Although his exact
origins remain shrouded in mystery, historians generally agree
that Bob Dopolina started out fixing flats and counting spokes
some time in the early eighties in a very busy bike shop in the
wilds of Canada. Once he had proven himself to be the best flat
fixer and spoke counter imaginable he was taken under the wing
of a former Irish National Team rider turned shop Manager named
Seamus taught him how to wrench,
curse, drink and generally annoy the boss. Bob was a fast learner.
A few short years later Bob was running his own bike build crew
and was eventually promoted to head mechanic supervising 6 poor
souls in a shop that grossed nearly 10 million a year, from a
single location, in the mid-eighties. No small feat.
Eventually Bob moved on and found
himself working for another bike shop with a Shop Manager who's
knowledge of the dark side of the wrench was second to none. (NOTE:
In some circles there is speculation that this second mentor was
a mysterious man named Andy Bedlam but this is still in dispute)
Not much is known of this second mentor to Bob only that his brother
had a beard and rode the only Carbon Vitus never to have failed.
It is rumoured that it was actually he who, during a particularily
long and blustery winter, while logging base, passed on to Bob
the bike VooDoo.
Several years later, after a particular
bad day building no less than 30 Sidewalk Angels, a task that
all who knew and now feared Bob agreed was well beneath Bob's
ever more powerful abilities, Bob had a vision that would change
his life;. Bob decided it was time to set out on his own.
He summoned up the courage and broke
free of his mentor. He sold all of his worldly possesions except
his bikes, his books and his music. He stuffed what remained of
his previous life inside a 1988 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royal that
pointed west. Within a scant 72 hours he had traveled to the other
side of that vast, frozen expanse of wilderness known as Canada
to become a Shop Manager in his own right. This shop was a high
end, high profile deal that catered to Freds and World Champions
alike. Here Bob Thrived.
It was at about this time that Bob
also came into his own as a racer. Surviving a serious injury
he eventually claimed a National Championship. But Bob was not
In true Bob Dopolina fashion he
set out in search of bigger challenges this time travelling half
way around the world to the land of bikes and Bin Lan - Taiwan.
Here he quickly established a new Elite Team, began product testing
for several high profile bike companies and generally had a good
time. His wrenching experience and product knowledge led him to
become the Manager of the Campagnolo Service Center for Taiwan,
China, Hong Kong and Vietnem. He worked with OE factories in support
of Campagnolo and Continental AG. He was responsible for handling
warrantiy claims for 14 different brands. But still Bob yearned
for more. It was time for the next chapter in the saga of Bob
Dopolina to begin.
Bob did the only thing he could
do; He opened his own company -The BDop Cycling Co., Ltd. - and
began sourcing products manufactured in Taiwan for OE and aftermarket
customers while he tinkered with ODM. He also began selling consumer
direct to North America, Europe and Oceana. And he saw that it
Bob continues on his quest to this