Ottawa is quickly becoming associated with its trails and for those that love to ride on them, a new bike shop is opening in Ottawa this weekend.
Jeff Carroll, on the store’s website, announced the Grand Opening will be Friday night at 5 p.m. Ottawa Bike and Trail is located at 130 S. Main St., Ottawa. Carroll told The Herald in August he intends the business to be a one-stop shop — offering bicycle repairs, sales, gear, rentals, and even tours — along with functioning as a hub for the area’s burgeoning cycling culture.
The shop will open at 5 p.m. Friday and then again at 8 a.m. Saturday in time to watch the Rush the Rails race which will pass by the shop. At 5 p.m., the official Grand Opening begins with food and music.
Carroll told the Herald that he decided to open the shop after speaking with the public and hosting a group ride in July.
“I got a huge response for it,” Carroll said. “I advertised it on Facebook, and got 180 people who were interested...that showed me that yeah, there’s a lot of interest.”
The ride cemented Carroll’s confidence in his bike-business endeavor.
“All doubt went away when I rode with this group on the Flint Hills Rail Trail,” he said. “[The trail] is gorgeous, and when I was out there I was like “This is what I was meant to do.” There was no doubt after that. If I can get more people to feel what I felt going down those trails, we’ll be successful.”