2021 PBE x SRAM Inclusivity Scholarship for Framebuilders: Mari Anzicek.
Meet Mari Anzicek, Anzicek Fabrication.
Mari is a bike mechanic in Detroit Michigan, who has begun to realize her dream of becoming a frame builder. She studied welding at her local community college and has recently completed @unitedbicycle’s Framebuilding course.
Anzicek teaches WTF-specific mechanics classes at the bike shop where she works, and regularly looks to hire and train women bike mechanics. She is a voice of progressive policies of change both at work and in life- especially related to including more women and POC in the cycling community.
“My hope is to continue to grow my skills to better serve the people around me, “says Anzicek. “I live and work in a very diverse community, but the majority of cyclists around me are middle class and white. I often call customers with an issue about their bike that will delay the return and I hear, ‘No worries, I have 2 more bikes.’ This is not the reality for most people. I want to be able to grow our cycling community and be a resource for people to keep them riding or enable them to ride in the first place.”
Mari Anzicek strives to provide affordable access to cycling to all people. “Living in Detroit, you see many people whose bikes are their ‘cars’,” she says. “When I have a customer who 100% relies on their bike for transportation, I am always finding ways to find affordable parts and service to keep them rolling.”
Mari tells us that her short term goals include getting more practice designing and building bike frames with the long term goal of have a fully sustainable bike framebuilding business. “I am particularly interested in building bikes that serve the needs of the people in my community, including cargo bikes.” she says. “I have a strong passion to get more people on bikes, especially those underrepresented in the cycling community.”
Congratulations Mari! Looking forward to seeing you in Philly! #phillybikeexpo #pbe2021 #pbexsraminclusivityscholarship