Meet the Bicycle Café Team

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Ben Cowie

Ben was born and raised in London, Ontario. He grew up in Byron riding his bike on pathways and parks. He left the city in 2002 to pursue a career in Earth and Planetary Sciences, earning a PhD in 2013, working with NASA on planetary exploration missions and at Harvard University as a postdoctoral fellow. Traveling was an important part of studying our planet, and during those travels, Ben developed an interest in the complexity of cities. He saw how the inclusion of bicycles on public streets can revitalize business districts, save individuals and governments lots of money, and empower people in need of reliable, economical transportation. Living in Hamilton, Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Boston, and Berlin, he has seen first-hand how bicycles transform each and every city where protected bike infrastructure has been installed. He returned to London in 2017 and opened London Bicycle Café to give people the tools to get around the city comfortably by bike, and to share his knowledge of urban cycling with his hometown. He holds a professional bicycle mechanic certificate from the Winterborne Institute in Guelph. 

What’s Ben riding?

 

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Evan Spindler

Evan joined London Bicycle Cafe in 2018 as a Junior Mechanic and part-time Barista. He’s a graduate of Beal’s Art Program, and the Winterborne Institute’s Professional Bicycle Mechanics program.

What’s Evan riding?

 

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Giancarlo Martini (gone but not forgotten) 

Giancarlo joined our bike shop team on the mechanical side, and helped to open the shop in 2017. He remains an important part of our team, although is currently absent from our operation. He is currently studying Environmental Engineering in Guelph.