Founder and owner of Jersey Bents, Laurence Bonilla, thought he would never be able to ride a bike again after back surgery and years of back pain. His daughter spotted a recumbent on a Rails-to-Trails bike path, and thought it would be the perfect bike for her dad so that he could ride with her without discomfort.
However, purchasing a recumbent in the late 1990s was nothing short of a challenge. Though there were hundreds of bike stores in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, only a few sold recumbents. Of those, only a few recumbent models were stocked in-store. Cyclists interested in purchasing a recumbent had to special order a bike without having the option of test riding beforehand.
In 1999, Laurence partnered with his local bike shop and started Jersey "Bents" to make it easier for people to learn about, test ride, and purchase recumbent bicycles. Jersey Bents is now the leading recumbent dealer in the tri-state area, and a "Top Twenty" dealer nationwide for Terra Trike bikes.
Laurence is also a passionate advocate of recumbent biking for "bad back bikers" like himself.
As a small business, our goal is to personally help you find a recumbent bike that you will feel comfortable riding for many years over many miles. Recumbent bikes are an investment: they tend to be more expensive than traditional bikes, and it does take time to find the right bike because every recumbent is unique.
To that end, Laurence Bonilla strives to help customers find the proper recumbent model according to their needs (e.g. comfort, speed, stability, maneuverability), body type, cycling style (e.g. touring, around-town, bike trails, racing), and budget.
For over a decade, Jersey Bents has helped bring cycling to those who are not able to ride traditionally-styled bicycles. As a special education teacher in public schools for 37 years, Laurence is especially dedicated to helping individuals with special cycling needs find the bike that is right for them.
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