About Wayfarer Bicycle
The Wayfarer Bicycle Story
Wayfarer Bicycle was started in 1972 by Richard Fitzgerald and was the first bicycle shop in Eastern CT. In 1979, after running the store for a few years, Richard decided to sell the business to one of his employees, Bob Harrington and his wife Lesley.
Once Bob and Lesley took ownership the store began to blossom. The Wayfarer was at the forefront of the mountain bike boom in the country. In 1983, Wayfarer Bicycle ran the first mountain bike race on the East Coast. It was called "The Tour de Bluff" and took place at Bluff Point State Park in Groton, CT. Seventy-five riders participated with Bicycling Magazine, The Boston Globe, and The New York Times covering this historical event. The race series continued till 1989 when it grew to be 300 strong and was determined by the state to be too large an event for the park. In the Eighties and Nineties, Wayfarer Bicycle organized a local benefit race, "The Meadow Muffin." Wayfarer Bicycle also sponsored a junior racing team for ten years to help upcoming young riders. Some very good riders, such as Tom Danielson, came out of the program and have gone on to race for Rockshox, Jamis, Giant, Discovery/Trek and Garmin.
In 2016, Bob and Lesley sold the Wayfarer to longtime manager and head mechanic, Pat Lamond. With over a decade in the bike industry, Pat is excited to continue serving the cycling community, and promote and grow the activity for all generations.
Pat is an avid mountain biker and when he is not at the shop you will most likely see the Wayfarer Van at a trail head where he is riding his bike.
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