Two Wheel Drive was founded in 1982 with a solid vision: Be Albuquerque's premier shop for the enthusiast rider.

Today, the mission stays the same. Provide attentive customer service. Support cycling in our community. Provide good, innovative products that solve customers' needs. Help people find places to ride.

Some of the highlights of more than 20 years in business:

September 1982 - Charlie Ervin and partner Daniel Boone opened the first Two Wheel Drive shop on Broadway NE. The duo decides to specialize in equipment for the cycling enthusiast without the condescending attitude so common in pro shops of the day.

January 1983 - Charlie and Daniel discover a new breed of bike, thanks to Dan's son, Jeff - the ATB - a bike that will become known as the mountain bike.

Spring 1983 - TWD begins leading group rides to help owners of mountain bikes find places to ride.

Spring 1984 - TWD stocks a compete inventory of mountain bikes and accessories. The store sponsors it first mountain bike races.

December 1987 - Dan Boone moves on to smaller things, saying "TWD's just too busy.." He later opens Desert Cycles in small town, Socorro, N.M. Charlie meets future tandem partner, Nancy Tipton. Charlie begins advocacy partnership with the City of Albuquerque and the U.S. Forest Service.

Spring 1988 - Charlie and friends continue to host Sunday mountain bike rides and hold several races a year.

Summer 1990 - Charlie works with fellow race promoters from around New Mexico to create the New Mexico Off-Road Series (NMORS). Charlie is also appointed to GARTC, Greater Albuquerque Recreational Trails Committee, the committee which advises the City of Albuquerque on trail issues.

September 1991 - Tandem partners become life partners.

May 1994 - Charlie featured in Bike Magazine article "Travels with Charlie." Charlie publishes his first edition of the Cedro Peak trails map.

1995 - Charlie and friend, Bruce Gronseth, create GET FIT! race and tour, a benefit for the UNM Physical Therapy students.

Winter 1996 - TWD expands into space formerly occupied by a garage. New Mexico's oldest backcountry race, the ULTRA, turns 10 with 50 miles of singletrack at Cedro Peak.

1998 - Ten years of advocacy efforts becomes Trail Partners, an affiliate of the International Mountain Biking Association. The shop rediscovers the joy of road bikes and begins to carry recumbents.

September 1999 - Nancy and Charlie are blessed with a daughter, Katie. TWD becomes a "family" shop.

February 2001 - Charlie is appointed to the East Mountain Open Space Steering Committee.

April 2004 - Charlie is appointed to the East Mountain Trails planning team and promotes the Cedro Peak Trails Park concept.

Two Wheel Drive, 1706 Central Ave. SE., Albuquerque, N.M. 87106. 505 243-8443                                                           ©2004 Two Wheel Drive, Inc. | All rights reserved.