“For 16 years Bethel Cycle has been my life. I have given it my all,” said owner Greg Pelican.
Report by Paula Antolini
November 24, 2015 9:45AM EDT
“It’s Been a Good Ride” … Bethel Cycle Closing on Dec. 7 After 16 Years
On November 23, 2015, Greg Pelican, the owner of Bethel Cycle, announced on his website and Facebook page that they are closing on December 7, 2015, after 16 years in business.
Message from Bethel Cycle:
Bethel Cycle will be closing on December 7th. For 16 years Bethel Cycle has been my life. I have given it my all. Our business grew strongly, more than doubling by 2010. Only to erode over the past few years from low price driven direct Internet competition. This loss of sales has been hard for our small shop in our seasonal climate.
I am especially proud of the club we created and I remain touched by the passion and commitment of our riders. We shared some amazing experiences. We had riders win World and National Championships and the Bethel Cycle jersey was known all over the world.
I want to thank all of our customers, club members, racers, sponsors our employees and my good friends and family who have supported my dream.
I wish you many happy miles, and hope to see you on the road.
Bethel Cycle described themselves as “the premier road, tri and mountain bike shop in Western CT. Specializing in pro bike fitting and service and the worlds best bikes. Authenticity is what sets our shop apart. We are all passionate about cycling and are avid racers and cyclists. Whether you are looking to get advice and buy the latest gear, optimize your position, or get your bike serviced. We are here to help. This is what we have been doing for over 40 years. Bethel Cycle also supports cycling with a huge club, several racing teams, and race sponsorship.”
Bethel Cycle was founded in 1966. Greg Pelican purchased the business in 1999 from the second owners, Karen and Ken Mackenzie. The shop was moved to Bethel’s historic old train station in 2011.
“It’s About the Ride,” is stated on the website, and also “It’s Been a Good Ride.”