Find out how this Virginia inventor turned a former Sears store into

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Virginia – A dream come true. For Reginald Thurman, that’s what this weekend will be. He is the force behind the transformation of this former Sears store into the very first VA BIKE EXPO.

The centerpiece of the community outreach event will be its creation – an electric bicycle that goes up to 50 miles an hour. It took him almost five years to bring it to life.

“In 2014 I did a post on Instagram. I was measuring the dynamics, you know, for bikes. But I was like, it can’t be just a regular bike. Like it can’t… something. different. So over the years I just messed around and did a lot of research. I’m a tech freak, “Thurman explained.

Thurman is a hip-hop artist known to many as DOE THE PAPER BOY. The man from St. Petersburg is delighted that his vision for the weekend VA BIKE EXPO is garnering support from local businesses. He says the weekend will be filled with fun. The event will host 115,000 square feet of vendors, food, entertainment and a cool bike path.

“We built a bike camp within Sears. So kids can bring their own bikes, drive wheels, and stuff like that, as long as they’re not on gas. They can ride on the track. And we actually have bikes that they can For example, people with the golden ticket can reuse the bikes for free as many times as they want, if you didn’t buy a golden ticket you must then donate, ”added Thurman.

He is very enthusiastic about the influence that the VA BIKE EXPO will bring to the community.

“You have people giving free CPR training, free medicals. We have a business called Pathways, and they provide free health and dental care to people. You can therefore leave with an appointment with the doctor, on the spot. You know that CPR training is for adults and children. This company, on Sunday, will administer free flu shots to anyone who wants them. So it’s like a big medical, artistic, musical and fashion festival. It turned out to be exactly what I imagined it to be, ”Thurman said.

Children under 6 are free with a paying adult. Students who bring straight-A report cards are free, as are student-athletes who show up in their jerseys or uniforms.

The three-day event kicks off Friday, January 7 at the former SEARS at South Park Mall in Colonial Heights.

You can buy weekend passes online for $ 25. This will make you participate in the event every three days. To purchase tickets online, click here.

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