Staff

Meet the Urban AdvenTours Team!

Every one of our staff members loves bikes and offers a unique perspective on bicycling in Boston and its surrounding areas. With such diverse backgrounds, they can offer a multitude of information on just about anything related to Boston or bicycles. From where to get the best pizza to recommending the best bike for your cycling needs, someone on our team can answer any question you throw at us.


 

 

 

Andrew Prescott

Chief Wheel Officer

 Thanks for stopping by our website and seeing what Urban AdvenTours is all about. As the Chief Wheel Officer of Urban AdvenTours, my goal is to get everyone riding bikes. We do it by offering quality rentals, selling and servicing bikes, and providing an awesome experience on our tours. All the guides you will ride with here are passionate cyclists, who use the bike for transportation and recreation, and love showing off our wonderful city by bicycle. Ok, so you want a little more info on me? Waterford High School football captain, to Wesleyan University Psychology/Sociology degree, to recruiter, bartender, world traveler, accountant, marketing manager for Anheuser-Busch, to BioBus driving fool. It is nice to be doing something I sincerely believe in, providing a great work environment for my crew and a great experience for our guests.

 

 

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Michael Manfred

Michael is a native Rhode Islander, who graduated from Keene State College with a BFA in Graphic Design in 2013. His international experience includes a yearlong stint in Port-Au- Prince, Haiti, and a year working and backpacking though Europe. His bohemian personality is expressed in his passion for vintage steel frame bicycles from the 70’s and 80’s. He believes the best way to experience a new city is by bike because of the unique perspective that it delivers. Not only does it provide the opportunity to learn more about the world and about himself, it’s also about having authentic experiences in unconventional locations.

 

 

 

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Alex Doig

Alex (center) was born and raised in Concord MA, a town rich with American History and beautiful bike rides. Alex graduated from Hamilton College in 2016 with a BA in Geosciences. While in school, he ran the campus bike shop, and raced with the college cycling team. Over the summers, Alex leads and supports long-distance bike tours for high-school aged youth. These tours have included various week-long trips in and around New England, three-week tours from Eugene, OR to San Francisco, and even a cross country tour from Charleston, SC to San Diego! In the future, Alex hopes to share his passions by becoming an educator in the field of Earth Sciences and Outdoor Education – all the while supporting cycling in any way possible. Follow Alex on Strava to keep up to date with his tours (and commutes!). Oh, and did you know he has the cycling merit badge?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jon Malone

Jon’s dad bought him a BMX bike which he rode daily, exploring his hometown of Ames, IA. It was there that he started to develop his passion for cycling. “The freedom I felt flying downhills and exploring all corners of the town was life changing. That bike allowed me seek out new adventures and, once I took my first jump, a whole new chapter in my life was started!” Since than, Jon has raced his bike in downhill, cyclocross, mountain xc, and road categories. Beyond cycling, Jon also enjoys surfing and snowboarding to balance out all seasons here in New England. It’s his passion for sport and helping people achieve their goals that has made him a sought after trainer and coach in Boston. If you want advice on bikes or how to improve your cycling, he’s at Urban for you.

 

Tim Rooney

Tim comes to UA after working and riding around Boston for a number of years. He brings experience with fixing all sorts of bicycles and forming esoteric opinions on any number of bike related topics. When not fixing bicycles, he can often be found riding them on both roads and trails, usually with all the grace of a running clothes dryer with a brick in it. Outside of biking, Tim often likes to go play in the mountains, on foot or snowboard depending on the season. He is also passionate about finding the best cheeseburger in a given area and frequently is researching this topic. So if you need any recommendations on bike repairs, upgrades, good hikes in the Northeast, or just want to talk about burgers, feel free to stop into the shop and ask for Tim!

 

 

Chris O’Neill

Christopher is a lifelong Bostonian.  He’s been turning a wrench on anything that needs fixing since childhood. It only makes sense that he would make his living turning one on bicycles. From wrenching in several shops to riding New England single track or working as a courier, he’s been happy on or near a bicycle since the early eighties.

 

 

HE CAME IN LIKE A WRECKING BALL!

 

 

Harris Brancazio

Harris is a Cambridge born and raised cyclist, who’s been turning pedals and wrenches since he was a little kid. An avid cyclist, he rides all bikes from road to BMX and loves them all. He has learned how to weld, and aspires to build his own bike from scratch. He is currently starting his first race season, and is hoping for the best! Come on down and let’s talk bikes!

 

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Lexie Raczka

Lexie is a Massachusetts native who was first drawn to biking in an attempt to live a more environmentally sustainable lifestyle. While studying environmental science and art history at Dickinson College and spending a semester abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, Lexie discovered that two-wheeled transportation is her favorite way to get around. Currently, Lexie’s pursing graduate degrees in Urban Planning and Food Systems at Tufts University and spending her commute and free time exploring the roads of Greater Boston by bike. Aside from biking, Lexie’s passionate about cooking, agriculture, and art.

