Mike Cottle

Jeff is the Manager at our Monroeville store.

What do you love about riding and/or running?
It sounds trite, but being on the bike is an escape for me. It’s one of the few places I can forget about my problems, or do some of my best thinking.

What are your non-cycling interests?
Being in the bike industry is sometimes hard. You get to sell something you’re passionate about, yet it leaves you little time to do it yourself. I ride every chance I can get.

What bike do you currently ride?
Too many to list!

What shoes do you run in?
Brooks Caldera

What experience do you have in the industry?
I’ve been in the bicycle industry for close to 15 years. I’ve worked at a few different shops in Pittsburgh over that time and feel like I’ve developed a good reputation in the industry.

Where is your favorite place to ride or run?
Boyce park is my favorite place to mountain bike. I first learned how to ride there, and it’s been my “go to” place ever since. I feel like I know the trails like the back of my hand.

Who or what inspires you?
I went to art school in New York, and I was very fortunate to have seen some amazing works of art over those years. To this day, I don’t think there’s anything more inspiring than standing in front of a masterpiece that many people will only see in books, or never see at all.

Who would you like to swap places with for a day?
Robert Smith of The Cure

Somewhere you’ve never been, but would love to visit?
Nashville, TN

How long have you been working for Pro Bike + Run?
I’m brand new! Started March 18th

What kind of riding and/or running are you into?
I started out as a road rider back in high school. I was living in New Jersey at the time, and there were plenty of long roads with wide shoulders. When I moved back to PA in the early 90’s, I fell in love with mountain biking. Now, I still dabble in both with a lot of gravel riding mixed in.

What has been your biggest accomplishment in running and/or cycling?
That’s a tough one. Never being a racer, I don’t have any awards to show. I like to get in one or two “epic” bike trips in every year, and it seems like each one tops the last. Last year, I did my first bike packing trip with full camping gear, and that was pretty exciting.