Getting to know: Patrick Loftus
Patrick Loftus first began working at the Community Cycling Center as a seasonal bike mechanic in 2009. Recently, he was promoted to a permanent mechanic position, and we couldnâ€™t be happier about it.
Patrickâ€™s positive attitude is infectious- whether heâ€™s fixing customer bikes or working on program bikes, heâ€™s doing it with a smile on his face. Heâ€™s always happy to clearly explain the technical specifics of a repair. Besides being extremely nice and helpful, Patrick is a mechanical whiz kid. Weâ€™re very lucky to have him around!
What brought you to the Community Cycling Center?
After finishing school, I needed a job and was good at fixing bikes. When I heard about this place, I was impressed with the earn-a-bike programs and always found it to be very friendly. I spread resumes all over town, but only followed up with the Community Cycling Center because other places didn’t seem to be as fun of a work place.
Where did you work before?
I’ve worked at other bikes shops: Paul’s Bicycle Way of Life in Eugene, and Wheel Sport in Spokane.
What is your job title? What do you do?
I am a mechanic and the Create a Commuter Production Coordinator. Beyond normal mechanic duties, I work with volunteers to meet our Create a Commuter bike needs for the year.
What do you like best about working here?
It’s really diverse work for a bike shop. In any given week I get to fix customer bikes, refurbish retail or program bikes, work with volunteers… I even got to ride with Bike Camp one day this summer. The customer base is really excited to be on bikes and so thankful when we fix theirs.
What’s your favorite kind of repair job to do?
I really like building wheels and overhauling Sturmey-Archer 3 speed hubs.
What is your dream bike?
I just built my dream bike! It’s a mountain bike I built myself in United Bicycle Instituteâ€™s frame building class.
If your bike could have a magical power, what would it be?
It would be the power to heal me after I fall.
What would be the title of your biopic? Who would play you?
“Not With That Kind of Attitude; The Inspiring Tale of Patrick Loftus” The awesome title role would be played by Damian Lewis or Carrot Top.