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Our WWP neighborhood bike shop – Cycle Analyst

What is a great community without a great, neighborhood bike shop?  Especially one that’s been in the neighborhood for 20 years!  In this day and age we don’t often find a small, neighborhood business with that bragging right, but Richard Hodge, who owns Cycle Analyst, can make that claim and still works everyday at the shop.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Cycle Analyst is the quintessential neighborhood bike shop with knowledgeable, experienced mechanics available for advise, repairs, tune-ups or complete overhauls.  If you’re in the market for a new bike, look no further.  They carry road bikes, hybrids, cruisers, mountain bikes, single speed, commuters, tandem and yes, even unicycles, from over a dozen manufacturers.  Accessories, oh yeah, and parts- WOW!  If you walk in and can’t find something,  just ask and chances are very likely that they have it on hand or can get it to you quickly.  Ever been told that a part doesn’t exist anymore?  Odds are that Cycle Analyst has it in stock in their massive inventory or can find it for you.  They’re not pushy about getting you into a new bike, but care about making sure that what you currently ride is up to date and safe and will be honest about letting you know if your bike is worth putting the money into.  Often times it’s just not worth the expense.

Cycle Analyst sells new bicycles and almost always has some cool vintage bikes for sale, (remember the Schwinn Varsity?) along with clothing, tires, tubes, wheelsets, shocks, pumps, locks, tools, nutrition, headsets, fixie conversion parts, panniers,racks, baskets, helmets, etc, etc, etc and an impressive  inventory of used parts.

One more thing of interest about Cycle Analyst is their passion for a good saddle.  They have been awarded, by Brooks England, the coveted 5 Rivet Award this year for being an “Outstanding Brooks Dealer”.  They carry over 2 dozen different Brooks leather saddles and various Brooks leather toolbags.  If you are not familiar with Brooks Saddles, it is worth going in and taking a peek, because they are a true handmade work of art that have been in business since 1866.  Beware, if you are a cycling enthusiast, you will leave with something (but not regret it).  If you’re in need of a saddle upgrade or are building your perfect single speed, go on in and find out which Brooks saddle is just right for you.  Though you may find them a little spendy, keep in mind – this is the last saddle you’ll ever purchase as they last virtually forever and get more comfortable over the years.

If you find yourself in the West Wash Park neighborhood and find you’re low on air stop by Cycle Analyst they have free air available out front.

Cycle Analyst is located at 722 S. Pearl Street between Exposition and Ohio.  They can be reached at 303-722-3004  www.cycleanalystinc.com

 Ride On!

Kirk Hartshorn     720-244-5454       khartshorn@perryandco.com                                                                        

Perry & Co   www.perryandco.com    

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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“On your left”

Cycling in Wash Park is a great way to log needed miles but needs to be undertaken with different rules and considerations than riding on the streets.

I’d say that I’m in Wash Park at least 4 days a week primarily on my road or cyclo-cross bike (in winter) logging those necessary miles.  I usually cycle in the park during the week and have found the best (safest/ least congested) times to ride are between 8:30am – 3:30pm.  In the summertime these times are particularly heeded as many late afternoons will quickly draw the crowds and make travel around the park much more hazardous.  I personally would never ride in the summertime during the weekend unless I was on a cruiser and had no temptation to get into a “competitive” tempo. The hours past 4:30pm tend to get much more congested in the road around the park with dogs (sometimes off leash) strollers, casual cyclists, rollerbladers, and walkers and should, in my opinion, be avoided by the more “competitive” cyclist.  We know who we are.

We as cyclists need to keep in mind too that this is a park and is there for everyone’s enjoyment.  I’ve seen some cyclists get very annoyed with and swear at pedestrians that did not know the proper etiquette of the different sides of the road in the park.  This only gives us cyclists, as a whole, bad names and reputations.  We simply need to educate those not in the know on how things work most smoothly for all that use the road in the park.  I too have been frustrated with the pedestrians that will just walk across the road without even a glance to see what might be coming.  Or the dog that is dashing across the road, off leash, haphazardly.  These situations can be very dangerous not only to the “perpetrator’ but to the cyclist who may need to react very quickly to avoid a potential disastrous situation.

For those that do not have the luxury of riding mid-day when the park is least inhabited and safest, just be prepared for a more than occasional “on your left” to those who congest the road ahead.

 RIDE ON!

Kirk Hartshorn- 720-244-5454

Perry & Co. www.perryandco.com