January 19, 2015:
Since its beginnings in 1969, International Bicycle Centers had an amazing ride in the metro-Boston bicycle market. Joe Knochin started IBC in Brighton 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 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).