Trail Cycle settles in at new home

Bike, small engine repair shop moves downtown

 

Trail Cycle owner Dick Reinhardt sharpens a skate at the shop’s new location on Lake Street. (Photo by Cliff Buchan)

Cliff Buchan
Staff Writer

What would Trail Cycle be without a trail?

So wondered Dick Reinhardt this fall as he contemplated a move to a new location in downtown Forest Lake. After 12 years of doing business in the Lake Shoppes, Reinhardt was looking for a new location that would better suit his growing sales and service business.

He found it at 92 S. Lake St. in the former home of The FL Project. After weighing the pros and cons of his Lake Shoppes home and the downtown building, Reinhardt made the move on Nov. 1. “I had second thoughts about leaving my [Lake Shoppes] neighbors,” Reinhardt said.

But the downtown space was perfect, he said. He is leasing the 1500-square-foot building that is roughly the same size as his Lake Shoppes space. The space is wider, however, and not as long. That is better for his retail displays and his service and repair shop.

“I like the feel of being right on Highway 61,” Reinhardt said. “And the bike trail and the new pedestrian bridge [over W. Broadway Ave.] is right behind.”

And with ample parking on the west side of the building and a garage door for easy entry, the decision to move was a smart one, he said.

A Perfect Spot

Reinhardt is excited about the new location. It should give him more exposure and help the business grow, he said.

As its name hints, Trail Cycle continues to headline bicycle sales and service. He carries Raleigh, Diamondback and Redline bikes ranging in price from just over $300 to near $1500. Complete service and repair of all brands of bikes is offered. Helmets are other bicycle accessories are sold.

Bicycle sales and service will continue to be a major part of the business, Reinhardt says. But he is encouraged by the growing trend for his service work.

“Bike sales are steady,” he said. “The service work has improved every year.”

He is a certified small engine repair technician who has completed training sessions offered by Briggs & Stratton, Tecumseh and other engine manufacturers.

With the cold weather months at hand, don’t look for Reinhardt to sit idle. His shop continues to take in snow blowers for tune-ups and repairs. Customers are dropping off ice augers daily for repairs and tune-ups. He is also trained in chain saw repairs and offers chain saw blade sharpening.

As a small engine repair specialist, Reinhardt also works on garden tillers and walk-behind lawn mowers. All makes and models are serviced.

Small engine repair is a service that Reinhardt has long offered at Trail Cycle. Prior to taking on the repair service, he spent six years at Forest Hills Golf Club where he maintained the club’s golf carts and grounds equipment.

Diversification

Reinhardt believes diversification is the key to his success. While he stays busy with chain saws, ice augers and snow blowers, he continues to expand his service work.

This year marks his fifth for offering skate sharpening service and a complete line of skate and skating accessories, such as skate guards, ear slings, mouth guards, waxed laces, terry cloth soakers and ice wax.

The skate sharpening volume continues to grow each year. “I have an extensive and wide range of customers who come in,” he says.

The shop is now offering tune and wax service for alpine skis and snowboards. Ski binding adjustment service is also offered. Wax for cross-country skis is sold.

As Reinhardt settles into his new location, he believes the new space will service the shop well. As he diversifies his service offerings, he continues to remain customer-friendly.

Trail Cycle is open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday during the winter. For more information, call 651-464-5664.

  • Jonathan

    Talk about a great local shop. The last two bikes we purchased were from Dick. He set them up for each one of my children (he talked my son out of purchasing a much more expensive new bike for a great high quality used bike). I have him sharpen my chains for my chain saws, no one does it better. You won’t get any of the above from a “big box” store. Keep it local!! I’m not a friend or relative… just a dedicated customer!!

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