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Apr 8, 2013 12:08 AM by Alex Labat

FestiVELO: Local Business Builds New Bikes

While there was a large number of people downtown enjoying a free day of leisure, Kaleb Langlinais was looking to get to work.

"Once you buy a bike from me, because I am a one man shop, if you have any problems, just email, call me or show up at the shop, and I'll do my best to fix it", says Langlinais.

He has just started "337 Cycles".The business is a first for the Lafayette area. Langlinais will not only repair bikes...but build them from the ground up, taking three to four months of painstaking work with his bare hands just to finish one bike.

Langlinais describes the process, saying, "Once I find out if you want to build a bike, I'll measure all your limbs and extremities and figure out what type of riding you want to do. What kind of hobbies you like, your favorite color...just anything about your personality."

The former serviceman says he's been doing this for pleasure and is excited to see the biking scene in the Lafayette is taking off, hoping to capitalize on the market.

He says hopefully by the time the next FestiVELO comes to town, he hopes to see some satisfied customers on their customized bikes.

"I hope there's at least a good handful of people on my bikes," says Langlinais.



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