Meet the MAC Crew:
Here at Marietta Adventure Company, we are a close team working together to bring you something that goes beyond bike and kayak sales: a full-service shop. We love to provide visitors and locals information on our local trail systems and waterways, we repair bikes of all makes & models, and rent kayaks to use on our local waterways.
Here's a little bit about us:
Ryan Smith: Light bulb-changer and Dreamer
Ryan returned to Marietta in 2005 after spending several years living out of a creekside RV in California. Having lived in a vibrant outdoor community in California, he saw possibility for growth in his hometown of Marietta and returned to set some groundwork. Ryan began the initiative for the Marietta City Trail System upon returning in 2005, and since then it has grown into a network of singletrack mountain bike trails nearly 30 miles long, all located within the City of Marietta.
Ryan is an experienced skier, mountain and road rider, climber, and enjoys outdoor adventures of all kinds. He grew up racing motocross and in the late 90's transitioned to mountain biking. While earning a degree at Marietta College, he also worked as a line manager at UPS. Ryan started the MAC shop in 2011 and is thrilled to have the opportunity to share information about our local biking & paddling resources with visitors and locals alike. He drempt up the Rivers, Trails and Ales Festival and was one of the founding organizers in 2010.
Secret Obsession: Google maps!
Hallie Taylor: Assistant boat-handler and Curator of the No. 2 Gallery
Hallie pulls together the details of the MAC shop and keeps it all on track. Her first road bike was a silver Ross, pulled from the curbside trash in the mid-90's. Later she began road cycling more seriously when a friend who was training for triathlons needed a riding buddy. Hallie has spent time living in such places as Chengdu, Beijing, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Minnesota, Portland, Seattle, Atlanta, and of course, Marietta. She earned a degree in Biology and Chinese language at Swarthmore College and was active in the local fire department. She later studied architecture and worked as a design consultant in New York City. Following that, spent a year travelling around South America. During her stint as a designer, her work was published in Interior Design magazine and also spent endless hours biking around NYC. Later, she returned to her hometown of Marietta with the goal of spending more time outdoors and spent several summers landscaping.
Since her return, Hallie helped Ryan start the MAC shop from the bones up and was a founder of the Rivers, Trails and Ales Festival, and the director for many years. Hallie grew up exploring local waterways and more recently enjoys mountain biking. She loves outdoor adventures and shenanigans.
Lincoln Smith: Wrench-turner and Beard-farmer
Lincoln is the resident service manager at Marietta Adventure Company and spends his days turning wrenches. He grows a beard like a champ and enjoys exploring our local trail systems.
Lincoln is a Marietta local who was born in Germany and spent several years in California before moving to Marietta with his family. He spent 9 years working for the phone company troubleshooting, and also studied electrical and mechanical engineering at U. Akron and Washington State CC. He is an enthusiastic positive force in the shop. He loves to talk with visitors and is as good with kids as he is with adults. He has a collection of Stans monsters and appreciates a good cup of coffee.
Evan Maze: Mechanic
Spinning pedals and twisting wrenches is what he does best. He loves mountain biking, gravel riding, bike commuting, and can also be found toting his daughter around the trails. Evan is indifferent when it comes to most subjects, is possibly the nicest person in the world and enjoys going with the flow!
Favorite Band: Radiohead
Elyse Gorby: Retail Staff and Dog-Lover
Elyse joined the MAC team in the spring of 2018. You can find her spending time with her favorite puppers Kennedy and Barkley. She also excels at coaching Crossfit at MOV'ment Fitness. Elyse brings high energy and a love for the outdoors to the shop. You can find her on the sales floor, at Tampico's, or chasing fluffy dogs down the block.
Favorite Food: Chicken Fajitas
Favorite Band: Avett Brothers
Always DTA: Down to Adventure
Bill Lane: Shop Hand
Bill has long been a fixture in the local mountain biking scene, and is widely involved in encouraging new trail riders in the area. He has helped organize local events such as the Challenge at Mountwood, Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day, Wayne National Forest/RVMBA trail-work days, and a number of other RVMBA events. He spends his retirement riding trails, biking and skiing in Truckee, California, as well as talking with folks about cycling of all levels at Marietta Adventure Company. He likes to keep busy!
Nickname: Wild Bill
Jeff Myers: Go Anywhere-Do Anything Mountain Man
Jeff has been a behind the scenes fixture at MAC for years helping to keep things running smooth. A man of many talents, Jeff's always ready to jump in and tackle whatever the day may bring! In his free time he enjoys competing in the West Virginia Enduro Series. With wilderness survival skills to rival Bear Grylls, Jeff is as hardcore as they come!
Favorite Band: Slayer
Most days you'll find Nate's smiling face at our service counter in the back of the shop. He's the fastest flat fix this side of the Mississippi and love's to help get your bike in tip-top shape!
Favorite Food: "You can't go wrong with chips and salsa"
Special Talent: Giggling
Marty is a new addition to our service department, working behind the scenes to keep everyone's bike rolling smoothly! Marty loves all types of bikes old and new but has a special place in his heart for vintage BMX bikes. Yes, this is an actual real-life picture of Marty from 1992.
Matt is a recent transplant to Marietta and began working at MAC in the summer of 2020.
He enjoys road cycling and has rekindled an interest in mountain biking.
Matt teaches college English on the side, likes to write complicated essays on arcane topics, and reads science fiction. He would probably have a long discussion with you about home brewing, punk rock, or structural linguistics if you were interested.
Note: Matt doesn't look this furry in-person!
Rockstar Seasonal Staff
Be sure to come say "Hi" to our seasonal staff! You'll find returning faces Ethan Nedeff and Callix Miller helping around the shop this season.