“We’re a community within a community,” says Jacob English, owner. “We ride with our customers, educate our customers and are very active in our communities.”
English opened the first Mountain Road Cycles shop, Oct 2004, in Chagrin Falls. Three years later came Chardon in 07, and most recently, the third opened the last weekend in Oct 2011, in Berea. All cool, small town settings.
Combined, the managers and staff running Mountain Road Cycles have some 120 years of experience in the bike industry. It’s a history, passion and commitment they live to share.
So what can you expect when you walk into a Mountain Road Cycles shop?
“We’re not your massive mall store, or a mom and pop operation, we’re a cool mid-size well-rounded bike shop. We’re personable, down to earth and treat everyone like family and friends.”
Cycling advice: “Think of riding as the whole experience…the gear, the ride, the knowledge. It’s not just a ride around the block, it’s a way of life.”
Favourite rides: – “My own trails,” says English. He’s built some fun, twisty, flowing single track with bridges and other features he and friends enjoy.
Last ride: – a trio – Bellingham Washington, Snowshoe, West Virginia, and the Santa Monica Mountains, California.
Favourite Kona to ride: Abracadabra and Major One (set up road style)
Best area bakery: The Greenville – not a bakery but a “dive bar that rocks” says English.
Favourite local music venue: Peabody’s Concert Club.
Favourite music: Way of Life, My Band.
Current read: Keith Richards, Autobiography. “I think he could hang with us bike peeps at a party.”
For more information about Ohio’s Mountain Road Cycles, its locations and hours, check out www.mtnroadcycles.com.