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Pedal Pushers

Read how these entrepreneurs are pursuing their dreams of owning bicycle touring companies.

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This story appears in the August 2000 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

Obvious setbacks- when Mother Earth gets pissed or the falters- travel-related businesses. But when you're an independent bike tour company, you'd think bad luck would mandate part-time on the side. But take it from those who've tried-and conquered: You can support yourself by "selling" your favorite pastime.

Michele Fitzgerald, 29, and Christopher Kelly, 34, co-founded L.A. Bike Tours LLC in Los Angeles last August, and not only has Kelly quit his day job, but the two expect to profit by summer's end. It's a recent luxury: The self-proclaimed "typical actors," who met on the set of a Shakespearean play, once relied on "eclectic sources of income" like private tutoring.

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