Commuting to work isn’t hard when you’ve got riding buddies, free coffee, and work that’s actually exciting. We sat down with Lydia to talk more about bikes and bike culture.
School: Cornell University, Junior
Hometown: Edina, Minnesota
Hobbies: Mountain biking and ultimate frisbee
Current ride: 2014 Specialized Amira Pro
Like many other QBP employees, Lydia Reiner cruises into work on her bike followed by a well-deserved cup of hot chocolate. While commuting on two wheels is pretty standard around here, Lydia feels lucky that she gets to intertwine her hobbies with her daily routine.
“I love how it’s acceptable to be a little late to work because you were biking from breakfast with your department. That’s huge to me.”
As a former mountain bike racer, QBP had been on Lydia’s radar since high school. Now that she’s a rising junior at Cornell University, Lydia is excited to explore her career interests and see the cycling industry from a different angle.
“I feel like I can bring my experiences as a young, female cyclist and know that they’re valued at QBP. We see things from a different perspective and it’s important to understand that.”
As for her projects, Lydia’s team has her working hard to process and report important data trends that will help QBP predict future sales and potential areas for cycling development.
“My biggest task right now is trying to quantify the value of bike culture in metro areas. By pulling in data from publicly available sources and combining the numbers to produce a numerical score, I can see how many shops, NICA racers, and sanctioned cycling events there are in a certain area. The end goal is to compare that number against sales data so that I can see what market share QBP is and isn’t capturing.”
With such a big project on her hands, Lydia’s grateful for a supervisor who takes the time to offer valuable advice and tips to help things go as smoothly as possible. “My supervisor, Tae Whang, is very patient. He has a really good approach to work and is so level-headed which I really admire.”
As Lydia gets a better feel for the roles and responsibilities of someone in her department, she encourages future interns to understand that learning is a huge part of the job. “Don’t worry so much about knowing everything before you get here. Everyone was super approachable, and actively learning something new each day became a big part of my job.”