MOORESVILLE, N.C. (BRAIN) — Jeffrey Patrick Archer, the owner of First Flight Bicycles in Statesville, North Carolina, died Wednesday evening after being struck by a car. Archer, 52, was walking across a street in Mooresville when he was hit. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
A local news report said that Claydon Laural Turner, 30, of Hickory has been charged with felony death by motor vehicle and DWI in connection with the death.
In addition to the shop, Archer operated the Museum of Mountain Bike Art & Technology (MOMBAT), a collection of about 250 vintage mountain bikes. He was well known in the national bike community and served as a judge at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show several times. Archer also owned the Mountain Goat Cycles brand, which he bought from the brand’s founder, Jeff Lindsay. In 2013, the shop bought out the remaining assets of the Hi-E component company.
Archer entered bike retail as a teenager in Ohio. After graduating from Ohio State University with a computer engineering degree, he returned to bike retail, soon becoming a part owner in Cool Breeze Cyclery in Statesville in 1989. He bought out his partner in 1984 and renamed the store First …read more