1984. Being situated across the street from the famous Geri's Hamburgers restaurant sure had its perks at lunchtime. Withg tune-ups selling for only $14.95 each, this cleverly placed Coke machine was a great part-time staffer, netting us some much appreciated dollars each week at that time! Note our first sign, hand painted by Ann!
Wow! In 2012 we celebrated being in business for 30 years! We can't believe how fast time has gone. We still remember moving to Janesville, a city we had never been to before, and learning the business using the old trial-by-fire method. But we've persevered and are proud to say that we have come to be the premier bike shop in Rock County and beyond! (OK, forgive my biased opinion, but a little self-promoting won't hurt here, will it?) Over the years we've made lots of friends and have had the pleasure to meet scores of fantastic customers! Thank you for all your support; it has been a privilege to service the bike industry in this area.
But most of all I need to thank our staff. Without them none of this would have been possible. Cliché as it sounds, it's true. We have been able to succeed because of wonderful individuals who have a passion for our shop similar to ours. I would like to say thank you to our fantastic manager Bob who has been with since 1989 (!) as well as to Corey, our head mechanic who joined us in 2001, and our son Hans who has been around the shop since he was born, but has made Michael's Cycles his home since 2001 as well. There are many other current and past staff members that have made us what we are, but I do not want to list any more for fear of forgetting someone.
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Mike and Ann