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Meet Our Crew

The Sweitzers

Jim and Diny Sweitzer became the new owners of the West Hill Shop July 13, 2004. They have lived in Putney since 1998 and have two sons. The family all have participated in cycling and cross-country skiing throughout the years. Jim can be seen riding his Independent Fabrications Ti Crown Jewel painted in custom West Hill panels, his Salsa Pony Rustler plus bike or his Cannondale SuperX cross bike. Diny is either riding her Giant Avail Advanced road bike, her Giant TCX cross bike geared for the gravel roads, or puttering around on her Salsa Mukluk when the skiing isn't so great. During the winter months, they both wish for the fluffy stuff, whether for classic or skate skiing, or foraging in the woods for untracked powder.


If you wish to contact them, you can email Diny or Jim.

Pip Bannister

Born as, but not known as, Phillip. Pip is our partime master mechanic and xc ski technician. He is also our in house cross-road-mountain bike racer, architect, fiddle player, Putney Planning Commission member, Putney's Citizen of the Year for 2007, and the Shop's humble hard man. He now holds the title of the 2008, 2013 and 2014 National Cyclocross Champion for age 60+ category.

If you are ever looking for Pip, you'll find him at the shop's service counter eating his lunch.

David Townsend

David's our service manager. He brings to the shop many years of service expertise and has a passion for all things bike. His specialty is building wheels and tuning suspension. Outside of the shop, you will find him on the trails (dirty or snowy) riding his one-bike-does-all: The Salsa Bucksaw. And, the Salsa Vaya is his new gravel road rig. David also enjoys the finer things in life like home-roasting and craft-brewing single-origin coffee from around the world. He lives in Brattleboro with his lovely wife, Kaitlyn and daughter Juniper.

If you need service advice, just email David T.

Chris Osgood

We are so lucky to have Chris on the team this winter. He is a veteran of the Nordic world with decades of experience racing, waxing, coaching, and mentoring cross country skiers. He's been a long time loyal customer of West Hill and one of the ole shop's mechanics from waaay back in the day. Chris is a lifelong cyclist, skier and educator who enjoys time outdoors with family and friends.