A Manitoba bike shop offers everyone the chance to get back in the bike saddle, no matter what physical obstacles they may encounter, with their one-of-a-kind stock.
Prairie Bikes in Winnipeg has bikes for literally everyone. They specialize in providing bikes for those who might struggle to ride a bike due to a disability but still want to get around.
People want to get out and move, especially after this long cold winter. Cabin fever is waning and cycling in Manitoba is always on the rise this time of year.
For those who are healthy, the ability to move their legs is very often taken for granted. However, people who have leg strength issues due to a neurological condition such as multiple sclerosis or stroke may feel that cycling is not for them. For people with joint pain, injured hips or knees, cycling can also seem out of reach.
For Prairie Velo Bikes co-owner Brian Szklarczuk, the decision to sell bikes for those who need a little help was clear. During his many years as a professional cyclist, he realized that the bicycle industry tended to serve only ten percent of the population. Brian wanted to sell bikes for all body types and inspire people to ride bikes, rather than just selling bikes to hard-core riders.
For those who suffer from balance issues, Prairie Velo offers a variety of tricycle styles for added stability.
“Recumbent trikes are going to be easier to ride, they’re going to be very stable, the wheelbase is usually longer…what does that mean for the rider? It means they’re going to be less tilting,” says Szklarchuk.
There are also e-bikes for those who suffer from leg weakness.
“All you have to do is spin your legs, it doesn’t matter how fast you spin your legs, or how fast…just keep your legs spinning…this sends a signal to the electrical brain of the bike, which activates the motor, and it basically gives you the support you need to run the bike.”
It’s clear that Szklarszuk and his partner Suzanne Druwe are passionate about getting people out and enjoying the outdoors. No matter what body type a person has, Prairie Velo wants to provide a bike that will get them around the neighborhood.
The cost of an e-bike, trike, or regular bicycle doesn’t need to break the bank, as financing is available with Prairie Velo.
The store also has knowledgeable mechanics who can fix any problems people have. They also sell materials that will help make the rider safer and more enjoyable. Helmets, lamps, pumps and puncture patches for pock-marked prairie roads are all available on site.
With the cost of gas at an all time high, the option of using a bicycle to get around town is now a really viable option thanks to Prairie Velo Bikes in Winnipeg.
The boutique is open Tuesday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., located at 967 Wolseley Avenue in Winnipeg.