Dr. Yan the Folding Bike Designer
After Yan received his Ph.D in 2001 he started his teaching career at Villanova University as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Computer Sciences Department. This was a wonderful opportunity for Yan, however it did not work out. The chair, Dr. Beck, ordered Yan to give out good grades to all the students. Yan came from the understanding that education is sacred, not something that can be bought and sold for money. After a few more shocking discoveries, Dr. Yan left Villanova.
It took less than one month for Yan to re-establish his business contacts and restart the Downtube. Almost instantly we became a huge on-line reseller of bicycle parts. Ironically we were one of Dahon's top USA dealers. Within 6 months Dr. Yan had his first folding bike sample, the Downtube VI. Our first 20ft container of folding bikes arrived in the summer of 2003. In 2005 Yan introduced the VIII, and VIIIFS and the bikes have been selling like hotcakes ever since.
While running the Downtube, Yan has taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of the Virgin Islands, Lafayette College, Furman University, Coker College, East Carolina University, the College of the Bahamas, and Bennett College....he thinks teaching is fun!
Yan has recently begun studying chess again ( two time Bahamas National Champion ), he is also working as a Theta Healer ( he studied with Narayan Jyoti, and Pamela Duff ), and Yoga teacher ( he studied at Sivananda in the Bahamas ). He is offering a free Theta session or yoga advice for any Downtube customer. Please contact him directly at yanL@downtube.com with questions or to make an appointment