Hello! Welcome to the Smokey’s MBR website. I’m Shannon Broyles, the owner and founder of this company. While I have been working in the bike industry for about 15 years, my love for bicycling began much earlier. I was first introduced to working on bicycles and bicycle repairs when my uncle's job required him to build bikes for local stores around town. He brought home any extra bike parts and we would build and repair bicycles with them -- thus began my love for bicycles, their repair process, and the cycling culture.
As an adult, I spent 6 years in the U.S. Navy as an Aviation Boatswain’s Mate, where aboard the USS Enterprise CVN65, I directed air crafts on the flight deck. Once out of the Navy, my profession as a bicycle repairman began at a great bike shop in Virginia Beach, where I learned a great deal more about bike repairs and customer service. After working at that bike shop for four years, I returned to Knoxville, TN to work for a local bike shop. It was during this time that I began to cultivate my true desire to own and operate my own bike shop.
It was my love of bicycles (road bikes, hybrids, mountain bikes -- you name it) that drove me to open Smokey’s Mobile Bicycle Repair - or Smokey’s MBR for short. I wanted customers to have access to an easy bike repair service that was convenient, fast, friendly, and one that offered quality service. So with help from our mascot -- my dog Smokey-- Smokey’s MBR was born in January 2016.
Other than Christi, the other woman in my life is my dog, Smokey. Smokey is our namesake, mascot and so much more. Smokey is a blue tick hound (as well as the CEO for Smokey's Mobile Bicycle Repair). She is 6 years old and a bit bossy, but she’s always glad to see us!
Another vital part of Smokey’s Mobile Bicycle Repair is my inspiration -- my beautiful wife and best friend, Christi Deyton Broyles. Christi is an outpatient Physical Therapist for Blount Memorial Hospital - Total Rehabilitation in Maryville, TN. She began as one of my customers, then became a friend and cycling partner for four years, and now I can say she’s finally my wife! Christi and I were married on May 23, 2015 at her family's farm.