Rodriguez bicycles was established in 1973 by Angel Rodriguez and Glenn Erickson. The sales and service shop was called R+E Cycles. A lot of people assume that R+E Cycles is a regular bike shop, and just happens to sell Rodriguez and Erickson bicycles. Actually, R+E Cycles is Rodriguez and Erickson cycles, and is the only place to buy them as well as the manufacturer. Angel and Glenn began building bicycles and tandems under their own names, sponsored a racing team, and soon had one of the most respected shops in the city of Seattle.
It didn't take Angel and Glenn long to attract the attention of business publications in the bicycle industry. Here's an article from a 1976 issue of Bicycle Dealer Showcase magazine.
In the 1980's Rodriguez bicycles put together a professional tandem catalog, and soon Rodriguez tandems are being shipped all over the United States. Angel also opened the first 'all mountain bike' store in the Northwest, Mountain Bike Specialists.
By the end of the decade, this expansion culminated in the shop being voted the best bicycle shop in the country by the readers of Bicycle Magazine. Now R+E Cycles had over 50 employees and had become one of the most reputable shops in the United States. The mountain bike craze helped propel cycling in general to new heights, and Angel Rodriguez had ridden the wave to the top of the industry!
The 1990's were a brutal decade for big bike shops like R+E Cycles as well as the industry as a whole. Several of the shops voted in the 'top ten' of the Bicycle Magazine readers poll of 1990 were out of business before the end of the decade. By 1993, R+E Cycles would almost meet the same fate. In May, 1993 the new owner of R+E Cycles filed for bankruptcy and the doors were shut. The Seattle Times reported on the Cycling Institution 'Out of Business' after 20 years. Just a week later, the same paper would be running a different story though. One about a Second Chance for the shop at the hands of Angel Rodriguez with a few others in the background.
Dan Towle has been the owner of Rodriguez Bicycles since 1993. Rodriguez Bicycle Company remains a Seattle cycling institution as well as a leader in the cycling industry. They have persevered through some of the worst times, and pioneered in the areas of bicycle fit and manufacturing for almost four decades now.
When you choose to buy a bicycle, you are actually choosing to buy the staff of that shop. Everyone at R+E Cycles has been here a long time now, and this is their career of choice. If you want a bicycle, there is no better time or place than Rodriguez Bicycle Company right now.
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