Bicycle factory coming to Halifax

Halifax Bicycle Company will produce "city bikes" popular with locals.

Bicycles will soon be manufactured in Halifax. Entrepreneur John Wesley Chisholm and partner Roger Nelson, who have been operating Halifax Cycle Gallery (6299 Quinpool Road, 407-4222) for about a year, are about to embark on their next enterprise, Halifax Bicycle Company. The pair plan to get the new factory up and running this summer, produce a few models for trade shows in the fall, and then be fully operational in 2012, making 1,000 bikes a year.

Chisholm invited me over to the Cycle Gallery Friday; he's pictured below with the prototype of what he dubs as the "Halifax city bike":

“I noticed that the whole rest of the world drives a different kind of bicycle than we do in Canada,” explains Chisholm. In his travels, he says, “I see people driving bikes for transportation. The key difference is, they’re not sport bikes---you sit upright on the bicycle, meaning your weight’s not on the handlebars. It’s a city bike. And I thought, ‘this is the greatest idea in the world,’ because Canada drives bikes for sport, not for transport.”

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