PorkChoppd Custom Bicycles to open near 21st and Ridge on Monday

WICHITA — Count Kevin Lowe as another aircraft worker whose layoff "gave me an excuse to do what I really want to do."

Lowe and his wife, Angely, and partner Jeremy Pew have had a bicycle business called PorkChoppd Custom Bicycles since 2010. They previously had the business in Mount Hope but on Monday are opening on West 21st Street a block west of Ridge Road.

"We only have, like, four tractors come by a day in Mount Hope compared to, like, 50,000 cars at 21st and Ridge," Kevin Lowe says.

His new shop is in 700 square feet at 7603 W. 21st St.

Lowe acknowledges the PorkChoppd name and spelling are a bit different.

"Actually, my wife named the business after the way I look.”

More specifically, she named it for his sideburns, which are known as pork chops.

"Those great, big Elvis sideburns."

The store will sell an array of bikes, including road bikes, mountain bikes, BMX bikes and beach cruisers. It also will offer service, parts and accessories.