt, fixed) for a different reason than the other. Prolly fixed gear, nothing is more exciting than spinning 140+ rpm down a hill with no brakes. No other of my bikes are as dangerous, tho.
If you could have any bike in the store, which one would it be?
I would have to say the BMC roadmachine slr02 hydro/di2.
What are your favorite bikes to work on?
High end road. It allows me to mess with bikes I want to own but can't afford just yet.
Of all the products we carry, what do you most recommend?
I would have to recommend a road bike. Among all other bikes there is something so freeing about just being out there riding with the wind in your hair, I mean helmet. Road cycling gives you such an escape when you push past your limits. Or maybe the pain makes you forget about everything that grounds you to everyday life. It can be done at any level but the experts do it best.
In your opinion, what is the most overlooked maintenance that should be done?
Proper chain and cable lubrication. Internal routing has made it quite difficult for cables. Chains, there's no excuse.[Learn how to clean your chain in our It's Easy to Clean Your Bike Chain article.]
This winter, help keep Jesse and the rest of our mechanics busy by taking advantage of our winter bike maintenance specials!