It’s that time of the year again where you go into your garage and dust off your old bike.
If you’re looking to hit up a leisure time biking group, head off to Mud Sweat and Gears in Spruce Grove.
The store that sells bikes for everyone in summertime and skis and snowboards in winter originally started with a store in Sherwood Park before expanding to Spruce Grove in 2013 followed by Red Deer in 2016.
“We saw a need for a bike/skate/snowboard store and we decided to take a leap of faith,” states the store website.
The local business didn’t just open a store in the Tri-Region, they started a trend of helping cyclists connect with each other.
Since the local business’s inception in 2013, the owner and staff have been involved in various youth initiatives to help them spend more time outdoors, said owner Paul Burgess.
The store helps in gathering groups and encourages youth cycling.
“We also do quite a few riding groups within our business where people join and we gather people together of similar cycling abilities and get them all riding together,” he said.
A community leader Shaun Musgrade works with the local business and helps organize cycling groups and gets them on the road.
Another biking group with the help of two community members, Rob and Karen Shackleton, encourage mountain biking and together the riders hit the local trails.
Mud Sweat and Gears also support and have been recognized for their community involvement by raising money for Make A Wish Foundation and Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital apart from being involved in local triathlon events.
Despite the downturn in the Alberta economy, Burgess confirmed his business has been steady.
Burgess adds, those who show extreme interest in both business and community, end up on his team as local young people get hired by the local business.
What else is the driving factor for the biking community in the Tri-Region? Burgess thinks all the biking paths in the Stony Plain and Spruce Grove area make the young, family oriented community jump on their bikes.
Do we need to give you more reasons to start biking? If so, just think about why would you want to walk down the street when you can be riding down the road.