MICHAEL JOHNSON/Livingston County News
Mike Duke, owner of Cyclepath bicycle sales and repair shop in Geneseo.
Take a test ride at Cyclepath
Two major manufacturers of bicycles, Raleigh and Felt, will have representatives visiting Geneseo’s new bike shop, Cyclepath, on Wednesday, Aug. 8.
Raleigh and Felt bicycles will be available for “road testing” on Center Street, which will be closed between Main and Second streets for this very purpose from 3 to 7 p.m. Both manufacturers will have their demo-trucks on hand, stocked with an assortment of the latest models.
“They’ll have bikes here for you to try out and use,” said Cyclepath owner Mike Duke. “If someone’s been thinking about getting a new road bike or mountain bike and they want to try it out before making the investment, this will be the chance to do it.”
“You can take them out for a multiple mile ride, if you’d like,” Duke noted, adding, “We’ll still be doing the regular Wednesday Livingston Cycle Club trip at 6 p.m. People will have the opportunity to take a bike out on that ride.”
Also on hand will be local caterers, Northern Oaks Barbecue, with free samples for tasting.
Duke’s new store at 79 Main Street — in the one-time smoke shop at the corner of Main and Center — opened upon the closure of the Swain shop in June. It is a full service cycling and repair shop carrying Raleigh and Felt bicycles. All manufacturers and styles of bikes are serviced. There is also a sampling of used bikes which have been accepted as trade-ins — and the shop carries a full line of tubes, tires, parts and accessories.
“If I don’t have it, I can order it,” Duke said.
“With the closure of Swain, there was going to be a big void here. Livingston County and the surrounding area is a strong cycling community, so I have taken the opportunity to open up my own business,” Duke noted. “We have mountain bikes, road bikes, hybrids, kids’ bikes, BMX bikes — anything you might want.”
Duke noted that the Raleigh and Felt brands each offer lines of all varieties of bikes which compliment one another well.
Mike Duke is a bicycle mechanic with more than 20 years experience, having worked at Swain for 18 years and, before that, at his dad’s bike shop in Batavia.