Regional: Bicycles hand-built for one, two and all
Add bicycle manufacturing to Glenwood Springs’ repertoire of business ventures, or make that adventures, following the acquisition earlier this year of Twenty2Cycles by a group of five Glenwood investors.
Founded in Vail in 2011 by three entrepreneurial bike enthusiasts, Twenty2Cycles specializes in custom- and stock-designed bicycles for both road and trail surfaces, including road, mountain cross, 29- and 29-plus-inch frames, fat bikes and cyclocross bikes.
Among those chipping in to purchase the company in January were Randy Tuggle and Darin Binion, two of the owners of the popular Gear Exchange second-hand bike shop in Glenwood Springs. Joining them in the new venture are Scott Marr, Jesse Hood and Nick Armano.
Twenty2 comes from the periodic table of elements, where titanium is No. 22 on the chart. Most of the hand-built bikes they produce at their South Grand Avenue assembly shop are made out of super-light titanium, though some are made with aluminum and steel frames.
“When the opportunity came up to buy the business, we jumped at it,” Tuggle said. “Our goal is to expand production and create an opportunity for people to have hand-built bicycles made right here in town.”
The bike assembly team can build from stock or custom geometry, depending on the client’s desires.
“We have the ability to take the dimensions and build a bike exactly for you with a professional fit,” he said. “Being custom hand-built, we’re not limited by anything but imagination.”
Tuggle said the Twenty2Cycles operation will crank out anywhere from 200 to 300 bikes per year.
“We really felt that Glenwood was a great place to bring this kind of business to the market, and as we grow there is the ability to create jobs and new opportunities,” he added.
Tuggle said they also intend to work with area technical schools to offer classes in bike building, “so that it’s not a dying trade.”
For more information, visit http://www.Twenty2cycles.com.
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