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I have been an athlete my entire life. In high school I played football, wrestled and pole vaulted for the track team. After high school I enlisted in the United States Navy and went to nuclear power school. I received my commission through the enlisted commissioning program at Auburn University and became a Navy helicopter pilot. During that time, I ran a total of 7 marathons including: Florence, Italy the Marine Corp Marathon in Washington, DC and The San Francisco Marathon. I retired from the Navy after 22 years and went to work for Anheuser Busch.
My best friend wanted to ride the entire Blue Ridge Parkway to celebrate his 50th birthday so I purchased a road bike and trained, trained and trained. In addition to riding the Blue Ridge Parkway, I have ridden Ragbrai with Team Navy in Iowa twice, done the North Carolina Coastal ride twice, ridden the Mountain to Coast in North Carolina and many other smaller rides. I also participated in a Melanoma fundraiser riding from Norfolk, Virginia to Key West Florida. In 2017 I was at a ride and saw all of these expensive bicycles laying on the ground or propped up against a wall or a tree, I thought there had to be a better way to prop up a bike. My wheels started turning. I started out with a wooden block. Figuring no one would want to use a wooden block I started to refine the design. I enlisted the assistance of my son, a mechanical engineer with a degree from Virginia Tech to arrive at the final design. After 12 versions we were ready to apply for a patent.
We now have a patent pending. We have funded a significant amount of the upfront costs, but now we are looking for support to help with marketing costs, several 3D printers, show fees and other expenses.
The PropIt works with any bike but is designed for road bikes and mountain bikes since they don’t have a kickstand. The PropIt is not designed for tandem bikes. The weight is less than 2 ounces and can easily be carried in a back pocket of a bike jersey or a bike bag.
I have retired and can commit full-time to this new passion project. This is truly a family business. My wife is an award-winning salesperson with a degree in Marketing. The key to making this work is in marketing it to individuals, bike shops and bicycle companies. We have a business plan in place and have targeted events to attend to sell PropIt.
Thank you so much for reading this and making my dream come true. Please share with anyone else who may need to be propped up!
Made in USA by a Navy Veteran!
Biking blue ridge parkway
Check out this great video on how to assemble the PropIt