Little City Cycles, A Place for You and Your Bike, Opens in VergennesBy Sue Hoxie
Bicycle shop offers both new and used bicycles and parts, space for do-it-yourselfers
Vergennes, Vermont – July 15, 2009 – The Addison County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the opening of Vergennes’ newest store, Little City Cycles, located at 10 North Main Street. Owned by Timothy Mathewson, Little City Cycles offers riders both new and used bicycles and parts depending on their needs. Bicycle owners are also welcome to repair their own equipment at Little City Cycles.
For more than 37 years Mathewson has been repairing bicycles; the last 20 years at local bike shops in the Burlington, Vermont area. In addition to repair, Tim helped found Bike Recycle Vermont, part of Local Motion, a greater Burlington non-profit promoting bicycling, walking, running, inline skating and the facilities that make such travel safe. Bike Recycle Vermont gives bicycles to low-income Vermonters and refugees. Tim also shares a patent for an all-terrain wheelchair to be used in Third World countries.
“The first bike that I fixed and sold was from the dump. I started working in bike shops at the age of 14. I have raced, repaired, sold, designed, and given away bicycles for 37 years—20 of them here in Vermont,” said Tim Mathewson, owner of Little City Cycles. “I personally believe that there is no such thing as a bad bike. I have seen many bikes thrown by the wayside for lack of knowledge or the perception that a newer bike would be better. I will help the rider either way, as I know that all riders must find their own path. What makes my business different is that I have a lot of used parts, as well as new, so I can fix older bikes and offer used bikes that are custom built to the buyers’ needs by listening to what they want while keeping the price very reasonable. This being said, sometimes a new bike is the best choice too and I offer that as well,” Mathewson continued.
Little City Cycles is located at 10 North Main Street in Vergennes. The phone number is 802-877-3000 and the hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm.
About Addison County Chamber of Commerce
The Addison County Chamber of Commerce (ACCOC) is an association of individuals representing business interest, working together to promote commercial business in Addison County. The Chamber can be found on the Web at www.addisoncounty.com.
Photo caption: Ribbon cutting ceremony at Little City Cycles, Vergennes, Vermont. From L to R: Andy Mayer, president, Addison County Chamber of Commerce; Kara Pflaster; Tanna Kelton, Luke Mathewson; Little City Cycles’ owner Tim Mathewson; Paula Mathewson; Andrea Wolak, Merchants Bank and member of the Chamber’s membership committee; and Ted Shambo, membership director, Addison County Chamber of Commerce. Photo courtesy of Addison County Chamber of Commerce.