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About Johnny

 
 

On a coffee table in what seemed like the smallest house in Minnesota was a pink Italian newspaper called La Gazzetta Dello Sport. It belonged to my great grandmother, a tiny but strong Italian woman that preferred her native tongue and traditional ways. I was in the second grade, but the feeling from that paper struck me and my fascination with the bike began to grow quickly.

The more I surrounded myself in cycling, the more interested I became in how things meshed. It was as though rider and machine were intertwined as one. The bike was a world within itself, an art.

In 1999 at the age of 14, I was offered my first job at a large bike shop in North Texas. I found I had a knack for wrenching and a tough work ethic. It wasn't long after when I met Ted, and our skills and abilities meshed like "Yin and Yang." Little did we know that years later we would still be working together, but for ourselves, doing what we love in a way that we could be proud of.

I was fortunate to have many good people that appreciated my work, and I wanted to give them more. My dream slowly became a reality, and everything fell into place at the right time. The seed my great grandmother planted years ago was growing, and to show my appreciation, I dedicated the shop in her name, “Latini’s”.

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About Ted

It all started one day in Kansas when my brother "taught" me how to ride a bike at the age of three. He removed my training wheels, found a steep hill and gave me a push.  After several tries and a lot of bruises later, I learned how to ride on two wheels.

Since that day cycling has always been a part of my life in one way or another. I began racing BMX bikes at age five and shortly after learned how to start fixing my own carnage. When I turned 15 I began working for a small shop in Kansas, where my love for bikes grew even more. I eagerly took in all the knowledge that I could.

I moved to Dallas in 2000, at the age of 19, and was offered a job at a large bike shop in North Texas. This is where I met Johnny and where we worked side by side. As the years went on, my position grew within the company along with my responsibilities, leaving very little time for my personal life. After several years in the bike industry, a new offer presented itself, and I felt that it was time for a change.

Several years went by, and I missed wrenching, but I knew I didn’t want to go back to "cranking out bikes." I wanted to keep the passion going but in a different way than before. I received a call from Johnny asking, “How do you feel about doing a bike shop of our own, the way we always talked about?” That was the day everything changed and a new chapter began.

 
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The Latini Dragonfly

There are a lot people that have been intrigued by our “Dragonfly” logo. We thought long and hard about what symbol could represent us and our little shop. We didn’t want just any symbol, we wanted something that was meaningful to us but dynamic enough to be meaningful to you.

Throughout my life I have been drawn to the dragonfly and its many symbols. To us it has brought:

  • Change and Transformation

  • Strength and Grace

  • Focus and living in this moment

    What does it mean to you?

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