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August 7, 2013

Lewiston man's new business involves unique bicycle accessories

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“You could change its color or add accessories, but handlebars were always a single color, I’d be able to make handlebars with any design to fit their liking.”

To complete the artistic value of the project, Mulrenin has been working with George White, a local artist who will be making unique custom boxes which the handlebars will be sold in. 

“It’s a like a packaging for the handlebars made of scrap wood from where I work,” said White. “I turn it into all sorts of boxes, mostly they’re made from oak, cherry, pine and some ash. I like to make them vintage looking and old-school. They’ll be 20x7x7 inches made with a hinge to have a nice rustic feel. 

“Ryan works with leather and the two are natural earth bound materials so they should match up nicely. I hope this project will inspire people to be creative themselves and start these types of little businesses.”

To get Bronislaus off the ground, Mulrenin has submitted his project to Kickstarter, a website that encourages the people to pledge money to help fund projects in exchange for rewards if the project’s creator reaches a financial goal.

“My goal is $12,000,” he said. “After crunching numbers that’s about how much I would need to comfortably supply myself with leather and other materials and buy an embroidery machine. That’s how much it would take to get everything up and running.”

He has approached several local bike shops such as Rick Cycle Shop in Buffalo’s Allentown and Northstar Bikes in Amherst who have agreed to carry his handlebars and plans to continue to continue looking for other outlets.

Bronislaus Handlebars supplies two different types of handlebars, pre-made designs, and original custom-made handlebars that meet requirements and designs specified by the customer. 

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