Thought we’d use this edition of the rider profile to introduce the newest member of the Drummond Cycles Team.
Robert Boody, but everyone calls me Robbie.
Where are you from?
I am originally from Cedar Falls, Iowa. I grew up playing football, basketball, and track, and would tear around on my Specialized Rock Hopper.
What brought you to the Upper Valley?
I have been in love with the area for a long time. The opportunity to move finally came this year when my fiancée, Lizzie, got a job at Dartmouth.
How long have you been a mechanic? Do you have any particular expertise that you are bringing to Drummond Cycles?
5 years. I’ve worked in several mountain bike and higher-end road bike shops through the years, but am coming, most recently, from Pasadena Cyclery, where I was a service manager. I have some experience in metal fabrication from a couple years of welding crane truck frames back when I was in my 20’s. One of my life-long goals has been to apprentice with a frame builder. So, I’m very excited to be here.
What kind of riding do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy mountain biking and touring, and am just getting into road biking.
What bikes do you have in your “stable?”
I have a Foes FXR full-suspension mountain bike, a Trek-520 touring bike, a Madone 4.5 Road Bike, and a Vintage Olmo (Italian handmade steel bike).
Do you have a favorite riding memory?
My favorite riding memory was a day of touring in Transylvania. I had just gotten out of the city and hit a paved section of rolling road. There were no cars in sight. It was misting, and there were herds of sheep on both side of the road. It was amazing.
What is your favorite post-ride beverage?
That would be my favorite beer, Delerium Tremens.
Besides riding, what do you enjoy doing?
Cooking and gardening with my fiancée.
Do you have a favorite band or musician?
Moondog [as he sets it up as the shop’s background music, and Chris asks, “Is this like aboriginal throat music?”]
What is your philosophy on cycling?
The reason I got into cycling is that it’s fun. I love it. It’s good for your body, good for your mind, good for the environment. It’s like the best thing out there. And, I think that whatever type of bike you like to ride; whatever type of terrain you find fun – that’s the type of cycling you should do.
What treats should people bring to the shop if they are looking to get on your good graces as you work on their bikes?
Belgian Ales and muffins.