Cycle City’s second location is now open in the River Market’s historic Water Building at 201 Main Street. The full-service bike shop’s nearly 5,000 SF space on the main floor of the building includes both a retail shop and servicing space. The retail shop offers bikes for all levels including road, mountain and gravel bikes along with clothing, accessories and snacks.
Cycle City’s popular bike shop has been open in Parkville, MO for 18 years. This second location will fill a void in the booming downtown/River Market area. Owner Joe Fox chose the location for this reason as well as the traffic from adjacent trails and the neighborhood spirit. “I like the River Market because of our possibility of having a very successful shop in downtown Kansas City,” he said. “I love the neighborhood feel, particularly on Second Street, with the apartments and condos.”
They plan to capitalize on this neighborhood feel with River Bluff Brewing, who is also located in the Water Building. Group rides as well as free drink tokens while you wait for your bike to be serviced are a few of the ideas they have for partnering with the microbrewery.
The Kansas City Water Works building was constructed in 1905. The main floor was designed to house the following: a stable with stalls for forty horses, space for thirty-ﬁve buggies and wagons, a harness room, wash rooms and a furnace room which supplies steam heat for the building. The second ﬂoor was designed for offices of the Superintendents of Pipe Lines and the Meter Department. Also located on this ﬂoor were the blacksmith shop, wagon repair shop and a large storage room for hay. The building was renovated in 2003 and purchased in 2020 for new retail and office.
AREA’s Tommy McNeese and Tim Schaffer fully leased the Water Building last year.
For CityScene’s articles on Cycle City and The Water Building, click here and here.
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