About

Frog Hollow Bikes is the bike shop for everyone. We strive to provide the highest quality bicycle sales, service, maintenance, and cycling education to Middlebury and surrounding communities. We provide a wide range of bicycles and accessories for all types of riders, and work to improve, expand, and promote all types bicycle use in the Middlebury area.

Carl Robinson ( co-owner )Carl Robinson riding a fat bike

Carl has over 20 years experience as a mechanic in top bike shops in Prescott, Tucson, and Flagstaff, AZ, and in Middlebury, VT, where he moved with his family in 2005. A former amateur racer — road and mountain — and stay-at-home father of two, Carl still finds time to join in local rides and adventure races, like the Vermont Overland Maple Adventure Ride. Carl has a degree in Parks and Recreation Management from NAU.

Carl’s conviction that cycling for utility and recreation is such a darn good idea that anyone who tries it, will love it, and will inspire others to try it, who will love it, and inspire others — you get the idea — until cycling explodes as an unstoppable force here in the U.S., as it already is in much of the world.

In September 2012, Carl became the Executive Director of the Middlebury Area Land Trust.  He is in charge of a variety of projects including the further development of trails in the Middlebury area, including the Trail Around Middlebury (TAM).  Other projects include continuing the local hike series, outdoor education like the MALT summer camp and land conservation.

Chas Lyons ( co-owner / head mechanic )

Chas is a bicycle jack-of-all-trades, with experience in virtually every cycling discipline.

Chas grew up in Middlebury, and has been a customer of The Bike Center from a young age. The son of a local small business owner, he started to repair his own bicycles at age 13. Starting in 1998 Chas joined the staff at The Bike Center working on the sales floor and assisting the mechanics. A self taught mechanic, his skills were honed here in Middlebury. After a 4 year stint at The Bike Center he moved on to other endeavors while continuing to fix bicycles as a side job, as well as repairing the local fitness centers spin bikes. Chas spent time at Onion River Sports in Montpelier working as the Bike Shop Manager and Parts Buyer, Nordic Specialist.

Chas has been an avid racer as well, competing in mtn bike, time trialling, cyclocross and triathlon races over the years. In addition he is a runner and nordic ski racer, and has been coach at MUHS of the XC, Nordic and Track programs. Chas is involved with the Middlebury Bike Club since 1998, having served as both President and Treasurer for various periods.

Chas is a certified bicycle fit specialist, trained by both Trek and Specialized in their methods of rider fit services. Chas lives with his wife and daughter here in Middlebury.