Featured Volunteer: Sam McDermott

Keeping the mobile repair stand running week after week is a big job, and it all falls to our amazing volunteer mechanics. We thought it might be nice for all the lovely people on the internet to meet these awesome individuals, so this will be the first in a series of Featured Volunteer posts, introducing you to the incredible men and women who will help you fix your bike in rain or shine or wind that blows our tent away.

Name
Sam McDermott

Occupation
Physics Ph. D. student

What kind of bike(s) do you ride?
Surly Crosscheck; Alien (fixed gear); currently building up a Schwinn Sports Tourer to be a heavy, reliable, bad weather commuter.

How did you get into fixing bicycles?
I got involved through a volunteer organization in Philadelphia much like Common Cycle, called Bike Church. I mostly got into bike repair because I wanted to true my own wheels, then I picked up so much knowledge from folks there that I felt like I could help out by teaching other people myself.

What is your most favorite bike maintenance task?
Wheels – truing, building, repacking hubs, everything.

What is your least favorite bike maintenance task?
Derailleurs – I’m scared any time someone wants me to explain them, because I make it up every time I do.

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done on bicycle?
I rode a tandem 20 miles one time with a girl I really liked.