Once upon a time a man named Richard Querney (that’s him up there) decided that the time had come to leave what is commonly known as the rat race. He felt the urge to start a new full time endeavour that would revolve around his life long passion for cycling. Richard had already had his hands in a bicycle based business. In 1980 he had started a small repair business in the basement of the family home called Richards Bicycle Repair. It satisfied his interest in improving the mechanical workings of bikes while bringing in some extra part time money. Just prior to this, in 1973, Richard had been a founding member of the Ontario Cycling Association as well as a board member during 1975 and 1976. Along with his family, he organized and ran many bicycle tours around southern Ontario. Richard knew bikes.
1991 saw Richard open up a retail bicycle shop in Paris Ontario…during a recession! It was called The Bikeway. The store was built using wonderfully aromatic cedar wood. It carried parts and accessories by Norco and Specialized. The shop also offered a wide assortment of bicycle brands such as Specialized, Norco, Iron Horse, Bianchi, Miyata, Oxford and Leader childrens bikes. Richards’ son Stuart worked at the shop part time, from its opening until 1993, when he decided to become The Bikeways full time mechanic.
March of 1996 saw an important change. An opportunity arose to open a Cyclepath franchise store and it was decided to make the move to relocate and become The Brantford Cyclepath, where it exists now. Having a brand new 1,900 square foot shop allowed for a larger mix of product… and more staff. During this time, the customer bike rack that was located mid parking lot was reduced to twisted metal one winter by a snowplow. Its replacement was wisely relocated to the sidewalk in front of the store. The year 2000 saw the construction of a 600 square foot warehouse in order to better store the increasing quantity of inventory for the rapidly growing business. In 2004, the addition of new storage racking enabled even more bikes to be shown on the sales floor.
Incidentally, the snowplow mishap wasn’t the only one. In September of 2010 a car jumped the curb and smashed out a sizeable section of the front window. What better time to introduce the One Less Car Sale!
2010 was also the year that The Brantford Cyclepath adopted the Specialized Body Geometry F.I.T. system and began performing custom biometric assessments. In 2014 the shop received its F.I.T. certification. 2015 saw success in conducting the first customer F.I.T. information night. Today The Brantford Cyclepath performs in-depth custom bike fitting for many types of cyclists.
Over the years the shop has been involved in many charitable events. From 1996 to 2005 The Brantford Cyclepath Bicycle Club raised money for The Multiple Sclerosis Society by holding an extremely popular annual eight hour endurance race. Adding events on behalf of The Downs Syndrome Association and The Mental Health Association had enabled the club to raise well over $50,000 for charity. Recently the shop has supported, sponsored or participated in events such as the MS Bike Tour Toronto, the local Team Green in The Ride To Conquer Cancer, and the local Team Pro Fit in The Ride To Conquer Cancer. There have been many bike raffles along the way… with many more to come!
Where does “the ‘path” lead in the future? Even more community involvement using social media and events such as the upcoming Bikes Not Bullies, a second Ride Don’t Hide event for The Canadian Mental Health Association, The Brant Waterways Foundation Ride, The MS Bike Tour Toronto, as well as participating in rides held by various other organizations. With the recent acquisition of a new Muve fitting machine, the shop will take bicycle fit and assessment to the next level.
Where ever the cycling industry takes us, rest assured that The Brantford Cyclepath will be part of it.