The entrepreneurial gene runs thick in my blood. In 1959 when I was 4 years old, my dad added on to the front of our home and opened a patio and toy store, starting a bike shop in the garage at the same time.
I thoroughly enjoyed watching my parents grow these businesses, helping with small repairs and assembling toys to begin with.
By my mid to late teens (1967-71) I was helping with bike repairs and assembling the new bikes to sell. It was during this time that my love of bikes developed as I began road racing and won my first race at the age of 15. When I was 18 (in 1972) my dad promoted me to bike shop manager.
In 1985 I was diagnosed with R.P.- a disease leading to progressive visual loss but it wasn’t for about 10 years until I started to notice my eye sight failing.
In 1987 I bought the bike shop from my parents and after many changes, it is what you see today.
I am very grateful for the many years I spent playing sports and working with bikes as I am now able to maintain the bike shop having lost the vast majority of my eyesight.
Bikes have been a passion of mine since a very young age and I am overjoyed to be able to be around them, including riding tandem with friends who can lead the way.
I would like to express my deepest gratitude to The Oregon Commission for the Blind for their continued support in my endeavors.