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Portland's Sweetpea Bicycles and Gladys Bikes join forces

Published October 22, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — Sweetpea Bicycle, a Portland-based custom bike maker focused on women's bikes, is teaming up with Gladys Bikes, a retailer that specializes in serving women cyclists.

Sweetpea owner Natalie Ramsland and Glaydys Bikes owner Leah Benson have announced that Gladys Bikes will be the sole dealer of Sweetpea Bicycles.

"My mission is getting more women on bikes that fit. Working with Gladys has been a wonderful opportunity to work with and learn from a greater variety of female cyclists than the typical custom bike buyer. It's been really gratifying to see how our mutual attention to the relationship between women and their bikes strengthens both of our businesses," said Ramsland.

"Gladys Bikes has a knack for making bike buying simple and delightful. So, when I reached my capacity in delivering complete custom bikes, partnering with Gladys seemed like a wonderful solution. This change allows me to focus on fitting, designing and dreaming up bikes while giving customers connection to a home shop and community of riders," she said.

Benson said, "It's a natural collaboration, both our businesses have similar goals of supporting and enhancing women's experience with bicycles. Beyond that, it doesn't hurt that we both really enjoy working with each other. We appreciate each other's businesses and have a lot fun with what we do and we're excited to share that enthusiasm with our customers."

Gladys Bikes opened in 2013. The store was the recipient of the 2014 Interbike Award for Best Women's/Female Friendly Bike Shop in the country.

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