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 frames from the 70’s and 80’s. He believes the best way to experience a new city is by bicycle 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?

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Sophie DeGroot

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Sophie comes from a family of avid cyclists and grew up believing two wheels are better than four. When she began studying at Northeastern University, the first thing she did when she got to Boston was grab a bike and ride. Even though she was lost most of the time, there was no where else she’d rather be. She joined UA with the goal of spreading her love for bike lanes with the entire commonwealth. In August 2015 she completed her first long-distance tour from Seattle to San Francisco with nothing but panniers and the sheer will to see the coast by bicycle. What do you call a dinosaur riding a bicycle? A velo-ciraptor!

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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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Pell Osborn

Born in Philadelphia, Pell has lived in Boston since 1970 and has commuted by bike for nearly 40 years! He’s really into Boston Architecture, and sometimes eats it for breakfast. 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 teaches animation at MIT, the Boston Arts Academy and in the Brookline and Boston Public Schools.

Ed Ballo

Ed knows Boston through and through. He grew up in a suburb just north of Boston, works at MIT, and rows on the Charles River daily. Perhaps the most impressive thing about Ed is that he has never owned a car! Ed rides his bike, or uses public transportation wherever he goes. Ed speaks fluent French and Italian for our international customers, and has been a tour guide with various companies for over 20 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.

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Charles Lucas

Charles is a former King of France who gave it up to be a teacher in Boston’s public school system – too much upkeep of the gardens at Versailles! Now he plays a local Bostonian who likes traveling, reading about revolutionary history, politics, and current events. He enjoys presenting Boston to visitors from the seat of a bicycle, and exploring Boston’s food spots.

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.

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Sarah McNeill

Sarah grew up on the South Shore of Massachusetts, riding up and down the streets of her neighborhood on a mountain bike. While attending college in Michigan, she switched to a single speed commuter and fell in love with cycling. From the streets of Boston, the marathon route at midnight, the rail trails of Northwest Indiana, to the quiet roads of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, she discovered the best way to see any area is by bike. In summer 2015, she biked from Providence to Seattle (on a road bike!) with Bike & Build and combined her love of service with cycling. Unable to get enough of the world by two wheels, she brings her passion for her favorite city out on tour!

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.

 

Urban AdvenTours Alumni

These are folks who have, sadly, left our ranks, but are fondly remembered. We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavours!

Montgomery Patterson

Montgomery “Monty” Patterson is 24 years old and coming up on his 10th or 11th year of working in the bike industry. He started as an apprentice mechanic at 14 years old in the pursuit of mechanical knowledge. His father was a motocross racer and trained Monty in his footsteps. Although this activity became more of a hobby he wanted to know more about two wheel vehicles and how they work. After a number of years Monty landed in Tahoe California, a mountain bike haven, where he got the chance to feed his appetite for adrenaline, riding downhill mountain bikes on and off the trail. This, in collaboration with connections made at the local bike shop, helped him gain his first few downhill sub-sponsorships. Monty currently attends Suffolk University pursuing a degree in Business Management with a minor in Legal Studies, and plans to graduate in 2017.

Parker Musselman

Born in Minneapolis, Parker moved to Boston in 2005 to pursue studies in political science and international relations. He soon became enamored with the simplicity of biking in a city that is, at times, choked with cars and one way streets.

Mike Quinlan

“Q” joined Urban AdvenTours in the spring of 2012 after tiring of Boston’s legal world. Before Boston, he studied at the University of Vermont, and still loves to spend time outdoors in the wilderness. He has a dog named Walter, whom he refers to as “A child that never grows up.”

Chris Thompson

Chris has lived his whole life in Massachusetts, growing up in the small town of Blackstone (named after the original English settler of Boston!). He has lived in Boston for the past four years as he attended Emerson College. Now, after graduating with a degree in Political Communication, Chris aims to make a splash in the State House. Biking is one of his absolute passions in life along with heavy metal and cheeseburgers. His best vacation ever was two weeks in Hawaii, and he has also traveled to Toronto, England, Ireland, and Osage Beach Missouri.

