How did Polo and Bike start their business in the bicycle industry?
The business began when husband and wife Davin and Irene who in 2009 felt the need for a life change whist working as flight attendants: they wanted to run their own business. So inspired by the beutiful terrain of Gijon in Spain, David's father’s passion for cycling and the niche in business ECO-LOGICA was born: first cycle shop and also their existing distribution company.
The bussiness thrived, so before long they launched a fixed gear bicycle brand associated with the shop. At the same time, there was a new discipline trending around the world – bike polo. That name sounded appealing and although David didn’t know much about the sport, he had a bit of a reputation for wearing nothing but Polo shirts and so the name stuck. The first generation of POLOANDBIKE was very much fashioned around this style and the brand began to evolve around the name.
As a homegrown family business, David and Irene never thought that the brand would progress into what it has become. Selling affordable fixed gear bikes to a small handful of shops turned into selling professional track bikes in over 22 countries. In the end, POLOANDBIKE is another success story in which hard work, passion, perseverance and attitude ended up paying off.
What is your favourite product from the brand?
Our Greyhound model is one of our favourites for it’s uniqueness. It is a special edition (only 45 pieces) built by our friend Andres Arregui who’s known for his meticulous artisan job. Columbus steel frame and top of the line components by Mavic and Cinelli.
Do you have a cycling event/activity that you take up every year?
We are currently getting ready for Ciclorama, a festival/fair that we organise in our home town and it’s taking part this next weekend in the very center of our town. Ciclorama brings some of the best Urban Cycling brands to showcase their products but at the same time it is a cultural weekend where we will enjoy book presentations,open mic discussions, photography exhibitions, trial and flatland shows and much more. Ciclorama has also a beautiful outdoor are with food trucks and music acts throughout the whole weekend.
Visit Ciclorama this weekend 22-24 in Revillagigedo, Gijon, Spain
What inspires you to cycle, what places would you suggest to cycle to?
We are lucky to be inspired by the geography of our province. We are from Asturias which is the northwest of Spain and here we can enjoy mountains, beach and hundreds of kilometres of green landscapes and nature. We live in the perfect environment for being a happy cyclist.
What new things does Polo and Bike bikes have planned for the near future?
We are launching different POLOANDBIKE lines including road and gravel. More news about this soon.
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