Cycling has enjoyed a reemergence in the Cincinnati area over recent years and Bishop’s Bicycles in Milford has led the charge to get Clermont County back on their bikes.
“Cycling is for everyone,” Robyn Sullivan, who owns the shop with her husband, Kelly, said. “Many people have had a bike, mostly when they were growing up, but now as adults they want to get back into it, but need a different kind of bike.”
Bishop’s Bicycles opened their doors in 1890 and has been one of the only continuously operated bike shops in the Cincinnati area for more than 120 years. Over the years, the shop has moved a few times before settling on Main Street in Milford where it currently resides, right beside the Little Miami Bicycle Trail.
Kelly and Robyn Sullivan purchased the store in 2006 and have been getting people back on their bikes ever since.
“Our goal when we purchased the store in ’06 was to grow the sport in Southwest Ohio and I think we’re doing that,” Robyn said.
Kelly explained that when people were younger, they would ride bikes that were very low to the ground and would be uncomfortable for a grown up who wanted to ride.
That’s where Bishop’s comes in.
“People are looking for a bike that is more upright and comfortable,” Kelly said. “We have bikes that people can ride on the trails and are more casual for the rider.”
Bishop’s offers pretty much every product you could imagine to satisfy your cycling needs. Whether you’re looking for a bike to use for joy rides, a bike to use for working out or a bike for competitive racing, all types are available.
Bishop’s staff is well trained and are cyclists themselves, so they are able to fit your needs depending on what you are looking for in a bike.
They offer mountain bikes, road bikes, comfort bikes and fitness bikes. Each is designed to help the rider tackle whatever kind of terrain and distance they want to.
Bishop’s also serves as a full service bike shop for repairing and reviving old bikes. The back of the shop is a repair center for bikes with four or five mechanics working on bikes year round. The repairmen are able to fix broken or beat up bikes or simply assemble the ones that go on the sale floor. They can do everything from a simple tune-up to a complete overhaul.
The store has a nice flow from back to front. Bikes come in the back of the shop at the loading dock, they are then assembled and eventually leave through the front door with a satisfied customer.
After leaving the store, customers are privy to one of the best trails in the country as the Little Miami Bike Trail is only a few blocks from the store.
“We like to think of ourselves as the unofficial bike store of the trail,” Robyn said.
The shop also sponsors racing teams that compete in various races around the area as well as the country.
For more information on the store, their products and what’s going on with Bishop’s Bicycles, you can ‘Like’ them on Facebook at facebook.com/bishopsbicycles or log on to their website at www.bishopsbicycles.net.
With more than 120 years under their belts, Bishop’s hopes to keep Clermont County on two wheels for many more years to come.