ANN ARBOR, MI — A local electric bicycle shop has recently moved to a new location in Ann Arbor.
Owners Kim Mayes and Jim Summers moved Urban Rider Cargo Bikes, into a new spot at 320 Miller Ave. The electric and cargo bike retailer will close its previous location that opened in 2020 at 410 N. 4th Ave. in Kerrytown.
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The couple felt it was time to expand, Mayes said, adding the new store has more space and makes transporting the shop’s stock of nearly 500 electric bikes easier since it is on the first floor.
“Our business has grown — I mean, it grew exponentially until 2022, and then it leveled off,” Mayes said. “But we expect it to keep growing.”
The new store also gives customers a chance to test ride bikes either on a paved parking lot or on First Street’s protected bikeway.
The business celebrated the new store’s grand opening on Saturday, Feb. 18. The shop’s Kerrytown location will continue to be open through the spring, Mayes said, adding customers can find merchandise up to 50% off.
Human Electric Hybrids, the business that operates the shop, began in 2013 when Summers put an electric motor on the bike he used to commute 20 miles each way to work. After that, he started converting more electric bikes and the business was born.
Now, the retail shop only sells factory-built electric bikes, Mayes said.
“We’re very pleased the market has grown like it has and that we are able to supply transportation alternatives to cars because that was the idea from the start,” she said.
Urban Rider Cargo Bikes sells a variety of cargo bikes for customers looking for a solution when transporting either their children or other items across town.
Mayes said she has noticed more interest surrounding electric bikes.
“During the pandemic, people became more aware of electric bikes because people were using bikes as transportation more than ever before,” she said. “We had no idea that the e-bike market was going to grow like it has.”
Customers can shop for bikes at the new location from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Find the business online, on social media or by phone at 734-238-2269.
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