January 19, 2015
THANKS for 45 years of business!
International Bicycle Centers has ended operations and closed our stores.
We want to thank all our customers and friends for their support during the past 45 years.
We also want you to know that we have sold our business to Landry’s Bicycles. Landry’s has signed a long-term lease to occupy our former store location at 66 Needham Street in Newton Highlands, which has re-opened as Landry’s Newton store. IBC has permanently closed our Brighton store and sold the Brighton property to a private developer. However, Landry's Boston store is located less than a mile away at 890 Commonwealth Ave.
We have admired Landry’s for many years and know that they will be a great fit to carry on the work and take good care of our customers.
Since its beginnings in 1969, International Bicycle Centers has had an amazing ride in the metro-Boston bicycle market. The company was started in Brighton Center in 1969 by Joe Knochin with assistance from his father. Joe’s younger brother, Harold, later joined the company part-time while still in high school, and the two brothers eventually became bike-business partners. Joe retired from the business in 2013.
IBC had a long tradition of featuring European racing frames, and IBC signed on to become one of the Boston area’s first Trek bicycle dealers in the early 1980s. IBC also helped to launch the Boston Road Club and its long-standing Wells Ave Training Criterium series in Newton. More recently, IBC has supported Boston’s Roll It Forward bike-recycling program to help make bicycling a more accessible transportation option for low-income communities.
With his lifetime’s work at IBC now behind him, Harold Knochin says that he’s looking forward to healthy retirement, taking some time off, and spending more time with family. “I’ll surely miss my customers,” he said, but he is encouraged that Landry’s Bicycles will take good care of everyone and carry on IBC’s legacy.
Photos above: Looking back on 45 years at IBC ... Joe Knochin looks reflective at IBC's counter (left), and Harold Knochin enjoys a friendly visit with bike-racing legend Greg LeMond (right).