About Us

Robert Sayler has owned and operated Big Sky Bikes since 2008. The shop is staffed by avid cyclists. Whether you’re interested in road, trail, commuting, or triathlon, we have knowledgeable staff eager to help. Not sure what you’re looking for? We’ll ask you many questions, all to help pinpoint the bike that will do the best job for you. 

We have highly skilled, professional mechanics on our team to help you keep your bike in top shape. From safety checks to full overhauls to boxing bikes for shipping, there’s no challenge too great. Don’t know what your bike needs? Consults are always free.

We don’t just provide equipment and extras—we offer camaraderie as well. As local cyclists, we’re the best source to learn about great rides, new equipment, friends to pedal with, competitive events, charity rides and everything else that will make cycling the most fun for you. Check out our events calendar [coming soon] for a full list of upcoming events.

Staff

Robert Sayler - Owner

Robert is a Czech mountain biker and is currently riding for the Specialized Racing team. He won the gold medal in the cross-country event at the 2012 Summer Olympics and the silver medal four years later at the 2016 Summer Olympics. He is the overall winner of the UCI World Cup in 2011, along with taking 3rd place in 2010 and 2012.


James Farrugia - Sales Manager

James grew up in Libertyville, IL, where he developed a strong passion for riding and working on bikes. He was just 14 years old when got his start working at George Garner Cyclery. Originally a BMX punk, over the past decade James has learned to appreciate the diversity of cycling. You can find him going full roadie as he guides for The Cycling House in the off-season, or rocking baggies in the summer when he races Enduro. 

Alena Lovi-Borgmann - Marketing Manager

Alena caught the cycling bug at an early age. In high school, she started racing road and triathlon and worked at a bike shop during the summers. After moving to Montana and joining the BSB team, she decided to see what all the fuss was about dirt. Now, her favorite rides involve following fire roads until she runs into a gate or a bear. When she’s not at the shop, she dissects fruit fly brains (for science) and races with MT Alpha. 

Evan Ruddell - Master Technician

Hailing all the way from Philadelphia, PA is everyone's favorite salty and finely seasoned bike mechanic. With over 13 years of shop experience, Evan is our veteran mechanic with an impressive wealth of knowledge on all things two-wheeled. Make sure to ask him about his favorite Philly bike parts slang, or that one time he hiked the PCT, CDT, and AT all in one year. (But it would be wise to feed him or give him a beer first.)

Tony LeBaron - Sales/ Mechanic

Tony started wrenching on bikes at the Bozeman Bike Kitchen as a way to alleviate the stress of college (Go Bobcats!). Now a proud Missoulian, he enjoys riding our flowy XC trails and going on rad bikepacking trips. He devoutly believes that burritos and donuts are the ultimate biking foods.

Jackson Melin - Sales

Jackson is from [redacted] and moved to Montana to study economics at the University of Montana. He got his mountain bike start with the Minnesota high school cycling league in 2012. He’s been working in bike shops since he was 17 years old, and he’s been part of the BSB team since 2017. His favorite trail in Missoula is [redacted].

Ryan Sayler - Sales

Ryan is an American professional cyclist for BMC Racing Team. He lives in Nice, France, during the season. He was born in Tacoma, Washington, but spent most of his childhood in Bozeman, Montana. His father is Dutch and he speaks the Dutch language quite well. He began riding at 10. By 14, he nearly beat two hours at the Mount Evans Hill Climb, a 28-mile climb gaining nearly 7,000 feet. He won 10 junior national titles in road (road race, criterium and TT) and cyclo-cross. 

Josh Stevens - Mechanic

Josh started leading outdoor trips and working on bikes with the National Youth Science Foundation in 1998.  After working in public and non-profit education in Montana, Alaska, and West Virginia, he began work as a professional mechanic a few years ago.  He loves to ride mountain bike trails, pavement, gravel, and any combination, and one of his favorite local routes is the beer century road ride from Missoula to Hamilton and back.  Outside the shop, he helps out with Zootown Derailleurs and plays cello with the Missoula Symphony.