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Saturday, February 25, 2012

entrepreneurs riding road to success thanks to growing bike-based economy [freshwater]

Travis Peebles & James Rychak of Blazing Saddles Cycle - Photo Bob PerkoskiTRAVIS PEEBLES & JAMES RYCHAK OF BLAZING SADDLES CYCLE - PHOTO BOB PERKOSKI
It’s a well-known saying that to live in Cleveland, you’ve got to be tough. Yet to be a year-round Cleveland cyclist -- battling snow, frame-destroying potholes and distracted drivers -- is another thing entirely, demanding wheels as tough as city streets.

Some businesses are born out of ingenuity and opportunity, while others are created out of frustration. One might say Blazing Saddles Cyclewas born of all three.

"We were fed up with unhappy customers that weren’t getting what they wanted," says Travis Peebles, who created Blazing Saddles with fellow bike mechanic James Rychak to sell refurbished steel bikes that are more durable and flexible than mass-produced aluminum bikes. “We wanted to build quality commuter bikes priced from $400 to $1,000 that are able to withstand the rigors of Cleveland."



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2 comments:

Walker Evans said...

We did a similar story on Columbus at TheMetropreneur:

http://www.themetropreneur.com/columbus/pastime-result-economic-growth/

Raymond George said...

Hi Walker,

We posted it when you released it. : )

http://www.columbusridesbikes.com/2010/08/old-pastime-could-result-in-new.html

Thanks!

Ray

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