Cycles Plus new website. We have serviced our area's bicycle
sales and service needs for more than fifty years, currently
including such brands as, Haro,
like Oakley Eyewear Saris Car
Racks and much more.
Commercial-News article from 2008 said it all "...when it
comes to bicycles and accessories and knowledgeable staff,
it’s hard to beat. Some residents might not know it, but
Cycles Plus, at 12 W. Woodbury St., a block south of
Fairchild Street and not quite a block west of Vermilion
Street, has been a city fixture in the VanVickle family for almost 50
years. Bicycles have been sold at the site longer than that in an old
horse barn. Owner Randy VanVickle said his father, Raymond, purchased
Myer’s Sports Shop about 48 years ago and built a new Van’s Shop
at the location. Randy’s brother also was owner of the business at one
time, with Randy taking over about 15 years ago.
The business has undergone changes during the
years, as Schwinn isn’t the main brand of bicycles it sells anymore and
youths have gotten more into racing and trick bikes. The store also at
one time sold skateboards, but has since gotten out of that. Salesman
Deene Pippenger points out the various bicycles on display in the
showroom. They include: kid’s bicycles such as trick/stunt bikes,
freestyle bikes and street racing bikes. For adults there are
all-terrain bikes for street and city park riding; trail bikes; mountain
bikes; comfort bikes with a softer and wider seat, handlebar that comes
up to meet the rider and other features; hybrid comfort bicycles; and
cruiser bicycles that are more old-fashioned looking in purple and aqua
colors and are single speed. Brands include Haro, Trek, Schwinn,
GT and Redline. Besides bicycles, the store sells gloves, sunglasses,
clothing, locks, helmets, tires, seats, lights and other accessories.
Cycles Plus also fixes
bicycles and exercise equipment. In another section of the building is where bike
mechanic and “bike junkie” Keith Gower works. Most repair parts are in
stock and it could only take a day or two to repair something. VanVickle, who works more on the weekends when he’s not working as a
local veteran employment representative with the Illinois Department of
Employment Security during the week, said the business has had a good
customer following. Customers come from all over, including Indiana.
Second generations of families are coming in to purchase bicycles.
“We’ve always carried quality products, and I think given good service
and are fair…,” VanVickle said.
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