Now in its third year in cycling, Coast to Coast Bicycle Company rents quality bicycles at hourly, daily and weekly rates to the cyclists in Titusville. The cycling company also provides services including the selling, maintaining and repairing of bicycles. They are located near various bike trails including the Coast to Coast Connector Trail, the St. Johns River to Sea Loop and the East Coast Greenway, providing them with the best location to offer their services. They host group rides for cyclists of various skill levels. These bike tours can be arranged for all ages and any size group. The options range from casual rides on the trails to fast-paced road rides.
The company is the brainchild of Doug Overfelt. Employed at the Kennedy Space Center, Overfelt initially became interested in cycling by competing in triathlons, eventually focusing on just being a cyclist. He always wanted to have a bicycle shop and took the opportunity to propose the business to the City of Titusville. Fortunately, he won them over and was able to create his business in Downtown Titusville with the city’s support. The shop partners and shares a building with the downtown welcome center. Overfelt’s wife, Carrie Overfelt, is the co-owner of the business and is in charge of taking care of day-to-day activities.
According to the couple, Coast to Coast Bicycle Co. aims to bring the community together through the fun of cycling. To accomplish this, they hold free community bike rides every Wednesday. They also support and participate in various activities around the community by partnering with multiple companies to help create a cycling community for Titusville. Along with the support of Playalinda Brewing Company, they have held multiple ride-and-brews to support various causes. They have also partnered with the Titusville fire department and the River View Pilot Club to hold free helmet fittings and bicycle repairs for kids. The bicycle company also assists the community by offering bicycle repairs to those homeless people of Downtown Titusville whose primary mode of transportation is a bicycle.
As a member of the Chamber of Commerce of Titusville, Coast to Coast Bicycle Co. has built a symbiotic relationship with the chamber, which operates the downtown welcome center where the shop is located. Business has boomed through the promotion and connections that the chamber provides, Doug Overfelt said. “Nicole Hall is an incredible asset in the chamber for us because she is an ambassador for Titusville,” he said.
Hall promotes the shop to people looking for activities in Titusville, especially those interested in the bike trails. The chamber hosted a bike ride as part of the grand opening for the East Coast Greenway bike trail. Through its participation in this event, Coast to Coast Bicycle Co. was given the opportunity to promote cycling within the community. This particular event had over 500 cyclists and the chamber, with the support of Coast to Coast, has since established this bike ride as an annual event.
“People in the city like to do outdoor activities nowadays, so it has helped our business a lot,” Doug Overfelt said.
The boom in cycling is not only attributed to bike trails that have been created, but also the community. Doug Overfelt says not only locals, but people from all over Florida and around the world support the cycling shop when they come in town. He attributes their enthusiasm to the safe, off-road trails Titusville offers, and the fact that he and his wife love cycling and the community.