 

Craig Collins

As he’ll tell you on his tours, Craig hails from the small town of Temple, Maine, and moved down to Boston in 2008 to attend Boston University. He could talk about Boston all day, from the history, to the little-known facts, to the weird things that almost no one remembers anymore. He has an innate sense of direction gained from exploring hundreds of roads and trails in the state of Massachusetts. He also enjoys homebrewing beer and riding his motorcycle.

 

 

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Greg Lockhart

Greg is a Chicagoan by birth. After attending the Univ. of Arizona, he lived in southern CA before moving to Boston about the same time as Larry Bird. He has been biking the streets of Boston ever since. Greg’s favorite bike trips include hostelling along the Pacific coast, slickrock trail in Moab and the bike path to Madaket beach. He is actually celebrating his 50th anniversary of being off training wheels. When not riding Greg enjoys books, music, beer and a day at the beach. After ten years as a stockbroker he spent 15 years in the bicycle business on Nantucket Island. When guiding the city tour he enjoys telling tales of the old days at Fenway Park and the Boston Garden. Greg resides in Jamaica Plain and is happy to recommend his favorite restaurants around the city.

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Darryll Fernald

Darryll lives in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood. He enjoys riding his Kona Jake the Snake around town and off road on the local trails. He really liked Crank but thinks that Crank 2 was better.

 

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Born in Philadelphia, Pell has lived in Boston since 1970 and has commuted by bike for over 40 years. He’s really into Boston Architecture, and loves sharing his favorite buildings. He holds degrees from Kenyon College and Lesley University and attended Harvard University for additional study in animation. Pell developed an award-winning curriculum that uses animation as a vehicle for teaching and learning. He has taught animation at MIT, the Boston Arts Academy, the Boston Museum of Science and in the Boston and Cambridge Public Schools.

 

Ed Ballo

Ed knows Boston through and through and is known as our “History Guru”. He grew up in Waltham, just west of Boston, works at MIT, and rows on the Charles River daily. Ed refuses to own a car!  He rides his bike, walks or uses public transportation wherever he goes and has become very resourceful in getting around. Ed speaks fluent French and Italian for our international customers, and has been a tour guide with various companies for over 35 years!

 

Len Weiss

Len grew up in the Bronx, but has been happy to call Brookline home for the past 13 years. His favorite spot in Boston is the Blue Hills Reservation….so much to do, so little time. While he loves Chamber and blues music; reading non-fiction and biographies, he’s also a wild man, into rugby, basketball, road and mountain biking, backpacking, Nordic backcountry skiing and motorcycle touring. Yep he’s into both kinds of bikes and his best vacation ever was a six week motorcycle tour through western Europe and England. Len has also traveled the world including the Galapagos, Venezuela, Monaco, Belgium, Denmark, Tanzania, Japan, Hong Kong, China and many more.

 

 

Bob Foley

Born and raised a few miles from Urban AdvenTours Shop just outside Boston, Bob learned at an early age that two wheels are a fun, efficient way to navigate the city. After a few decades in the corporate sales world Bob now enjoys meeting the global visitors to Boston and sharing the sites and pleasures of cycling the city. When not in the city Bob enjoys mountain and off road riding, great New England food, and travel. Skiing when the snow falls. Favorite bike memories are riding a new “big bike” to school in 2nd grade, a few Europe cycling trips, and mountain biking New England trails. Boston trails and streets will always remain a favorite. He’ll be happy to share many of the great known and hidden food and beverage spots in and around Boston.

Ken Agabian

Ken lives in Boston’s Historic South End. He has been an avid cyclist for many years. He has enjoyed running the Boston Marathon ten (!) times and makes fitness a primary goal in his life. His pet peeve is when people use the term “Cheatriots” in reference to the New England Patriots (the best football team on earth). His other interests besides Boston sports teams include travel, film, politics, and history.

 

Benjy Tanenbaum

Benjy believes that Boston is at its best when you’re on a bicycle. He’s been biking in the city since he arrived at Northeastern University in 2011 to study Chemistry. Cycling quickly became his favorite way to navigate through the bustling streets of Boston. He has been commuting by bicycle ever since! He also enjoys long road rides that take him through some quiet towns outside the city. Having grown up in Worcester, a small city an hour away from Boston, he is a true New Englander. Just ask him how he feels about the Red Sox or the Patriots! Though he’s graduated now and plans to become a doctor, few things get him as excited as showing cyclists around his favorite city.

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