1979 was the beginning of Sussex County having a trust worthy family owned bicycle store. As bicycles advanced thru the 80's and 90's they kept technology and customer care at the heart of the business. After 20 years the original Owners Bernie & Arlea Gallagher decided it was time to retire. From that point forward the Sussex Bike & Sport Shop had continued the excellence in customer service, community growth, and fore filling everyone's bicycle needs in the same high standards Bernie & Arlea set forth. Passion drives us to excel. We have deep routed passion for bicycles.
JASON ZIEGLER (Owner)
Owner Jason lived on his bikes. As kids he and his brother Kevin would spend every waking moment in the summer riding around Vernon and Franklin on their BMX bikes. His first road bike was an 8th-grade graduation gift in 1987. It was nothing but passion for biking from there. In 1991 he joined the previous owners of the Sussex Bike & Sport Shop, Bernie & Arlea Gallagher. After a hiatus from the bike shop Jason went to school for neuromuscular massage therapy and worked with patients with lymphedema. It was while in the pre-med program at FDU (dean's list) in 1998 that Jason decided that he would become the owner of the Sussex Bike & Sport Shop.
"The bike shop is where I belong. I love what I do. Using both my bicycle knowledge and my knowledge of the human form makes our shop more than just a place to purchase things. We educate you so you can truly enjoy cycling."
PETE TRANES (Andover Store Manager)
Andover Shop manager and mechanic. While just joining the Sussex team in 2013, Pete fits right in. Occasionally referred to as "Jason's clone," he shares the same passion for cycling. "Loving what you do makes it that much easier to go to work every day", he says.
As a kid, Pete practically lived on a bike. If he wasn't riding a bike, he was either talking about one, or at a bike shop. While bmx was his passion, he gained an appreciation for all aspects of cycling. You can spot him on the roads of Sussex county, in the trails of Kittatinny, on the slopes of Mountain Creek, and at the West Milford Pump track with his son Marty.
Pete joins the crew with nearly 15 years experience in the bicycle industry. As a graduate of Barnett's Bicycle Institute, Pete loves to pass on his knowledge and passion for cycling. Check the website or stop in for information on bicycle maintenance clinics he will be hosting.
GARRETT SCHWIPPERT ( Lead Technician)
'The Guy with the big smile' That is how our customers describe Garrett. Garrett has been in the industry for 6 years. Certifications from all major manufacturers keeps Garrett at the top of the GO-TO Mechanics in the Tri-State Area. When he is not rebuilding Suspension or tuning a kids bike, Garrett is making his mark in the Enduro/Downhill Race circuit. "This bike thing, it feels right. Bicycles are awesome. They make people heathier and happier every time they ride. That's a good thing." Garrett proclaimed one day during a beginers shop ride he was leading.
When we run out of parts and pieces made in our industry to solve a problem what do we do???? Call in Bruce. A welder and fabricator for 30 years. Bruce can do it all. Oh and I forgot mention remember the Thruster and Hutch BMX Bikes from the 1980's... he welded them. Bruce knows how to think outside the box and make it happen. Frame repair, custon rack work, and custom bicycle work for medical based situations.