Sic Transit Cycles is a full-service bicycle shop located in the historic Lowertown area of Ann Arbor. We specialize in urban commuting, recreational riding, cyclocross and touring, in addition to all levels of road riding.
Our goal is to provide a friendly atmosphere and exceptional customer service in order to promote urban transportation and the bicycle way of life.
We look to connect with our community and support the use of bikes for any purpose, whether it be recreation, transportation or sport.
We strive to create an environment where all questions about any bicycle are welcomed. We are passionate simply about cycling, about the act of pedaling through the world, and about the change a bicycle can bring to one's life
Opened in 2009 - The roots of our business go beyond our opening. We began buying and selling bikes out of a shared garage in Ann Arbor's Old West Side in 2006. We soon found ourselves with little room to move amid the mass of bikes.
We began looking for a workspace to continue our passion and our hobby, all the while laying the groundwork for a business.
We found our current repair shop one day on a bike ride, and as we peered in the window that afternoon, we saw a 1978 Schwinn sitting in the corner. We knew at that moment we had found our space. In early 2014 we expanded into a new retail location on the same block and vastly expanded our selection of new bicycles and accessories, in addition to building a professional fitting studio on the second floor.
Meet The Team
Joe Bollinger - Co-owner
Joe can be found most often rhapsodizing about what lunch will be for the day. Definitely Captain of the ship. Freethinker, problem-solver, surprisingly good dancer, co-semantics-quibbler, friend to all, cyclist, pragmatic dreamer, and co-conspirator in bringing joy to the world through bikes.
Michael Firn - Co-owner
Michaels energy and enthusiasm for cycling has been a driving force behind our success. You could make an argument that Sic Transit Cycles was born the day that Michael bought our first vintage bicycle at a garage sale: a beautiful Gitane Criterium. Charismatic clotheshorse, voracious reader, and Merckx disciple. As a celebrated aesthete, Michael has the last word on all matters of form.
Mike Solomon - Manager
Mike came to us in 2010. Not only can he overhaul a bicycle with the best of them, he has also been seen giving a quick salsa dancing lesson upon pickup. Sage advisor, dirt road-riding connoisseur, Reggae lover, Salsa devotee, and overall bicycle guru, Mike is most comfortable in wool with plenty of miles behind and ahead of him.
Kevin Sanchez - Manager
Kevin started working at bicycle shops in Hilo, Hawaii back in 2006. After arriving back in Ann Arbor, Kevin worked as a full-time mechanic at REI for three years before moving to Two Wheel Tango for four years where he became a Senior Mechanic there. He's finally found his home here at Sic Transit Cycles in early 2015.
Kevin loves all types of cycling, though his heart is truly with touring. He has toured all over the world, including Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, Greece, Mexico, Argentina, Alaska and few tours in Michigan and Kentucky.
He is a friend to all dogs, and has been know to shred 10 drum sticks in the span of hour. He's the only shop member to solve the half-hour puzzle (you'll have to ask), can take most things apart and put them back together better than before. Kevin brings to the shop a fine mechanical mind, a sensitive ear for music and a love for life on two wheels.
Marc Epstein - Manager
Since joining the Sic Transit team in 2016, Marc has deeply influenced our shop environment with his enthusiasm for cycling culture, patient problem-solving, and levity in the face of a challenge. He’s always ready with quick quip to lighten the mood, and his love of good comedy is always a source of quality banter. He’s a devoted father, dog-owner, and aficionado of sharp objects and everyday carry. Marc has developed an ardent following in Washtenaw county on account of his exemplary professionalism and knowledge of bicycle mechanics. With over 15 years of experience in shops throughout Ann Arbor, we think Marc has found his spiritual home at Sic Transit Cycles. When not turning a wrench with the best in the business, Marc can be found spinning one of his custom Waterford Precision Cycles on any number of roads across the county, fluidly navigating the local MTB loop, leading overnight cycling trips, and living that good life commuting rain or shine.
Jessica Bratus - FITMI!
Jessica partnered with Sic Transit Cycles January 2015, dedicated to the art and science of bike fit, and enjoys a harmonious and symbiotic relationship with the shop.
Jessica cut her teeth working as a sales manager and fitter of 10 years at Two Wheel Tango, and has collected certifications at the highest levels in the bike-fitting industry.
She is enthusiastic about continuing education and keeping up to date with the latest developments in bicycle ergonomics. She actively rides gravel, cyclocross, and particularly enjoys endurance rides. She is passionate about helping others find joy on their bike.
Jess has been know to throw a mean Tom Selleck themed party. She can often be found ripping local stages apart with bombastic saxophone solos with her 3-piece band that includes Kevin Sanchez, our Service Manager. Inexhaustible, inexorable, and independent, Jess is a force of nature who's energy, humor and attitude uplift everyone around her.
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Previous Employees Hall of Fame
Aaron hails from Oakland, California and has lived here in Ann Arbor since 2013. He honed his sales and mechanic skills at Tip Top Bike Shop in the Bay Area, a commuter and urban-focused shop very similar to Sic Transit Cycles. Aaron's first 'real bike was a Raleigh Grand Prix in middle school. Later in life he got into mountain biking while living in Helena, MT, and then fell in love with touring during a 5-month trip in South America. Most of the time was spent in Chile, Argentina and Uruguay, allowing the scenery and sights lead him from ice-cream stop to ice-cream stop.
Aaron rides road and mountain, tours, and commutes with a special vigor. He rode through the great snowpocalypse of winter 2013 and like the our great postmen and women, is unperturbed by rain, sleet, snow or hail.
Aaron loves brainstormin', spitballin', bouncing ideas of the wall, conceptualizin', conjurin' and creatin', brain-rackin' and putting heads together. An ideas-man if you will. He brings a great depth of knowledge and advice to the table, and from what we hear, a pretty sweet right foot in the local intramural soccer leagues.