Dave - Born in Dallas Texas, Dave Baker remembers a youth spent outdoors, flying kites and riding around on his Schwinn Stingray. After graduating from West Plano Senior High, he moved to Austin and began a BA in Geography. During his time in college he apprenticed at the 'Bikes not Bombs' bicycle shop. After college he managed the shop for a year, before helping to found the Austin Yellow Bike Project in 1996. A phenomenal success, the program would take used bicycles, paint them yellow and distribute them around the city of Austin for the public to find and use for commuting around town.
Dave would play a key role in the program for over seven years, and would use the Gila Wilderness as a getaway from the big City. As Austin continued to grow, he decided to permanently move to Grant County. In 2004 they purchased land close to Pinos Altos off Highway 15 and began work on a hand built straw bale home off the grid. Around the same, Dave began working for the Gila Hike and Bike.
In 2005, after helping Jamie Thompson with the Safe Routes to Schools 'after school' bike program, Dave began the Silver City Bikeworks. A community bike store for people to learn about and work on their own bicycles, the nonprofit organization has grown to include a second outreach location in Downtown Silver CIty.
For the past two years Dave has worked as a neutral race support mechanic at the coveted IronMan Triathalons. A level 3 certified USA Cycling Race Mechanic, Dave has the pleasure of returning home to his two pedaling sons, Bodhi and Charan.