|Cool Breeze Cyclery
|124 Trade Court, Suite F||Monday||10am-7pm|
|Mooresville, NC 28117||Tuesday||10am-7pm|
|Phone: (704) 663-8812||Wednesday||10am-7pm|
Our Mission: Develop a relationship…Create an experience…Build a community
Our Vision: To become the destination of choice for providing the most satisfying total customer cycling experience.
Cool Breeze Cyclery - Staff
General Manager/Co-Owner - Doug Korinek
How long have you worked for Cool Breeze Cyclery/Trek Bicycle Store of Charlotte? Over 2 years
Hometown? Good question, I have lived all over the place, don’t know if I have a home town anymore, does Charlotte count??
Why do you love working in cycling industry? Bikes, people and the challenge that is the bicycle industry. “Bikes are a simple solution to our complex problems”. More than that they are cool, fun, technically incredible and a doorway to endless adventures.
Favorite Bike? That’s a trick question…..can I pick all of them? Trek Crockett, Trek Stache 8 and my Speed Concept, it’s just fast and comfortable.
How many bikes do you own? Not even close to enough. I think my kids have more than me though.
What do you like best, Road, Mountain, Cyclocross and why? Yes. Any of those work for me. I don’t really care what it is if I am riding.
Most memorable race or ride moment? Teaching my boys to ride without training wheels. Having the opportunity to see so many people I have helped over the years go out and do things they thought weren’t possible.
Favorite Food? All of it…….
Store Manager/Co-Owner Nathan Vasiloff
How long have you worked for Cool Breeze Cyclery/Trek Bicycle Store of Charlotte? Since early 2008.
Hometown? After living in Minnesota, New Jersey, Japan and Singapore, I have lived here in the Mecklenburg County area for about 21 years now so I would say I have found my hometown here.
Why do you love working in cycling industry? I enjoy a lot of aspects of cycling and the business that surrounds it. I have met a lot of great people along the way on both sides of the industry – customers and suppliers, and I look forward to what is to come.
Favorite Bike? Wow. Every year new technology comes out on new models. This answer always changes. Currently I am really enjoying my Trek Emonda SLR 6.
How many bikes do you own? 4 total – 2 road and 2 mountain.
Experience / Expertise? I have been in this business for over 9 years now and have accumulated a lot of skill set hats that I wear on a daily basis from inventory to sales to fitting and a lot more in between.
What do you like best, Road, Mountain, Cyclocross and why? I am split between mountain and road biking. I found my love for cycling through mountain biking and still really enjoy how peaceful it can be out there on the trails. I found it presents a unique experience with all the different obstacles you encounter and how peaceful and quite it can be. I have seen bears, deer, ducks, wild turkeys, snakes, and a bobcat while playing in the dirt. I enjoy being on my road bike too. There is something about being able to have a nice smooth (most of the time) ride and enjoy the scenery that makes it special.
Most memorable race or ride moment? Going down to Auburn and riding in the Bo Bikes Bama event. It was a really good time, the cycling was great, and I was around some great company the entire time down there, on and off the bike.
Why do YOU ride? Whatever the bike I am on, the feeling of being unplugged for a while and challenging myself is a part of the experience. Often, I find myself with a huge grin on my face while riding – I take that as a good sign.
Favorite Food? Tuna Casserole. That’s right. Tuna Casserole.
Fun Fact about you? See “Favorite Food” answer. I used to run a lot and was pretty good at it. Unknown to me at the time, my knee would eventually decide that running wasn’t for me. I enjoy walking pain free, so I had to find something else besides running. I tried cycling out to get back into shape. My knee liked that experience a whole lot better. I haven’t looked back since. Thanks knee, you’re the best.
Service Manager - Matthew Cross (aka Slider)
How long have you worked for Cool Breeze Cyclery/Trek Bicycle Store of Charlotte? Just started January 2015.
Hometown? Norwich, NY (a small town in upstate NY). A proud Yankee, although the weather here is enough to make me stay forever!
Why do you love working in cycling industry? I love working in the cycling industry because it’s truly a fun industry. I mean who rides a bike because they hate it…nobody. Being able to work in an environment where everyone is always happy and loves what they do is where I want to be. I have a true passion for bikes because they changed my life, and I love to witness those same 2-wheeled machines changing many other lives as well!
