Meet the Team

We believe that active transportation will transform our cities into healthy, lively communities and that the everyday use of bicycles for short trips will become more commonplace. We want to be there to help support this growing movement and ensure that it reaches all members of the community. Our vision is that bicycling will become more common, accepted, and safe and that the people who ride bikes will live fun, healthy, and environmentally conscious lives.

Chris Caldwell
Executive Director

Chris, a lifelong resident of Lancaster, is an avid proponent for bicycling as an alternative transportation option. In between traveling, being a ski bum, and working construction, Chris spent a lot of time using his bike to get around the city. He became interested in the growing cycling movement and wished to help it grow here in a concrete, hands-on manner. After learning about the community bike shop model, he researched starting one in Lancaster. Chris is responsible for designing and implementing programs and events, raising funds, and building relationships in the community. He also has been getting his hands dirty as he learns more about wrenching bikes!

Meagan Rinier
Lead Mechanic / Instructor / Accessibility 

Meagan discovered her love of bicycles while getting lost on country roads growing up in Lancaster. Motivated to learn and share the love of cycling she relocated to Portland, Oregon to attend courses at United Bicycle Institute. Later, she worked at Chris King Precision Components and Velo Cult. Inspired to travel and experience bike culture in other areas of the country, her travels took her to The Old Spokes Home in Burlington, Vermont before returning to Lancaster and joining The Common Wheel team.

Matthew Mendez
Program Director

Matthew became a bike commuter in 2007 after buying a used Schwinn from Cycle Circle and riding from his house in Lancaster City to Millersville University. After graduation, he took a part-time job running after school programs for the Boy Scouts of America. These two events put him on the path that led to his current position at The Common Wheel. He’s moved around the USA (to Athens, GA, Chicago, IL, and Portland, OR), all the while biking and working for a wide variety of non-profits. He spent two years coordinating an Earn-a-Bike cooperative in Portland called Chain Reaction, and moved across the country just to be part of the team at The Common Wheel.

Adriana Atencio
Director of Outreach and Resources 

Adriana began as a Board Member of The Common Wheel, and has quickly transitioned into her role as Director of Outreach and Resources. She serves on to the Board of Clare House Lancaster, and is involved in many ways throughout the Lancaster community. She loves cooking, all things Harry Potter, traveling, and hanging out with her kid and cats. Her favorite memory on a bike is when she rode through a meadow in Poland, attempting to trace the border of the country when it was divided between two “friendly neighbors”. She is excited to continue to further the mission of The Common Wheel, and get more people riding bikes.

Ted Houser
Director of Operations

Ted took his first overnight bikepacking trip at the age of six and has since been living life on two wheels. With bicycles and motorcycles at the core of his existence, he began commuting in fourth grade and has spent months of his life traveling with tents and panniers strapped to his bike. Ted believes that the bicycle is a simple answer to many of the world’s challenges and is passionate about sharing the benefits of cycling with others. His personal beliefs, combined with a professional background in nonprofit and retail management, led him to The Common Wheel where he has joined the cause to make Lancaster the most bicycle friendly city in the East.