Those Who Work at Salida Bike Company
Anton van Leuken – Owner & Head Mechanic
After volunteering for years at Recycle Ithaca’s Bikes in New York (where he and Amber first met), he ran his own bike repair shop for two years. Then he moved to Salida in 2004 and worked as a professional bike mechanic for eight years before opening Salida Bike Company with his wife Amber. Anton not only brings a wealth of experience to the shop, he grooves on obscure bicycle technical facts that escape most of us. Anton holds a bachelor’s degree in English and is also a graduate of United Bicycle Institute. In 2012 he received his Park Tool Tech Summit Certification.
Amber van Leuken – Co-Owner
When a student at Crested Butte Academy, Amber first visited Salida to race the Banana Belt loop in 1998. She then went to college in Ithaca, NY, and raced for the Cornell University mountain bike team and volunteered at Recycle Ithaca’s Bikes, where she met Anton. After moving to Salida and working for years at Ark-Valley Humane Society, Amber is now a busy mom, animal shelter grant writer, and a coach for the Salida High School Mountain Bike Team. Amber’s invaluable work with SBC is mostly behind the scenes, where she greatly enjoys supporting her family’s dream.