To say that bikes are our passion would be an understatement. They’re our “Ikigai” – our reason to get out of bed in the morning and enjoy life.
Ten years ago we were young, we were determined, we were newly married – and we wanted to open a bike shop. I had been working in bike shops and riding seriously since I was 15 and had never left the two-wheeled world. My wife, Danielle, had a background in non-profit and a passion for small, local businesses. We wanted to create the kind of place that celebrates the things that mattered most to us: family, commitment, hard work, and of course – cycling. The name of the shop originated from these ideals. For us, bicycling is a way to leave behind the hustle and grind of everyday life and do something a little extraordinary in a completely ordinary way.
Not long after we opened The Bicycle Escape we were joined by my father, Roger, who has decades of experience working in the non-profit world. He has stoked the fire of our community involvement and helped the shop mature into the entity it is today – providing resources, growing local area cycling, and giving back unremittingly. At the end of the day The Bicycle Escape is more than a shop. We’re a family working tirelessly to make our community a great place to live – one bike at a time.
-Tom Rinker, Co-Owner, The Bicycle Escape