BRAD APPEL

BRAD APPEL

Founder / Executive Director

FOUNDER // BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

brad@wishforwheels.org

Brad is the brain behind the bike — the one who makes it all happen — the visionary. He founded Wish for Wheels in 2004 and works tirelessly toward our mission of bringing kids’ dreams a new set of wheels. According to Brad, Wish for Wheels is special because it allows kids to experience the freedom, independence and success of riding a bike. He enjoys mountain and road biking, and bike rides with his two daughters and son. Brad’s favorite movie is Breaking Away – he loves it when the Italians come to town.

“My dad and I rebuilt an old chopper style single speed bike. We took the whole bike apart and repainted the frame, added a glitter banana seat, chopper bars, the whole nine yards. That was one of my favorite bikes. In elementary school we used to hang out after school, eat Good Humor Ice Cream, and jump our bikes on dirt jumps we would build. The banana seat chopper bike my dad and I built was an awesome jumping bike.”

CHRIS WEBSTER

CHRIS WEBSTER

BUILD/GIVE MANAGER

chris@wishforwheels.org

Chris joined Wish in February of 2016 as the Build/Give Manager.  His professional background is in project management where he has worked in telecom, networking, software and criminal justice research.  Most recently he worked for a small startup in Boulder that didn’t quite start-up.  He basically stalked the Wish staff until they agreed to hire him.  A restraining order was the only other option.

A Colorado native, Chris grew up in Colorado Springs where he became a shop rat at Criterium Bike Shop. He quickly fell in love with the sport.  He is a roadie at heart but enjoys single track and gravel adventures as well.  He rates Breaking Away right up there with Shawshank Redemption as his favorite movies.  The Memory of Running is his favorite book which despite the title, is about an epic bike journey.

“My first bike was a Ross 3 speed muscle bike.  It was candy apple red with a banana seat and shift and brake levers on the top tube.  I road my bike everywhere and didn’t even own a car until my senior year of college.  One of my best bike memories is when I rode a tandem with my daughter from Denver to San Diego.  She says she loved the experience but hasn’t really been on a bike in the 10 years since the trip.”

 

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