We caught up with our Head Bike Tech, Chris Cartier, to ask him a little bit about himself, his favorite bikes and what he likes to do outside.
OGE: How long have you been working at the OGE?
Chris: 4 years.
OGE: How long have you been working on bikes?
Chris: Pretty much since I can remember. Since I was little.
OGE: How did you end up in Vermont? Are you from here originally?
Chris: I’m from Massachusetts, but I still technically go to UVM. I came here in 2008 for school and I’ve been here pretty much since then with a few breaks in between.
OGE: What is your favorite bike and why?
Chris: Right now, probably the Transition Scout. It’s just a super fun trail bike. Yeah, really fun and playful. It makes you want to jump over pretty much everything.
OGE: How many bikes do you currently own?
Chris: (Laughs and starts counting on his fingers) Six or seven.
OGE: What is your favorite place to ride?
Chris: Oh man, that’s tough. For local, probably Saxon Hill or Hinesburg. If I’m going to drive a little bit, Burke Mountain or Kingdom Trails.
OGE: What other sports or activities do you enjoy outside of biking?
Chris: I climb, ski, I guess I go for hikes when I have to. But yeah, mostly climbing, skiing, I fish a lot in the spring and summer. Fishing and biking are probably my two big things in the summer.
OGE: Do you have any big trips planned?
Chris: Yeah hopefully this fall, my girlfriend and I are going to Turkey to do some biking and climbing.
OGE: What is your most memorable outdoor experience?
Chris: Probably so far it was going to the Ruth Gorge in Alaska to do some Alpine climbing.