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Published:December 6th, 2010 17:12 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with 'The Bear' Founder of Old Bike Barn

Judyth Piazza chats with 'The Bear' Founder of Old Bike Barn

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)

Hi, this is Bear founder of www.oldbikebarn.com

I have been asked many times to tell the story of how this crazy parts machine got started, and I guess it`s over due, so here it goes.

When I was young, I was really into hotrods and muscle cars but I couldn`t afford one, then I found motorcycles. These machines were cheap, plentiful and with a great power-to-weight ratio, I could easily pull up to a light on my CB750 and blow the doors off any car. Needless to say, I was hooked!

I spent my teens building and restoring all kinds of bikes, 38 have passed through my stable to date. At 18, I joined the Military working under American, British, NATO and UN command. Every time I would do a tour of duty, I would come home and buy a few more bikes to tinker with.

My military career ended when I sustained 2 fractures in my spine while on a mission over seas. The doctors made it clear, I might not walk again; I made it clear I would because... I had to ride my bikes!

It took a couple of years to rehabilitate my body and career, thankfully the military paid for my reeducation and I studied web design and business. Because I couldn`t ride at the time, the Internet became my outlet to stay active in the sport. I built a hobby web site called www.oldbikebarn.com. The site had, pictures my of bike builds, and my rant`s about bikes and the industry. I was selling off my personal collection of vintage parts on the site to pay the bills... soon I began to receive hundreds of emails weekly asking me for parts for the older bikes I loved. Remember, this is back in the late Nineties, early 2000`s and the Internet was not what it is today.