Welcome Cullman's First Bike-Only Shop: Cycle ER
Kevin Wilkinson probably didn't have a clue that an invitation to a mountain bike ride was going to change his family's life forever, but that's precisely what happened. From hundreds of bike rides to countless races to a family-owned and operated bike shop, the Wilkinson's are "all in."
Cycle ER is Cullman's first bike-only shop and provides several services, from bike sales to bike maintenance to bike repair. But that's not all the shop has in mind. Mr. Wilkinson plans on growing the sport through local clinics, community rides and races, and eventually even having a team that races across the state and country.
Located just around the corner from Sportsman Lake, it provides the perfect spot to make a quick few loops around the lake or head to the downtown Cullman area for a longer ride. They're open Tuesday-Friday 10 am-6 pm, and Saturdays 10 am-3 pm.
So if you're looking to get into mountain biking or biking in general, I encourage readers to give them a visit because they provide such excellent insight into this world of biking. If you're like me, you probably think the bike bought at the local retail store will do the trick, but there is so much more to learn, and it starts with your equipment.
If you're curious more about their story, it's quite fascinating. It all started on a Sunday afternoon when the oldest son, Ian, got his family to go for a bike ride with a group. Fourteen at the time, Ian fell in love, but it wasn't just him as his sister Emory did as well. Emory started riding in 6th grade and is now in her 8th-grade year virtually at Cullman Middle School. The virtual learning has allowed her to give 15-20 hours a week to training. The results have led to more wins for the siblings than the family can count.
Right now, Ian is racing as an individual, and Emory is a part of a team led by professional cross-country racer Cory Rimmer and trainer Doug Sharp. All the hard work is paying off as more and more opportunities continue to present themselves for the duo as they compete across the country. One goal in mind is to become a Junior Professional for the UCI (Union Cyclist International), which will allow opportunities to race around the world.
Whether it becomes a lifestyle or just a hobby, the Wilkinson family serves as a great picture of what mountain biking can be, a family-friendly sport. Guy or girl, younger or older, biking serves as a great way to get active and enjoy the outdoors. Be on the lookout this spring, and stay up to date by following them on Facebook or reaching out directly via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.