Beaverdale Bicycles is a neighborhood bike shop owned and operated by Ed Veak. It’s located in the heart of Beaverdale, at 2701 Beaver Avenue. I had been wanting to check out this bike shop for a while and finally planned a visit. I was glad I did!
It’s a small store but has a great selection of biking accessories, parts, and even fun stuff like beer glasses and t-shirts. Some beautiful Opus bicycles were for sale as well. Along with your typical bike services and repairs, Ed can also customize your bike. Examples of his impressive work are in the 2014 edition of the Des Moines Bicycle Collective calendar and the shop’s Facebook Page photo albums.
I had a conversation with Ed on the topic of bike maintenance. He recommended practicing changing a tire in the comfort of home until it's easy. Ed explained how being able to change a flat quickly comes in handy when you’re out on the trail in conditions that might not be ideal such as the cold, rain, darkness, or like what happened to him...surrounded by hungry mosquitoes! I had never considered practicing changing a flat before. Good advice!
In my short visit it was clear Beaverdale Bicycles gets to know customers and personalizes their service experience. I was welcomed and felt I had made a new friend. If you’re looking for a bike shop where you feel comfortable no matter what your cycling expertise might be, plan a visit to meet Ed. You’ll be glad you did!