TROY — With a long legacy behind them and a lot of experience, Joyce and Dennis Ferguson are ready to jump back into the bicycle business.
Their new shop, J&D Bicycles, opened this month and will offer a variety of bicycles and trikes, as well as repairs.
“Our journey here has been an interesting one,” Joyce said.
Originally from Wapakoneta, Joyce took over Weitz Bicycle Shop, a family bicycle business with a history stretching back to the 1920s, from her father-in-law in the 1990s. Dennis’ love of cycling began in the early 1980s when he was inspired by Greg LeMond riding in the Tour de France.
In 2004, Dennis joined Joyce in the business, and together they opened the first location of J&D Bicycles. But after a series of floods in their Wapakoneta store, the Fergusons took some time away from the business to look for a new place.
After a few years of searching — from Springfield to Grove City — the perfect location finally found them, Joyce said.
The new location of J&D Bicycles is just across the street from the Great Miami River Trail entrance at Treasure Island Park.
“We really wanted to be somewhere on a bike path,” Joyce said. “We like the Great Miami path, we’ve ridden it ourselves and done I don’t know how many Strawberry Festivals.”
J& D Bicycles will offer everything from bicycles, recumbent bikes, and accessories, to tune-ups and repairs. Calling on their decades of experience, Joyce and Dennis perform all the repairs in shop.
“We’ve got a lot of history, especially with repairs and service,” Joyce said.
Cycling technology is ever-changing, they said, so the Fergusons keep up to date by participating in continuing education classes with other bicycle repair and manufacturing companies.
Joyce and Dennis both enjoy riding and want to share their enthusiasm for the sport with others.
“You meet a lot of good people and you have a lot of fun,” Joyce said. The Fergusons have been involved in different cycling groups through the years. “I’ve always said the bicycling business is a fun business. We enjoy it.”
They also want to encourage people to be more confident cyclists and to promote fitness.
“Our goal is more fitness and comfort, to make people more comfortable,” Dennis said.
In the colder months, Joyce and Dennis also plan to offer maintenance classes in the shop. It’s surprising how many people, even those who have been riding a long time, don’t know how to handle bicycle maintenance issues, they said.
The Fergusons want to encourage people to learn more about their bicycles and how to perform preventative maintenance.
“It’s like checking the air in the tires of your car,” Dennis added.
In addition to meeting the community’s cycling needs, J&D Bicycles will also offer a variety of Ohio-made products from coffee to soap, Joyce. Cigar the shop greyhound is also on hand to greet customers.
“We just want to welcome everyone to stop in and say hi,” Joyce said.
J&D Bicycles is located at 500 N. Elm St., Troy, and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Sunday hours are noon to 4 p.m. They aim to be open and available to bike path riders on the busiest path days, especially Saturday and Sunday, Joyce said.
For more information, contact the owners at (937) 315-BIKE, [email protected], and visit them online at www.janddbicycles.com.
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