About Our Story
GroBikes’ story starts in Brisbane, Australia, where my family and I were living when it came time to get my son, Morgan, his first pedal bike. Used to the lightweight aluminum of his balance bike, I was disappointed by how heavy all the reasonably priced bikes were, and how expensive all the lighter bikes were. After buying Morgan a new (affordable) bike, my wife and I watched over the next few weeks as he struggled to even pick the bike up, let alone get it moving! It was clear that heavy bikes are not fun bikes. At the same time, we couldn't afford to buy him a lighter, more expensive bike, only for him to outgrow it a short while later. We were stumped, which started me thinking about how this could be done better.
GroBikes is the result.
As you can read in Our Mission, by starting GroBikes, I want to make it easier for parents to be able to provide their children with a genuinely good bicycling experience as they grow up, encouraging them to get outside, to explore, to race their friends, to exercise. My hope is that this not only helps them have a happier, healthier, more fulfilling childhood, but also lays the foundation for a healthy, sustainable lifestyle as they move into adolescence and then (gulp) adulthood.
Thank you for your interest. I hope that you will give GroBikes the opportunity to be a part of your young family's childhood.
Yours in making life funerer,
Born and raised in Ottawa, Marc has lived most of his adult life in places as far-flung as China, Korea, and Australia (twice!) before returning to Canada in 2014.
A sustainability nerd at heart, Marc holds a Master of Environmental Science degree and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
When not at work, Marc enjoys sipping coffee with his wife, mountain biking with his son, and divining his dogs' deepest thoughts.
Carmina ('Carm') is GroBikes' marketing guru, bringing years of experience to the fold, particularly in the area of special event production.
Holding a degree in Marketing from Western International University, Carm is excited to be part of getting word out to other parents about GroBikes.
In her spare time, Carm enjoys hiking, cataloguing her nail polish collection, and solving murder mysteries of all kinds.