Onalaska, WI (WXOW) —- Emily Vance spent eight years in a high powered bike sales job before she took the leap of faith and opened River Trail Cycles.
“I would travel around about a hundred different sales accounts throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin and I’d be heading out to my car after a meeting and I’d see these bikes out by the dumpster kind of hanging out by the building so I thought there’s got to be something we can do with these bikes,” said Emily.
Emily remembers every detail of her first bike.
“My aunt and uncle bought me my first two-wheeler that was completely rusted in lime green with a horn that fell off the first time I tried to honk it and the training wheels fell off the first time I rode it,” said Emily.
She also knows that not everyone is so lucky to have a bike of their own.
“I’ve been having my whole life to support myself to be able to succeed in my school and work career so it has been getting kind of tougher,” said Cheyenne Geiwitz who uses a bike to ride to school and work most days.
Cheyenne moved in with a local family through services offered by the Family and Children’s Center. Emily heard about her need and gave her a bike.
“Well, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I heard I was getting a bike because I heard they were used but when I looked at it looked brand new so I was like wow she has done a lot of work on this and it looks amazing and it looks like it hasn’t even been used,” said Cheyenne.
Emily says she is well aware that it’s not easy to refurbish a bike but says you don’t have to do what she does to make a difference.
“The biggest thing I really want people to understand is that they know there are still good people in this society and that no matter who they are they always deserve a bike,” said Emily.