I met Sheridan Marquardt years ago when I began riding a bicycle with Team Young Life OKC. He’s one of the most fun-loving guys I’ve ever met—true of most avid cyclists by the way. I dropped by his shop on a Friday night. I unintentionally crashed an impromptu party, saw some old friends and shook hands with a few new ones. Sheridan started out as a starving artist and learned how to make a living doing what he loves— helping people, owning a bike shop and riding his bike.
Sheridan, how did you start Celestial Cycles?I didn’t start out thinking I’d own a bike shop. I actually started the company as a custom, bike frame builder in 1999.
Really? Why did you want to build bike frames?
I wanted to be an artist. Bikes and bike frames are art to me.
My dream was to have a retail shop, an art gallery to show off the frames I build. And, I wanted to be that old guy in the back of the shop building frames.
“I’ve always valued time over money.”
Really? What caused you to start the retail side of your business?
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