My name is Scott M. Helfrich, and I am the owner operator of Helfrich Bicycles, LLC. With 35+ years of dedication to cycling, I decided to fully concentrate on my passion post-pandemic and created my own bicycle repair and restoration company in October 2021. I used to race collegiately, for a bicycle shop club team, and also unattached via the Pennsylvania Cycling Association, USCF, and USA Cycling. Highlights include racing in the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Championships in 1993 (University Park, PA) and at the United States Military Academy at West Point. My last race was in the Appalachian Time Trial in 2013 (Rowlesburg, WV). Currently I ride recreationally on the road, rails-to-trails, for various charity & regional event rides, and also virtually on Zwift. I was also a mechanic and navigator for a tandem team in the 1996 Race Across America (RAAM).
Since 2016, I decided to invest more in bicycle repair as I was never impressed with the skills of local bike shop mechanics where I lived. Additionally, I completely restored a mid-90s Diamondback Approach and loved the process. During the pandemic, many acquaintances found out through word of mouth that I was a bicycle mechanic and brought me plenty of bicycles to repair. This is when I decided I would bootstrap a side gig from my full-time career as a university administrator and work toward a retirement plan of designing and manufacturing hand-built bicycles.
Why not work toward doing it now rather than wait decades to make it happen! I am a proud member of the Professional Bicycle Mechanics Association, the National Bicycle Dealers Association, the Light Electric Vehicle Association (LEVA), and USA Cycling. I also participate in on-going training, including completing the five-day immersive class at the Appalachian Bicycle Institute (ABI) in Asheville, NC. Below you will see a few select examples of repairs, restorations, and projects that I have completed.