The Breakaway Cycling Team
Breakaway Cycling opened in 1991 and is one of the oldest bike shops in central Ohio. Since our beginning, we have partnered with Trek, the world leader in bikes, and have attained partner dealer status and a reputation for excellent service carried out by some of the most experienced technicians. But what has always set us apart is the breadth of experience of our staff. We have been intentional in having people with a variety of cycling experience, so that whether you are just starting out, or have been riding for years, you will find someone that can relate to you.
Mark Deane is our Service Manager. He joined the Breakaway team in the spring of 2019. He previously served in a similar position with several stores in Columbus. Mark has 12 years experience in the bicycle industry and has trained at both United Bicycle Institute, and Barnett's Bicycle Institute, the premier mechanic schools in the country. Mark rides a Trek Procaliber 6, a Gunnar Hyper X cyclocross, and a Gunnar Fastlane gravel bike.
Jim Farrenkopf is our Business Manager. Having been a customer since shortly after we opened, he joined the Breakaway family in 1995 when Warren Negley, who had served as our original bookkeeper/business manager retired. Jim had recently taken an early retirement from Anheuser-Busch’s accounting department and was excited to combine his interest in cycling with his financial expertise. His passion for excellence in customer service and doing things the right way are refreshing in a day when that focus can be overlooked in retail. Jim’s cycling experience began as an avid road rider and he has ridden most every “patch ride” in Ohio (check out his collection of patches when you’re in).
Bill Slone is our resident “Mechanic On Duty”, and specializes in Campagnolo components and classic bicycles. One of his first work experiences was at a Texaco station (“Ask the man who wears the star” for those of you that remember the commercials) where there was always a mechanic on duty. Bill spent over 35 years in engineering and maintenance, and is a firm believer in preventive maintenance. Bill owns a 2001 Litespeed Classic, purchased at Breakaway, that has logged over 31,000 miles, in addition to a 2016 Trek 720 adventure touring model, and a Domane 6.2. Bill also has his original Schwinn Racer 3-speed purchased new in 1964. If you have a vintage bike you’d like to keep in shape for the long haul Bill will be happy to serve you.
Jeff Jackson serves in sales and service and is an original member of the Team Breakaway racing team. Having been a customer since the early 1990’s, he joined the Breakaway family when he retired from a career in sales at Frito Lay (Pepsico). His passion for cycling (both racing and training) and experience as a spin instructor make him well equipped to help you reach your fitness goals. Jeff rides a Project One Madone 9 series, Emonda SLR 8, Madone 6.5, and a Salsa Mukluk fat tire bike, and is our resident expert on smart trainers and the Zwift app for virtual reality indoor riding.
Gastin Green joined the Breakaway team in the spring of 2018. Cycling has changed his life and he is excite to share that with others. As a school teacher, he serves special needs and behaviorally challenged students in the Johnathan Alder School District in Plain City. Gastin rides road, mountain and adventure bikes which include a Madone 9.2, an Emonda SLR 8, and a Roscoe.
Nathan Wright is the youngest member of the Breakaway team at 17, but has a long history with the store dating back to his grandparents and parents who have been customers since we opened. He grew up riding Trek bikes. He is currently working toward his Eagle Scout rank and taking Fire service courses at the Career Center.
Dan Negley is the founder and owner of Breakaway Cycling. He has been involved in cycling since his college days when in 1980 he began leading bicycle tours for a camp in Colorado. He is a firm believer that one ride can change your life. He has raced road bikes and mountain bikes and was instrumental in the building of the original Alum Creek State Park mountain bike trail in 1992.
He is a daily bicycle commuter as he has been doing for almost 30 years and is an advocate for bicycle friendly communities, having served on the Delaware Parks and Recreation bike advisory committee, and the Delaware County Friends of the Trail (helping to complete the Ohio to Erie trail). He has served as President of the Central Ohio Bicycle Dealer’s Association, and has attended the League of American Bicyclist’s Bicycle Summit in WashingtonD.C. to lobby for bicycle related causes.
He has a wealth of cycling experience that can only be gained through years in the industry. This has provided him with the knowledge to be able to repair things most mechanics have never seen or heard of. Dan enjoys vintage equipment of all types. Owning and maintaining a 1962 Studebaker Hawk that was his grandfather's has helped him appreciate classic designs and how to keep them working. His current bikes are a 2016 Trek Domane 5.2, a Trek Dual Sport 8.4, a Lemond Maillot Jaune, and a vintage 1984 Trek 660.