Edwin Cycles moves to Park City
Owner Doug Driessen has been in the bike repair business for more than 19 years and now he’s running the show at Edwin Cycles located in the North Business Loop off I-40.
In 1998 Driessen sold his first bike shop in N. H., called Cycle Smith, when he began training for the Olympic cycling team. He moved to the Park City area in 2000 as a part of the Army World Class Athlete program, which is a feeder program for the Olympic team, Driessen explained.
He began building bike frames as a full-time job in 2005 and opened Edwin Cycles in Heber. After the economy collapsed, Driessen closed shop and started saving coins, he explained.
Edwin Cycles re-opened in February at its new location and has already expanded, "On Monday I cut a hole in the wall to connect the retail shop with the repair shop," Driessen said.
Edwin Cycles offers everything from bike parts and accessories to one-of-a-kind custom bikes and frames.
Driessen builds mountain and road bike frames, along with some cross bikes, which are used to race road bikes in the dirt, "the frames are built differently and the wheels are wider and knobby. But it’s a popular sport," he said.
Deciding what material to use for a bike frame is based on weight, with steel weighing slightly more. But the big thing is cost. Bike frame materials at Edwin Cycles include either titanium, steel or a combination of titanium or steel and carbon-fiber, Driessen explained.
A frame costs between $600 and $1,800, while a completed bike, customized from start to finish, will cost between $1,900 and $4,000. "If you were going to buy your last bike, this is where you would go," Driessen said.
After a customer fills out a ‘rider profile’ form, which includes their size and build, Driessen will do a fitting and generate a drawing. The image is then uploaded into a computer program called Bike CAD Pro, Driessen explained.
After the customer decides on colors, finishes and special parts for the bike, Driessen starts building the frame. The process from start to finish takes three to six weeks, he said.
"Bikers need to specify what they’re looking for. I ask them a lot about their previous bike what they liked and didn’t like about it," Driessen said.
As an avid biker, Driessen rides on a full-suspension titanium mountain bike or a single-speed mountain bike, which is his No. 2 best-selling bike. "The single-speed bike picked up in the past four years. It’s more of an acquired taste," Driessen said.
"The fastest way to get in shape is by riding a single-speed mountain bike," he said.
Driessen’s favorite bike ride starts at the Town Lift and weaves through Deer Valley. The loop takes around 90 minutes. "Some of the best riding in the area is right here," Driessen explained.
After selling five frames in the past week, Driessen explained that moving Edwin Cycles to Park City has been the best decision he’s ever made.
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