Analog Cycles started in 2017. Candice and James met in the exceptionally stinky mechanic’s bay of a bike shop. Super nerd types sometimes repel each other, but we worked together like a jumbo bag of Fritos and cheap queso dip. We bonded over long talks about cold forging, material sourcing, frame geometry, and pull ratios. The seeds of our future were sown on long frosty rides, discussing the evolution of derailleurs, rim stiffness and food safe cutting oils. We were always planning the next expedition, plotting over topo maps and geological surveys. Get a life before you get a theory, they say. The Analog credo of enlightened bikes sprouted from our adventures like the fur on a racoon chia pet. It’s a subversive take on how bikes and gear should be built and ridden.
In the fall of 2017, Analog Cycles became a reality: a shop dedicated to the pursuit of enlightened bikes, living joyfully, long gravel climbs and twisty singletrack. Mark (who has been in the bike industry since the early '80s) joined us in short order, living in a wall tent on the Analog property. In 2021 the shop portion of Analog moved to the East Poultney Village Green. We quickly outgrew that spot, and moved the entire operation from East Poultney to downtown Poultney. The shop and retail space are now in a building that has variously served as a bowling alley, a pharmacy, a printing press, a school, a yoga studio and artist studios. Right now, Analog occupies a space that was a pharmacy for over 100 years.
Early 2022 saw Kat join as a full time staff member, specializing in wheels but wearing all the hats as we all do. In late '22, James and Candice's time together came to an end. Candice moved back to Colorado, and James continued at Analog. We miss Candice around these parts, and wish her well!