Hillsborough Bicycle

My son Elijah and I are opening a bike repair shop in Hillsborough, North Carolina. It's a quaint little 250-year-old town on the Eno River with riders coming through almost daily, but there are no bicycle shops within 15 miles. 

Elijah has been working at the Durham Bike Co-op twice to three times a week for the past year and has the skill and passion of a true bike geek. He can not only repair and maintenance any road, mountain, hybrid or leisure bike, he knows the best parts and where to get them, and he has built numerous bikes from the frame up. 

Last summer we rode on RAGBRAI, the annual bike tour across Iowa, almost 500 miles of father-son bonding time. The acid test? I rode a bike he'd built from a generic Nashbar frame, and it was the smoothest ride I've ever experienced. I'd only done RAGBRAI once before, but I'd commuted quite a bit and owned several bikes. Thank you, Elijah!

We found a cool but small location in historic downtown Hillsborough, in the back of a mom-and-pop hardware store. We need help starting this shop. We need an investor or two to help us with startup expenses such as rent, tools, shop supplies, and various incorporation and membership fees. The total is going to be around $3000 to get started. Once we're going, I think we'll keep cruising, because we want to expand into retail and custom refurbs. 

Email us if you'd like to see our first-draft business plan. We're open to suggestions and needful of support. Thank you!

 

 

Dear prospective supporter, 

Cyclists know drafting is the only way to really develop and maintain speed. We're looking for contributions in any amount, from $1 to as much as you want to send us, via PayPal or check. A contribution in any amount will result in your name on this page, along with your location and URL. Anonymous contributions also accepted, of course. (Note: Our Indiegogo campaign reached its goal of $3,500, so we've got a modest start on this project. Contributions still accepted, post-campaign, via PayPal.)

  1. Andrew Kaufmann, Washington, DC ($30)
  2. Anonymous ($300)
  3. Anonymous ($100)
  4. Ryan Winston, Efland, NC ($10)
  5. Anonymous ($40)
  6. Jane Belz, St. Louis, MO ($50)
  7. Aviva Enoch, Hillsborough, NC ($20)
  8. Anonymous ($40)
  9. Anonymous ($100)
  10. Hannah Vanbiber, Chattanooga, TN ($15)
  11. Andrew Belz, Asheville, NC ($50)
  12. Mike Topp, New York, NY ($10)
  13. Chris Sossou, St. Louis, MO ($50)
  14. John Delconte, Hillsborough, NC ($100)
  15. Eric Dirksen, Davis, CA ($50)
  16. Stephen Howse, London, UK ($50)
  17. Anonymous ($10)
  18. Anonymous ($15)
  19. Isaiah Smallman, Chattanooga, TN ($10)
  20. Lucy Anderson, Dallas, TX ($10)
  21. Jeffrey Travis, Montrose, CA ($100)
  22. Mike and Robyn Musser, Hillsborough, CA ($200) 
  23. Reid Stuber, St. Louis, MO ($20) 
  24. Keith Blackmon, Durham, NC ($100) 
  25. Anonymous ($50) 
  26. Amy Udell, Hope, NJ ($20)
  27. D.B. Murray ($50)
  28. Dan Coffey, Ames, IA ($30) 
  29. Melissa Broder, New York, NY ($5)
  30. J.R. Caines, St. Elmo, TN ($25)
  31. Anonymous ($50)
  32. Adam Joyce, Alexandria, VA ($50)
  33. King Kaufman, San Francisco, CA ($50) 
  34. John Cole, Fayetteville, NC ($50) 
  35. Josh Crane, Stony Brook, NY ($100) 
  36. Anonymous ($50)
  37. Anonymous ($20)
  38. Anonymous ($50) 
  39. Emily Belz, New York, NY ($10)
  40. Amy Woolard, Charlottesville, VA ($25) 
  41. Anonymous ($100) 
  42. Elizabeth Dyer, Hillsborough, NC (undisclosed sum)
  43. Art Mines, Hillsborough, NC (undisclosed sum) 
  44. Peter Davis, Muncie, IN ($50)
  45. Anonymous ($1,000) 
  46. Anonymous ($50)
  47. Nathan Klose, Augusta, GA ($50) 
  48. Jon Barlow, Mississippi State, MS ($10) 
  49. Tony Hale, Los Angeles, CA ($200) 
  50. W. David O. Taylor, Durham, NC ($100) 
  51. Chris White, Greenville, SC ($10) 
  52. Chris Boghosian, Los Angeles, CA ($15) 
  53. Anonymous ($50) 
  54. Marvin Jarboe, Bowling Green, KY ($20) 
  55. John Estes, Canton, OH ($10) 
  56. John Drexler, Chattanooga, TN ($50) 
  57. Bill Chott, Los Angeles, CA ($10) 
  58. Anonymous ($50) 
  59. Mark Lacy, Lancaster, UK ($50) 
  60. Matt Belz, St. Louis, MO ($10) 
  61. Anonymous ($5) 
  62. Anonymous ($10) 
  63. Anonymous ($100) 
  64. Kim Garza, Austin, TX ($10)
  65. Alex Miller, Beverly, MA ($10) 
  66. Chris Tonelli, Raleigh, NC ($25)
  67. Tony Zupancic, Cleveland Heights, OH ($10)