“I had a lot of time to think about six weeks on the bike,” he said. “It was an adventure.”
He opened Scooter’s Bike Shop in 1975 in Souderton, Pennsylvania.
Landes says he’s been cycling his whole life and enjoyed it, so he wanted to share that feeling of joy with others.
“Making people aware of the joys and benefits of cycling is a big part of getting into this industry,” he said.
Landes says that in addition to being a fun activity, biking also has many benefits.
“It’s a low-impact aerobic activity that people can do late in life,” he said.
He says cycling is also great for those with the environment in mind as “it’s a green activity”.
The company has evolved over the past few decades and Landes has a bike for everyone and every aspect of riding.
“We carry a full line of Specialized and Cannondale bikes,” he said. “Everything from road bikes to kids’ bikes to family bikes – hybrids.”
He says hybrids are good for riding on paved surfaces or gravel trails.
And the latest craze – e-bikes, which are pedal-assist e-bikes.
“It’s probably the fastest growing segment of the business right now,” says Landes.
He says Class 3 e-bikes can go up to 28 miles per hour but are completely quiet, making them a popular choice.
Landes says electric bikes are attracting more and more people to cycling.
“It brings people out who normally wouldn’t,” he said. “It takes the wind and the hills out of the equation.”
He says the appeal of an e-bike is that the rider still has to pedal, but it extends their range.
The store also carries a variety of accessories, both for repair and safety, to ensure riders are properly equipped before hitting the road.
His son, Zach, also works in the store with him.
Landes says it’s special to be able to have this kind of relationship with his son.
“We do a lot of repairs,” he said. “We have three repair stations.”
After being in business for over 45 years, Landes says it’s all about the customers – “treating people well and giving them good products and good service at a fair price.”
He says he feels blessed to have been able to do this to earn a living in his hometown.
“It was good,” he said.
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