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Jim Elking Jim Elking

After completing a career in education and administration I was looking for something to coordinate with my interests and experiences, one of which was cycling. A visit to The Bicycle Museum of America offered a great and enjoyable opportunity. I give tours, arrange displays, clean bikes, give off-site presentations and write the website newsletter. I look forward to talkin' bikes with you. Hope to see you soon!

Rita Heitkamp Rita Heitkamp

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to come to the bicycle museum to do archiving and history projects. While working on those projects, I became involved in learning about all the fascinating bicycles on display. I also help give tours of the museum, bicycles, gemstones, medallions, and the Civil War flag that are on display here. It is also exciting and interesting to meet so many new people from all over the United States and other parts of the world. I have learned a lot the past few years and enjoy working here. Stop in for a visit, you will enjoy it.


Rita HeitkampJohn Boeke

I recently retired from a career in the insurance industry having owned and operated an agency in Coldwater, Ohio. I love to cycle and also enjoy water skiing, snow skiing and running in my spare time. My wife Connie and I live in Coldwater, Ohio and have 3 married children. I appreciate history and love museums and needed a new challenge after retirement. Working as a tour guide for the Bicycle Museum of America was the opportunity I was looking for. Stop in to see me here at the Bicycle Museum of America and learn about how the bicycle put the world on wheels long before the invention of the automobile. It’s an incredible story. Come visit for a learning experience you and your family will truly enjoy!