While attending NCSU studying Aerospace Engineering, I bought a 10 speed bike to get around. I became fascinated with pedal-powered transportation, and set out on a mission to save the planet from the internal combustion engine. I rode bikes everywhere I went, and even gave up driving for 10 years. Every chance I got, I was working on a bicycle. In the early 70's I got a job at the local bike shop. I was obsessed with bikes. I lived, ate, & slept bicycles. Although I only made $1.65 per hour, I was being paid to have fun. What a scam, I thought; Aerospace Engineering began to look like very dull life.
After working at several bike shops as a mechanic, I moved up the food chain to head mechanic and manager. After I helped open several shops for other people, I felt it was time to go at it alone. In 1974 I opened Cycle Logic with $500. The location was a small house on Hillsborough St. The living room was the display area and the repair shop. Spare bedrooms were used for storage of repairs and new bikes. Yes, I lived in the same house! People laughed when they saw us eating at the kitchen table. At first I made only $20 per week. The pressure to get a “real job” and give up this idea came from family and friends. Many competitors laughed at my little shop and told me how they would put me out of business. They are no longer in business, Cycle Logic is still here!
When the rent was raised a couple of years later, we moved down the street a few blocks. In 1980 Cycle Logic moved to its present location (1211 Hillsborough St). The same year we incorporated as Cycle-Logic Inc. The next thing I know, it’s 2014. Over the years I’ve had great employees, friends, and customers helping me out. I couldn’t have made it without you!
I was born in Caracas, Venezuela and moved to North Carolina at the age of ten. In 2005, while living in Raleigh, I got my first bike shop job at Cycle Logic. The following 5 years were spent working at some of the top racing shops in New York City, as a mechanic and service manager for both Sid’s Bikes NYC, and Ride Brooklyn. Now I will try combining the steel and touring history of the shop, with the latest and most exciting from the cycling world of today.
I have ridden all over the US: favorites include: Coastal Maine, The Florida Keys, Northern California, the Pacific Northwest, and British Columbia.
I paint large acrylic scapes on wood and canvas. I just released a book of short stories in San Francisco, and a prose text in collaboration with visual artist Mickey Remains. I collaborate on an improvisational sound project called de_Plata.
A sum of my creative work can be found at: www.minorisanchizfung.com
I am a Raleigh native, and joined the Cycle Logic team in the Spring of 2018. Growing up, I loved riding bikes, and since starting this job I have enjoyed the process of learning to maintain and repair a myriad of different wheeled machines. I find it a unique and exciting opportunity to work in a space in our community that embraces the history and traditions of cycling, and am looking forward to what comes next as the shop continues to grow and thrive in yet another new era.
I also work as a photographer and designer, and hope to use these skills to help tell our story as we press on.
BUYER, FRONT OF HOUSE
Raleigh became “home” to me in 2010 when I moved from the foothills to attend NCSU. After spending a few years in clinical research and traveling each week for work, I chose to do a little traveling for myself and have now landed here at Cycle Logic.
Throughout my life, riding has always brought a smile to my face, peace to my mind, and has allowed me to stay active while also being a reliable form of transportation. I love being a part of a shop that provides the local community with that same opportunity.
Along with cycling, I love street art, backpacking, and pretty much any summer activity involving bodies of water.
I grew up in Kitty Hawk, NC and mostly kicked around on rusted-out cruisers and a variety of boards. I found myself in Raleigh studying Chemistry with a wrecked vehicle and an old 12-speed. It wasn't too long until I had a broken 12-speed and I was walking it to Cycle Logic. Minori got me stitched up time and time again. Bike-commuting turned very quickly from a gauntlet to a passion and I fell deeply in love with the urban mash. I decided I wanted to expand my definition of cycling and picked up some hours at Cycle Logic! I prefer to be outdoors and I like the sensation of acceleration. Amped to be a part of this community and I can't wait to help promote the stoke!!!
Although I had a bike as a child and from time to time as a young adult, within the last 3 years I have truly fallen in love with with riding my bike! I fell in love with the daily commute, using my bike as my daily driver for groceries, out-and-about, weekly rides to Durham to see my partner, and even a couple trips to Wrightsville Beach! Now that I'm spending a lot of time on my bike I want to learn the ins-and-outs on how to fix it for when I'm out in the middle of nowhere! It's ironic that this desire for self reliance came when I really needed a job. Lucky for me I got to combine a passion with a paycheck which has led me here to Cycle Logic. So happy to be in this wonderful environment learning about bikes! Feeling pretty lucky these days!
aka Tooti. I am a one-year-old Catahoula-Shepherd mix from New Orleans, Louisiana. I love running through puddles, peanut butter treats, and playing with my toys.
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