My history on a bike is one shared by many of us; childhood freedom, exploration, then fitness and transportation.
I was a bike messenger in the late 80's/early 90's in NYC (for Primetime, and later Meteor), until I got hit by a car on Broadway and 23rd Street. As much as I rode, I shudder to think how little I knew about my bike back then. I got “into” bikes after mine got stolen in 2008.
With great encouragement from my friends at Team Lope in SF, I decided to build a bike to commute to my job as an Architect in Manhattan.
3 things happened:
- While building in my back yard, my neighbor asked “do you sell those?”
- I found that getting hurt and filthy was a great counter-balance to my double-monitor desk job
- My wife told me that if I built any more bikes, I would have to get rid of some
718 Cyclery 2008-2010 (Meth Lab Era)
Work commenced day and night, through rain and snow. There was an endless parade of people who felt the same way I did about working with one's hands.
718 Cyclery 2010-2011
In late 2010, a storefront opened up a mere 1/2 blocks form my house. I decided that if we were ever going to make this backyard idea into a shop, this would be the chance to do it. The day we moved it, I realized it was too small for the amount of work coming in.
In late 2011 we found a great space in Gowanus. In 2013 I left my day job as an architect to run the shop full time.
718 Cyclery 2011-2019
In 2014 we started leading Bike Camping trips, and I haven't been the same since
718 Cyclery 2020-Present
In 2020, we moved back to 7th Ave to focus on Adventure Cycling and building custom bikes.
I do what I do without arrogance or attitude, and run my shop the way that I would want my family to be treated. In addition to the bike thing, I also taught at Pratt and founded a non-profit that teaches lacrosse to city kids (www.brooklynlacrosse.org).
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