Erik’s bike shop headed to Lyndale

Erik’s Bike, Board and Ski Shop is taking over the former Ducati storefront at 2800 Lyndale Ave. S.

“I’ve looked in Uptown for years and never found the right space that worked for us,” said Erik Saltvold, owner and founder of the bike shop.

Saltvold has been in business for 38 years, and he started by selling bikes out of his parents’ backyard in Richfield at age 13. He saved money from his paper route to buy 50 used bikes to fix up and sell.

Saltvold said it’s been great to see the growth in cycling over the years, aided by Minneapolis’ infrastructure of trails around the lakes.

“Back 38 years ago, people weren’t incorporating cycling into their lifestyle,” he said. “Now for so many people it’s a main mode of transportation.”

He said he invests heavily in staff training so employees can help each rider find the right size and type of bike. The store sells bike brands including Specialized, Bianchi and Pivot.

“Our breadth of inventory allows us to find the right bike for them,” he said.

A full service department will operate out of the shop as well.

The shop will also provide ski and snowboard products, along with fat bikes for wintertime cycling.

“Cycling never stops, especially in the Uptown area,” Saltvold said.

The shop is slated to open in early 2016.