Tag: biking

Slow and Steady Wins the Race for Local Bike Shop Owner

Photo by Raymond Bolger.
Alex Obriecht. Photo by Raymond Bolger.

Courtesy Bmore Media – Fifteen years ago, entrepreneur Alex Obriecht was staring into a fiscal abyss.

Based on his calculations, the owner of Race Pace Bicycles would have to shutter his retail bike stores in a year if the Virginia chain Bikes USA continued to undercut him in price.

It was just a matter of how much money they were willing to throw to break smaller companies such as Race Pace to build a national chain.

Fortunately for Obriecht and his 90 employees, Bikes USA was forced to throw in the towel first. It went belly up in 1999 after running out of financing options. Race Pace, meanwhile has since expanded to a total of five Greater Baltimore stores, which pull in between $8 million and $10 million a year in sales. Bicycle Retailer and Industry News ranks the 35-year-old business as one of the top 100 bike shops in the U.S.

Baltimore Bike Party: Hipsters Vs. Lumberjacks


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Back in November, we lauded the wonders of Baltimore Bike Party.  Bike Party has become the largest group ride on the East Coast since its inception in early 2012.  The final Friday of each month, bikers come out to the Washington Monument to go for a 10 to 15 mile spin around the city with hundreds of their closest friends.  A common theme, beyond bicycles, units them all, and varies month to month.  This Friday, the theme is “Hipsters Vs. Lumberjacks.”  

Baltimore Bike Party: Brew Ha Ha!


Each month, the Baltimore Bike Party crew garners support and ramps up enthusiasm in celebration the tandem wonders (pun absolutely intended) of bikes and Baltimore.  Each month, people from all over the city are invited to join at the Washington Monument in Mt. Vernon to do a group ride throughout the city departing at 7:30pm.  Each ride is between 10 and 15 miles and ends in a massive celebration at a new location each month.  Each ride is themed, with the description and details listed on their Facebook page.

This month’s theme is, not surprisingly, Halloween.  Show up in your best costume for both yourself and your two-wheeled wonder to join a battalion of bikers throughout the city, ultimately finding yourself at Union Craft Brewery.  $10 gets you an unlimited drinks wristband, and you should probably bring some cash for the gaggle of food trucks that will make an appearance.  Please be sure to feel zero guilt as you guzzle down some brewskies and munch on food truck fare, because you just biked about 15 miles in a costume and you deserve it!

Last month, over 700 people showed up for the Baltimore Bike Party,and they’re shooting for over 1,000 this time around.  Become a part of this wonderful tradition, and join us at the monument with your steel stallion at 7:00pm this Friday.  Some us will be dressed as a hot dog, potentially judging the costume contest.  This is not an event to be missed!