If you haven’t ridden a bike in years, you’re our customer.
If you need help choosing a safe bike for your child, you’re our customer.
If you're looking for a bike to help balance your life, you're our customer
And if you’ve been riding for years, you’re our customer, too.
Bikes and Life was founded by people who come from all walks of life. While we enjoy riding bikes, we love the outdoors and sharing what we know so we can help you. We are passionate people. In each of our stores, we're creating a healthy environment for you to learn about bikes and help you pick the best bike for you. We will help you and your family find greater joy on a bike and do what we can to keep you on the road to health and happiness.
Our CEO's Story
In 2011, our CEO and Founder, John Antretter, weighed 217 pounds – and he’s 5'8.
“My story really is Bikes and Life. At 48 years old, I hated seeing pictures of myself. I was stuffing myself into size 38 pants – when I really needed a size 40. My knees hurt as I walked up stairs and my doctor told me that I was pre-diabetic. He gave me 90 days to do something or I'd be put on medication. I said that this wasn't me and that I'd change. I had always played sports and had been in the Army too. He said, "we'll see."
I saw a nutritionist and began by eating better. Once I started to drop a few pounds, I started to exercise. Because of the weight on my knees, I started out swimming and hopping on the stationary bike at the gym. I began to lose weight and, more importantly, I began to feel better. I dropped 25 pounds in the first 90 days and started buying new cloths.
After a year, I began to push myself harder.. I ran my first race in Central Park (3.5 miles) in June of 2012. As I became more fit and healthy, I became interested in a triathlon. I began to run more, swim more, and ride the stationary bike more. I knew then it was time to buy a bike.
Today, I weigh 150 pounds. Over the years I have completed an Ultramarathon (50 miles), several Ironman races (140.6 miles), a Tough Mudder and Spartan race. But, I can tell you watching my weight and my fitness is an every day event.
I have always been an optimist. I innately believe in the good of people. I wake up every day knowing that we can all change our lives. Cycling and staying active will help you and your friends and family. We have created Bikes and Life to be a place to learn about, shop for, and service bikes. More importantly, we care and hope that when you visit us, you'll find a healthy, positive environment to help you and your family get on the road to health and happiness.”
– John Antretter, Jr.