The RANS Bikes factory was established in 1973 by a gentlemen with the name of Randy Schlitter. He started his business in a small garage in Hays, KS. Randy asked Jerrell Nichols if he would be interested in taking the bicycle division of the RANS factory over in 2014. The first inquiry did not materialize so Randy asked again some months later to see if we would be interested. This time around, there was a building sitting empty that was a match for us and the RANS Bike factory. The rest is history and here we are today five years later!
The news at RANS:
Industry veteran Jonathan Garcia has been named the RANS Product Manager/Bike Designer/Social Media person. It is something he has been doing behind the scenes since his collaboration with RANS on the Phoenix in 2017…So not a lot of changes other than it’s an official title now! Jonathan brings a unique blend of professional BMX Freestyle riding/testing, frame design/building and a long history of racing and high performance riding in the upright as well recumbent genres. He was 1 of 4 Tech Reps for Felt Bicycles from 2011 to 2012. Jonathan also designed bikes for 2 members of the U.S. National Women’s Triathlon Team. He has been a mechanic for 35 years and bike shop owner for 5 years. Jonathan was instrumental in conceiving and designing the 2017 and 2018 Recumbent Bike of the Year, as well as the RANS Energy Bar, UFR Riser and other forthcoming projects.