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Employee Profile: Andrew Gonzales

Andrew Gonzales is a key member of the Mellow Johnny's team. Charismatic, friendly and incredibly talented when it comes to anything on two wheels, Andrew is one of our all-star staff members. While his natural habitat is in the basement finishing our most complex bike builds, Andrew can occasionally be found behind the upstairs service counter.

Learn a bit more about Andrew here:

1. Where did you grow up?

Tampa, FL.

2. What drew you to cycling?

My Dad was a big rider. He raced BMX, Mountain and Road, so naturally I tagged along and wanted to try riding for myself.

3. First Bike?

Haro Group 1 BMX. It was one of those old Haro's with the bent top tube.

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4. What jobs in the cycling industry have you had?

I've done pretty much everything on the Service side of things. My dad worked at bike shops when I was growing up, so I remember going hang out after school and building bikes for free when I was a kid. From there it just kind of naturally evolved, and one day I was actually getting paid for doing things I was going to do anyway.

5. You've raced bikes quite a bit, and even received a paycheck for a few years as a sponsored rider for Elbowz Racing. Any results that you're particularly proud of?

Yeah, there are a few that stand out. In 2010 I was the Cat 2 Texas State Road Racing Champion. I also got a third at SuperWeek and two thirds at Dairyland that same season. Those were some big races with elite fields.

I also remember a criterium at Speed Week in 2011 where I was in an 11 man break and we lapped the field on a 1k course in twenty minutes. I ended up 9th that day, but that was a pretty amazing race.

6. You just picked up the new Trek Superfly 9.8 SL, why did you choose that bike?

It's got a SRAM X-1 drivetrain and Shimano XT brakes. That's a great build kit and everything that I'll need to race, right out of the box. I won't need to swap any parts out. I can just throw my saddle on and ride.

Superfly 9.8 profile
Superfly 9.8 crown
Superfly 9.8 tire
Superfly 9.8 Top Tube
Superfly 9.8 wishbone

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