Indianapolis may have a Winter Storm Advisory forecast for today, but my mind is focused on the upcoming spring. Last year, I discovered a new bicycle shop at 54th and Winthrop known as Bicycle Exchange:
At first I thought it was an intriguing concept to buy, sell, and trade bicycles. But the shop is much more than that. They are a full-service repair shop as well, which is a huge bonus in our neighborhood. There were times in the past where I walked a mile and a half to the Bike Line in Broad Ripple, as bike owners occasionally have to leave their bikes at the shop, and transporting them by other means can be tricky.
Bike shops also don’t need as much automobile parking as other business for obvious reasons. That makes their potential for reusing older buildings greater. Recently, Joe Cox from Joe’s Cycles in Fountain Square has mentioned that they are moving to the old Oddfellows Building on East Washington Street. It will be exciting to see some new life on this corridor, and I’m confident that Fountain Square will be able to attract a new bicycle shop.
Another fine bike shop is Free Wheelin’ Community at 34th and Central. It is a full service bike shop, but it is so much more than that. Their mission is to reuse old bicycles and helping children get engaged in bike mechanics. The non-profit organization has become a bedrock of the community.
These are just 3 of the many bike shops around town. Please let me know about yours in the comments.