Team

Josh Steele

Owner, Builder, Mechanic

At age 11, Josh moved to Southern Vermont from the Midwest with his family. In 2012 he met Chris John and the two quickly bonded over their love of two wheeled vehicles. Soon afterwards he decided to start a small bike shop out of the garage at his house. After three years as a hobby, the shop moved into its current location and they slowly increased their dedication and commitment to transforming it into what it is today: a full-time, year-round motorcycle repair and custom build shop. Josh and his partner Sarah live in their small house with two dogs, two ducks and various chickens.

Chris John

Owner, Mechanic, Builder

Born and raised in Brattleboro, Vermont, Chris worked for a decade as the clothing manager at Experienced Goods, the Brattleboro Area Hospice thrift shop. Chris met Josh when looking to buy his first motorcycle. The two agreed on a labor trade and Chris ended up scraping and painting the garage at Josh’s house in payment for the bike. After wanting to learn how to wrench on the bike himself, Chris continued to hang out at the garage - and Vintage Steele was born.

Caleb Matthiesen

Owner, Builder, Admin

Caleb was born outside of Boston and, like Josh, moved to Brattleboro at age 11 with his family. Caleb and Josh met in 7th grade science class and quickly became best friends. Caleb went to college at the University of Washington in Seattle and graduated with degrees in physics and astronomy. Although he maintains a full time gig as a software developer, Caleb helps with bike builds, upholstery, administrative work for the shop, plus whatever else he can get his hands on.

Sarah Rice

Special Projects Coordinator and Art Director

Sarah - a New England native - began studying art at a young age. She attended Greenfield Community College and received her Associates in Media Arts before transferring to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in association with Tufts University where she graduated with her Bachelors of Fine Arts in 2005. Besides helping out on creative projects at Vintage Steele, Sarah is the Accounting and Office Manager and Human Resource Director at Building Green. She and Josh live in their small house with their two dogs, Stormy and Jezebel.

Jamie Cooper-Ellis

Parts Sales

Jamie was born and raised in Southern Vermont and last year graduated from The Putney School. During the summer he spends most of his time BMX biking and riding his 1974 Yamaha tx750 motorcycle. During the winters Jamie hand crafts furniture and works on other art projects, while also helping his father make maple syrup and farm keeping at the Bunker Farm.

Calvin Lyons

Intern, Videographer

Calvin lives in Marlboro, Vermont with his dog Nitro. He is a very talented skier and athlete. Along with his love of building and riding motorcycles, he also enjoys photography and fishing. Calvin graduated from high school in 2015 and is looking forward to a year of no expectations in order to explore his next move in furthering his education.

Al Davis

Apprentice

When she's not helping wrench on bikes at Vintage Steele, Al, a Vermont native, works full time at Oak Meadow in Brattleboro. She lives with her golden retriever Winston down the street from the shop, and is finishing up her Master's degree in International Education from SIT.