Meet Ben Yanni:
At the ripe old age of 13, Ben began his indentured servitude to his
local bike shop (Alphalo Bikes) in Wallingford, CT. He tells us that
he has a love affair with bikes, but we have a different version.
Getting dropped off at a bike shop when you are 13 means that you were
a pain to your parents…which means he’s gonna fit right in with the
He spent his high days racing mountain bikes in the NORBA circuit and
quickly ascended the ranks to an expert level racer…which ain’t too
shabby for a high school kid! His racing days slowed when he attended
college at Trinity in Hartford, CT, but the bike was never far from
mind. He continued his shop servitude at North Haven Bicycle Center and
gained sponsorship for a cross country ride. In 2010, he and a buddy hopped
on a bike in St.Augustine, Florida and did not stop until they arrived
in San Diego, CA…
(except to sleep, eat, and rest)
Ben has always been handy with tools, and he honed those skills when
he attended the Marine Systems Technical Institute at the
Kennebunkport Landing School in Maine. His degrees are impressive,
from being a certified mechanic to a licensed Coast Guard Capitan…In
actuality, there are few things that Ben can’t fix.
When he is not at Grassroots Bikes, you can often find him out jogging
in the Northgate Park area with his partner, and Northern High School
teacher Kyla, and his two pups, Jack & Lily.
Ben loves bikes…Ben works on all kinds of bikes. Road, Mountain, Tri,
Tandem, Folding, Electric, You name it. Swing by with your ride and
let him get to know you!