Management Team & History
About the ReBuy Cycle Shop Team.
The three of us have been close friends for more than 27 years, have been riding bikes since our childhood and have over 50 years of experience between us, repairing bicycles. When we first met, we had no idea that all of our years of experience riding and repairing our friends and our own broken bikes would bring us to starting our own business.
A.K.A “Bones” was born in 1968 and has been riding bicycles since 1972 at the age of 4. In 1973 he moved to Victoria B.C.and has been riding for over 40 years and repairing bicycles for over 30 of those years. He spent 3 years as a pedi-cab mechanic for Kabuki Kabs in the mid 90’s and from 2012-2015 was working in a used bicycle shop in Montreal called Cyclopathe where they also recycle bikes. His riding style has mellowed out over the years from his extreme downhill racing and trials riding to a bit more reserved version of the same thing, but he still loves the mud and the forest!
Keats was born in 1970 in Victoria B.C. and has always consider it his stomping grounds since he’s been there his whole life. He spent over 10 years helping his riding friends fix their bikes for free from his private home-based repair shop. He worked at Fairfield Bike shop for a year and a half allowing him to prove his skills to other highly experienced bicycle mechanics. He’s an innovative and creative “think outside the box” person with artistic skills that have shown to benefit the unique bike builds at the shop!
Although George didn’t worked in a bike shop prior to this, he’s been riding and repairing his bicycles his whole life and raised 5 children who’s bike’s also had to be fixed. I think even he surprised himself at how comfortable and knowledgable in bikes he has become. Now he’s spent the last year and a half working in the shop and has become very efficient at what he does. His management experience and organization & inventory skills will prove to be invaluable.
Long story short
The inspiration for the ReBuy Cycle Shop came at the end of 2015, shortly after the unexpected and sudden passing of a very close friend of ours. In Early December 2015 when we first started piecing together the first few bikes, we were working outside under a gazebo tent battling the winter elements. At the beginning of 2016, we registered Re-Buy-Cycle Shop and opened our Gazebo to start our bicycle recycling and repair shop in Victoria B.C. that specializes in quality used bikes.
We salvage abandoned and abused bicycles, repair them or reclaim what usable parts we can, and build well running bikes of all sorts and sizes.
In March 2016 we expanded into a small two car (or 50 bike) garage, giving us the space we needed to make our bike shop a reality. Soon we had 3 full work stations to do quality repairs on our customers bicycles.
On October 23rd, 2016, we signed the lease at our new retail store located at 1112 Goldstream Ave., at the corner of the new Leigh Rd intersection. We had to clear the property of garbage & wood that’s been collecting since the building was vacated over a year ago. Removing the overgrown bamboo that had nearly enveloped the back of the building, has definitely given the place a more welcoming look! We moved everything in and have been working really hard to create a system of organization from Chaos to get everything into it’s place, wherever that may be. We have 3 repair stations ready to go and we have over 100 used “Ready to ride” adult mountain bikes, BMX bikes, road bikes, and of coarse over 50 children’s bikes (and growing) for our free kids exchange program!!
In The News
Thank you doesn’t even come close to the appreciation we have for used.ca and all that they’ve done to help us promote our exchange program!! This was a fantastic blog that was shared across Canada, which was the start of all of this public attention and support we have been receiving!!
A Huge Thank You To Our Supporters!
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H & L services
HD Trucking LTD.
The Cridge Centre for the Family
Bicycles for Humanity
Looking For Volunteers! Due to the incredibly positive response to our free children's bike exchange program, we're finding ourselves in need of some people with a bit of bicycle repairing skills to help us keep up the flow of children's bikes. If you would like to help out with a great children's program and help put a great big smile on some kids faces, please feel free to contact us.