Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Trinity Bicycles moves into Fort Worth’s Sundance Square
Closer to bike trail, open later hours.
The move increases the store's visibility, and dovetails with Fort Worth's desire to make downtown more bike-able, says Bryan McKendry, who co-owns the store with Bernie Scheffler.
"Sundance was really enthusiastic about bringing us down here, and we appreciate their enthusiasm," McKendry said. "They're trying to make downtown more bike-friendly, and key to that was getting a good bike shop."
Both veterans of other bicycle shops in town, McKendry and Scheffler opened Trinity in May 2010. Locals will recall that Scheffler ran for City Council against now-
Mayor State Senator Wendy Davis. He and McKendry are staunch bicycle advocates. In 2011, they launched a Trinity spin-off in Arlington called Acme Bike Co., but closed it down after a couple of months. Scheffler also contributed to the planning and installation of more than 75 bike parking racks around the Southside district on Magnolia, Jennings, and South Main.
"I've seen huge changes in the local bicycling community in the last five years," Scheffler said. "Every week now, there's three to four social rides, a weekly pub ride, a casual fitness ride, and more. To me, the indicator of the health of cycling is when you have group rides where people don’t wear Lycra. It means that people are thinking of them as a part of their life and not just a hobby."
Trinity took over an old bank building space in the Sundance West complex, next door to Daddy Jack's.
"It's about the same size as our old store, but we're seen a lot more walk-by traffic -- even within this first week, the difference is noticeable immediately," McKendry said. "And we like being closer to the bike trail."
He also likes the hours that go with the new location.
"We're open now from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends," he said. "Our old hours were 7 to 7 -– I'd rather stay up late than get in early any day."
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