I vividly remember walking through the door to Gib’s Bike Shop in Lake Mills, WI for the first time. I was maybe eight or nine years old and, from that first whiff of rubbery new tire smell, my eyes grew as big as the wheels on the ceiling—and I was hooked. By age 13, I was hanging around regularly with the guys at The Bicycle Clinic. Despite their tight shorts and goofy hats, these pros opened my eyes to a whole new level of understanding of the most efficient machines on earth. These skills became invaluable when I secured the best college job around—bike shop mechanic—and even after I managed to get a ‘real job’ in the corporate world I still moonlighted by wrenching at the shop. I’ve always liked fixin’ more than ridin’ so, 25 years later, in the spring of 2016, I’ve finally turned the passion into profession.
At the end of my first season, the old Gib’s Bike Shop property came on the market. In the spring of 2017, I was able to come full circle and realize my dream by reopening Gib’s Bike Shop in it’s original 1933 location. www.gibsbikes.com — Andy Quandt