Holt and classmate Lynette Wood work through an exercise together.

Interview by B Vivit

Well-spoken and a force to be reckoned with, were the first impressions of Kristie Holt when she introduced herself in the classroom. It was no surprise to us when Bicycle Retailer asked her to be a part of the State of Retail panel for 2018.  While at the QBP Bike Mechanic Scholarship during the class in October of 2018, Holt stayed late at every opportunity and asked great questions. Holt has always impressed me as a quiet opportunist, not one to necessarily toot her own horn, but she knows; she knows a good opportunity when she sees one, and she is apt to make the most out of what she's given. I've been following the Local Hub Bicycle Company ever since.. 

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We’re excited to announce our continuing partnership with Quality Bicycle Products (QBP) to increase gender diversity in the bike community, now in its seventh year. With over 100 graduates of this partnership alone, the QBP Bike Mechanic Scholarship (formerly the “Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship”) offers students the chance to acquire skills that will advance their careers in the bike industry, increase their mechanical knowledge, and deepen their bike industry networks. 


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Interview format and questions a collaborative effort between John Kim and B Vivit

I love Virtuous Cycle, the blog that John Kim has started to focus on the good and the sustainable in this bike industry. John has interviewed many industry veterans (like John Watson, Jessica Grenwis, F.K. Day, Ira Ryan, Carine Joannou, Paul Price, among many others) and folks who work in the shadows of the industry and are often forgotten, but are continually putting in the work it takes to get more folks on bikes and create a better, more diverse, and more inclusive industry. So understandably when John asked me to do an interview, I was blown away to be included in this list of folks doing rad things for the industry. In return, I think he deserves a little bit of recognition for this labor of love that exposes so many kind souls to the public.
Can you do one kind thing today?

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Written by Rich Bernoulli; title by David Guetta

To a lot of people, titanium has a mystique of extremes and an almost legendary quality in that it is incredibly light, incredibly strong, incredibly expensive, incredibly rare, incredibly difficult to work with, and will last forever. Some of these ideas are absolutely true while some are not. Additionally, there are some characteristics of titanium that are less known. As a common material for bicycle frames, I thought I would ask: How well do you know titanium?

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