Astral Cycling Staff: Matt DeBellis

Name: Matt DeBellis
Position: Wheel Builder 

What are you currently pedaling? Give us the full kit!

I'm generally cruising on my 1996 Specialized Hardrock setup with a Crust Clydesdale fork and big old basket.  If I'm not on that, I'm on one of my (two) many brakeless fixed gears.   

What got you into cycling?

My coworker sold me his Schwinn Varsity for $20 when I was in high school. I did a refurb/repaint on it, got addicted to the process and started interning at a bike shop that summer.  

What is the one tool you couldn't do your job without?

I gotta have my tensiometer...I swear that’s spelled correctly!

What do you like to do on your days off?

I like doing anything on 2 wheels.  If I can include my dog, my wife or a couple friends in that, I'm set.  

What is your hidden talent?

I'm a rubix cube guy.  Not winning any competitions, but I'll finish a cube in a couple minutes. 

Ok and let's hear some favorites…

Food: Peanut Butter and Cheeto Sandwich.
Music: Anything that'll scare your parents.
Bike: Anything that doesn't have brakes.
Wheels: Wanderlust for sure!  

What is the best thing after a long ride?

A long cool-down walk with the dog.  

If you could take a bike adventure anywhere in the world where would it be?

I'd love to do some touring in South America.