Starting in high school, Ian worked his way up to be head mechanic in one of the Southeast's largest bike shops, where he mastered everything from wheel building to getting out the acetylene torch to repair and customize the steel frames of the day. In addition to on-the-job training, his technical education included Campagnolo school. He provided technical support at top-level road races including the nationally-known Athens Twilight Criterium. He remains very active in the cycling world - riding just about every day and keeping up with all the latest technical innovations from disc brakes to electronic shifting.
After graduating from the University of Georgia, Ian spent 25 years in television news, first working as an on-air general assignment reporter and then moving into digital publishing. His assignments were as varied as being embedded with American troops stationed in the deserts of the Middle East to covering local watermelon festivals. His work earned him an Associated Press Best Local Reporting award. A tech geek at heart, Ian was also the software expert in many of the newsrooms he worked in, maintaining digital content platforms and setting up election databases, etc.
An avid outdoors person, Ian likes to backpack and camp and is a total gear junkie. He's always checking out new camp stoves, titanium equipment, and the latest in tent designs. Ian's English grandfather taught him how to fly fish and tie his own flies. His fly-fishing experience includes everything from stalking trout in mountain streams to being pulled around by big Snook and Redfish while kayak fishing on the west coast of Florida.
Naturally curious, Ian wants to know how things work and will spend hours educating himself about new innovations so he can explain them in clear and understandable language to others.
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