Welcome to Great Starts

Hit the streets and trails with Great Starts

The best adventures begin here.

Great Starts is dedicated to helping people discover (and rediscover) the joy of cycling. In the past 128 years, we've provided new bikes for adults and children all over the country. Ready to get in the saddle? Apply to be our next Great Starts candidate.

Every rider has a story.

Remember your first ride? Maybe it was back in grade school, or maybe just last week. No matter when cycling came into your life, you can help inspire a new generation of cyclists. Share your story.

Say hi to our Ambassadors.

Our Great Starts Ambassadors are regular people doing what they love: riding. They're moms, grandmas, business owners and bike messengers all with one goal, to share their love of the ride. Let's meet 'em.

 
Meet Craig Etheridge

Craig Etheridge: one part thrill seeker, one part inspiration

Seattle bike messenger, Craig Etheridge loves the thrill of the ride. He takes his cycling as seriously as he takes his job of inspiring like-minded riders.

 
Meet Libby Hunter

For Libby Hunter, riding's a family affair

Libby Hunter is thrilled to have received new bikes from Raleigh. She's also thrilled that her now teenaged boys still love going for rides with their mom. Read More.

 
Meet Tim Rutledge

Former pro, Tim Rutledge loves the ride

Coach, race promoter and former pro cyclist, Tim Rutledge has one goal: to help others ride more. We'd say he's definitely on the right track.

 
Meet Marilyn Price

Marilyn Price is a breath of fresh air

Don't let Marilyn Price's age fool you. The 74-year-old Trips for KidsĀ® founder has more energy than some 20-year-olds. When she's not on her bike, she's busy making a difference for at-risk kids. Read More.

Click on an Ambassador to learn more about them.

We're all in this together.

Cycling is about having fun. That's why we're proud to support organizations working to promote positive changes in the workplace and create an even larger community of like-minded riders.

  • BIKE CLEVELAND
  • RIDE 2 RECOVERY
  • CASCADE BICYCLE CLUB
  • AMY D FOUNDATION
  • PEOPLE FOR BIKES
  • CCAP
  • MAJOR TAYLOR
  • TURNING WHEELS FOR KIDS