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Golden Triangle Bike-n-Blade boosts Downtown cycling

Golden Triangle Bike-n-Blade is geared up to bring more cyclists to Downtown’s streets and trails. The 1,200 square-foot shop, which opened this spring, is located at 600 1st Ave., underneath the “T” station.

The shop rents Diamondback comfort bikes, tandems and children’s bikes, as well as trailers, baby seats and adult tricycles. In addition, Bike-n-Blade carries bike parts and accessories, completes repairs and sells refreshments. “I looked to open my own business for years. I can’t wait to get down here each day. I love bikes and working on them,” says owner Tom Demagall, 33.

The shop’s $5 lunch-hour special has drawn bike enthusiasts from nearby law firms. “I’m trying to get more people down here during weekdays, to create offers for downtown companies and wellness programs. I’m thinking about adding a student rate,” says Demagall.

The 24-hour rental fee is $30, which includes a helmet and lock. Bikes can be rented for multiple days or for one week; group discounts are available. Bike-n-Blade also sells bikes for $150. “They’re fairly new bikes in good shape. I maintain and repair them. I’m trying to keep my stock moving,” says Demagall, who plans to get involved with the city’s many bike advocacy groups.

Demagall, who works regularly with Downtown hotels, sees year-round potential for Bike-n-Blade. He plans to stay open as much as possible during winter, is considering adding a coffee shop, and envisions the shop as a venue for live music.

Writer: Jennifer Baron
Source: Tom Demagall, Golden Triangle Bike-n-Blade

Photograph copyright © Jonathan Greene

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