It is with much excitement that we announce our formal partnership with Tri-Tech Multisport for the 2015 Season as our official Bike Sponsor! Take a moment to get to know Tri-Tech’s owners Leanne and Christ Charnas!
We are so excited to partner with Tri Tech for the 2015 Season. Why did you guys select BASE as a partner for this upcoming season?
We are huge proponents of supporting and sponsoring groups and programs that are supporters of our business; moreover, we are selective in our sponsorship relative to the qualifications and the knowledge that the coach, or coaches, of the program have. Lauren is the epitome of what a coach should be – formally educated, accredited, experienced, individualized and fact based. Coaching can tend to be the wild-west when it comes to triathlon, so we are happy to support someone like Lauren who exhibits all the great qualities and qualifications of a good coach and leader. We look forward to being affiliated with BASE and supporting the athletes and positive outcomes that result from a terrific program.
There are many shops that athletes can choose in the central Ohio area, what sets you apart from the others?
We started our shop in 1995 as a direct outcome of not being able to find anything multisport in Central Ohio. At the time, we raced as sponsored athletes for a race promoter’s team, and despite having a bike shop sponsor, we had no access to “the right” products and little support in the way of “care.” From there, Tri-Tech Multisport was born. Albeit small and focused on supporting our racing friends, it grew and became much more than just a provider of multisport wares. We were the first in the area to truly care about fit to a bicycle and the benefits of appropriate set-up. Over the years, we have tried to continue to build on our fit training and expertise, as well as provide a diverse range of products, expertise, service offerings and customer care for triathletes and cycling enthusiasts. We don’t offer “discounts to everyone,” as we are a small family run business, so we are selective in that realm. We work to differentiate our offering based on products, customer service, mechanical service and consistent care. We’re not perfect but we make every effort to do the right thing and treat our employees and customers with the utmost respect and care.
If you had to pick 3 things that you do really well at your shop what would they be?
- Take constructive feedback and implement changes based on that input. Feedback is a gift!
- Stay relevant in our offering of goods. Bring in products that customers want.
- Take care of customers and respond to their needs, regardless of the level of experience or investment.
What is the most ridiculous racing story you guys have?
Christ has this one; the 12+ hour solo adventure race in Scioto in 1999; it was the inaugural Galyan’s Appalachian adventure race. The event included mountain biking (25 mi), running (2 + 5 + 17 miles), orienteering, obstacles, kayaking (15 mi) and portaging. It was anticipated to take between 9 and 16 hours, depending on the team or the racer. It could be done in 2, or 4 person teams, as well as solo. Christ did the solo division. Participants had to go the Scioto Trail State park in Chillicothe the night before for a pre-race meeting at 7 pm – ish. So, Christ had to stay down there overnight for the 7am start. He had a hotel room, and it ended up being a room over a bar in the (crappy) hotel. Between the smoke and the music, he made an exit around 1 in the morning and went over to the park to try and sleep; 5 wide awake hours later, he had to get up and get ready to start. He was so tired due to the hotel fiasco he started last and was just walking the first two mile “run.” The first part was a run at the end of which the racers had to pick up and move rail road ties. When he got there, one of the female participants (our good friend Mickey McNeil) was struggling to carry her tie, so when Christ passed her with his very light tie, he “accidentally dropped it and picked up hers” – purely by mistake, of course. Once he got the tie to the kayak area, he got going with his race. He ended up somewhere around 9th in the solo division in like 11 hours. It was a ridiculously difficult day.
Being in the multisport industry for so long you’ve seen fads come and go – what are some fads that you’ve seen that you think athletes need to be cautious of (in other words, what are some things that marketers make seem necessary that aren’t)
I crack up thinking about the story that Soft ride bicycles used to tell. That the bouncing beam was actually good for aligning with your pedaling stroke – sort of ridiculous. How about it’s just inefficient movement? If you are going to hear some “Science” explained, make certain that you understand the real science behind it. It’s super easy to take things at face value, but the real deal is in white papers and scientific studies. Another one was when one bike company built a hydration bladder into the frame for “aerodynamics.” The reality for many was a good case of gastrointestinal distress when that bladder couldn’t be cleaned properly or easily. Apply logic when evaluating options.
What are 3 key tools every athlete should own in their toolbox for their bike at home?
A pump! No one wants to pump up your tires for you at a ride, or a race; you should definitely have a good quality pump and make pumping up your own tires before a ride or an event a good habit. In this day and age, a torque wrench/ Allen wrench; over-tightening bolts is a bad idea. A pedal wrench; for all the times that you need to move pedals around, or remove them for tri-bike transport, that is an excellent tool. And one more (since a pump is kind of obvious,) a 3 – 10mm Allen wrench set. If you have to pack and ship your bike, these are a necessary item!
If you could race 1 race in the history of triathlon – what race would it be?
C’mon Lauren – Ironman Hawaii.
What advice would you give a newer athlete looking to get into multisport?
Start with what you have in the way of a bike and focus on the training first. Also, you don’t have to come out of the gate doing an ironman. Build your BASE and figure out if you love it, or not. THEN after a good season under your belt, come visit us, and we can walk you through the bike options, what you really need and don’t need, and how to build your equipment arsenal. Also, buy yourself a really good pair of cycling shorts and cycling shoes (once you go clipless) up front; those are two of the best investments you can make.
Anything else we should share with our readers?
Tri-Tech is located in Worthington, Ohio at 6155 Huntley Rd. Ste. K. You can visit their website at www.tritechmultisport.com!