Business Profile: Dennis Travis

Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2002

Title and firm: Dennis Travis owns Glacier Cycles at 9328 No. 48 Glacier Hwy.

Services: Glacier Cycles sells and services Red Line BMX bicycles and Rocky Mountain mountain bikes, and sells bicycle accessories and replacement parts.

Glacier Cycles will take orders from out-of-town bicyclists and will ship the product. Customers can special-order bicycles from the two lines in stock.

Background: Travis was born in Michigan, lived in Washington and moved to Juneau about nine years ago. He has been riding for about 20 years, and has raced for five.

"My son and I race around here and down in Washington," Travis said. "My son races downhill and I do cross-country."

Travis competed last year in the Washington state championship series. He was in second place until he got a flat tire, which caused him to finish fourth, he said.

Travis is a member of the Juneau Freewheelers and for four years has been a leader with Dave Ringle of the Juneau Freeriders, a middle- and high-school mountain bike group.

Family: Travis' son Jim is 17 and started his riding career early in life.

"He started on the back of a bike when he was 6 months old and he just loved it," Travis said. "He's been riding a two-wheeler since he was 4 years old."

Jim finished fourth and fifth in races in Washington this year, and locally, he won the Treadwell Ditch Mountain Bike Race in his age group.

Travis' wife, Lida, is a registered nurse and dietitian at Juneau Medical Clinic.

"She helps with a lot of races with the Freewheelers," Travis said. "We usually do two to three races a year where we actually do footwork on them."

Prices: The BMX bikes in stock at Glacier Cycles run from $150 to $370, depending on the equipment included with the bike.

"Trick bikes with pegs are more expensive," Travis said.

The mountain bikes in stock run from $600 to $2,700.

The future: Travis would like to have a bicycle rental line next year if there is room to store the bikes. The shop also may start building custom bikes from the frame up.

"We've got about 17 or 18 bikes right now, and two more are coming," Travis said.

Contact information: Dennis Travis can be reached at the shop at 789-7050.

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