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For over 70 years people have come to Smith Cycle to either purchase a bicycle or have one repaired. It was a great opportunity to learn the ropes from the best instructor around. Having been born into a life full of bikes, his career began with sweeping floors, washing windows and dusting bikes after school and every Saturday. It was similar circumstance that baptized Todd into the two-wheel faith. But, it was his reputation as a just and upright businessman and his genuine rapport with customers that gave Smith Cycle great credibility in the cycling community. Broadening product inventory by adding several other brands such as Norco, Nishiki, Peugeot and Sekine to the mix would help widen consumer appeal to the shop. One of his greatest contributions to the company was extensive building and property renovations that modernized the look and layout of the store. After practically growing up around the business, Norton's son Winston entered the picture adding his own unique vision and ideas to the store. After developing a strong relationship with CCM in Weston, ON, he added new bicycles to the product mix and things just took off from there. After World War II ended he had great success selling used motorcycles that he purchased from the army and refurbished for civilian use. When the source for these eventually dried up, he felt there was a similar market for doing the same thing with bicycles. It took a considerable investment of sweat equity but he eventually realized his dream of establishing an automotive service station and motorcycle shop. A man of great entrepreneurial spirit, Norton purchased an old, run-down inn on Thames Street in Chatham. It all began with Norton Smith in 1932. We are Chatham-Kent's bike store. We've kept Chatham-Kent rolling along for three generations and it almost goes without saying that when you need something bicycle related, you go to Smith's. Eventually, armed with a Commerce degree from McMaster University, it was decided that.Read more...
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