We are about to release a product unlike anything we’ve ever sold in the past. I personally think it’s the greatest product ever to come through here.
We think it’s pretty innovative, but at the same time, you can’t reinvent the wheel. It took a long time to develop and has been shaped by some of the smartest and hardest working people I’ve ever met. If used properly, it can benefit an entire community. It has impacted more people than any bike we’ve ever sold.
This product has many parts, it is sometimes hard to operate, and it’s more expensive than anything else we’ve ever sold. But the benefits to the user are profound.
We are preparing to sell North Central Cyclery itself.
We are looking for new owners to take NCC into the next chapter of its story.
We hope to find an individual or party who understands the culture we’ve striven to create over the last 11 years and carry on in our mission to build something bigger than the sum of its parts to benefit the community at large. We believe the core strengths of the current ownership have been sales growth, market exploration, and cultural development. The next era of NCC calls for other core strengths to maintain a healthy and thriving business in this community. NCC has become something beyond anything we’d ever imagined and we are incredibly proud of the community we’ve built here. NCC needs a new set of eyes, new hands, and a new heart for the next stage. We are excited for the bright futures ahead for everyone.
NCC has become a regional destination for cyclists of all kinds by creating a unique retail experience built on great service, a curated product selection, fun events, and peerless communication. We’ve partnered with brands that we can trust and developed phenomenal relationships with those vendors. We’ve exceeded the expectations of everyone, including ourselves, and built something wonderful. According to our customers and our suppliers, NCC has become a cornerstone for the local community and an industry leader in experiential niche retail.
It’s not an understatement that say that we have a national customer base, even though we don’t sell things over the internet. We have partnered with a unique array of vendors who are not found in every bike shop. We are among a very select number of dealers to stock and carry Moots and Jones bikes, and one of only a few places in the region to display a healthy selection of Salsa and Surly. We have also had a relationship with Trek bikes since the very beginning, so we can serve almost any rider walking in our door.
This is not a process we will take lightly, since there are so many important factors to consider. If you are interested in learning more, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information to get started.
We are asking for serious inquiries only.
It is important for me (me = Tobie) to share at this same moment that my tenure at North Central Cyclery will be coming to an end this summer. Over the last couple years, and increasingly over the last six months, I have had a deep sense it was time for me to seek out the next endeavor for me and my family. I feel confident that I’m departing NCC at a time when our brand and position in the market are at its strongest.
It has been my honor and privilege to serve North Central Cyclery for the last eleven years. I was hired without experience into a position that I did not deserve, and worked hard with my hands, head, and heart to meet and exceed the expectations set before me. I have had the liberty to define my own position as time went on and that liberty allowed me to grow as an individual in many ways atypical to our industry. For that I am deeply grateful. From the very beginning, it was my intent that NCC be set apart from the existing stereotype of bike shops by being kind, inclusive, clean, interesting and bright. Evidently, by the continued success and survival of the shop over some very challenging economic years, these were important and desirable elements to you as well.
Without question, the best part of the last decade has been the incredible relationships in and around the bike shop. I have worked alongside true friends, and I believe the current staff at NCC to be one of the strongest, most talented, most cohesive and beautiful crews we’ve ever had. I am also very proud of the number of customers I call friends. This community has been wonderful to me and my family as we’ve established ourselves here.
Among our vendors, I can genuinely say that I love some of those people and love doing business with them. I will certainly miss the excuses to call them and get called by them.
At this moment, there is no immediate next step for me in my career, but instead, I plan to spend time with my family, spend some time reflecting and resting, and accomplish a few personal goals. During that time, I will also be seeking out the next phase of my career and exploring new opportunities.
I will post up again before my last day, but it was important for me to be clear from the outset of our effort to sell the shop that we will be training in or raising up someone to take my place this summer. We are looking for applicants for all positions, so please let us know if you’re interested. I will be leading the effort to ensure the new leadership of NCC understands our history and values. In my work during the transition, I hope to make sure our service and value to you is uninterrupted as much as possible. We understand you have a choice when it comes to bikes and bike stuff, and we greatly appreciate every opportunity to serve you.
If you’re interested in staying in touch, my email is email@example.com.
I would like to invite you to ride with me for my last (official) Saturday ride with NCC on July 25th. We will meet behind NCC at 8am and ride ~30-40mi. All speeds and steeds are welcome. We’ll be sticking to roads and paths so almost any bike will do.
Espresso will be available before and after, courtesy of our friends from Rapha.