Crumpler’s has been a family business for as long as it’s been open. Of course we like tradition, but we also like the freshness that new ideas bring to the table. That’s why when Richie’s son Richard Crumpler said he was interested in working on motorcycles, we decided to expand into having a custom cycle shop back in 2011. It’s not just exciting to see a family member pursue his dream, it’s a thrill to be a part of this with him!
Richard was 19 when the Crumpler’s Custom Cycle opened but it’s not like he was a newcomer to working on cars or bikes at that point in his life. His grandfather and father had worked on automobiles and heavy machinery his whole life, and he’d had plenty of hours in the shop under their tutelage to be quite adept at moving right into those footsteps. But Richard wanted a chance to make something new happen at the place and to blaze his own trail. He’d spent countless hours in the shop learning and working, and when he suggested a new idea for the business, his dad was happy to give him the green light. Richard had his own element out behind the car shop with a fancy new orange sign: Crumpler’s Custom Cycle!
Since that time, the shop has grown to handle all kinds of custom work plus repair and service work. “We don’t just work people’s bikes in and shuffle them out–what we do isn’t about that, “Richard said. “What we want to do is try to fit the bike to exactly what the owner wants.”
Because of this, the Crumplers sell wheels, do custom paint jobs, add chrome accessories and do performance work. The beauty of this line of work is the variety. Richard works on anything from classic bikes to more current models, although each presents its own challenges always. “I love piecing the puzzle together and getting a great finished product to the owner, ” Richard said.
Although the shop is known for variety, they still do their fair share of service and repair work. They also work on wrecked bikes and head out to shows as often as possible to see all what’s new in the industry. “What I can’t see is getting sick of this,” Richard noted. “It’s my passion, and I love making everything run the best that it can.”
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