New Bellingham web site focuses on discovering the proper bike

Bellingham-based 99 Spokes, an internet market for these on the lookout for extra info on bikes, examined these specialised bikes at Galbraith Mountain.

Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Combining job abilities with a favourite passion is understanding properly for 2 former Faithlife staff.

Earlier this yr Scott Alexander and Bryan Smith left Bellingham-based Faithlife to focus their consideration on 99 Spokes, an internet website for bike lovers. With their pc programming backgrounds, they wished to construct an internet site that gives detailed evaluation of motorbike manufacturers and helps folks discover elements. In keeping with the web site, customers can seek for greater than 63,000 totally different bikes, together with mountain and electrical bikes.

What began out as a lunchtime mission for Smith, Alexander and Jacob Carpenter at Faithlife now has greater than three million web page views a month and several other part-time staff, Alexander mentioned. Smith and Alexander began specializing in 99 Spokes full-time in April.

“We’re software program geeks, however we additionally love bikes,” Alexander mentioned in an interview, including that the enterprise is an ideal playground for them.

99 Spokes obtained its begin after Alexander had bother attempting to switch a bent half on his bike. He quickly realized that details about elements tends to vanish shortly on the web as firms replace websites after they roll out new bikes on the market.

Whereas elements info will get on-line site visitors, evaluating new bikes has actually taken off. Together with bike comparisons, 99 Spokes may also help clients discover the closest bike retailers to buy the one they need.

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Nora Alexander, daughter of 99 Spokes co-owner Scott Alexander, tries out a Canyon Neuron bike in Whistler, British Columbia, on Wednesday, June 1. The Bellingham-based firm is an internet market for these on the lookout for extra info on bikes. 99 Spokes Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Together with promoting and affiliate internet marketing, the web site generates income by promoting the knowledge it has archived again to bike producers. They’re additionally contemplating increasing the web site additional, finally turning into a website that additionally sells bikes.

The web site has now develop into world in its attain, which implies quite a lot of info is now on the web site about bikes from different international locations. Nevertheless, the purpose of the corporate is to have an genuine, Bellingham taste to the location. Lots of the footage, for instance, present bike testing being carried out on Galbraith Mountain.

“Everybody (within the biking neighborhood) is aware of Bellingham is the place to mountain bike,” Alexander mentioned. “I like this city and the way a lot it has embraced biking.”

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