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Bill the Giant, left, Michael Bricker, center, and Tess Olympia Ramsey with their Sitka Pedicabs, a new business launching this week in Sitka.

Bill the Giant, left, Michael Bricker, center, and Tess Olympia Ramsey with their Sitka Pedicabs, a new business launching this week in Sitka.

Have you ever wanted to work outside, get lots of fresh air and exercise, and show off Sitka to local visitors? Sitka Pedicabs, LLC, is for sale after owners Michael and Crystal Bricker moved south last fall.

The pedicabs were put up for sale when the Brickers moved, but were placed in storage here in Sitka when nobody bought them. Michael Bricker said he will sell the three Broadway Mainstreet Pedicabs with canopies for $12,000 (each pedicab cost $5,600 new, plus $2,000 shipping). He also is willing to lease the pedicabs for the summer if he can’t find a buyer. When the business was placed on the market last year, the Brickers said they hoped to find a Sitka buyer.

Sitka Pedicabs, LLC, a totally green, fun and tourism-driven business, is now for sale due to our upcoming move to be closer to family,” Crystal Bricker wrote last fall. “This is a great side business to make some extra income sharing Sitka — the place we love — with visitors. It’s also a great way to work in the outdoors and get plenty of exercise. Do your part to support Sitka’s tourism industry and great reputation while owning and operating this small business!”

In addition to pedaling tourists and locals around town, the Sitka Pedicabs have been featured in local weddings and other events.

For more information, send an email to Michael at bricker.md@gmail.com.

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Bill the Giant, left, Michael Bricker, center, and Tess Olympia Ramsey with their Sitka Pedicabs, a new business launching this week in Sitka.

Bill the Giant, left, Michael Bricker, center, and Tess Olympia Ramsey with their Sitka Pedicabs, a new business launching in May 2012 in Sitka.

Have you ever wanted to work outside, get lots of fresh air and exercise, and show off Sitka to local visitors? Sitka Pedicabs, LLC, is for sale as owners Michael and Crystal Bricker prepare to move south later this summer.

You can buy the business in two configurations. The first is to purchase the three Broadway Mainstreet Pedicabs with canopies and rain gear by themselves for $15,000 (each pedicab cost $5,600 new, plus $2,000 shipping). The other method is to buy the three pedicabs, plus garage lease, insurance, permits, licenses, website, running lights, antique Indian horns, and other business needs for $22,000. These prices do not include off-island shipping charges, and a Sitka buyer is preferred.

Sitka Pedicabs, LLC, a totally green, fun and tourism-driven business, is now for sale due to our upcoming move to be closer to family,” Crystal Bricker wrote. “This is a great side business to make some extra income sharing Sitka — the place we love — with visitors. It’s also a great way to work in the outdoors and get plenty of exercise. Do your part to support Sitka’s tourism industry and great reputation while owning and operating this small business!

“Michael, the current owner is available to mentor the new owner through August in pedicab maintenance, important business practices and connections, fully preparing him or her to take over running the business.”

In addition to pedaling tourists and locals around town, the Sitka Pedicabs have been featured in local weddings and other events.

More details about the sale can be found on the attached document. For more information, call Michael Bricker at 752-1025 or Crystal Bricker at 752-1028, or email sitkapedicabs@gmail.com.

• Sitka Pedicabs sale details, June 2014

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Bill the Giant, left, Michael Bricker, center, and Tess Olympia Ramsey with their Sitka Pedicabs, a new business launching this week in Sitka.

Bill the Giant, left, Michael Bricker, center, and Tess Olympia Ramsey with their Sitka Pedicabs, a new business launching this week in Sitka.

There are three new cabs in Sitka, but these black-and-green cabs are human-powered. Michael Bricker recently bought three pedicabs and he is launching Sitka Pedicabs this week, just in time for the 2012 summer tourism season.

Michael will pedal one of the three pedicabs himself, and he will lease the other two to Bill the Giant (that’s his legal name, it used to be Bill Payton until a few months ago) and Tess Olympia Ramsey. Michael said the pedicabs will be a good way to help tourists get around, especially when they have limited time off the boat and they have to walk three miles to get to Sitka National Historical Park so they can check out the totems before having to hurry to get back to the dock for their lightering boat. The distance sometimes was too much for elderly tourists.

“I saw the tourists looking around for landmarks, and they’d stop to ask you where they were,” Michael said. “When you let them know how far it was, you could see them kind of give up on being able to get there.”

Michael Bricker, left, Bill the Giant, center, and Tess Olympia Ramsey uncrate one of the new Sitka Pedicabs on April 21, 2012.

Michael Bricker, left, Bill the Giant, center, and Tess Olympia Ramsey uncrate one of the new Sitka Pedicabs on April 21, 2012.

Michael said he, Bill and Tess will charge $2 a block per person, or $15 for a half-hour tour of downtown Sitka. He said the rates are an industry standard found in several other communities. In addition to taking tourists on Sitka’s main downtown area of Lincoln and Katlian streets, the pedicabs will be able to take tourists off-the-beaten-path destinations such as the geodesic house. The pedicabs also will be available to hire for weddings, proms and other special events. He also is selling banner space on the back of the pedicabs to advertise local businesses (one of the spots is reserved for Balanced Practice, the massage and yoga studio owned by Michael’s wife Crystal Oostema).

A former member of the U.S. Coast Guard, Michael now works as a massage therapist and is a judo coach. “The judo keeps me strong enough to do this,” he said.

In addition to having a snap-on water-resistant cover to keep passengers dry, the Sitka Pedicabs also feature working running lights and turn signals that are powered by a 12-volt battery.

In addition to having a snap-on water-resistant cover to keep passengers dry, the Sitka Pedicabs also feature working running lights and turn signals that are powered by a 12-volt battery.

The pedicabs were built by Main Street Pedicabs, which sells several varieties. Each pedicab can hold 2-3 people (depending on their size) and has 21 speeds. They also have water-resistant canvas covers to keep passengers dry during the ride. In addition, they have running lights on the front and back, with working turn signals. Michael has been in Ashland, Ore., taking a two-week bicycle mechanics course from the United Bicycle Institute so he can perform his own maintenance on the pedicabs.

While Michael has been at mechanics school, Bill and Tess have been getting used to the pedicabs. They’re looking forward to the summer.

“It seems like fun,” Bill said. “We’ll be getting exercise and fresh air.”

“We already bike everywhere, so we might as well get paid for it,” Tess said. “We can show off Sitka.”

Michael is building a website, http://www.sitkapedicabs.com/, but it’s not live yet. For now, people can contact him at 752-1025 or sitkapedicabs@gmail.com for more information.

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