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Mary Elizabeth and ALLONEWORD fine Cycle Caps

In 2008 started making cycling caps to impress this guy that works at my local bike shop. He was very impressed ... with the caps. Oh well can't win them all. Then some of his friends wanted caps too (shop works and others). Then Alameda Bicycle sold them from the shop. I was still unsure about starting a business of cycle caps. All of a sudden realized how much I enjoy riding bikes, and even more talking with folks who love bikes. Within a year I had sold my car, bought two more sewing machines, and a new bike. Now, I ride around Alameda Calif on my Gary Fisher Simple City. I sell caps online (via Etsy) and a few local shops (Alameda Bicycle, Montano Velo), and Velo Classique. Right now there are caps I made in Canada, Finland, England, Norway, Australia, France, Japan, and all over the USA…

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  • Female
  • Born on May 28
  • Joined July 11, 2008

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Natural materials and fabrics Cotton fabric and thread linen fabric and thread wool fabric of all kinds

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About

Mary Elizabeth and ALLONEWORD fine Cycle Caps

In 2008 started making cycling caps to impress this guy that works at my local bike shop. He was very impressed ... with the caps. Oh well can't win them all. Then some of his friends wanted caps too (shop works and others). Then Alameda Bicycle sold them from the shop. I was still unsure about starting a business of cycle caps. All of a sudden realized how much I enjoy riding bikes, and even more talking with folks who love bikes. Within a year I had sold my car, bought two more sewing machines, and a new bike. Now, I ride around Alameda Calif on my Gary Fisher Simple City. I sell caps online (via Etsy) and a few local shops (Alameda Bicycle, Montano Velo), and Velo Classique. Right now there are caps I made in Canada, Finland, England, Norway, Australia, France, Japan, and all over the USA.


A few simple truths about me

I did an extensive tour of California community colleges. In 2003 I graduated from Mills College (BS in Art History with an emphasis in Asian Art).

My childhood bike was painted blue, white banana seat, and tall chrome handle bars. In my early teen years I had a very cool brown 3 speed. Later I was given a 21 speed Specialized road bike. That bike was really beautiful -- and was stolen pretty darn quickly. The first bike I purchased was a Bridgestone MB-6. Beautiful! Now I have a Gary Fisher simple city 3 -- love!

I started this tiny business with a sewing machine and a few yards of fabric. I would make a cap, sell it, buy more fabric/thread. Sell a few more -- get more fabric. Quickly my caps were popping up all over town like fancy mushrooms and toadstools.

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