Pete's Cycle celebrates 75 years with website launch

Publish Date: 
May 2, 2013

BALTIMORE, Md. – Not everyone celebrates turning 75 by launching their own website, but that’s what Pete’s Cycle is doing.

The store, which grew from offering Schwinn bicycles to its current selection of Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, KYMCO, Polaris, Sea-Doo, Suzuki, Triumph, Spyder and Victory motorcycles, ATVs, UTVs, PWC, scooters and generators, just launched its website,

Pete’s Cycle was founded by Walter C. Leach Sr., whose nickname is Pete (hence the name Pete’s Cycle), in 1938 out of his parents’ basement in Baltimore. He started out repairing bicycles and building flower boxes during the Depression.

Pete’s father ran the business while he served in WWII, and afterward Pete became a Schwinn bicycle dealer and started carrying motorized vehicles. Eventually the original store moved up from Whizzers to Indian motorcycles, AJS, BSA and Matchless. He opened a second store in Towson in the 1950’s, which also sold Evinrude outboard engines and had a hobby department. In the late 1950’s he sold Maruchan, Laverda, Lambretta, Bultaco, Vespa, Gillera, American Eagle and Cushman. He became a Honda dealer on July 9, 1963.

The family opened a store in Bel Air in 1967 and another in Severna Park in 1970. At one time, Pete’s Cycle got up to seven stores selling either bicycles or powersports.

In the mid 1980’s, Pete went into semi-retirement. His five children started running the business on a full-time basis. In April of 2000, Pete’s Cycle moved out of its original location of 62 years to a much larger store in Baltimore, which is still the heart of the business.

Pete's is also on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Blogger.

Posted by Holly Wagner