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  • MEDFORD VINTNER BIKES THE TALK

    Former winemaker opens Picadilly Cycles in Ashland
  • ASHLAND — To those who paid attention to Gus Janeway's personal, cycling-inspired labels, it will come as no surprise that the former RoxyAnn Winery winemaker is now the co-owner of a new bicycle shop.
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    • BUSINESS CARD
      Name: Piccadilly Cycles
      Service: Bicycle sales and service
      Owners: Blaine Pickett and Gus Janeway
      Location: 525 A St., Ashland
      Hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday
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      BUSINESS CARD
      Name: Piccadilly Cycles

      Service: Bicycle sales and service

      Owners: Blaine Pickett and Gus Janeway

      Location: 525 A St., Ashland

      Hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday

      Phone: 541-482-9500

      Website: piccadillycycles.com

      Email: blaine@piccadillycycles.com or gus@piccadillycycles.com
  • ASHLAND — To those who paid attention to Gus Janeway's personal, cycling-inspired labels, it will come as no surprise that the former RoxyAnn Winery winemaker is now the co-owner of a new bicycle shop.
    Janeway and Blaine Pickett have opened Piccadilly Cycles near the bike path in Ashland's Railroad District.
    "It seemed like a natural thing, tying wine with bikes," Janeway said. "I only worked with grapes a bike ride from my doorstep. Now I can walk the talk, pedal bikes and bring people in the valley a product that is health and fun focused."
    Janeway said he's sold down much of his Velocity and Velo wines, which pay homage to his cycling interest, in order to turn his attention to a business "with some real growth potential."
    Pickett has spent more time in the cycling industry than has Janeway, including stints with Open Air Schwinn in Southern California, Hutch's in Bend, Hub Cyclery in Sonoma County and most recently with Marty's Cycles and Moore in Medford. His background also includes time as an engineer for a medical device start-up in Santa Rosa.
    While that might appear a bit incongruous at first blush, Pickett suggests one engineering effort lays the ground for the next.
    "With mechanical engineering, there is a lot of cross-pollination. The experience you gain in other industries helps."
    Piccadilly carries a mixture of cutting-edge, electric-assist bikes, including an IZIP from Currie Technologies, and standard models along the lines of Breezer and Jamis.
    With scores of commuters and fitness riders passing nearby each day, the shop meshes well with its surroundings.
    "My wife and I lived in Bend during the mid-1990s, but we preferred the Bay Area to the high desert," he said. "Ashland has a very similar climate to Santa Rosa."
    Reach reporter Greg Stiles at 541-776-4463 or business@mailtribune.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregMTBusiness, friend him on Facebook and read his blog at www.mailtribune.com/Economic Edge.
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