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. He started a bike shop in the garage at the same time.
I thoroughly enjoyed watching my parents grow these businesses. I helped with small repairs and assembling toys in the beginning.
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. I began road racing and won my first race at the age of 15. I became a category 1 racer until I retired in 1986. 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. It took about 10 years until I started to notice my eye sight failing. By then, I knew the ins and outs of bikes so well, you could say "I could still repair them with my eyes closed."
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. That training allowed me to still maintain the bike shop having lost the vast majority of my eyesight.
Bicycles have been a passion of mine since a very young age. Repairing, maintaining, building and restoring them, still brings me great joy. I still ride tandem bikes 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.