Richmond Hill bike shop Game Changers Bike and Multisport is re-branding itself as Hill On Wheels Bike Shop.
“We have our new logos and the rest is in the works. We should be transitioned pretty soon” said Ryan Peters, partner. “Our vision has always been centered on getting more people riding bikes in Richmond Hill and the surrounding area, and we’ve spent considerable time looking for the right name to reflect that vision,” he added.
The store which offers both bike sales and service celebrated two years in business in May.
“We repair all makes and models” says Chris Cousineau, service technician. “It is not our culture to be bike snobs. We’ll give your bike the best care, whether you purchased it from us or not.” Cousineau has taken on the role of teaching three high school engineering students the tricks of the trade. He is also managing the bike trail project at the new Sterling Creek Park and leads two weekend workdays per month. Information about the workdays are posted on the bike shop’s Facebook page.
“We had close to 20 at the last work day, including a local Cub Scout pack,” added Cousineau.
“The turnout is additional proof that the community wants more cycling infrastructure in Richmond Hill. A few years ago, you may have seen a couple of riders here and there, but now you are seeing large groups every weekend,” says partner John Cameron.
Hill On Wheels offers a weekly group ride at 7:30 a.m. every Saturday as well as a supported metric century (62 miles) once a month, attracting cyclists from Savannah, Pooler, Hinesville and other neighboring cities.
“Quite a few come here to ride, stay for lunch, or make other purchases in the city and that goes straight to our local needs,” said Peters.
Hill On Wheels also hosts a social ride once a month called Ride and Dine, which usually takes off from a restaurant and features shorter routes of around 15 miles.
“The mood is very relaxed and the pace is great for most cyclists. We get some exercise, share in laughter and enjoy a meal afterwards.” said store staff member Sammy Jo Bonnell.
“What continues to drive us are those guests who come through the door in search of answers on how to ride more efficiently or to keep their bike running smoothly. It is the ‘I just signed up for a triathlon and need help’ conversations. It is those folks who set out on our group ride feeling fairly nervous and then hearing their excitement when they finish. It is those who show up on a hot (or cold) Saturday morning ready to go 30 miles because they really need it and they know we really need it too. It is in those moments when our team’s passion and our company’s commitment to cycling as an integral part of a healthy life creates an experience that is transcendental, rather than transactional. These experiences then take place beyond our shop, out on the roads, throughout the week, and that is when the vision of Hill On Wheels truly comes to life,” said Cameron.
For more information, call 912-445-0247.