Favorite Bike? The one with two wheels…
How many bikes do you own? Currently I own 2 bikes, but I’m a firm believer in the N+1 motto where N equals your current amount of bikes.
Experience / Expertise? I’ve been in the industry for 7 years wrenching on bikes and making customers leave with a smile.
What do you like best, Road, Mountain, Cyclocross and why? I’m a road guy through and through. I love speed and you just can’t get that kind of feeling on a mountain/cyclocross bike. The only reason I like climbing is because I know there’s a fast decent on the other side!
Most memorable race or ride moment? It’s got to be the 2012 Giordana Crossroads Classic. Everything just seemed to click that week for me and I came away with the overall win in the Cat 4 field thanks to the team I had around me! They killed themselves to get me where I needed to be and I will forever remember that year!
Why do YOU ride? I ride because its fun to push the limits and see where you can go. I like that it is very much a team sport, but you get out what you put in….so, it’s an individual sport in a way as well.
Favorite Food? Parmesan encrusted chicken…so good and easy to make!
Fun Fact about you? I was 280 pounds when I started riding/racing bicycles. I got dropped in the first mile of the first race I ever did. What I learned about myself that day was I loved the sport and I wasn’t a quitter! I’ve since dropped almost 100 pounds and that’s how cycling changed my life and why I will forever give back to the sport.
Service Tech - Kiel
How long have you worked for Cool Breeze Cyclery/Trek Bicycle Store of Charlotte? 2 months
Hometown? Pensacola, FL
Why do you love working in cycling industry?
Favorite Bike? Whatever one is under me at any given time.
How many bikes do you own? 2 at the moment. Have had up to 10 at once.
Experience / Expertise? I have been in the industry for 8 years now. I am also a Retul certified fit specialist.
What do you like best, Road, Mountain, Cyclocross and why? Mountain. I enjoy the constantly changing terrain and being in the woods. I have also liked the woods.
Most memorable race or ride moment? The ride from Key Largo to Key West. I lived in Key West for 4 years and would do this ride several times a year. Very pretty and relaxing ride.
Why do YOU ride? I have a Trek Emonda SLR 8 road bike and a Felt Dispatch fixed gear bike at the moment.
Favorite Food? Lasagna
Fun Fact about you? I am left handed but play all my sports right handed.
Sales Associate - Larry C
How long have you worked for Cool Breeze Cyclery/Trek Bicycle Store of Charlotte? A little over 1 year.
Hometown? Local boy. Newton, NC
Why do you love working in cycling industry? I enjoy meeting new people and sharing my enjoyment of cycling. Seeing the face of someone who hasn’t been on a bike in a while or a child with a new bike is wonderful. Cycling brings out the child in all of us!
Favorite Bike? Fuel EX 9, Madone 5.2
How many bikes do you own? 3
Experience / Expertise? Road and Mountain bike experience. I’m not a racer I just ride for the enjoyment of it!
What do you like best, Road, Mountain, Cyclocross and why? Right now it’s mountain biking! I enjoy clearing my mind by being in the woods on a bike.
Most memorable race or ride moment? Blood, Sweat and Gears. The hardest and most rewarding ride I have ever done. Great scenery, great support, great cause and lots of climbing!
Why do YOU ride? Who doesn’t love riding a bike? Fun, Fitness and the more I ride the more I can eat!
Favorite Food? Nachos and Pizza!
Sales Associate - Jasen Taylor
How Long have you worked at Cool Breeze Cyclery? 6 Years
Hometown? Griffin, GA
Why do you like working in the bicycle industry? I love seeing the smile someone gets when riding their new bike the most. It brings out the kid in all of us.
Favorite Bike? 2014 Trek Madone, Vintage '90 Lemond Team Z Bike
How many bikes do you own? Around 10 at any given time.
Experience/Expertise? Road and Cyclocross
What do you like the best? Road, Mountain, Cyclocross and why? Road - I love riding in the mountains. Cyclocross - It is the most fun you can have on a bike.
