, a new bike shop, has opened in DeWitt at 13169 Schavey Rd., in the DeWitt Shopping Center. Owner Jon Vandecar opened the 2,000 sq. ft. shop on Mar. 15.
"The space was gutted, walls moved and ceiling opened up," says Vandecar. "All new lighting and display fixtures [were] custom built."
Vandecar had been in the bicycle industry for more than 20 years before deciding to open his own shop.
"The DeWitt area has always seemed like an active youthful, and family oriented community that could support a small bike shop," says Vandecar, who enjoys the diversity of bicycling. "Being in the industry this long I have moved around from every facet of the sport, from racing BMX, to extended multi-day touring and mountain biking. Your options are endless."
Bikeworks features kiosks to aid customers in their decision-making.
"I made the displays distinct from most others by using kiosks to help customers understand what each category of bike is designed for and grouped the bikes accordingly," says Vandecar.
Bikeworks features a free seminar at 7:00 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month.
The new shop also stays away from the "sea of bikes" featured in other stores. "We have a great selection, it is just organized, displayed and explained easily," says Vandecar.
Source: Jon Vandecar
Writer: Daniel J. Hogan
All Photographs © Dave Trumpie