Renaissance Closing Up Shop

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We’re terribly disappointed to report that Renaissance Bicycles is closing up shop. From the Renaissance website:

Renaissance Bicycles will be closing the virtual Shop doors on December 31st, 2010. We are extremely appreciative to all of our supporters and suppliers who made this venture possible. We hope they can carry on the spirit of “renaissancing” and continue to appreciate the virtues of well crafted steel bikes.

For the immediate future, the website will function as a way for us to sell off the remaining inventory. Select Closeout Inventory link from the left menu to view the items available for sale.

And if you would like to know more about our difficult decision to close the business, please visit our News page.

Again, thanks and best wishes to all in the New Year.

— Bryan, Kyndra, Grayson, and Carina

We want to thank Renaissance for the generous support they’ve provided as a sponsor of EcoVelo. It’s been an honor and a pleasure working with them over the past couple of years.

We wish Bryan and family all the best in their future endeavors!

Alan & Michael

Renaissance Bicycles

5 Responses to “Renaissance Closing Up Shop”

  • 300 Pound Gorilla says:

    I read aloud from their news page as to why they were closing. My wife made me stop. She was crying a little. We were never Renaissance customers. In this economy, we’ve barely been customers of our LBS. But, we follow a variety of bicycle blogs on a daily basis. This has allowed us to be a part of the larger bicycle community in a way that was not possible before the internet. In this way, Renaissance is part of our community. Being some 3000 miles away, Renaissance is not our best friend that we see everyday, but they are friends nonetheless, and we like seeing them around. Losing Renaissance Bicycles is no less of a loss than losing any other member of our community. We will mourn. We will miss Renaissance, and we will remember it fondly. We wish Bryan and family all the best. Fare well.

  • Fergie348 says:

    Sorry to see this, but I can’t say it’s a surprise. I never understood how their business model made money – just don’t think there are enough customers who want modern components on old steel frames, usually collectors want period correct bikes and sourcing parts for those rebuilds is a hassle. As with many things bike industry, it’s a labor of love not much involving money. It’s why I exited the bike biz 10 years ago – I had a family to raise and bike industry money wasn’t gonna get it done. Best of luck to the Renaissance crew – I’m sure their love of bikes will not fade, in fact taking a break from the brutal realities of the bike shop world may revive their passion as it has mine.

  • Alan says:

    @Fergie348

    I worked in the fly fishing industry for 10 years, and when I left that business my passion for fly fishing had faded to a flicker. I can imagine the same thing happening to almost any avocation that crosses over to becoming a vocation, with all of the associated stresses and strains of turning a profit.

    Alan

  • David Bolles says:

    300 pound gorilla nailed it. Best wishes to the Renaissance folks.

  • MT Cyclist says:

    How sad to see Renaissance Bicycles going dark.
    I was a big fan of their builds, especially the early Stumpjumper conversion to 650b.
    That’s one smart looking bike, and I hope to do something similar with a bike of the same vintage.

 
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