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Familiar Faces: Lisa Kodl – Owner of Auburn Bike Works

By: Stephanie Breitbart, Journal Staff Writer
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Q. How long have you owned Auburn Bike Works? A. I bought the shop in 1996, so I have owned it for 14 years. It’s been a while but it doesn’t seem that long. We moved it to its current location (360 Grass Valley Highway) in 2000. Q. What hobbies do you enjoy? A. I love working in my yard and gardening. I also like kayaking and cycling, of course. I work so much between the shop and bike events that my time is limited. Q. What’s something unique about you? A. Besides the fact that I’m one of the only female bike shop owners, I have deep roots in the community. My father was born and raised here. I went to Placer High, my daughter went to Placer High and she actually graduated 100 years after her great-grand mother graduated from there. Q. What’s your favorite TV show and movie? A. I watch “CSI” and “NCIS” and we also watch “Grey’s Anatomy” because of Patrick Dempsey. My daughter met him last year at the Amgen Tour in Sacramento and she got her photo with him. My favorite movie is “Life is Beautiful.” Q. What’s your favorite book? A. I don’t have a favorite book, but my favorite author is mystery writer Patricia Cornwell. Q. What’s your favorite vacation spot? A. I haven’t had time lately, but my favorite trip was to Mexico, to an all-inclusive resort in the Mayan Riviera. Q. Do you have a favorite bike trail in the area? A. I don’t have a favorite trail, but Auburn is the best place for off-road mountain biking. The canyon offers so many trails. Q. What’s your greatest achievement? A. My daughter, Kristina. Raising her has been something I’ve worked most on. She turns 22 at the end of the month. I’m very proud of her. She’s in college nearby and helps out at bike events and in the community. Q. What are your future goals? A. To grow the business. It’s my No. 1 priority. It’s taking a lot of work these days. Q. What’s the best part about working at Auburn Bike Works? A. The people I work with and the customers. It’s a fun place because people come here because they enjoy cycling. They come because they want to. Q. What are your plans for the Amgen Tour? A. We’ll have a booth there and I’ll have duties with the Endurance Capital Committee. I’m very excited about it and can’t wait. It’s a little scary because we don’t know how many people will come and we are putting a lot of work into it, so we want a great response. It will be a lot of fun.