Who We Are
Ezio, Carol and Cesira Miconi
In January of 1990, Ezio and Carol founded Tipp Cyclery with the
intent of making it the best little shop around. Ezio is a '84 Purdue
Engineering graduate. He handles the repair, assembly and hard goods
purchasing end of the business, as well as sales. Carol has an MA from
MSU and handles our books as well as buying soft goods and, of course,
sales. Our focus has always been on the quality of service, bikes and
advice. We have never been fans of the "hard sell" and have refused to
consider gross sales as the measure of our success. Even so, our
business continues to grow steadily each year, with a minimum of
advertising. Cesira came along in 1994 and helps out around the shop
and even laces up an occasional wheel.
DAN PHILLIPS: Dan and his son Nathan have been avid
enthusiasts and customers for decades. Dan works full-time at a
local new-car dealership and is truly a top-shelf wrench and
all-round nice person. He feels uncomfortable without a wrench in
his hand and has been helping us on weekends or evenings for the
past three years.
STEVE HEMMELGARN: Steve began helping out in 2011. He brings over 20 years of engineering experience, has a long-running fascination with 2-wheeled adventure and does regular overnight trips, as well as some longer adventures. He owns several classic steel touring bikes.
ERIK SCHELKUN: Erik is a '94 Troy grad who loves cycling
almost as much as he loves photography. His photos grace our website
and the sports pages of assorted local papers. He currently works for
UD as a sports photographer. He rides road, mountain and cyclocross
bikes. Erik and his wife, Andy, were married in October 2007 and thier daughter was born in September 2013.
TINA LOUISE: Tina, the small black cat (named after the
actress who played Ginger on Gilligan's Island) who we adopted around
10 years ago, has finally cashed in her chips and gone to the big
scratching post in the sky. She has been replaced by. . .
PAMELA SUE: A black and brown adopted
Tabby, currently living at her grandmother's house but still visits occasionally. She is still cross-eyed.
SAL MANILA: A Red-Eared Slider turtle.
Tina is dearly missed.
We are all bike nuts and are happy to share our
knowledge and experience with you. We want to help you enjoy cycling
as much as we do, at whatever level you may desire, from weekend bike
path rider to aspiring pro.