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BUSINESS FEATURE

Conroe Schwinn
Longtime bike shop caters to
the average cyclist, family
BY CHRISTINA NICHOLS

onroe Schwinn has been providing goods and


C services to the cyclist community in the Conroe area
for decades.
The family-owned shop opened in the 1970s and offers a
wide variety of new and used bicycles, bike parts, accesso-

PHOTOS BY CHRISTINA NICHOLS/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER


ries and children’s bikes. It also has an on-site repair shop.
Owner Bill Adams purchased the shop in 1989. He
retired from Weatherford International, an oil and natural
gas service company, in the early 1980s but found that
retirement was not for him.
The shop was originally located on Davis Street in Con-
roe but moved to Sunpark Center in 1992 since the location
has more traffic, the space is more manageable and the
rent is more affordable, he said. 1
“The other one was about three times the size, but I
think this one is better,” Adams said. “My first month here
1: The shop offers a wide range of bike brands such as
was the first time I profited a dollar.” Trek and Huffy. 2: Conroe Schwinn was originally locat-
Adams said the store was named Conroe Schwinn ed on Davis Street, but moved to the Sunpark Center
because when the shop was opened, Schwinn bicycles in 1992. 3: Bill Adams, who bought the shop in 1981, is
were prevalent in the marketplace. the second owner of Conroe Schwinn.
“We tried to change the name to Conroe Cycling and
Fitness,” Adams said. “But customers started calling
and griping about it and told us we shouldn’t change it
because the store is such an icon.”
Adams said he was not fond of cycling at first, but in 2
time, he grew to enjoy the sport.
“I never rode a bicycle until I got this job,” Adams
said. “Then my daughter told me I needed to get a life so Conroe Schwinn
I decided to do the MS 150 [fundraiser bike ride between 1108 N. Loop 336 W., Ste. Q, Conroe
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Houston and Austin] and I loved it.” 936-756-4005
The store features a repair shop, and Adams repairs
Hours: Tue.-Fri. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.,
works on more than bikes. Adams also work on fitness
equipment, wheelchairs, walkers and just about any
TYPES OF BIKES closed Sundays and Mondays

small craft with wheels. The shop accepts donations of Bicycles have been around for centuries and have been
used bikes and fitness equipment so that parts can be adapted for many activities.
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used for repairs.
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“We will work on your bike from Wal-Mart. We might • Mountain: Bicycles designed for off-road terrain
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not like it, but we’ll work on it,” Adams said. “We don’t try • BMX: Small bicycles used to perform tricks and stunts
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to specialize in high-end bikes, we try to cater to just about • Tandem: A bicycle designed for two riders ANE S
• Adult tricycle: An adult sized bicycle with three wheels N
everyone, and we try to be a family-[friendly] store.”
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