bikes welcome customers to Erik’s Bike Shop in Grafton.
by Mark Justesen
GRAFTON - What began in Minnesota as a
13-year-old boy’s business plan has spread to more than 20
locations in two states, including the most recently opened
Erik’s Bike Shop location in Grafton.
began working with bikes in 1977 out of his parent’s house and
barn. Today, one of his stores can be found at
1275 Washington St., where Grafton Ski & Cyclery used to be.
really happy with how the community has received the store,”
during the first week of December, about a month after holding a
liquidation sale of Grafton Ski & Cyclery’s leftover inventory.
The store was remodeled before the opening, but is still home to
the same type of shop, continuing to ensure Grafton is equipped
for bicycling, skiing and snowboarding.
chain of stores is based in Bloomington, Minn., Saltvold has
been personally involved with the Grafton location. From the
renovations on the store to the setup and seeing the end
product, he has made trips from Minnesota to make sure the store
was everything it could be.
“This one, I
really enjoyed being involved with this one,” Saltvold said.
began his business with just cycling, he expanded to the winter
sports after 13 or 14 years to make sure he was offering all the
services his customers needed. The business’ goal is
personalized, expert service. The store carries a wide variety
of items, and the store’s employees are trained and able to
provide each customer with the equipment and gear most suited to
their individual needs.
for gear and experienced staff, who participate in the sports
themselves, for advice, customers of all types are welcome for
cycling or winter sports, whether beginners or experienced
“There are a
lot of people in the store very passionate about it,” Saltvold
said. “They’re excited to get people involved in the same sports
inventory includes cycling brands Haro, Raleigh and Specialized;
snowboarding brands K2 and Ride; and skiing brands K2 and Line,
as well as various other lines in each of the sports.
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