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Volunteer days are back, in a new format! They're the second and fourth Saturdays, on a smaller scale. See our Eventbrite site at bikex.eventbrite.com for details and to RSVP. Grab your spot and join in on the wrenching for good! See the event calendar for more events and volunteer days.

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Originally from Palo Alto, Leo has been a regular volunteer for many years.

Leo first started volunteering at BikeX while he was a road racer in high school. He recently returned to volunteer again after finishing a degree in mechanical engineering from Union College in Schenectady, New York.

Leo is just one of several prominent cyclists from Union, which also boasts Olympian Emma White and cyclocrosser Curtis White.

Continue reading to learn more about Leo and how he found BikeX.

Leo Minami, SVBE Featured Volunteer
Leo Minami, SVBE Featured Volunteer

How did you get involved with SVBE?

Word of mouth. Somebody I raced bicycles with in high school suggested I volunteer.

What keeps you coming back?

I keep learning something new each time I return. The people at SVBE are very friendly and helpful. I wouldn't know nearly as much about bicycle repair if not for everyone here. I am very thankful for all of the knowledge that they have passed down to me. I was away for a while but I remembered how much I enjoyed helping out and how relaxing it is to work on bicycles in a low-pressure environment for a good cause.

Which bike stands out as the most memorable, or your favorite?

My favorite bicycle was a custom Steelman carbon fiber road bike. It was the first time I ever touched Campagnolo components.

What’s your favorite bike tool?

Chain whip.

What is your background in cycling? And on wrenching on bikes?

I used to race bicycles (road) in high school, but now I mostly just like to climb hills quickly. I started working on my own bicycles in middle school when something would break and I would try to fix it. I was my own mechanic when I was racing and SVBE gave me an opportunity to gain more knowledge and hone my skills.

What can you share about your personal or family bike collection?

I own several bikes. Some of them were broken bikes I received from my extended family. Some are bikes I bought to race. Some belong to my family members, but I do the maintenance. I mostly ride a Ridley Helium road bike that I bought off of one of my professor's friends.

What have you learned since volunteering with SVBE?

The people at SVBE have taught me almost everything I know when it comes to bicycle repair. The most important thing I have learned is to never assume a bicycle will be an easy job.

What’s your favorite bike ride (local or not)?

Any long climb or Old La Honda over and over again.

Leo recently landed a job in Colorado. We'll miss him, but a Colorado nonprofit will likely benefit from his mechanic skills. Best of luck in Colorado Leo. Thanks for all your help!