Kenneth Botts and Doug Knopp of Wright Brothers USA with a new Wright bicycle.

Bicycles back in Wright brothers’ neighborhood

In NAHA News /

DAYTON, Ohio—Bicycles with the famous Wright brand are being made again in the neighborhood where Wilbur and Orville invented the airplane more than a century ago.

The Wright Brothers USA, LLC, a company that licenses and markets The Wright Brothers® trademark worldwide, has relocated its business from downtown Dayton to 1105 W. Third St. The storefront location is in the same neighborhood where Wilbur and Orville Wright lived and worked. The company signed a three-year lease for the space in a restored nineteenth century commercial building from Wright Dunbar Inc.

The location is in the heart of the National Aviation Heritage Area and across the street from the main interpretive center of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park. The commercial district is where the Wright brothers operated a series of printing and bicycle businesses at the turn of the 20th century and where they printed the first published works of African American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar.

The Wright Brothers USA, LLC sells high-quality merchandise that invokes the spirit of innovation,
persistence and relentless pursuit of perfection the Wright brothers exhibited. Adding to its line of aviation-themed apparel and gear, the company has introduced two classic Wright bicycle styles—the Van Cleve™ 1896 Adventure Bicycle and the St. Clair™ 1896 Adventure Bicycle. Each made-to-order bicycle comes with a Wright Brothers® Certificate of Authenticity complete with serial number and owner registration. Visit the company store’s Facebook page for more details.

Wilbur and Orville rented, sold, repaired and manufactured bicycles in five different locations in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Their fourth shop, at 22. S. Williams St., is  within sight of the Wright Brothers USA location. The fifth shop, which became their aeronautical laboratory and the place where they built their first flying machines, stood at 1127 W. Third St. but is now in the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI. The National Aviation Heritage Alliance (NAHA) owns the original site and preserves it as a green space.

Wright-Dunbar Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to reviving business activities in the Wright-Dunbar Historical Business District. The Wright Brothers USA is next door to another recent arrival, the Texas Beef & Cattle Co., a barbecue restaurant at the corner of West Third and North Williams.

The Wright Brothers USA is the result of a partnership between the Wright Family and VMA, both of Dayton, to create revenue streams for The Wright Brothers Family Foundation. The foundation’s mission is to preserve, protect and promote the legacy of the Wright brothers.