Dr. Yan Lyansky
After Yan recieved his Ph.D. he started his teaching career at Villanova University as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Computer Sciences Dept. This was a wonderful opportunity for Yan, however it did not work out. Early into the semester 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. After a few more shocking discoveries about Villanova, Dr. Yan left.
It took less than one month for Yan to reestablish his business contacts and restart the Downtube. Almost instantly we became a huge online reseller of bicycle parts. Ironically we were one of Dahon's best USA dealers. However his goal was to establish a low cost high value bicycle. 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. Each year Yan gets more proud of his bicycle line.
While running the Downtube, Yan has taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor at University of the Virgin Islands, Lafayette College, Furman University, Coker College, East Carolina University, and College of the Bahamas. Teaching is fun and it keeps Yan busy in the offseason when bike sales slow.
Yan is always looking for consulting positions, he also tutors math & chess online ( he is the current Bahamas National Chess Champion ). Contact him at yanL@downtube.com with inquiries