Our History

Pete's Garage was created as a one-stop destination store serving the Bicycle, Kayak/SUP and Nordic markets, but it is also meant to honor the legacy of the owners' great grandfather Pete.  Kurt and Tyson Schwiesow consider their great grandfather, Pete Lorenzen, the Paul Bunyan of their family.  

He came to the United States from Europe with a suitcase and a sausage. He was part of the Oklahoma Land Rush of 1893. He joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show for a time. He opened a Harley-Davidson motorcycle garage in the 1910s in Chicago. He lived to be 96.

Kurt Schwiesow says - “We grew up hearing about Pete’s Garage, we wanted to take ownership of it.”

Pete's Garage is located in Historic Downtown Green Bay, WI in a newly renovated building that dates back to the 1930s.  The business started as Pedal N Paddle Performance, and was transitioned to it's new name and location under it's new ownership.