I have a very big announcement. Some might say a bombshell. I am leaving the bike industry.
George Khoury and his capable crew will be taking over our space in the beginning of June as
Trail and Fitness. They will keep the road tradition of Gran Fondo, in addition to mountain
bikes, hybrids, and children’s bikes. You can also expect to still see Clayton and Phil back in
the service department. Our last day of business will be this Saturday, May18. We will also
have a final party on Thursday, May 23 starting at 5:00, more about that later.
After seventeen years of owning Gran Fondo and another ten years of bike shops, it is time for
me to try something else. I have loved every minute of serving our clients and working with the
various staff members that have graced Gran Fondo over the years. I feel that we pushed the
industry in a more professional direction and that we offered the very best in customer service
and solutions possible.
A special mention to Clayton Grindstaff . If there was ever a man behind the curtain, keeping
the wizard’s show going, it’s Clayton. We have spent the last fifteen years together creating
your dream bikes, solving bike fits, and keeping your bikes working. No one works harder or
takes more pride in their craft. I will miss his humor, talent, and resourcefulness.
Let’s celebrate the transition! We are going to have a party on Thursday, May 23, starting at
5:00. We will have your favorite beverages, live music, and a final sale. The VERY LAST Gran
Fondo custom jersey will be here in time for the party. It will be the only time to purchase it. I’m
hoping that you will all come and swap Gran Fondo stories and help us clear out the last bit of
our inventory. It should be fun.
Thank you to all of you. I have been able to spend the last twenty seven years getting to know
you, ride with, and call you my friends. I’ll always cherish this.