Thursday, July 9, 2009

Key Staff

About Whit Brooks
Whit was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. Spending his spare time outdoors he developed a passion for mountain biking around the James River and in the Blue Ridge Mountains. In college, while studying photography at Hampden-Sydney College he found friends that were into mountain biking and racing and ended up doing a few races and having a great time. Sophomore year he picked up a Tom Kellogg Spectrum Titanium road bike from a friend that ran a local shop. In 2005 he moved to California with his wife Emily and managed Bicycle Chef Bicycles. In 2006, inspired by his Spectrum, he spent a few weeks camping out in Ashland, OR while getting certified in Titanium frame building by Jim Kish of Kish Fabrications at The United Bicycle Institute. While managing Bicycle Chef, he learned the business of running a bicycle shop and marketing Grade A service. He also made lots of friends in the Sacramento cycling community. One of these friends happened to have a space available in a warehouse and propositioned Whit, saying that it would be a great place to build bicycles. it turned from a small welding studio into a full retail bicycle shop, performing bicycle repairs as well as building bicycles and other artistic metal work pieces, including patio enclosures for restaurants, and signs for residential communities. In 2011 he and Emily moved back to Richmond Virginia. He founded RVA FAT TIRE RIDES "Fun on Two Wheels" and rolling social scene and urban exploration group.  He also enjoys ham sandwiches, Munster cheese and lots of mayonnaise.