Ted Schwartzberg

Ted’s hometown is Boston, MA, where he has lived for all of his 28 years. After graduating from MIT, where he recently received Masters Degrees in City Planning and in Real Estate Development, Ted enjoys spending his days as an urban planner. His interests include skiing, camping and traveling. In addition, he enjoys commuting year-round by bike to avoid having to use cars and public transportation. His favorite local spot is the Harbor Islands National Park. One of Ted’s best vacations ever was riding his bike from the Provincetown ferry, through Cape Cod, around Martha’s Vineyard Island and back on the mainland to Plymouth.


Chris Jochem

Born in Washington, DC, Chris started wrenching on bikes bright and early at the age of 13. He moved to Boston six years ago, and attended both Wentworth and Suffolk universities. He’s worked at a variety of other bike shops in the city, and now the promise of convenient and delectable treats from the North End have enticed him into our area. Aside from biking, Chris enjoys going to the Symphony, seeing Operas at the Charles theater, and movies such as Titanic, Steel Magnolias, Dear John, and of course, The Notebook.


Alex Scott

Born right outside of the city in Westwood Massachusetts, Alex came to Boston to pursue a higher education at Northeastern University. He loves all things outdoors, but most of the time you can find him riding around the city or in the mountains of Vermont or New Hampshire. He has lived in Boston for three years and has been an active member of the Northeastern Bike team specializing in anything to do with mountain bikes. When not on his cycle, Alex loves to snowboard, trying to fix his hopeless car, traveling, or trying to find the best new place to eat.

Bill Prouty

Bill has Massachusetts roots that go all the way back to the mid-1600’s when his family landed in Boston. His enthusiasm for our local history is on display with each of the tours he leads. An avid cyclist his entire life, Bill currently owns four road bikes, one of which was ridden in the 2004 Tour de France by American pro Bobby Julich for Team CSC! Recently retired from the corporate world, Bill now spends his free time riding bikes because “it’s more fun than golf and WAY better for me”!

Bryan Crockett

Bryan grew up in Shirley, Massachusetts, where he developed a love for riding through BMX biking. His first bike shop job was at Gamache Cyclery in Fithcburg, MA and has been in and out of shops for the last seven years. He moved to Somerville two years ago and has been using a bike to get around the city ever since.

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Provided with the opportunity, Stuart quit his previous career in the health care industry and transplanted to Boston in July, 2014 with his wife. Stuart hails from Lexington, Kentucky where he was born and raised. He learned to mechanic during high school and college while working at Pedal Power Bike Shop in Lexington, and racing mountain bikes all around Kentucky. He holds a BA in art studio from the University of Kentucky. These days Stuart enjoys all mountain riding (and crashing), and he’s been “loving Boston” so far!

Corey Bauman

Corey has been up and down the east coast over the past five years before moving into his Somerville home. Corey hails from Long Island; he attended college for two years in upstate New York before graduating from the University of Massachusetts, and for the past two years he has lived and worked down in Washington, DC. He is happy to be settled in Boston and excited to lead the charge getting the good word out about Urban AdvenTours… His only concern being a strong alliance to New York sports teams, but hey, nobody’s perfect!


Garrett Lynch

Garrett is a veteran member of the UA team, and has been working at Fenway Park since 2005. Garrett is full of obscure Fenway facts. Originally hailing from the Garden State he moved north to study at the Berklee College of Music. As a recent graduate of Berklee, Garrett lives by the mantra ride all day play all night. When not riding on tours you can catch Garrett on his Felt B2 but he has a special place in his heart for touring on a Specialized Globe. Garrett specializes in long distance tours for the advanced cycling enthusiasts.

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Billy Lopez, Jr.

Bill was born and raised in the Allston-Brighton area of Boston . Encouraged by friends, family and teachers he attended classes at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts for art instruction through junior high and high school. After the age of 18 though, he made his living as a tow truck operator for six years and a painter for about the same. Health and fitness was always very important to Bill so during those years of blue collar work he attended the Massage Institute of New England and received his certification in muscular therapy. Bill has been on a bicycle ever since he was seven years of age and enjoys riding all over the streets of Boston as well as rural Massachusetts.


Ku Yoo

Ku considers Boston to be his home, but he was born in Seoul, Korea. He’s lived in Boston since 2008 and his favorite spot may be Neptune in the North End. Another Wesleyan grad, Ku is a lawyer by trade, but he loves baseball, bicycle touring, autumn in New England, Bob Dylan, Prince (including Artist formerly known as Prince), Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, beer, old school cocktails, and hot dogs. Ku has traveled to South Korea, Japan, China, Czech Rep., Germany, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, England, Spain, Aruba, Dominican Republic, and People’s Republic of Cambridge. He loves giving tours with Urban AdvenTours because it allows him to show people Boston the way he sees it, not just the landmarks, but also the cool alleys and side streets.

