Dave Hudson, owner and founder of Recycled Cycles, started working on bicycles in his parents’ garage in 1972. Completely self-taught, he personally bought, reconditioned, and sold over 600 bicycles while attending Arvada West High School. Dave paid the neighborhood kids to sand off the old paint, and painted them balanced across the family’s incinerator…remember when everybody burned their own trash?
After graduation, Dave moved to Fort Collins to attend CSU, where he earned his degree in Marketing while working at Campus West Bikes and Dave Cook (Gart Bros) Sporting Goods. The first Recycled Cycles opened in 1978 about 4 miles South of town (where all of the flea markets are now located) selling nothing but repainted and reconditioned bicycles.
Fitness equipment was added in 1982, and after business expansion and contraction in the early 1990's, Recycled Cycles settled in their current location on South Mason Street. Recycled Cycles continues the tradition of selling reconditioned bikes while selling new brands Raleigh, Schwinn, GT, and Diamondback!
There has been a myth that the bicycle featured on the label of the New Belgium Brewing Company’s Fat Tire Ale once belonged to Dave. Well, yes, Dave did own the bike that was used. An artist from New Belgium visited Dave years ago to find inspiration for the brewery’s new label. An old red cruiser bike proved to be the inspiration, and the artist drew the bike on site.
The rest is history...