GRIT


 

Verb

  1. clench (the teeth), especially in order to keep one's resolve when faced with an unpleasant or painful duty.
    "Congress must grit its teeth and take action"
  2. move with or make a grating sound.
    "fine red dust that gritted between the teeth"

Noun

  1. Small, loose particles of stone or sand.
    "she had a bit of grit in her eye"
     
  2. courage and resolve; strength of character.   
    "he displayed the true grit of the navy pilot"
 
 

Each definition of “Grit” exists within every form of cycling. No matter your bike of choice, you have to have at least a little grit to ride. When you are facing literal dirt in your eyes while riding the trails, pushing through the last mile of a century ride, or deciding to ride despite that car getting far too close on your commute, you are showing us your grit.

 

Courage is being scared to death, and saddling up anyways.
— John Wayne

Mission

Grit Cycling’s mission is to match you with the perfect bike, plain and simple. We want to listen to your needs, provide our expertise, and find you the bike you want, love, and balances your needs as a cyclist. Whether you are looking for a high-end racing bike or a bike to ride to work, at the end of the day we are all here to ride. Here at the shop, we have been in your shoes at whatever point of your cycling journey you currently reside. We were all a beginner at one point, whether it be to cycling in general, or to a certain cycling discipline. We commute by bike, we have done several short and long distance mountain bike races, we have done everything from sprint triathlons to Ironman 140.6 races, and almost everything in between. We have been in your cycling shoes which equips us with not only the knowledge and ability to get you what you want, but a true understanding of where you are in your journey.

 

Story

While Grit Cycling technically started in 2011, the journey really begins in 2009. Mike, the founder, looking to make some life changes, started losing a significant amount of weight by riding a mountain bike. For the type of riding he was doing, he thought the mountain bike was very inefficient and wanted a road bike to commute to class. He couldn’t afford anything he looked at online, so he took to Craigslist. He bought a Peugeot road bike, fixed it up a little at home, and started riding it to class. Once the semester was over, he then sold the bike on Craigslist for more than he initially paid. Realizing the value in restoration, he decided to grow his skills and knowledge. 

Also needing to pay tuition costs, he started fixing bikes and selling them, becoming aware of the need and market for this in Louisville. At first he was just fixing a few bikes here and there, all out of his living room. As the demand started to grow, Mike's fleet of bikes started to get bigger and bigger. Mike moved houses to one with a garage, having a fleet of about 10 bikes at the time. These 10 bikes quickly turned into about 85 bikes, cluttering the house and the backyard. Around 2011, he had to find space as a workshop, never intending to be an actual business with hours of operation. He named his workshop Old Bikes Belong, and before he knew it people started to show up. He had a few store hours here and there but eventually realized he needed full on hours of operation and had inadvertently started his own small business.

Fast forward to 2013, Mike started stocking new bikes and growing the shop. As Mike got more into riding and joined the BC Mafia, a local race team, he did Ironman and started carrying more products geared toward the different facets of cycling he was exploring. As Old Bikes Belong continues to expand, Mike brought in Allyson, a long time cycling friend, as his business partner to assist him in growing the shop even further. Though we never want to stray from our roots of turning old forgotten bikes into beautiful creations, the name Old Bikes Belong generally gives people the idea that it is an all vintage bike shop. That is why starting in 2018, we have renamed the shop Grit Cycling and are continuing to grow and adapt to an ever-changing cycling landscape. 

 

The Evolution of the Shop