Great Northern Bicycle Co.

We Sell Cycling

Hi, I’m Tom.  I run this place…most days.  Some days it runs me and some days the whole team push the pedals forward.

I had this idea back in 1987; to come to Fargo and open a bike store, and here we are today.  My wife, Kari (she has a page in this site too) followed me.  Together we’ve been peddling bikes ever since.  It’s been a great fit because bikes are woven into every part of our lives.

When I am not at work, I like to ride and to explore the world.  I’ve pedaled across North America and South America too.  The latter included a child carrier and our two girls, aged 1 and 4 at the time.  Although I can’t spin the pedals as fast as I once did, I still like to try.  If you find me on your wheel on a group ride, keep up your guard because I am probably plotting the next move.  I have also raised my voice to advocate for bicycles in Fargo by serving on many cycling committees and advisory boards over the years.  I am always pedaling Fargo Forward.

2017 is my 30th year at Island Park Cycles/Great Northern Bicycle Co.  I don’t know where the time has gone, but I wouldn’t trade my job for any other.


Keep on rollin’




Current Collection:

  • Specialized Roubaix SW w/full Campy
  • Specialized Diverge Comp – decked out for touring
  • Globe Daily 1 – my fixie with nice tubulars.  She’s a sleeper-bike.
  • Specialized Epic 29’er – plenty of Moab dust.
  • Globe Vienna 4, - an i8 internal with studded tires for when it really gets icy.
  • Oh yeah, and about a thousand other bikes…come down and buy yours today!