Cycle City started in Spring of 2004 in the Parkville area. In early 2009 we moved to Parkville Commons and have helped develop a very bike friendly community in this quiet and enjoyable part of town! We help sponsor local events, rides, and participate in many of these activities ourselves. Everyone who works at Cycle City has experience with biking and running. We strive to meet all of your needs as our customer. We are very proud to be part of such a great community!
I have lived in Parkville since I was a kid and have always loved exploring the roads in and around the Northland. That passion pushed me to open Cycle City in 2004. Over the years I have ridden and raced every type of bike imaginable all over the US and the world. I've competed in road, mountain bike, cyclocross, BMX, gravel and 8 Ironman triathlons. To me, nothing is more freeing than enjoying the open road or pushing myself harder and farther in a race.
My biggest joy comes from getting new riders out there as well and encouraging others to see what the roads have to offer and what they're capable of. Many of my rides now are to/from sporting events or chasing my 4 boys around the local parks!
I didn’t learn to ride a bike until I was 11 years old which is generally a little late to start, but maybe that helped to fuel my passion for riding. I started racing over 30 years ago while in college and still love it. My favorite racing is criteriums on the road, but have also done cyclocross, gravel, mountain bike, and adventure racing.
I really enjoy anything on the bike from commuting and running errands, to just cruising around with the family and friends. I’m pretty sure riding a bike is the closest thing you’ll find to the fountain of youth!
I started working at Cycle City in 2009 and I found an even bigger love for 2 wheels! My favorite races are the Dirty Kanza 200 and LandRun100. I’ve finished DK 4 times, and I hope to complete my 5th on my single speed in 2018. I also love endurance road events and training and riding anywhere in the Northland. I raced Route66 bike race from Chicago to Santa Monica and won first place female and 7th overall, which was a really cool experience.
I’ve completed many marathons, other running races, and triathlon as well, including Ironmans Wisconsin and Texas.
I love mountain biking for fun with my son, but I’m not very good :), and I’m lucky to always have my husband and kids there to support me, and even crew for me, at events like LandRun100, Dirty Kanza and RAID.
I really love my job at Cycle City. Seeing a new customer walk out of the shop excited to start riding is one of the most rewarding parts of my job, as well as all the friends I’ve made that come in just to hang out and talk about bikes and races they’re doing.
I started working on my neighbors' bikes in grade school and quickly found my love for bikes. I soon started racing BMX and raced in high school while I lived in Nebraska. After college I moved to Kansas City about the time mountain bikes started taking off. I found myself riding and jumping off about anything I could!
I first started working in a shop in 1993 and I have been at Cycle City since we opened. My favorite riding is still mountain biking. I mostly ride longer travel trail bikes, but I also ride some on the road and commute to my full-time job as a KCMO fire fighter. I also enjoy riding with my son and daughter, and exploring new trails around the Kansas City area.
I truly fell in love with bikes shortly after high school when I experienced downhill mountain biking in Colorado. Ever since that first descent, I’ve been trying to find a way to incorporate mountain biking into my everyday life. I’ve always loved the outdoors and had a passion for living a life of adventure, so mountain biking is a perfect fit. While downhill sparked my interest in biking, I’ve found the climb can be fun too. I love exploring new trails in and out of the Kansas City area with my wife and dog. Given a muddy trail, I may even dabble in a little gravel riding or a down-town biking bar hop.
Ernest Hemingway once said, “When you stop doing things for fun, you might as well be dead.” I was lucky enough to discover you can earn a degree in “fun”. I graduated from Missouri Western State University in 2018 with a Bachelor degree in Recreation Sport Management. I landed a sweet intern gig at Cycle City and passed with flying colors (and if Joe tells you otherwise, I’ll show you my transcript). My favorite part of my job is helping people incorporate a passion for bikes into their life, just like I was able to find.
I've always loved the sense of freedom and discovery that is so easily found on a bicycle. When I lived in Virginia I'd spend entire days riding to old abandoned mills, rivers, flooded quarries, and I am always looking for that next adventure. Around KC, I spend as much of my free time as I can exploring everything this city has to offer. So far the best thing I've found is the large and diverse community of cyclists. From sponsored group rides to meeting strangers when riding solo, everyone I've encountered has shown me something new about the sport I love.
By myself or with others, on the road or the trail, fast or slow, I'm always happiest on two wheels.