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July 17, 2014

Bike shop rolling in Milford

A new business has quietly rolled into Milford. 

Situated right next door to Revolution Solar, Woodland Cycles offers all the services and products any cyclist, amateur or avid, could desire. The owner, Michael Reynolds, 28, a Cooperstown and State University at New Paltz graduate, opened his business on March 6, and divides his time between repairing bicycles, running the shop, hosting races and rides and going for his own biking excursions.

“I really wanted to open up a shop, and Milford’s nice because there’s Route 28 here, which is really great for traffic,” said Reynolds.

Woodland Cycles carries only Cannondale bicycles, but Reynolds repairs every kind of bike.

The shop is open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

Reynolds said he had always worked in bike shops from the time he was 14, when he worked at a shop called Velosophy in Cooperstown. He later worked at Cooperstown Bicycle Works, which closed in 2010. His ties to the area and familiarity with the many cyclists who make it their home has aided in establishing Woodland Cycles.

The demand for a shop like Woodland Cycles owes itself largely to the sheer number of riders in the area.

“I’ve noticed a lot more people riding than, say, 10 years ago, when I first started working in shops,” said Reynolds. “You start to get a community that has cyclists, and people identify themselves as cyclists, then more people are going to want to do that.” 

With the onset of summer, the bicycling verve has shifted into high gear, and one can always find riders pedaling along the streets and roads when the sun is shining. Even bad weather fails to deter many who are interested in reducing their pollution, getting some exercise, or just having fun. 

Yet for the past four years, Cooperstown and its environs has been without a bike shop.

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