If there has ever been a prime location for a bike shop, it’s between a cycle path and a brewery, this is where Trailhead Cycling opened a second location.
The owners of independent bicycle dealer Pam and Larry Sayler started with their first location in Champlin in 2003, and decided to expand to a second location in Plymouth after recognizing a strong clientele in the northwest suburbs.
“We’re super, super excited to be here,” said Drew Frakes, Plymouth store manager.
The store officially opened in mid-June and business is off to a good start.
When it comes to bike knowledge, Frakes knows a thing or two and has shared some of the most popular bikes on the market, from the hybrid bike – great for riding the Luce line in the summer – to fat tire bikes, which are perfect for winter riding.
Hybrid bikes provide an upright, more comfortable riding position than the bike many people associate with road racing, according to Frakes.
It is a combination of a “traditional road bike with thinner tires and lowered handlebars and the traditional mountain bike, which has a more upright riding position and a much wider and much larger tread tire. aggressive, ”Frakes explained.
When mountain biking came out decades ago, a lot of people turned to it, Frakes said, a break from their 10-speed road bikes.
However, what riders found and what manufacturers then listened to is that the mountain bike was heavier and harder to pedal, Frakes said, especially for those who don’t do it in the mountains or through the woods, rather to get comfortably from point A to point B.
“So, got into the hybrid bike,” he said.
These have flat handlebars as opposed to drop handlebars, and the geometry of the bike “is changed slightly so that the rider doesn’t stretch as much on the top tube,” Frakes explained.
As a result, the hybrid bike offers a more recreational upright riding position, on a lightweight frame and a thinner tire than a mountain bike, “but nowhere near as thin as a traditional road bike,” said Frakes. This allows bikers to comfortably transition from the asphalt trail to crushed limestone found west of Vicksburg and along other trails through the Twin Cities.
“Another bike that has been very popular in recent years… is a bike called the gravel bike,” Frakes said.
A gravel bike looks a lot like a road bike, but has a much wider, more aggressive tire, similar to a mountain bike.
“It’s for this runner who would love to have that kind of investment in many worlds,” he said.
Another bicycle that has grown in popularity during the pandemic is the electric bicycle or electric assist bicycle.
Based on the control panel on the handlebars you choose, it will amplify the rider’s effort, typically between around 50% and 350%, Frakes explained.
These bikes are perfect for any rider who wants to “bridge the gap” between their most accomplished riding partner, he noted.
“By law, it’s a bicycle. It is not a motor vehicle, so it does not need to be registered or registered, ”he said, noting that this bike has no accelerator and is allowed on cycle lanes. There are also no age restrictions.
While Frakes said “supply chains are chaotic right now,” Trailhead Cycling is in “pretty good shape” when it comes to inventory thanks to good planning.
When the pandemic hit, they realized that the cycling industry would be in high demand as more and more people spent time exercising and recreating themselves outdoors.
“So not only did we want to order for a second store, we wanted to order more than we originally planned, because of the pandemic – because of the forced delivery times,” Frakes said.
Trailhead Cycling also offers a two-year service package with every bike sale.
Buyers can also find a full line of accessories, including bike seats, pedals, cycling specific shoes, repair parts, saddlebags and baskets, and children’s trailers.
They also offer free shipping for any purchase of $ 250 or more within 25 miles.
Trailhead Cycling Plymouth is located at 12901 16th Avenue North. The hours are: 11 a.m. at 7 p.m. Wednesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, and closed Monday and Tuesday.