Bumstead’s Bicycles turns 100

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Today’s column is about Bumstead’s Bicycles, the Ontario bike shop with the funny name and the distinguished pedigree. Founded in 1909, the store is the city’s second-oldest business, after Graber Olive House.

Bumstead’s is celebrating its centennial on Saturday with a 10 a.m. to evening party at the shop, 1038 W. 4th St. (at Mountain), and with a sale Dec. 4 to 6.

They’d like old-time customers to stop by to say hello and reminisce. In the meantime, or if you can’t make it Saturday, how about reminiscing right here on my blog? Click “comments” to share your memories of the shop.

The photo at left shows fourth-generation owner Lloyd Bumstead in his shop on Wednesday. He took the business over in 1986 at age 23.

Below is a view of the 420 N. Lemon Ave. location circa 1960 when Bumstead’s sold sporting goods as well as bicycles. The store was on Lemon from 1960 to 1986 before its move to 4th Street.

Happy 100th, Bumstead’s!

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