Most memorable race or ride? Going to the Tour de Georgia and seeing the Pros climb Brasstown Bald right after I climbed it. It hurt them too.
Why do you ride? 1) For Fun 2) For Fitness 3) I like to eat!
Favorite Food? Good 'ol American Bar Food
Fun fact about you? I was a pit crew member in NASCAR for 12 years.
Marketing/Ecommerce Manager - Mike Byrd
How Long have you worked at Cool Breeze Cyclery?
Hometown? Woodbridge, VA
Why do you like working in the bicycle industry? I like working with people and helping them find exactly what they are looking for. Bikes are my thing and it allows me to do my job very well.
Favorite Bike? Trek Emonda SL 6, Trek Boone
How many bikes do you own? 7
Experience/Expertise? I've been riding bikes for as long as I can remember. It started with my Dad getting my brother and I girls bikes that he painted blue and put BMX handlebars on. John, nor I knew any better. We learned to ride on those bikes. More importantly, I learned the basic bike skills I needed to keep myself off the ground - like jumpng curbs, endos, bunny hops, skidding, etc. I graduated from the girls bike to a true BMX bike - a steel Mag-wheeled Huffy. With that bike I learned to tear a bike apart and put it back together.
The next phase was mountain bikes. My brother and I had the first mtn. bikes in the neighborhood. I went through a Diamond Back, Haro and a GT Mtn bike. I raced the GT occasionally through college. My focus was on lacrosse until my early 30's when I realized I couldn't keep up any longer. I was in San Diego and would see large groups of cyclists on Saturdays so I decided to hang the 'stick' up and get a road bike with the idea of doing some triathlons. I bought a Lemond Buenes Aires and started riding. This lead to me into triathlons and getting a Felt Time Trial bike. I completed Ironman Coure d'Alene in 2004. That was kind of the end of my 'Tri' career. After that I focusing on just riding and started Road Racing.
I am currently a Cat 3 road and Cat 2 Mountain Bike racer. I can hang pretty tough in most Cat 3 races and run real strong in the mtn. bike races. I've also dabbled in Cyclocross races. It's all about having fun.
What do you like the best? Road, Mountain, Cyclocross and why? My favorite is Cross. But the truth is I like them all. It keeps me interested if I'm on a different bike every now and then
Most memorable race or ride? First Road Race, getting dropped twice and catching back on. Realizing that you can never quit.
Why do you ride? Because it keeps me sane - and it is FUN.
Email Mike at email@example.com
Co-Owner Chris Vasiloff
How long have you worked for Cool Breeze Cyclery/Trek Bicycle Store of Charlotte? From inception. Co-owner of the business.
Hometown? Akron, Ohio
Why do you love working in cycling industry? The people are great to be around and are health, environment and community minded.
Favorite Bike? Hmmm – all 9 of them
How many bikes do you own? See above
Experience / Expertise? C+ to B- rider. I enjoy all types of cycling, but being in the woods is the best.
What do you like best, Road, Mountain, Cyclocross and why? See above
Most memorable race or ride moment? Two: Climbing Alpe d’Huez and Mt. Ventoux
Why do YOU ride? It just feels right.
Favorite Food? Chicken Tetrazzini
Fun Fact about you? Tries to act like he’s 35 – but alas, needs too many naps
More: After retiring from corporate life, Chris, working with Steve and the staff, has been working on the strategic vision that Cool Breeze and the Trek Store were founded on in 2005. The central theme has been and continues to be to introduce more people to the joys of cycling from young kids to older adults.
Chris has been a long time recreational rider and rates himself as a C+ to B- rider. Mountain biking is the greater passion but he is also very happy on a road bike or commuter as well.
He, along with his wife, Cyndie, have become veterans of Trek Travel trips including bike tours in Europe, the Pacific Northwest, California and the New Mexico mountains. In 2011 they climbed Alpe d’Huez and survived Mont Vontoux in 2013.
Chris can be found riding at many charity events in the local area and occasionally participating in local races. He can also be found mountain biking, road biking and hiking in the Western Carolina mountains; particularly around Beech Mountain.
His personal bike fleet is ever changing but has recently added a road bike with special mountain climbing gearing to his stable and does manage to find occasions to ride all 9 of his bikes.