For a guy who only fully immersed himself in the cycling world 3 years ago, he sure does make up for lost time in a hurry. Just ask his brothers, who watched from behind as the freshly minted rider finished the 200-mile STP (Seattle to Portland) in 14.5 hours back in 2014.
(To be fair, we should note that all four siblings clocked in at an impressive sub-17 hour pace.)
Thane’s path to cycling started with his love of basketball, coupled with running and sprint triathlons to help stay in shape. When that bane of all runners’ existence inevitably struck, the dreaded knee-tweak, he was encouraged by friends and fellow churchgoers to turn his attention towards biking to help supplement the sudden athletic gap in his life.
Of course, all that gorgeous Arizona scenery didn’t do anything to dissuade him from the decision, either.
Now a member of a local Mesa cycling team averaging around 130 – 250 miles per week, Thane says that his initial interest in bike sharing went hand in hand with his approach to the sport in general.
“I’m kind of a frugal guy,” he admits light heartedly. “I’ve never bought a new bike because I always like to get a better deal than paying retail price.” So when he realized that renting his collection of cycles on Spinlister could help him support his habit-turned-passion while benefiting other riders in search of an affordable way to explore the Arizona countryside, well that was just music to Thane (and his wife)’s ears.
And what a collection it has blossomed into over the years as well, with everything from a GT Tandem and Gary Fisher 29er to his Trek Madone and preferred Scott CR1 Pro available for rent on an hourly, daily, or weekly basis. These aren’t some spare rides you’d find lying around in a dusty garage somewhere – these are the cycles he trains and races on, offered for less than half the price of a daily bike shop rental.
Speaking of training and riding, Thane will once again be saddling up on his Scott for the April 2nd Tour de Mesa, hoping for a repeat of last year’s performance. “We averaged over 24 mph for the full 70 miles,” he recounts with a smile, finishing within 5 minutes of the winner.
From all of us at Spinlister, Thane, ride hard and good luck!