Settled in the bustling heart of Surry Hills, Chainsmith has become the favourite Eastern Suburbs LBS. Why do the locals prefer us? Because when you walk through the door you know who’ll be serving and looking after your cycling needs.
Our team are experienced riders, mechanics and sales staff waiting to help. We strive to provide support and advice every step of the way.
Ali left Academia to work in the Cycling industry and essentially become one of a handful of women in the scene. While having a passion for womens cycling, Ali’s aim is to encourage all new riders. Co-owner of Chainsmith, Ali heads sales, marketing, ride leading but particularly enjoys “testing bikes.” Perks of her job? Being inspired by fit people, and joining bike demo weekends.. in Italy. Apparently you can also call her Dr.
Dave goes by a few names. Those who know him well might get away with calling him the ‘grumpy goat’. Italian to the core, we are proud to have this Euro perfectionist in our midst. Co-owner of Chainsmith, Dave’s passion for cycling, commitment for perfection, and insatiable fixation on quality assure the products at Chainsmith meet our criteria – “If you don’t use it yourself, I don’t put it in the shop”. If theres something to discuss about cycling technology, innovative product or design, Dave is here. Unless he’s racing. And if you’re lucky to catch him, you’ve no chance of hanging on.
Justin – We dragged Justin from a previous life dedicated to factory work. Just kidding. Before he joined us he was also a mechanic. While Justin well and truly proved he had the skills, we knew it was his blend of near-neurotic cleanliness and keen appreciation for aesthetic perfection that would add and improve our team. The art of bar-wrapping never looked so pure. And when your bike gets the full service, she’ll shine like a statue of Victor Noir. A keen rider on both road and cyclo tracks, Justin just scored by becoming one of Australia’s first Velocio Ambassador’s.
Joerg Jaksche wears lycra like no other. We don’t question why superman wears a cape, like we won’t ask Joerg why he keeps his helmet on at a Cafe. After you’ve ridden the Tour de France so many times, we figure there’s a pretty good reason. Needless to say, the guy knows kit, and the guy definitely knows bikes. We also found his bike-fitting skills are really rather genius. That Austrian-Germanic logic won’t let you down when he drops your saddle half a mm. As a bike fitter, he’s pragmatic and focused. The fit may take a while, but when you feel this good on a bike its worth all the prodding and pokes.