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 25 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?
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.
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!”
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 :-)
We launch our in-house custom wheel brand, American Independent Racing (or, AIR wheels), and our first mobile phone app.
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.
Partnering with Enigma Bikes in the UK, we introduce the cyclistconnection Signature Series. Custom steel, titanium and Stainless frames all made to order.
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!!
25 Years and counting. What a ride!
This year we opened a second location in Grandview Heights (just off the OSU campus), introduced our online store, officially opened the Park Tool Patio (with the added bonus of a BrewDog partnership), and sooooo much more...
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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.