Bicycle Depot in Waldo–Ready for All Area Cyclists

So often in Brookside and Waldo, you’ll patronize a business that you can really feel the owner has a passion for:  think of our local restaurants like Plate and Bella Napoli, or Brady and Fox; SKINKC, locally made chemical free products for your body; SOAP Refill Station creates ecofriendly cleaning products that uses recycled containers.  Dave Reinert, owner of Bicycle Depot in Waldo, has that passion. His passionate hobby  of repairing bikes turned into a full time business.

Bike Depot in Waldo
Dave Reinert and Bruce Homstad

Dave spent many years as a schoolteacher in public and private schools; at the same time, he spent 20 years repairing bikes out of his basement based on word of mouth referrals.  Business increased drastically during the pandemic, and with a “gentle push” from his family, he decided to open his own storefront.  Dave had experience working with non profit bike organizations, and stopped driving a car years ago. His brother also owns a bike shop in Minneapolis.   “I wanted to do something good for the environment. I have a real love for green transportation; it’s generally quiet and good for your health.  I regularly buy everything I need here in Brookside/Waldo  and wanted to open my shop in the area.  I live just a few blocks away! “   

Bicycle Depot focuses on bike service and repair (including electric bikes)  and sells bikes from State Bicycle Company and Batch Bicycles.   “The quality of these products is so much better than you will find at a big box store, and the riding experience will be much better” Dave says.  He also stocks some supplies like helmets and gloves.  He will take bike donations and sells used ones as well. Service and repair are his focus; you can walk in and get a free assessment of the problem, the cost to repair and the general turnaround is one or two days.  Longtime cyclists in the area may recognize Bruce Homstad in the shop, who worked for Family Bicycles—he’s been a certified bike technician for 30 years so you know…these guys know what they are doing when it comes to keeping your bike tuned up and ready to ride!

Bicycle Depot opened in March at 220A W 75th St; across the street from the Aldi parking lot and just east of the busy 75th and Wornall intersection.  Fall weather is a perfect time to ride, and there are so many trails in our area (Dave has a map!) so stop in and get to know Dave and Bruce for your bicycle needs.  They will make sure your ride is the best it can be!

Bike Shop Changes Owners in Waldo

I am SO glad to be back writing a blog about a new business in the Brookside/Waldo area!   There is another bike shop option in our neighborhood–offering electric bikes!

bike display

Pedego Kansas City opened in mid March, in the space of the former Family Bicycles at 7335 Broadway.  This is the second dealership for local Brookside resident Dan Cain, who has another store in Columbia MO along the Katy Trail.   Pedego is the number one brand of electric bikes in America, according to Navigant Research.

Bruce and Dan

Bruce Homstead, left and Dan Cain

When I stopped by the store recently, Dan explained that each bike is ordered, assembled and delivered to specifically fit its owner.  There are several designs:  cruisers, commuters, folding latch, fat tire, mountain and tandem–each style built to perform on a specific terrain. The shop also carries a full line of helmets, baskets/bags, and Pedego branded wear.    The bikes are powered by a line of lithium-ion batteries, with ranges of 20-70 miles per charge depending on the specific battery.  The bikes operate with pedal assist, throttle, or as a regular bike.   Each comes with a five year warranty.

Curious about riding an electric bike?  Give it a try—Pedego Kansas City offers rentals as well, starting at just $10 per hour.  There are group discounts and weekly rates.  You can also stop by the store and take a test drive in the large parking lot in front of the shop.  Dan noted that due to COVID-19, just two patrons are allowed in the shop at this time, and he regularly disinfects everything with a hospital grade disinfectant.

I also wanted to mention that long time bike repair expert Bruce Homstead is back at the shop, working on Pedego and regular bikes for repair—so feel free to bring your manually powered bike in when it needs a tune up or repairs.

Pedego Kansas City is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am-6pm; Saturday 9-4 and Sunday 12-4. Stop in and try a new bike adventure!