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 platinum 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.
Kevin Jewett is our Service Manager. He is the most recent addition to the Breakaway team, having started in the summer of 2017. He previously served in a similar position with the Trek Stores of Columbus. He acquired his bicycle knowledge upon retiring from 2 other careers and having taken up cycling as a replacement for running. He has a wealth of experiences that have made him competent to take on any mechanical problem you may have. As a retired Marine, he understands what it takes to get a job done right. His experiences as an Ohio State Trooper and investigator make him attentive to details and passionate about safety. We appreciate his insistence on cyclists wearing helmets and using daylight visible lights at all times.
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).
Kate Tingley is our women's expert and started working at Breakaway in 2013. Having a woman on staff who has competed in triathlons, and rides both road and mountain bikes, is a great asset. She understands that new cyclists can have lots of questions and can direct you to the right resources. She and her husband enjoy epic mountain bike rides and have ridden all over the country including Moab, Mt Rushmore, and some of the most popular destinations in South Carolina and Georgia. Kate’s expertise in merchandising (having worked for JC Penney) keeps the store looking fresh, and as our social media coordinator, her posts help keep you up to date on the latest in the cycling world. Most recently she has become an RN and now combines her love of mountain biking and medical knowledge by serving on the mountain bike patrol for COMBO (Central Ohio Mountain Bike Organization). Kate rides a Trek Silque SL, Madone 5.2, Cali Carbon SLX 29er, and a Trek Farley fat tire bike.
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, Domane 6.9 Disc, 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.
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, serving 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, and a Lemond Maillot Jaune.