February 26 2011, 3:42 AM by Martin & Virginia Krieg
Listen as we have great fun with Peter Stull at his huge bike shop in Alfred Station, NY. In the words ahead you will hear how Peter wanted to be a bike shop owner from the time he was 11 years old. And about Willy, the harmonica player pictured in the slide show below, who inadvertently helped him make his dream real. Along the way, Peter will also tell you about the odds he overcame to become the owner of one of the nation’s biggest recumbent dealers, the Bicycle Man, as well as the manufacturer of the Linear Recumbent!
Here is his LinkedIn profile:
“I founded Pedal Pusher with two donated relics in 1969. Using a buy-repair-resell business model I established production facilities in my parents basement with a sales office in their front yard. I grew Pedal Pusher into a powerhouse that dominated a 5 mile square market area encompassing a population of over 500. I relocated the business to a dorm room in 1974 and again in 1975 to a rent free (and utility free) house that had last been painted in 1920. I managed a staff of myself and overcame challenges like reading by kerosene lamp, rebuilding decrepit chimneys and transporting firewood 1/2 mile on an old Schwinn. My capstone project here was building “Bikezila.” With 5 speeds and a rear disk brake it was one of the first mountain bikes outside Marin County Ca. In the fall of 1976 I was recruited by Social Services for position “recipient” but refused because their offer to pay my rent if I moved to an apartment with plumbing required that I give up and close Pedal Pusher. I was evicted from the rent free location at the insistence of a building inspector in early 1977 and founded Bicycle Man that spring with rent subsidy from my parents. Thanks Mom and Dad!”
February 13 2011, 9:15 AM by Martin & Virginia Krieg
We visited with Tim Brummer, the former aerospace engineer who builds bikes so fast that even a middle of the pack roadie can blow the doors off Lance Armstrong on one. In his quest to go even faster, you will hear why his company, Lightning Bikes, supports the National Bicycle Greenway and our upcoming the ride across the US .
March 23 2011, 7:01 AM by Martin & Virginia Krieg
We spent some time visiting with a new sponsor of our ride and the man who used to build bikes for third world victims of land mine explosions. Rod Miner of Lightfoot Cycles, one of this nation’s greatest bike builders, thanks to the Internet has been able to keep the purity of his purpose alive. From a tiny Montana town of 1500 people Rod has been able to flourish in satisfying his goal of supplying people all over America and the world with transportation that is reliable, highly efficient and highly capable.
Original PET Bike
April 5 2011, 5:36 AM by Martin & Virginia Krieg
I was finally able to lock two dynamic powerhouses down to one place at one time so I can now show you why I am so excited about what I have learned about them over the course of our 15 years of business dealings. Far more than selling bikes, they will help you see, in the words ahead, how it has been nurturing the relationships that result that has so deeply endeared their Rapid Transit Cycles shop to the Chicago bicycle landscape. Ladies and gentleman, I present long time NBG supporters, the amazing husband and wife team of Chris Stoddard and Justyna Frank.
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Mayor Rahm Emanuel visits
Melanie Visuzzi of Free Form Fashions, also an accomplished yogini, spends some time talking about the body socks and other apparel she makes for bikes and cyclists….
[sc_embed_player fileurl=”http://www.radio4all.net/files/NBG@bikeroute.com/1680-1-FreeFormFashions.mp3″ title=”Interview”] Interview with NBG
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