A Word From Kevin:
From the first time I learned how to lace up my Dash running shoes, I used them for that purpose. To run. Then figure skates, hockey skates, soccer and baseball cleats showed me other aspects of sport. Speed, balance, timing and agility. Strength with suppleness. I paid attention to the the feedback my body and spirit were getting from the joy of movement. And through that sporting window an element of competition, not with so much as the drive to win but to do the task well, like the 'pro's', the stars of the sport who inspired me. Half the time it wasn't just the pro's on Wide World of Sports on TV but rather Randy on Wilson St, pitching a fast ball or Kim from Track class running hurdles. My most direct peers. I could talk to them and ask questions, watch up close.
Then there was the bicycle. It was the longest connection to it all somehow - the backbone and springboard. I started doing long rides, 30 miles, when I was 9 or 10. These sporting endeavors allowed me to compete at a national level in cycling (road and MTB ) speed skating long track and in line marathon. Attention to the detail of repetitive actions and form have had to be the focus, not just raw ego or force of will. Learning from innumerable coaches and peers over the years. It's not through luck, but attention, that I have never had the misfortune of suffering injuries associated to repetitive motion or overuse such as tendonitis or joint inflammation. On different team projects over the years, there has been a natural process to mentor newer participants or even more seasoned veterans with observations on their individual approach to the task at hand, both physically, mentally and emotionally. At heart, it is my desire to see everyone excel and deliver the best result in all those areas.
Over my years in the bike industry I have expanded my horizons by teaching spinning classes along with training in martial arts, becoming accredited in Shiatsu (with a base in TCM traditional Chinese medicine), studies in yoga, meditation and nutrition and psychology. Helping people find their most comfortable, efficient position for their physiology and task on the bike is one of my strongest passions. Urbane is now the place where I can help achieve that.