While attending college, Donahue continued his career as a bike mechanic, never swaying from his early-found professional passion (unless we count drinking beer in college—“Is that a career?” asks Donahue). He wore his devotion to shop life like a badge of honor. “There was always green grease under my nails and I did not own a single shirt that was not stained, bike related and cost nothing. I wonder why I was not too popular with the ladies?” he laughs.
Along with a sharp sense of humor, Donahue—now owner of Seattle’s Recycled Cycles—has a poetic appreciation for the bike business and the joys that a two-wheeled perspective brings. The most rewarding aspect of the industry, he says, is “the people I have met and worked with and the wonderful places I have visited, all because of a simple, beautiful machine.”
Donahue’s outlook is obvious in the store’s mission statement. “We want Recycled Cycles to be a place where cyclists would want to shop, where bike shop professionals would want to work, and where both customers and employees could have fun sharing their knowledge of and enthusiasm for cycling,” says Donahue.
As a shop that offers the full gamut of new and used bikes, parts and accessories, Recycled Cycles has built a reputation for solid, friendly knowledge of everything cycling related. “Our familiarity with used and older products makes us the go-to place for the do it yourselfer. Our friendly atmosphere makes us a go-to place for the beginner,” says Donahue. The shop is truly an inviting place for everyone. “We love humans, dogs and bikes,” Donahue says.