Casey grew up in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. He tried many sports growing up: soccer, football, basketball, but nothing really excited him. He discovered his love for bikes at the age of twelve, when he was able to ride the roads of Door County, Wisconsin during a family trip. He realized how fun and freeing it felt to be on two wheels; he continued that fun-loving attitude about cycling for the rest of his life.
As an Eagle Scout who loved helping people, he quietly encouraged those around him to ride any bike they could get their hands on. He offered to fix up bikes for friends and family so that more people could experience the joy of riding a bicycle. In high school, he began mountain biking and, within a few years, he won the mountain bike state championship. When Casey went to college, and found that there was no collegiate team at Southeast Missouri State University, he started one.
After returning to St. Louis, he was mentored by staff at REI who taught him how to build a bike from the ground up. He took that knowledge with him to bike shops around town–Southside Cyclery, The Hub Bicycle Company, and others–where he worked as a mechanic. This experience led to Casey joining the Big Shark Bicycle Company for a number of years. Working with the great staff at Big Shark, led by shop owner, Mike Weiss, Casey became well-known for his bike mechanic skills and his love of all things cycling.