YANN LE MORVAN
I was born and raised in France, Europe was my backyard, and I took advantage of it traveling with my parents at first and on my own later. I moved to Boise in 2010, after the great French fry’s depression, following my instinct for new adventures and finding the best potatoes in the world.
I spent almost 5 years volunteering and working at the BBP, from 2011 to 2016, learning my western culture from great people and practicing my English. During this time my titles were: instructor mechanic, relationship specialist, youth educator and refugee coordinator. I attended and graduated United Bicycle Institute, Yamaguchi frame building school and I am a league instructor. What is my role at BBP now? Well, I’m not sure, but I like to think of myself as Huggy Bear from Starsky and Hutch, whatever you need I’ll make it happen.
Why did I leave and come back? Sometimes you got to go see by yourself what’s out there, get lost and wonder, isn’t it what riding a bike is all about? The most important reason I came back is because the BBP is my Neverland, the place I belong to and I want to make sure everybody feel the same way when they go through our doors. I learned the sense of community here, I believe that a tool as simple as a bicycle can change the world. Bob Marley used music to propagate his message of peace, I use bicycle. Oh yeah, one of my nicknames is Yann Bon Jovi, because you’ll find me singing and talking too much!
What do I ride? Good question… I am a bike rescuer and love old bikes, so anything before 2000’s. I have 2 Rocky Mountain Sherpa that I am constantly rebuilding with different components. I have my own hand-built frame set, collaboration between France and Japan. I just finally got myself an Ionic, proudly made in Boise. I have a huge collection of vintage parts, Suntour, Shimano, Huret etc… I have a beautiful Turquoise Miyata with a matching saddle and maybe a 1984 Mongoose ATB, I know it’s overwhelming, tell my girlfriend about it! I truly enjoy searching for American made anything too, I am proud to wear or use product made in USA and support our local economy as much as I can.
I guess I will finish with some weird analogies:
-Bicycles are like life, you can’t pedal backward, or you won’t go anywhere and fell.
-Community is like a wheel, all the spokes work together to make it turn round and move forward.