About The Bike Shop
At The Bike Shop, we love bikes, and we want to inspire you to love your bike and ride more often! Whether you're into racing on road or trail, recreational riding, commuting, and just about anything in-between, we have the resources, expertise, and passion to get you riding. We offer world class service, an expert sales team, demos, classes, group rides and more.
Our open hours are:
Mon - Fri 10:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm
The Bike Shop History
In 1979 owner, Steve Burdeshaw, was going to college at the University of Florida in Gainesville, and noticed a large number of students dependent upon bicycles for their on campus transportation. Needing a little extra spending cash, Steve decided there might be money to be made repairing and servicing bicycles for local students. He promptly set up a small but very successful bike repair shop in a friend's donated garage space.
It didn't take long before Steve realized the true potential of his business idea so, in true entrepreneurial spirit, he hit up mom and dad for a little "angle" financing for his new business venture. After a brief talk, they were completely sold on the potential success of his dream, not only did they offer him the benefit of their wisdom, but donated a quick min-cash infusion, and gave him full use of the carport attached to their home which fronted the 23rd Street main traffic corridor (a great location from the very start).
It wasn't long before Steve and his parents (Cecil & Lora Jean Burdeshaw) realized the business was rapidly outgrowing its small space, so they collaborated together in the construction of a brand new building directly in front of the parents' residence but much closer to the highway for better visibility and easier customer access. Thus, what was then dubbed "Steve's Bike Shop" was born, and the rest is history. . . well, almost.
Shortly after the project to widen 23rd Street to four lanes was underway, it became apparent the bike shop building was very much in need of a complete remodel and enlargement. Construction soon began on the current structure; it has remained much the same since it's completion except for a change of name to "The Bike Shop" and periodic aesthetic enhancements which have improved the look, feel and function of the shop.
Steve's Bike Shop experienced great success from its very inception, but young men sometimes search for more meaning in their lives and sometimes that takes them in a new direction, and away from first loves, so, over the course of 30 plus years the bike shop changed hands a couple of times but always returned to Steve. It seems fate knew it should always be his, and so it is now and always hereafter be, "The Bike Shop".