There is no way we can comprehend the tragedy of Jeff Wimmer's death, and it's left us searching for answers that might be difficult to ever find. In these darkest hours, the pain touches us all in the indoor cycling community, and I mourn this loss as if it were my own.
Jeff was the silent force behind the success of my studio in south Georgia. With a high jobless rate in this indigent community, Jeff donated many bikes over the years without question or expectation of anything in return. The white NXT's that fill our studio, given out of generosity and love, are a tribute to his memory. The legacy of his warmth, tenderness and talent will endure forever.
John's Note: Jeff Wimmer and his company StudioCycles was a fixture in Indoor Cycling pretty much from the very beginning. I remember him telling me how Johnny G used to purchase bicycle parts from Jeff, all the stuff that Johnny used to build the first prototypes of the Johnny G Spinner.
Jeff brought an incredible amount of passion and professionalism to Indoor Cycle maintenance and the refurbishing of used cycles.
I had the privilege of interviewing Jeff back in 2009. If you haven't heard Jeff before or would like to learn some of the early history of the Spinning program, it maybe fun for you to hear this.
Barbara Hoots wasn't the only person Jeff has helped. You can listen to Studio owner Michael Stadvec describe how Jeff's contribution of bikes made his event; The Tour de Pier a success, in this interview from last spring. I'm going to guess that Barbara and Michael weren't the only two people Jeff has helped over the years.
Jeff was famous for his YouTube promotional videos that he shot himself – here's a great example.
God's Speed Jeff. You'll be missed by many.
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