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Meet the Montclair Bikery Staff

Dave Adornato - Owner

Javier MerelesJavier MerelesDave owns the shop and is passionate about cycling and racing. He gets a thrill from seeing people of all ages enjoy cycling in all its' different forms. When he is not at the shop or racing his bike, he's spending time with his wife, Amy, their two daughters Kate and Grace, and their Chiweenie Ruby.

Dave's passion for cycling began as a teen seeing his father compete in a triathlon. Throughout his teens, he raced alongside his father, Frank.

Upon graduating from college with a journalism degree, cycling took a back seat to pursuing a career as a photojournalist. At 30, Dave took up the sport again riding and racing with the Montclair Cyclists at the Montclair Bikery. Little did he know that 10 years later he would own the shop, fulfilling a lifelong dream.

Jeff Sowa - Sales Manager

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As a kid growing up, Jeff enjoyed playing different types of sports. College was a time to explore new sports, and mountain biking became a passion for exploring new places and adventures. This love evolved into a successful racing career that lead to a state championship.

Cycling is a gateway for discovery and Jeff enjoys all the beautiful places, different kinds of people, he has encountered on his bike.    

Cycling developed into a profession for Jeff, taking him to Northern California working in the vibrant cycling scene in the Bay area.. As both a retail sales associate and product sales representative for an number of bicycle companies, Jeff has honed his skills. But his favorite part of cycling remains the people;  and his joy of working with customers and sharing his passion.

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Joe had been apart of the New Jersey cycling community for 30+ years. Having run his own successful contracting business as well a having been mechanic and service manager previous to his time at the Montclair Bikery, makes Joe well suited for the variety of challenges that present themselves everyday at the shop. 

Tami Furman - Sales 

Javier MerelesJavier MerelesTami is instrumental in the development of the women's cycling community in Montclair and beyond. She organizes and leads many rides out of the Montclair Bikery that have introduced local women to group riding. Montclair is a community service oriented town and Tami is a leader of this network of compassionate people. 

Among her many accomplishments are the Montclair Bikery's Turkey Ride, Vacamas Charity ride, and Cycle for Survival. Exercise and healthy living are integral part of Tami's life. She has a master's degree in nutrition and is a lifelong vegetarian.

Bijou Vaultz - Service Writer / Technician

Javier MerelesJavier MerelesBijou loves cycling because of the speed, coffee, and the community. You’ll know her when you see her on the bike with a fun “bunny tail” hanging off her jersey.

In 2018 she began riding with Major Taylor Iron Riders, completing her first century. From there jumped into competitive criterium and time trial racing. Before cycling, Bijou was a competitive bodybuilder.

Bijou aspires to be a race mechanic for a female pro cycling team. When not working at the shop, she is honing her skills as race mechanic at local events including the Woodstock Grand Prix, the Easton Twilight Criterium. 

Bijou took her wrenching to the next level after being awarded a pro mechanic service course scholarship to the prestigious Quality Bicycle Parts Institute in Colorado. Her favorite quote which she  lives by is "each one, teach one"

Javier Mereles - Service Technician

Javier MerelesJavier Mereles Javier or Javi as he's known to his cycling friends lives and breathes bikes. Not only is he an accomplished mechanic known in the shop to fix some of the toughest problems, but he's a masterful bicycle racer having won over 20 races in the course of his racing career both on the road and the velodrome.

When he not at the shop repairing bikes, he's on the local roads training. You may have seen him. He's the guy with all the lights on his helmet.

A native of Uruguay, Javier will ride his bike great distances to indulge in culinary favorites from his homeland. Sixty miles is no problem to treat the shop employees to Pasta Flora, jam tart, which he purchases at his favorite bakery in Warton, NJ. He's been known to ride his 100 gear inch fixed gear bike out there too for some of his favorite BBQ.

Next time you see him on the road, say hello!

David Fine - Service Technician

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Originally from Massachusetts, David grew up hiking and skiing the mountains of New England and Quebec. Most recently he spent two years in Colorado, working in the bike and ski industry both behind the shop counter and out on the sales floor. Ask him, Road or Mountain? “I ride bikes” he says, “location has nothing to do with it.” David also runs a YouTube channel focused on encouraging viewers to spend more time outdoors. Find him on all social media @FinerBub.