SANDUSKY, Ohio – A family business that’s seen steady growth since it opened in 2009, Fox Cycle Works is looking into expanding for the fourth time.
“When we started in 2009, the economy was rough. Unemployment was high. People were just doing the bare minimum to keep their bikes running. But as the economy improved, people started investing more, spending more on the fun stuff, not just tires and oil changes,” Dane Fox told the Bellevue Gazette. "Now that the economy has picked up, business has as well, and we are exploring expansion opportunities here at this site.”
“We had the lowest bid but we got scored the highest by the city commissioners for the best business plan - and because we were bringing jobs,” Dane Fox said. “We had actually outgrown the 4,000-square-foot shop the first year we were in business.”
They rented half the banquet hall to an auto shop and doubled the size of their old space in the other half, adding jobs and expanding their winter storage program for motorcycles. The shop stored 140 bikes this past winter.
“We started out in 2011 as a service-focused business and that is still our bread and butter today,” Fox said. “But now, in addition to repairs, we are doing more sales and we are using our service reputation to sell bikes. All of the bikes we sell have been run through our service department. The main reason people come here is experience. These guys have worked on bikes for a long time. Dan has close to 20 years of experience in Dyno Tuning. We have guys who come from Toledo and Columbus to have him tune their bikes.”
First things first: the shop will host a bike show and ride May 31 to benefit The Fallen Riders Memorial Fund. The rides, part of Ohio Bike Week, will raise funds to help families who have lost a loved one in a motorcycle crash.
The Second Annual Bike and Car Show will be held from noon to 5 p.m. at Fox Cycle Works. Judging for cars will be at 2:30 p.m. and judging for bikes will be at 3:30 p.m. Trophies will be awarded for 1st and 2nd places in each class of bikes, cars, and trucks, as well as a People’s Choice trophy for each class. The event also includes the 5th Annual Fox Hole Swap Meet.
Posted by Holly Wagner