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About Us

As it usually does… it started with a dream.

No, I didn’t wake up one day and say “I can do this better than the  other guy”. I started when I was eleven. I came home with a muddy bike  from a long hard day of riding. I set out to clean it and before I knew,  it was in pieces. I learned quickly how things worked and put it back  together better than new. I propped the bike in front of the fireplace  and sat there staring at it all night. I was even more proud the next  morning when I woke up on the couch and found my parents had put my bike  to bed instead of me.

Years later, and a lot of hard work, the passion of cycling has never  gone. With the help of my family, and the encouragement of my wife, my  dream has come true. Now with more than 20 years in business, I still  enjoy working in the shop every day and helping others to find the  perfect ride.

Along with this unfortunate group of friends, I look forward to  whatever lies ahead. Stop in and experience the difference for yourself.  Cyclist Connection is “A Different Kind of Bike Shop”.

 Yes, it’s somewhat of a misfit crew, but it’s really all about what we  love to do. Our main obsession and our common bond is riding. What can we do for you?

Ric

CEO and owner extraordinaire
He defines the word AMAZING (his words)

Damon

Master Mechanic
A true GURU of the bicycle industry

Mark

Sales (and a little mechanics)  He also rides more than the rest of us combined

Ghent

Skills! On AND off the bike. Quickly becoming an asset to our culture.

Buddy

Door Greeter / Complaint Department
Lunch time, Play time, Belly time

Matt

Quick to learn and eager to please. If only he would  join us on a bike ride.

Gavin

Say hello to Damon's next prodigy. He's already a wizard with the details.

Azia

The BOSS is back! Maybe only in a part-time capacity, but she has the capability to put us on track in no time

Chuck

Bike Builder and Social Media Specialist
Man of many talents

Javier

2021/22 Shop Ambassador
Resident of Jacksonville Florida

Kara La

2021/22 Shop Ambassador
She's... "Amazing!!"

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Always looking for the perfect addition to our crew. Could it be you?

Our Vision

To re-define the consumers views of a traditional bike shop. To share our passion of health, fun and fitness, and provide an environment that envelops every person who walks through our doors.

Mission Statement

We are YOUR local bike shop. Specializing in building  innovative products and long term relationships. We put purpose before  profit and strive to deliver unmatched service. We are the reason… “YOUR  RIDE STARTS HERE!”

C.O.R.E. Values

  • Create a fun and energetic work environment every day.
  • Optimize time to best complete daily tasks.
  • Recognize that profitability is essential to future growth.
  • Exceed the customers expectations by not only doing as you promise, but by doing something extra.

Then and Now...This is Our Journey

1997

Kevin and Laura Oliver open Cyclist Connection in the new Winchester Square shopping center on Gender Road in Canal Winchester. An 1800sq ft space that encompassed retail, service, and catalog sales.

2000

Ric purchases Cyclist Connection from the Olivers and changes the focus from catalog and online sales to brick and mortar. Introducing "Lifetime Labor Free" to the bicycle industry.

2006

We purchase a new location at 200 Win-Cemetery Road, just down the street from where we started. Expanding our square footage to just under 3500sq ft.

2007

The inaugural Ride4Autism begins, raising over $40,000 for autism research. We ended our 10 year span with a month long ride across the United States raising awareness all along the way.

2008

Cyclist Connection becomes Ohio's first Giant Bicycles retail partner and Podium Store. We celebrated with a store remodel, all new fixtures and a new point of sale computer system AND... we wrapped the truck :-)

2010

We launch our in-house custom wheel brand, American Independent Racing (or, AIR wheels), and our first mobile phone app.

2012

Celebrating 15 years in business, we introduce a new store logo and new tag line, "Your Ride Starts Here!"  Our clients and friends have joined in the fun with the social media hashtag #showusyourbottle, spreading our passion all around the world.

2017

Partnering with Enigma Bikes in the UK, we introduce the cyclistconnection Signature Series. Custom steel, titanium and Stainless frames all made to order.

2020

The year of the pandemic. Forcing us to take on an all new business perspective. Keep riding my friends, we're coming out of this with a vengence!!

2022

25 Years and counting. What a ride!

This year we open a second location in Grandview Heights (just off the OSU campus), introduce an online store, officially open the Park Tool Patio and sooooo much more...

Browse Our Bike Selection

Find your dream bike today and visit us for a test ride. We'll ensure that you're on the right bike to meet your needs and the right frame size for a comfortable, safe cycling experience.