Michaela Brady

Born and raised in Walpole, Massachusetts, Michaela spends a lot of time hanging out in Boston. A senior now at Bates College in Maine, she is working on a degree in History and Classical & Medieval Studies. After spending a semester studying in Scotland and traveling Europe, Michaela wanted to get more involved with the historical scene in her own city. She enjoys biking for fun with friends and is hoping to get more serious about it in the future.

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Brendan Chambers O’Brien

The comment that Brendan loves hearing the most while on a tour is “I didn’t know this was here!“ Whether you are a longtime Bostonian or a first time visitor, there are always hidden gems waiting to be discovered by bike. Brendan hails from Westford Massachusetts and now lives near Davis Square in Somerville. As someone who is always trying to get involved in too many activities at once, biking has played a major role in his life. His favorite hobbies include pickin the banjo, geeking out over coffee varietals, and biking aimlessly through city streets.


Justin Viglianti

Justin was pretty much born into bikes. Ever since he was able to grasp the handlebars he’s worked for bike shops both in Boston and his native New Jersey. When he’s not riding or wrenching he spends time running a small design practice working on bicycle transportation solutions for Boston and designing bike shop spaces for Urban AdvenTours and other bike friendly companies. Justin has a dream that one day there will be a bike in every driveway across America.


Kris Ahlers

Kris is a west coaster from Seattle who arrived in Boston in 2009. When not biking to work or around town for fun, Kris, can be found outdoors mucking about in whatever adventure he comes across. Kris is a lifelong student who is currently taking 1st year Japanese for the fourth time. His favorite activity and spot in Boston, is simply hanging out along the Charles River. Kris has been to several countries and written many acclaimed, however, as of yet, unpublished travel essays.


David Norcott

David was born and raised in Massachusetts. He went to college at Worcester Polytech and was fortunate enough to study abroad twice. He has been to several European countries and has ridden a bicycle in Italy and Hungary. He moved to Boston in 2005 and spends his days cycling and writing software. He can usually be found in the neighborhoods of Allston and Brighton, or eating a burrito at any of the city’s fine taquerias.


Danielle Tarloff

Front Wheel Reflector Danielle came to Boston from NJ to attend Northeastern University. She’s been here since 2004, and really likes hanging out in friends’ backyards and porches in JP and Somerville. You can also find her around some of Boston’s venues, she’ll let you know what great concert or comedy to catch. Danielle has also studied in Sevilla, Spain and traveled around Europe. She loves outdoor markets, seasonal weather, sustainable foods, and of course riding bikes.


Cole Archambault

Raised in the bustling metropolis, er, suburbs of Western Massachusetts, Cole moved to Somerville four years ago to attend Tufts University, where he was the captain of the cycling team. While he can often be found guilty of escaping the urban snarl of Boston via the Minuteman Bikeway to explore the bucolic pastures of Lexington and Concord, Cole’s favorite Boston spots to visit include the Public Gardens and Castle Island. Cole spent the spring of his junior year studying in Barcelona, Spain. Cole has traveled to Bermuda, Canada, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Morocco, and Spain.


Annie Osborn

Annie grew up in Charlestown next door to the USS Constitution. A Stanford student and Scottish fiddler, she’s following in her dad Pell’s footsteps by giving tours during the summer. And by being really tall. That too.

Jesse Gubb

Jesse grew up in Newton, Massachusetts, about 10 miles from downtown Boston and now calls the North End home. After 4 years studying political science in the snowy woods of Vermont, he’s back in the Hub, eager to share his love of bikes and all things Boston. When not on tour, you might find him comparing cannoli in the North End (for professional reasons, of course), but more likely he’s still out riding. Jesse has lived in Australia, traveled to Israel, England, Canada, the Netherlands, France, Italy, New Zealand, Sweden, and Denmark, and just this summer got to explore the good old USA on a cross-country bike tour. Jesse also enjoys beards, high fives, long walks on the beach, climbing mountains, and skiing down them.