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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Bamboo bike shop relocates to midcoast [Bangor Daily News]


Jessie Odlin-Tobias, 33, of Camden, plans to open Bamboo Bike Studios in Camden on April 1. The company, which helps people build their own bamboo bicycles, has stores in New York, California, Canada and Alabama, but recently decided to move its headquarters to Camden.
Posted March 17, 2012, at 3:12 p.m.
CAMDEN, Maine — The Bamboo Bike Studio staff won’t build you a bike. You can’t walk through the french doors of the 1837 blacksmith’s shop, hand them money and ride away. You’ve got to build it yourself.
For about $600 people can take two-day workshops at the Bayview Street store where they will be taught how to make a bike to their size and style. The bike building process doesn’t require any welding or special skills, so anyone can do it, according to the Camden store manager Jessie Odlin-Tobias. But the process can be grueling and involves about 30 hours of work.
“It’s intense. You want to cry at times because you work long and hard. But people find it’s worth the push,” she said.
Odlin-Tobias, 33, of Camden recently helped her brother open the Camden branch of the company, which will now operate as the business’ headquarters. For Odlin-Tobias, moving to Maine in May was a homecoming. She grew up in the state before leaving for New York where her brother hired her to work for the bike workshops there. They recently decided to move headquarters out of Brooklyn to coastal Maine.

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