LIBERTY — Erik Saltvold’s newest store has been open for less than a month and is already making inroads in the bike and skateboard scene in Liberty. The store, 237 S. Stewart Road in the Liberty Commons, is his first in Missouri and third in the Kansas City area.
Saltvold, the chain’s founder, said the stores are thoroughly Midwest with stores in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Missouri.
“I have been part of the site selection with the stores and worked with local real estate people,” Saltvold said. “I was seeking a complement to the Kansas stores in Leawood and Overland Park. I saw a growing market with a good demographic. Liberty has young families and the city has been working to expand their bike trails, making biking better for everyone. The new store will have an extensive inventory of electric bikes, plus mountain, road, recreation, commuter, BMX, kids’ and more. And of course, it will have a service department that can fix any issue with any bike brand.”
The store is a few miles east of bike trails at Hodge Park, 7000 NE Barry Road in Kansas City, and a few miles west of the mountain bike trail system at Stocksdale Park, 901 S. La Frenz Road, Liberty.
The store manager Will Lisle organized a group ride at Hodge Park at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays.
“We encourage people to follow us on Facebook,” he said. “We have also adopted a portion of the trail at Stocksdale Park so we will be handling the maintenance there, helping with the weeds and brush, repairing the track if we can.”
Parks board member Clay Lozier introduced Lisle to the trails at Stocksdale and dedicated the trail to the bike shop.
“Right now, we are taking everything in,” Lisle said. “People have been receptive.”
Lisle said the store caters to all needs.
“We have a little bit of everything here,” he said. “Electric bikes are making a big impact now. People are very interested in them. We have bikes including fitness, adventure, road bikes, mountain bikes and kids’ bikes.”
Along with the bike selection, there is also a full service department and a selection of skateboards. There are also child-trailers, used to pull kids along as well as accessories and clothing.
“It’s important for us as a company to be in the community. I love bikes and talking about bikes. Working here is like recess,” Lisle said.