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Issue Date: May 2012


The Biking Guide: Gearing Up

These bike shops offer the expertise and equipment for whatever ride you're looking to get.

Ohio City natives Alex Nosse and Renato Pereira-Castillo opened Joy Machines Bike Shop to cater primarily to commuters, with sturdy bikes such as the Linus Roadster 8 for men and the Mixte 8 for women ($849 each) that offer a comfortable ride. "Over the past couple decades, transportation cycling has been growing," Nosse says. "But it hasn't really been catered to in the Cleveland market." 1836 W. 25th St., Cleveland, 216-394-0230, joymachinesbikeshop.com


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Century Cycles has been a part of cycling in Northeast Ohio since Scott Cowan opened the first location in Medina 20 years ago. Since then he has opened stores in Peninsula and Rocky River. But if you're into mountain biking, the Medina location is the most popular for off-road warriors. Try the Giant Talon 29er 2 bike ($649.99). "We get a ton of mountain-biking business there, because there are trails not too far," Cowan says. Various locations, centurycycles.com


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Gary Schumacher took over Cain Park Bicycles in Cleveland Heights in 2006. The shop is good for families and neighborhood riders. Schumacher recommends the Biria Step-Through, a seven-speed comfort bike ($450) perfect for cruising. "People come from as far as Columbus because we're almost the only dealer in the state," Schumacher says. Repair costs are often lower than other shops, too. 1904 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-320-0209, cainparkbicycle.com


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An engineer by degree, Sherman McKee opened Bike Authority in Broadview Heights 18 years ago. The shop caters mainly to what he calls the "enthusiast." "A lot of our customer base is average people that maybe play this sport instead of golf," he says. Try the Cervelo S5 ($3,000), a road bike that can transform into a triathlon-ready bike. "The seat post has two positions," he says. 7979 Broadview Road, Broadview Heights, 440-546-9966, bikeauthority.com


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