Zak Pashak isn’t from Detroit. Nor from the United States. He’s from Calgary, Alberta, Canada and is one of the easiest conversationalists you will ever meet. We found this out with a nice, informal chat with the owner and creator of Detroit Bikes.
We met up at Woodbridge Pub, and even with a great game of Connect Four that failed miserably, the heart of the discussion was never overlooked. No matter the content, Pashak is able to hold his own and comes across as someone who understands that Detroit isn’t just your average city, but one that is full of possibilities.
Pashak is the founding owner of Detroit Bikes, a new factory that prides itself on building bikes made up of mostly American of parts. He has a vision that others have not followed, with each bike being priced at $300-$500, something practically unheard of for similarly modeled enterprises.
Pashak owns a home in the historic Boston-Edison district where he loves his home, and even though there are a number of issues, never doubts his decision to move. He continues to view Detroit, which is physically smaller than his Calgary hometown, as a big city with problems just like any other big city.
We discussed Detroit and how he views it. According to Zak, Detroit is “a city with a lot of potential”, which most of us agree with but as someone who chose to move to the city from a different country, Zak really wanted to make that point clear. He thinks that the city especially has the potential to grow startup businesses. And he’s doing just that.
Having recently closed on a manufacturing plant to start up Detroit Bikes on the city’s west side, he’s already employed five staff members and expects to be producing the pieces he wants to design, paint, build, and sell within the next 3 months. Exciting news for those of us looking forward to owning affordable, locally made bikes to to use in our daily commutes.
Detroit Bikes has a lot to offer this city and Pashak seems ready to give it. Leave Canada behind for Detroit? May sound crazy to most, but for Detroit Bikes and the growing alternative transportation movement in the city, it makes a heck of a lot of sense too.
Source: Zak Pashak